In January 2018, in his tenth year as FCS Head of School, Larry Clements announced his plans to retire as of June 30, 2019. A Head Search Committee and the FCS Board of Trustees are charged with selecting a new visionary leader who will guide Friends Community School in the years ahead.

Larry's Tenure

FCS has flourished under Larry’s leadership. With a steady hand, he has steered the school through economic and social challenges, always with a clear sense of mission and dedication to the children around whom our community revolves. Under Larry’s leadership, the school has attracted and retained a strong and dedicated faculty. Larry has guided the school’s expansion; we are now at maximum enrollment, with more families applying each year than we can welcome into our community.
In a letter to the FCS community announcing his retirement, Larry said, “I am deeply proud of the work we have all accomplished to become the FCS of 2018. Although there is never an ideal time for transition, FCS is in remarkably solid shape and is well positioned for success for years to come.” Kathy Goldschmidt, the clerk of the FCS Board of Trustees, echoed Larry’s statements and thanked him “for his decade of excellent service to Friends Community School.”

The Opening

The FCS Head of School position opening is a rare opportunity for a passionate educator to inherit a financially, educationally, and socially healthy school, successful on a variety of measures, and to provide leadership for continued excellence. The next Head will inspire the collaboration of the entire community to build upon the school’s many strengths in order to ensure that FCS continues to:
  • Serve as a model for Quaker, progressive education;
  • Effectively, compassionately, and creatively use financial, material, and human resources to promote the mission of the school; and
  • Cultivate and celebrate a diverse and inclusive community in which students, faculty, staff, and families thrive.
The head search is conducted by a Head Search Committee. The Search Committee includes Board members and non-Board members with institutional memory. Their primary responsibility is to recommend a Head of School-elect to the Board of Trustees after identifying the qualities most desired and needed using gathered data from listening sessions, screening and evaluating candidates based on defined criteria, and interviewing semi-finalists and finalists. The Search Committee is supported by a Head Search Advisory Committee and coordinated by consultant Brooke Carroll
The search process includes surveys and listening sessions with constituents to gather thoughts and perspectives on what FCS needs, both in its next Head and as strategic priorities in the next several years. Candidate interviews and visits transpire through the summer and fall of 2018. The FCS Board of Trustees will select and announce the new Head of School before January 2019.

Head Search Committee

List of 9 items.

  • Marty FitzPatrick

    Marty FitzPatrick (Co-Clerk) is the parent of Oliver FitzPatrick (FCS 2018) and Colin FitzPatrick (FCS 2021), both “lifers,” or students at FCS since Kindergarten. He has been a member of the FCS Board of Trustees since 2013, serving as Treasurer and Assistant Clerk to the Board, and of the Silver Spring Day School Board of Directors (2009-2015, President 2010-2012). Marty received a Ph.D. in English from New York University and has taught in the English Departments of NYU, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland College Park. He has been an at-home parent since 2005, accepting even-lower pay in exchange for even-lower expectations with regard to dress code.
  • LaShawn Lancaster

    LaShawn Lancaster (Co-Clerk) is the parent of Miles Lancaster (FCS 2019) and Cole Lancaster (FCS 2022), both “lifers.” She has clerked the Parent Association’s Charleston Wraps fundraiser, co-clerked the Annual Giving Fund, and continues to serve each year as an enthusiastic mentor to incoming FCS families. For the last 18 years, LaShawn has served the community as a non-profit executive with local and international organizations. LaShawn loves family road trips; perhaps they remind her of her first job after college, which involved traveling with the circus.
  • Trish Petty

    Trish Petty (Co-Clerk) is the parent of “lifer” Elizabeth Petty (Izzy) (FCS 2020). She has been actively involved at FCS since 2010, serving as co-clerk for Fall Fair, admissions volunteer, and as a Trustee of the Board since 2014 (serving on the Diversity and Advancement Committees). Trish previously taught kindergarten for 23 years and directed the after-school program at Holy Trinity School in Georgetown. Trish also served on the River Park Nursery School (Capitol Hill) parent board and currently serves on its parent alumni board.
  • Jade Alice Eaton

    Jade Alice Eaton began attending Adelphi Friends Meeting in the 1980s and has been a member for more than 25 years, serving on a variety of committees and as Clerk of the Meeting. Jade served on the FCS Board of Trustees (and its predecessor, the School Committee) for multiple terms. She served as Clerk of the Board of Trustees during the leasing and move to the Calvert Road campus and during the initial capital campaign and purchase of the land for the present location, as well as the expansion to include a seventh and eighth grade. She also served as Clerk of the Search Committee that found the present Head of School, Larry Clements. All of her three children attended FCS.
  • Malissa Griffin

    Malissa Griffin joined the FCS community in 2012, when her daughter Sydney Griffin (FCS 2021) started at FCS as a Kindergartener. She has been active as a volunteer in the classroom, as an admissions volunteer, and in many other facets of life at FCS, and she currently serves on the school’s Advancement Committee. Malissa earned her B.S. from Elizabeth City State University and M.A. from Bowie State University, has 30 years of federal government service, and currently works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 
  • Patrick Mulvey

    Patrick Mulvey, the parent of Elizabeth Mulvey (FCS 2012) and Nick Mulvey (FCS 2015), both “lifers,” came to FCS in 2003 when his daughter started Kindergarten at the old Calvert Road location. Patrick was, and remains, truly grateful for the “whole person” education his children received at FCS. He valued how the school embraced parent involvement and became very active at FCS, eventually joining the Board of Trustees. During his six-year tenure, he served as a Parent Representative to the Board, Secretary, Treasurer, and Clerk. His work on the Board introduced his family to Adelphi Friends Meeting, and they have now been attenders at Adelphi for many years and are involved in many aspects of the Meeting and the wider Quaker community. Patrick has been employed with the American Institute of Physics for 32 years and currently holds the position of Research Manager, conducting social science research on education and employment issues as they relate to physics and astronomy students.
  • Brooke Carroll (Consultant)

    Brooke Carroll, Ph.D. is the Principal Consultant and Coach at Acies Strategies and specializes in Leadership Coaching, Board Development, and Strategic Goal Setting. She holds a doctorate in educational psychology and has over 20 years of experience leading schools and nonprofits. She has served on several school and Association Boards in various roles. Prior to consulting and coaching, Dr. Carroll was Head of School for 9 years at Seneca Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School. She is a member of Sandy Spring Monthly Meeting and is a graduate of Sandy Spring Friends School.
  • Janet Dixon, ex officio

    Janet Dixon (Clerk, Board of Trustees) has been actively involved with the FCS community since her son Benjamin Dixon (FCS 2012) began kindergarten. She has taken on the full range of volunteer roles, from Field Trip Coordinator to Co-Chairing the Annual Spring Auction; now in her fifth year as a Trustee, she will serve as Clerk, having previously served as Co-Clerk of the Board and Clerk of the Advancement Committee. She has a lifelong career in recreation with local government and is the office manager for a large and energetic team in Youth Development. She has lived in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, D.C. for 17 years with her husband, their son, and their rescue dog, Brownie. An Attender of Adelphi Friends Meeting, Janet and her family have embraced the FCS motto of being lifelong learners, courageous risk-takers, and joyous peacemakers.
  • Jessica Braider, ex officio

    Jessica Braider (Co-Clerk, Board of Trustees) is the parent of "lifers" Manu Menasce (FCS 2022) and Ilan Menasce (FCS 2024) and CEO of The Six O’Clock Scramble, an online meal planning service, where she combines her passion for food and her love for working with parents and children to build healthy and happy families. Jessica’s associations with the Quaker world are quite extensive: a member of Boulder (CO) Monthly Meeting, she attended Cambridge (MA) Friends School (K-8) and Haverford College (class of 2000), worked for two years at the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and served in governance roles at both FCNL and Haverford, where she has been a member of the Corporation since 2001. She also holds a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan; in her downtime, you can find Jessica in the kitchen experimenting with recipes or outside enjoying time with her husband and kids.

Advisory Committee

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  • Community Representatives

    The Advisory Committee’s members represent key constituents of the FCS school community: parents, faculty, staff, and members of Adelphi Friends Meeting. The primary responsibility of the Advisory Committee is to represent these various school constituencies in presenting counsel and advice to the Head Search Committee regarding the selection of a new Head of School. In this role, the Advisory Committee will meet separately from the Head Search Committee to prepare and to interview semi-finalists and finalists, and will report their assessment of the candidates to the Head Search Committee.
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Located in College Park, MD, Friends Community School is a progressive Quaker K-8 day school, founded on the belief that every child is a valued member of our community. We offer a challenging curriculum imbued with strong values of equality, integrity, community, environmental stewardship, simplicity and peaceful conflict resolution, rooted in our Quaker heritage.
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5901 Westchester Park Drive
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