Announcement from the Search Committee 4/8/19


Message from the Search Committee

Our search process remains on track to have a new Head of School announced in May. As previously communicated, the Search Committee has reviewed the tremendous pool of highly experienced and diverse candidates who were interested in Wesley, and we have chosen four exceptional candidates as finalists.

Our commitment to transparency and parent and community involvement in this process remains our top priority and, accordingly, the first parent meeting with a finalist for Head of School will be held this Thursday, April 11 at 5:30 – 6:45pm in the Social Hall. A similar notice of each remaining finalist’s name and a brief biography will be released a day or so prior to their arrival on campus.

Please make plans to attend and participate in this important stage of the search process, and to give us your feedback about each of the candidates. There will be an electronic survey for you to fill out after each candidate meeting has been completed. You are welcome to submit your comments and observations at any time to us at headsearch@wesleyschool.org.

If you are unable to attend in person, you may submit your comments or questions for the candidate to the Search Committee at headsearch@wesleyschool.org, and if time allows, we will ask the question on your behalf.

Please review the most recent communication from the Search Committee by clicking here.

Candidate #1: Ernest Lee Levroney III (“Ernie”)

Ernie Levroney is a scientist, teacher and administrator with more than 13 years of experience in independent and charter schools. Currently an Educational Start-up Consultant, Ernie is a member of the founding Administrative Team at Learning By Design in Los Angeles, a new elementary charter school, as well as the Co-Founder and CEO of PRIME School in Los Angeles, another start-up charter school.

As an administrator, he was Upper School Dean of Students and Dean of Experiential Education/Director of Entrepreneurship at The Windward School in Los Angeles from 2014-2017, as well as Co-director (2013-14) and Dean of Academic Integrity (2012-2013). Prior to that, he was Science Department Chair at The Oakwood School in North Hollywood from 2009-2012.

As a teacher, Ernie focused on Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science at The Windward School, as well as designing a curriculum in Entrepreneurship for middle school and high school students there. At The Oakwood School, Ernie was the middle and high school Biology teacher, as well as the Community Youth Partnership Science Coordinator. The CYP is an after-school service-learning program dedicated to providing hands-on learning opportunities to students in the areas of science, music and dance.

Ernie has experience as a Diversity Steering Committee member and an Advisor for the Cultural Awareness Group at The Oakwood School. For three years, (2007-2010) he was a teacher at The Alliance Program in Los Angeles, a summer program that assists underrepresented students in transitioning into independent schools. He is currently a Board member of SoCal POCIS (People of Color in Independent Schools) and is experienced in developing academic and extra-curricular programs that emphasize the importance of diversity, equity and social justice.

He holds a BA in Biochemistry from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics from UCLA. He was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Weill Cornell Medical School in New York City, doing research in the Pediatrics and Infectious Disease departments.