Maranatha High School Appoints Dr. Steven Sherman as Head of School

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JobfitMatters is pleased to announce that the Board of Maranatha High School in Pasadena, California has unanimously selected Dr. Steven Sherman to become the next Head of School beginning June 15, 2016. Dr. Sherman has spent over thirty years as a secondary school administrator, teacher, and coach. Over the last several years, Dr. Sherman has served as the Head of the Upper School for Rancho Solano Preparatory School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Prior to that, Steve spent 15 years at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano in roles of increasing responsibility: AP Math Instructor, Senior Dean of Students, and Math Department Chair, as well as committee involvement with Admissions, Academic Affairs, STEM Task Force, and as a member of the Upper School Leadership Team.

Board Chair Mike Bollenbacher shared, “We are thankful that God has called Steve to Maranatha, and we believe he is uniquely qualified to lead Maranatha at this time. He is a man of deep spiritual faith and a proven educational leader with exceptional experiences, outstanding interpersonal skills, and a passion for high-quality Christian education.”

Upon the retirement of Dr. David Gyertson on the summer of 2015, the Board of Directors appointed the Interim Head of School, Dr. Richard Riesen, and began a national search for Maranatha’s next Head of School. After an extensive search process, the Board and Advisory Committee interviewed finalists in January, and the Board voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Sherman. Search Committee Co-Chair Michele VanRiper shared, “We were incredibly blessed to have had Laura Coverstone and Ed Poff of JobfitMatters direct our search for a new Head of School. Their passion, commitment and attention to detail were evident in every step of the process.”

Dr. Sherman received his Master’s and Educational Doctorate degrees from Azusa Pacific University. His dissertation focused on The Influence of Perceived Parental Academic Pressure and Parental Disengagement on the Stress Levels of Affluent, High-Achieving Adolescents. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics from California State University.

Steve commented, “I strive, through servant leadership, to live a lifestyle pleasing and honoring to God and to be a school leader governed and shaped by the Word of the Lord… Jesus has given me a heart for adolescents. I enjoy their presence, energy, and curiosity. Each day, I continue to learn new things about life and myself through my interactions with high school students. I am excited to become a long-standing member of the Maranatha family.”