Press Release: The Winston School Announces New Head of School
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

January 28, 2014 - The Winston School Dallas, Texas

The Winston School is delighted to announce the appointment of Rebbie J. Evans, M.Ed., as the new Pamela K. Murfin Head of School. This appointment is the exciting culmination of an intensive process launched to identify a successor to Dr. Polly A. Peterson, PhD, MSW, who announced in October of 2013 that she was taking a new position for the 2014-2015 school year at the Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Ms. Evans, who will assume the position on July 1, 2014, has been a pillar of The Winston School community since 1981 when she began her teaching career in the lower and middle schools. During her 33 years at The Winston School, Ms. Evans's duties have ranged from classroom teaching in the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools to her role as Division Head for Lower, Middle and Upper School and her current role as Assistant Head of School. During her tenure as a leader in The Winston School, Ms. Evans has also been a role model for the entire Winston community, exhibiting dedication, a relentless work ethic, educational drive and approachability. Known for her determination, empathy and relentless pursuit to make a positive difference in the lives of young people and their families, she has become an icon at the School and an alumni favorite. She teaches by example and is very active in various civic volunteer roles in the greater Dallas community.

Upon accepting her new position, Ms. Evans noted that: Much of any school’s success is due greatly in part to the commitment, hard work and dedication of the administration, faculty and staff, students and parents of that community. There is no other school where this is more apparent than The Winston School, an environment where the ‘whole child’ is educated, celebrated and validated through every facet of their school experience.

It is with great honor and excitement for the future of The Winston School, that I accept the offer of the Board of Trustees to become the Pamela K. Murfin Head of School, effective July 1, 2014. When I joined the Winston community over thirty years ago, it was very apparent that I had become a part of a community that had a strong desire, determination and commitment to make a positive and long-lasting difference in the lives of young people with unique and very talented learning styles. I knew that I had connected with my destiny, the place where life for me would be forever changed because my desires were exactly the same as those that imbued every aspect of the school. The warmth, the professionalism and the personal concern for the best for every student was and has continued to be a hallmark at Winston.

Through her extraordinary leadership abilities, Dr. Polly Peterson will leave the school in the enviable place it occupies today, a place where there is a strong commitment to high academic excellence and high-quality faculty and staff. Over the last seven years, Dr. Peterson’s leadership contributions, along with the school’s state-of-the art facilities, the dedication of its Board of Trustees, enthusiastic faculty and staff, and partnership of its families, have supported Winston in becoming a preeminent resource for the educational community, both locally and nationwide. I will take seriously the responsibility of ensuring
The Winston School, the continuity of the position we now hold as an extraordinary school and I look forward to further stellar achievements in the years ahead.

Board of Trustees Chair and member of The Winston School Transition Committee, Melissa Stewart, commented that "Ms. Evans is in a unique position to understand the past, know the present and to direct the future of The Winston School. We are particularly thrilled that the outcome of the efforts of the Transition Committee is that "one of our own", a treasured member of The Winston School community for 33 years, is the best candidate for this position. I want to thank the Transition Committee who worked tirelessly over the past three months to reach this great result. I also want to thank Dr. Peterson, who has supported and assisted this effort in every way, and who will continue to lead the School until the transition to Ms. Evans’ leadership is completed this summer."

Nancy Furney, who serves as Board of Trustees Secretary and Chair-Elect, as well as Chair of the Transition Committee, states "I couldn’t be more pleased with the result of our search for a new Winston Head of School. It is extremely unusual to find a person who is beloved by faculty, administration, students and parents alike and yet has the vision and fortitude to lead into the future. We’ve found that person in Rebbie Evans and I’m excited to see what the future holds for Winston under her leadership."
Ms. Evans holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Social Work from Texas Women's University. She has been active in the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest for many years, serving as a Faculty Facilitator for the ISAS Beginning Teacher Institute, and a member of the Leadership Team and Master Teacher at the ISAS Beginning Teacher's Institute for 13 years.

This announcement is the culmination of several months of work by the Transition Committee, beginning with its formation immediately following the announcement by Dr. Peterson of her resignation. As a first step, the Transition Committee recommended that the Board of Trustees engage Brigham Hill Consultancy, an executive head search firm that specializes in independent school searches, to guide the Transition Committee in establishing the process of identifying the next Pamela K. Murfin Head of School. Brigham Hill conducted meetings with members of The Winston School community, including administration, faculty, staff, parents and members of the Board of Trustees, to solicit input from all constituencies of The Winston School. After collaboration between Brigham Hill and the Transition Committee, many meetings to discuss the attributes of the desired candidate and subsequent interviews, the result was a unanimously supported recommendation to the Board of Trustees by both the Transition Committee and the Executive Committee of The Winston School to engage Ms. Evans as the next Head of School.

On January 27, 2014, following consideration of the recommendation of both Committees, the Board of Trustees voted to engage Ms. Evans as the next Pamela K. Murfin Head of The Winston School.

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