After five years at Country Day, assistant head of school Tucker Foehl will become the new head of school at Sonoma Academy starting July 1, 2020. He will replace retiring founder Janet Durgin.

Sonoma Academy — a nonprofit, private and coed college preparatory school in Santa Rosa — is changing heads of school for the first time since it was founded in 2000.

In Sonoma Academy’s announcement, Kitty Angell, the chair of the head of school search committee, said Foehl was chosen largely because he aligns with the mission and core values of the school: creativity, ethical behavior and commitment to learning.

“I think (the school’s focus on diversity, equity and inclusion work) is one of the reasons they were interested in my candidacy,” Foehl said. “I have a lot of experience working around those areas as a school leader and in my personal life.”

Foehl praised Sonoma Academy for its renewable energy, produce garden and conservation and recycling of water.

“Sonoma Academy is a real leader and visionary in what schools can do to teach sustainability and have it woven into the fabric of the school,” he said. 

Foehl said he is prepared and well-positioned for the change.

“I think that it is the right time for me, professionally, to move into the role of head of school,” he said. 

Lee Thomsen, Country Day head of school, said there are no plans to replace Foehl.

“The school’s needs evolve over time, and with the recent increase in enrollment, we plan to steer most of those resources to increasing faculty positions for next year,” Thomsen said.

—By Sicily Schroeder

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