YEARS IN BUSINESS

44

LOCATED IN

Massachusetts

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES

Employees

NUMBER OF BOARDING SCHOOLS WE SERVE

Schools

Carney, Sandoe & Associates

With four decades of experience, Carney Sandoe’s mission is to connect great educators and leaders with great schools. We are a recruitment, search, and consulting firm that works with independent boarding schools and job seekers worldwide. Driven by a commitment to diversity and inclusion and deep, lasting relationships, we provide the most exceptional hiring, job search, and consulting experiences.

WHY BOARDING SCHOOLS CHOOSE US

As a TABS Boarding School Alliance Partner, schools choose Carney Sandoe because they want the best for their community. Our size provides our partner schools with both the intimacy and immediacy of a small bespoke experience, while offering the resources, technology, market insight, and network of a globally-connected firm. We recruit candidates with a variety of interests, specialties, backgrounds, and experience levels, from recent college graduates to seasoned classroom veterans. Many of the teachers and administrators we’ve placed are running schools today. Throughout the hiring process, our experience, passion, and diligence allow us to make the right match between a school and a candidate — and we’ve done so over 33,000 times since 1977.
Yesterday I credited you with our capacity to find a broader range of candidates. You are the most effective recruitment firm for schools. I said I work with a few recruiters who specialize in diverse candidates and have not had the same results as I have with Carney Sandoe. I was able to point to the trailblazing work you have done in the field of DEI. I shared my experience at FORUM/Diversity. Your commitment is so dedicated that you have a team in place to help schools. I know every school in the country has the same goal, and I know how busy this keeps you. I never feel like I do not have your colleagues’ full attention and commitment. I know that our school is known and the people I work with help make the right match.
Ria Maxwell, Dean of Faculty/Director of Human Resources
Through every step, working with you felt like having a colleague and collaborator. You asked questions about what we needed and wanted in a candidate, listened to understand our priorities, as well as our community and what we value in colleagues. You went above and beyond, giving us a portrait of candidates' areas of knowledge and strengths in the classroom, as well as information about what they could add outside the classroom. It was clear how well you knew the candidates, how much you respected them, and how well you represented them to us. In every possible way, your work made the case for just how valuable working with Carney Sandoe can be for a school.
Emily Pressman, Dean of Faculty Development, St. Andrews School

WILLIAM GILYARD

Will Gilyard is in his 19th year of working in independent schools. In 2020, he returned to his alma mater Choate Rosemary Hall to take on the roles of Form Dean, and Alumni Engagement Associate. Will joined Choate after nine years at the Kingswood Oxford School (KO), a 6-12 independent day school located in West Hartford, CT, where he served as Dean of Students, an upper school math teacher, assistant football coach, and faculty advisor for the United Students club and Boys of Color group. At Choate, Will is the faculty adviser to Choate Afro Latino Men (CALM), and Girls Who Code (GWC).

Will also serves as a core faculty member and helped create the curriculum for the Institute for New Teachers of Color in Independent Schools, created in 2020, the Interschool Leadership Institute, created in 2013. Will also served as a core faculty member of the Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color (KOLIEC) from 2011-2018 and helped create the curriculum for the mentoring/advising circles for institute participants.

Before joining KO, Will was the Head of the Upper School at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine in New York City. He serves on the board of advisors for the IDEAL School, also located in New York City. He is passionate about the role of educators in independent schools, specifically in the lives of students of color. Will has attended numerous workshops, conferences, and institutes related to leadership in independent schools and anti-racist education. Will had the honor of being a member of a think tank for the CARLE institute. 

Will has his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his M.A. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of St. Joseph. Will is thrilled to be a part of the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) team and looks forward to working with energized and focused individuals who are interested in being change agents in the residential life sphere.

Will and his wife, Afton, ALP/Enrichment Teacher in Stratford Public Schools reside in Wallingford, CT with their two sons, William (10) and Maxwell (8).

RYAN PAGOTTO

Associate Head of School Ryan Pagotto ’97 joined Blair’s faculty in 2002 and is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the School on matters related to student and residential life, including health and counseling services, athletics and co-curricular programs. He runs Monday School Meeting and, among other things, is known for greeting students in the morning at the Clinton Hall doorway and offering freshly picked apples from his office during the month of October. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Ryan serves as a member of the history department and teaches Global Issues. He also authors the monthly e-newsletter From Hilltop to Home, a communication designed to help new boarding-school parents navigate the ins and outs of the Blair experience.

Over the course of his time at Blair, Ryan has served as a history teacher, head tennis coach, a dorm head and Dean of Admission. He completed his undergraduate work at Dickinson College, where he captained the men’s tennis team, and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Columbia University. Before joining the faculty at Blair, Ryan taught at the Taft Summer School in Watertown, Connecticut, and Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He also spent three summers as program director of the Cambridge Prep Experience at Peterhouse College, Cambridge University.

In addition to his roles in schools, Ryan has served as a faculty member for the TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools) Summer Session and is a regular presenter at national boarding and independent school conferences on student and residential life.

Ryan and his wife, Jennifer, performing arts department chair and Director of Instrumental Music at Blair, live in Grullon House with their children, Jack, Will, Ella and Addison, and their dog, Teagan. The Pagottos enjoy opening their home to Blair students, faculty and staff members throughout the year.

SUSAN BALDRIDGE

Susan served as a professor and leader at Middlebury College for over 25 years, most recently as Executive Vice President and Provost, leading Middlebury’s academic programs across multiple campuses – Middlebury, Bread Loaf, Monterey – as well as study abroad locations around the world. Prior to her Provostship, Susan served as Vice President for Strategy and Planning, Dean of Planning and Assessment, and Dean of the Faculty. She is a tenured Professor of Psychology and taught throughout her time at Middlebury.

Susan began her consulting firm in 2018, advising schools, colleges, non-profits and foundations in the areas of strategy, planning and governance; and coaching senior administrators to build leadership capacity and support change management. This led her to partner with TABS in 2019, in the development of TABS current strategic plan.

In addition to consulting, Susan co-authored the book, The College Stress Test, an analysis of educational markets and tools for helping schools to identify their place within market trends. The book was named one of the best books on higher education in 2020 by Forbes Magazine. Susan has presented extensively on topics relating to human sexuality, social psychology, and the psychology of women and gender. She received her B.S. with highest honors in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, at Denison University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology at UCLA.