Head of School Search

June 30, 2016

Deborah Richman Bids Fond Farewell to Community

As Deborah Richman prepares to open a new chapter of her life after 28 years as Head of School at Turning Point, she expresses her appreciation to the community and welcomes Dr. Laura Konigsberg to the helm.

"Serving as Turning Point School’s Head of School for the last 28 years has been both a joy and a distinct privilege, and I am overcome with meaningful memories and lasting lessons as I close out my time here. During my journey, as I watched so many of our students transform from small toddlers in Primary to confident, responsible, and fiercely intelligent students, I did not realize that I too, was growing with them. With each goal they set, each hurdle they overcame, and each finish line they crossed, I felt their happiness, their resilience, and their strength. They have inspired me, encouraged me, and changed my life for the better. As I begin the next stage in my life, I will hold these memories close to my heart, and while I may not be here every day, I will take a piece of Turning Point with me wherever I go.

"I now leave you in the capable hands of Dr. Laura Konigsberg, who is coming to Turning Point with her own distinctive characteristics, energy, and ambition. I look forward to watching Turning Point continue to grow, flourish, and evolve under Dr. Konigsberg’s leadership, with an unparalleled team of Faculty and Staff, parents, Trustees, and supporters at her side."

Read Deborah's Letter of Appreciation in its entirety here.

Turning Point Announces Dr. Laura Konigsberg as Next Head of School

October 21, 2015

Turning Point School Announces Dr. Laura Konigsberg as Next Head of School

The Turning Point School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Laura Konigsberg has been appointed the next Head of School beginning July 1, 2016. She will succeed Deborah Richman who, in the beginning of 2015, shared her plan to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year after 28 years of service. 

"Unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees, Laura was a standout among an impressive field of candidates. She is the ideal leader to build on the remarkable legacy that Deborah Richman has built over the past 28 years at our exceptional school." - Steve Plum, Board President

Read the letter to the community from Board President Steve Plum here.

Dr. Konigsberg currently serves in the role of Associate Head of Bentley School, a dual campus K-12 day school in Oakland, CA (360 students; 70 Faculty and Staff), where she oversees the entire K-8 campus. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Konigsberg has energized Bentley’s program, modernized its curriculum, and consolidated the K-8 faculty into one body. She has implemented numerous innovative programs involving mathematics, science, diversity, and professional development and has been integral in enriching the overall academic program. She has also been instrumental in strengthening Bentley’s community outreach, and the school’s enrollment has increased under her guidance.

She now brings that breadth of experience and passion for progress and advancement to Turning Point School.

“In my conversations with the Turning Point community I have encountered a deep, abiding love for the school, a shared vision of the school’s purpose, and a rich atmosphere of collegiality and respect. Turning Point is a school that celebrates the myriad transitions in growth from childhood to adolescence; that the school’s name embodies these passages, together with the commitment of the entire community to students’ authentic growth, is both moving and inspiring.” – Dr. Laura Konigsberg

Originally from New York, Dr. Konigsberg earned her undergraduate degree in English from Trinity College, and her Masters and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis; in addition, she holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley.

Over two decades, Dr. Konigsberg has worked as an English teacher, English Department Chair, Freshman and Sophomore Class Dean, Director of Counseling and Student Support, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Head of Upper School, and Head of Lower School.

She also shares in the global leadership perspective that Turning Point champions. She lived in Tokyo during high school and graduated from the American School in Japan. She later spent her junior year of college in London.

Dr. Konigsberg will be relocating to Los Angeles with her husband, Ted Courant, who is a mathematician with a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and her two children, Jack and Miles.

“I am excited to build on the legacy of Deborah Richman, who has imbued the school with its character of excellent academics alongside the education of the whole child. We are looking forward to having our children, Jack (age 10 / Level 5) and Miles (age 6 / Level 1), join Turning Point School and are especially excited to have Jack start middle school at Turning Point.” – Dr. Laura Konigsberg

The Head of School search is the Board’s highest responsibility. The nine-month journey was led by a Board-appointed Search Committee that, with guidance from a national consultancy firm, vetted dozens of outstanding candidates from across the country and abroad. More than 72 hours of interviews were conducted by the Search Committee, including open “question and answer” sessions for the parent community, administrators, and faculty.

“Laura is an outstanding leader whose intelligence, character, values, warmth, and vision will resonate deeply with the Turning Point community. I am delighted that the Board has appointed her your next Head of School, and could not be more proud to welcome her to our vibrant, diverse community.” – Deborah Richman

Current Head of School Deborah Richman will remain in her position through the end of June, 2016.

Three Finalists to Visit Turning Point (8/21/2015)

August 23, 2015

Three Finalists to Visit Turning Point

The Search Committee met with search consultants Tom Hudnut and Debbie Reed over the early summer, and narrowed the field of nearly thirty excellent candidates down to nine. Then, earlier this month, the Committee met personally with those nine semi-finalists for a combined 18 hours over two days. As a result, the committee is delighted to report that three outstanding finalists have been selected, and will be visiting campus over the next several weeks to tour the school and meet with the Administration and Faculty.

Importantly, each finalist will be separately available to all members of our community during an open question and answer session, to be moderated by a member of the Search Committee, between 6:00 - 7:30 pm in the school theatre on the following evenings:

• Monday, September 21
• Monday, September 28
• Thursday, October 1

Please mark your calendars to join us for each session to hear from each candidate, and participate in the question and answer session. No RSVP is necessary, and an Internet-based survey will be conducted after each session. We look forward to seeing you there and participating in this exciting step into the future of our great school.

Head of School Search Update (5/19/2015)

May 19, 2015

Head of School Search Update

The Search Committee of the Board of Trustees wanted to provide an update to our Turning Point Community on the status of our search for a new Head of School. Tom Hudnut and Debbie Reed of Resource Group 175 have been actively searching and interviewing candidates from across the country and around the world, and as anticipated have been impressed with the large number of high caliber candidates eager to be considered for our next Head of School. Tom and Debbie reported this to a recent joint Board and Search Committee meeting, and will be meeting later this month with the Search Committee to begin the detailed candidate review.  We are moving the process forward quickly but thoroughly and will report again soon.

Position Statement Published (3/16/2015)

March 16, 2015

Position Statement Published

A position statement outlining opportunities and leadership qualities for the ideal Head of School candidate has been published. To read an excerpt of the document in .PDF format, please click here.

Head of School Search Committee Announced (1/29/2015)

January 29, 2015

Head of School Search Committee Announced

By a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, the Head of School Search Committee has been selected. Members include Robert Friedman, Dana Kitaj, Angela Mabon, Stephen Plum, Kathy Toppino, and James Widdoes.

This committee collectively includes current parents, former parents, and members of our Board of Trustees – all of whom have a proven track record of leadership, experience, service, and most importantly, a love for Turning Point School.

The committee will be working closely with Tom Hudnut and Debbie Reed from the search firm Resource Group 175 to identify quality candidates for the Head of School position. Tom served for 25 years as the Head of Harvard-Westlake School, and Debbie served as Head of Polytechnic School in Pasadena for 12 years. Both have worked on many high profile Head searches such as ours, and their combined expertise in primary, elementary, and middle school education, and their in-depth knowledge of preeminent California schools, uniquely qualifies them to guide us in this process.

Read the Search Committee Announcement


Deborah Richman Announces Retirement as Head of Turning Point School (1/26/2015)

January 26, 2015

Deborah Richman Announces Retirement as Head of Turning Point School

Deborah Richman, who has served as the Head of School for Turning Point School for the past 27+ years, announced on Friday that she will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year.

“It is very clear to me that Turning Point School is poised to step into a bright future, and although leaving is bittersweet, I am excited to watch this exceptional community continue to flourish,” said Richman. “Having the privilege to lead this wonderful school for the past three decades has been a journey of a lifetime, and I have relished each step along the way.”

Steve Plum, President of the Board of Trustees, thanked Richman for serving as “the thread which has so thoughtfully and purposefully woven the fabric of the Turning Point community,” and applauded her vision in “creating a school which stands on its own, proud of its achievements but looking forward, confident of the opportunities to come.”

Ms. Richman will continue to lead Turning Point over the next 18 months, and will remain focused on ongoing school initiatives which include: pursuing accreditation by the Council of International Schools; enhancing the growth of cutting-edge technology and computer science (including the upcoming opening of the school’s groundbreaking MakerLab); and implementing tactical initiatives from the newly-published Strategic Plan.

Over the coming weeks, The Board of Trustees will announce the formation of a Search Committee that, along with nationally renowned search consulting firm Research Group 175, will shepherd Turning Point through the process of identifying potential successors, and preparing for the transition of leadership.

“We should all be proud that the Head of School position at Turning Point is considered to be an absolute top-flight opportunity for an exceptionally well-qualified leader,” said Plum. “I hope the entire community will join in celebrating the accomplishments that have brought us here today and the promise of a very exciting future ahead.”

For continuing updates on the Head of School Search, please bookmark our website at www.turningpointschool.org/HOS.

Letters to the Community from Deborah Richman, and Steve Plum and the Succession Task Force

Search Committee

Robert Friedman
Board Vice President
(1996-1999, 2014 - Present)
Board Treasurer (2000-2004)

Dana Kitaj
Board Vice President (2008-2014)
Board Treasurer (2006-2008)
Current Parent
Alum Parent

Angela Mabon
Board Member (2013 - Present)
Current Parent

Stephen Plum
Board President (2010 - Present)

Kathy Toppino
Alum Parent
PSA Coordinator (2005-2011)

James Widdoes
Board President (1989-1996)

Search Process

We are committed to a professional, transparent, and inclusive process. This page will provide updates on the Head of School search, and will allow you to access past communications. We encourage you to check back regularly.

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Turning Point School is an independent, coeducational school providing a premier education to students in the greater Los Angeles area. For over 45 years, we have educated confident, curious, and globally-aware preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school students.

Located in the heart of Culver City, we enroll students from the west side of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, Venice, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Hancock Park, Cheviot Hills, and Playa del Rey.


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