SOS ThreeSixty

SOS ThreeSixty, Inc. is a team of safety experts & independent school administrators providing abuse prevention, Boundary Training and best safety practices. With over 50+ years of combined experience, we work with independent schools across the country to help prevent unintentional mistakes, misunderstandings and misconduct. Boarding Schools create a unique opportunity for students to learn and grow. We are proud to partner with Boarding Schools to empower everyone within their community to create the safest school environment for children to thrive.


Boarding Schools choose us because of our compassionate approach to discussing a very emotional topic. We bring an expertise that is unparalleled, a combination of independent school leadership, global child safety experts to create trauma informed abuse prevention and Boundary Training programs that resonate. We understand how to help prevent not only the damaging impact of misconduct, but also the unintentional mistakes and misunderstandings that create major trust and reputation issues for a school’s community. Our team has had the experience of leading their Boarding School communities as they heal from a variety of unfortunate and unexpected crises and share that expertise with the school partners.


Our mission is to support schools to create the safest environment possible for children to learn.
“We’ve been very impressed with SOS ThreeSixty’s Boundary Training asynchronous course because it presents sound fundamentals to promote a safer working and learning environment in our school. It’s also created a shared safety language for all of our employees, providing them with an even clearer understanding of what is expected of them. We also know that the training sparked many important discussions because I’ve heard employees sharing the nuances of their conversations with students, as a direct result of what they heard and learned in the course.”
Rob Constantine, CFO, White Mountain School
“I am very impressed with SOS ThreeSixty’s online Boundary Training for Schools course. The training is authentic and conveys a strong commitment to a student safety mission. The content is well-organized, logical and user-friendly. The videos are clear and emphasize key points that schools need to pay attention to and the messages resonate. The advice the training provides comes from a place of care and concern for educators and will create a trusting, engaging relationship that ultimately leads to the safest environment possible at schools.”
Mike Hanas, “NAIS & TABS Independent School Task Force on Educator Sexual Misconduct.” Past Dorm Parent, Tabor Academy, Past Head, San Francisco Friends
“I have been in education for more than 25 years and this Boundary Training really did hit the mark (several actually) in a short period of time. Taking this course was quite assuring and humbling regarding the exposure busy independent schools face in our daily student interactions. In 30 minutes this training creates a really healthy balance between responsibility and the privilege of working with young people – all great in my book.”
Andy Rodford, Deputy Head of School, St. Michaels University School


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).


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 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.