JobfitMatters Executive Search and the Search Committee of Mariners Christian School are pleased to announce that Heather Harrison has accepted the offer to become Mariners Christian School’s next Head of School effective immediately.
Heather brings 19 years of distinguished experience in education to this role, including 10 years of teaching, and 9 years of administrative leadership experience. She has served as Middle School principal at MCS since 2013, and most recently served as Interim Head of School after obediently answering God’s calling to that role in August 2019. She has a deep love for MCS, and she has clearly demonstrated her strength as a godly, prayerful leader during this school year which has presented many significant challenges. Heather holds a Masters degree in Education from Vanguard University. She and her husband Josh have three children: two MCS alum daughters Buze and Marta, and one current student, Elijah, in Kindergarten. Josh is the co-lead pastor at Canopy Church, and Heather serves in ministry with him.
After an extensive national search process which generated 40+ initial candidates and multiple rounds of interviews, the Search Committee presented the unanimously-supported recommendation to the Board that Heather was the ideal choice for the next MCS Head of School. The Board approved this recommendation with a unanimous vote. Search committee Co-Chairs Ruth Sanchez Kobayashi and Mark Nowlin commented, “Throughout this past school year, she’s demonstrated grace, humility, excellent communication, and exemplary, prayerful leadership, all while maintaining a sharp focus on God and His direction for MCS. She’s led her team fearlessly and successfully, as evidenced by the 100% of our teachers’ intent-to-return rate for the 2020-21 school year.”
Laura Coverstone and Ed Poff of JobfitMatters assisted with this important search process. MCS Board Chair Lewis Brewster shared, “We appreciate JFM’s help enabling a thorough and professional search for our Head of School. Laura and Ed’s insight, guidance, shepherding and prayer for the process and the people involved (Search Committee, Advisory Group, Board, and candidates) has been invaluable and is deeply appreciated.”