This is the Life! Exploring a Career in Boarding Schools

University Students: This inaugural event will bring together a panel of diverse people with a common thread — their love of working in boarding schools.

As you contemplate your career path, boarding school is one route you might not have considered. These school communities are composed of engaging and passionate individuals, who not only inspire the lives of young people, but are themselves inspired by the world around them. Working (and very often living) on a boarding school campus is often considered a calling. It’s a unique experience creating meaningful opportunities in myriad fields, some foreseen and some not.

Join us for a presentation, followed by a panel discussion with Q&A.

Presentation Topics:
• How Working in a Boarding School Can Be A Springboard for Your Career
• What Boarding Schools Look For When Hiring



  • Edie Traina
    Edie Traina
    Dean of Faculty, The Taft School
  • Erby Mitchell
    Erby Mitchell
    Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, The Hotchkiss School, CT

    Erby earned his bachelor’s degree in human development from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and an Ed.M in higher education at The Harvard Graduate School of Education. Erby serves on the board of directors of The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS); The Character Collaborative; and is the President of the Gateway to Prep Schools. He has nearly 20 years of admission experience, having worked at Bowdoin College, Sidwell Friends School, and The Loomis Chaffee School. Erby lives on campus with his wife, Jennifer, who is an elementary school teacher, and their three children, Olivia, CJ, and Kennadi.

  • Innes van Nostrand
    Innes van Nostrand
    Principal, Appleby College, ON

    In 2012, Innes van Nostrand was appointed the Principal of Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. Previously, he served for 25 years at Upper Canada College in Toronto, where he served as the Vice Principal, and Queen’s University, from which he graduated in geological engineering and later served in a senior advancement role. In addition to consulting or/or participating in review teams at a wide variety of universities and schools across Canada and internationally, Innes has been involved as a volunteer, presenter, author, and Board member with a variety of professional and community organizations, including TABS, Round Square, CASE, NAIS, G30 Schools, WLSA, CAIS, CCAE, CIS-Ontario, Scouts Canada, Christ Church Deer Park, and Queen’s University.

  • Leela Woody
    Leela Woody
    Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mercersburg Academy, PA

    Leela Woody serves as a member of the English department and as the assistant director of diversity, equity and inclusion at Mercersburg Academy. Beginning her teaching career in the public school domain, Leela joined the boarding school community as a teacher in 2018. Leela graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and English from Mount Holyoke College, and is pursuing a master’s degree from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English.

  • Pete Upham
    Pete Upham
    Executive Director, TABS
  • Sloane Meyer
    Sloane Meyer
    Carney, Sandoe & Associates

    A graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Sloane was inspired by her own educational experience to be a mentor for her own students and pursue a career in independent schools. After graduating with her Master’s degree in History, Sloane began teaching high school history in the Bay Area and served as a teacher, advisor, and Academic Dean for five years before joining Carney Sandoe & Associates in 2015. Currently serving as the Director for New Graduate Programs and Placement Associate for History and Social Studies, Sloane works closely with new and recent graduates to help prepare them for exciting careers in independent schools and begin building the networks needed to succeed in this close-knit community. As a former boarding school student, teacher, hiring contact, and Carney Sandoe candidate, Sloane takes pride in having experienced the independent school world from all angles and loves sharing her knowledge with both schools and job-seekers to help them find their perfect match.


Nov 12 2021

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