Dear Alumnae and Friends,

On behalf of the Stoneleigh-Burnham Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, I am pleased to announce Stephanie Smith Luebbers as the next Head of School for Stoneleigh-Burnham, effective July 1, 2018. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Stephanie to the position based on the strong recommendation of the Search Committee and the enthusiastic response from SBS faculty, staff, administrators, alumnae, parents, and students who met with her.

Stephanie currently serves as Head of the Upper School at Cincinnati Country Day School, and has held positions as a teacher, coach, Academic Dean, and Associate Head of School at boarding and day schools in New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire. She brings a depth of experience in enrollment management, marketing strategy, operations, development, student life, academics, and financial stewardship.

Her leadership at Cincinnati Country Day produced 20% growth in Upper School enrollment and the construction of a grant-funded, 350-seat amphitheater, among many other achievements.

Throughout the interview process, Stephanie’s experience was relevant to the strategic priorities of our school, and her enthusiasm for the SBS mission was clear.

Stephanie will be relocating to Greenfield with her husband, Mark, a lifelong educator and poet, and their English pointer, Penelope. Stephanie and Mark have two sons: Jonas, a graduate of Williams College, and Max, a sophomore at Brown University. A former figure skating professional and an avid mountain biker and runner, she is also looking forward to learning to ride at our Equestrian Center.

Please join me in welcoming Stephanie to Stoneleigh-Burnham School. You will hear more from the Board, Sally, and from Stephanie herself, in the coming months as we prepare for this transition in School leadership. Meanwhile, we look forward to our students returning to campus in August, to continuing to connect with our alumnae at events and Reunion 2018, and, last but certainly not least, to celebrating Sally and her retirement as Head of School in June.


Allison Porter ’89
Chair, Board of Trustees