In March, Dr. Evan Glazer, who became TJ’s fourth Principal in September of 2006, announced that he will be leaving TJ after the end of the 2016-2017 school year. After a decade as the leader of one of the nation’s top public schools, he will become Head of School at the New York City campus of Avenues: The World School, a preschool-through-12th grade private school with planned campuses in Beijing, London, Sao Paulo, and Mumbai, among other great world cities.
Avenues, founded in 2012, seeks to pioneer a new kind of educational institution, a truly global school that prepares its students for a global world. Dr. Glazer welcomes the challenge of leading a young, ambitious institution and is particularly excited about joining a community that includes younger learners. In addition, he looks forward to seeing more of his brother, who lives in Manhattan.
In an emotional talk at the PTSA’s April meeting, Dr. Glazer related how he was approached by Avenues’ leadership at a moment of transition in both his personal and work life. “I wasn’t looking when they found me,” he said, but he was at a point in his life where he was receptive to new offers. His wife was pregnant with the couple’s second child (the family is expecting a girl in July; their son, Luke, turned two in February) and they knew that they would soon need to move out of their two-bedroom condominium in Washington, DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. At the same time that he and his wife were weighing relocation options, he also recognized that TJ, which was completing its multi-stage, transformational renovation, would soon be at an ideal point for new leadership.
“I appreciated that it was wise for me to seek new experiences and that it was important for the school’s growth for it to have fresh ideas,” Dr. Glazer said.
Avenues was seeking a Head for the 2016-2017 school year, but Dr. Glazer explained that he would not be available until July, 2017: “I couldn’t let anyone start as Principal at a school under construction,” he explained. Avenues will have an interim Head for a year while Dr. Glazer sees TJ through the final stages of its renovation.
Dr. Glazer’s last year will be no “lame duck” session. He insists that he has a lot yet to accomplish at TJ and that there’s plenty of work to be done. TJ Partnership Fund Board Chair Srikant Sastry, Parent ’17, meeting with him on a recent afternoon, asked Dr. Glazer to discuss his plans for his last year as TJ’s Principal (in another clip, Sastry also asked him a question he’d been curious about for years).
The videos were filmed and edited by Luca Frix, TJ ’18.