Triangle | Heads Up






Triangle | Heads Up






A different approach to leadership search.

About Us  |   How we approach leadership search.



Our Vision for Search


We take the time to study our clients, using state-of-the-science tools to measure school culture. No one knows as many schools as we do, and no one listens as deeply and carefully to what stakeholders say.


Together, Judy Schechtman, Marc Frankel , Pat Bassett and David Ottaviano know more independent and international school leaders than anyone else. Our experience, plus the industry firsts of culture assessment, personality profiling, and executive coaching, built into the search contract, mean we do search differently than anyone else.


Not just different, better!


We build a candidate pool by mining our database and through personal contact with hundreds of leaders. We shake the trees hard, and then apply an industry-leading combination of interviews and psychometric assessment from clinically-trained experts to gauge goodness-of-fit.


Our commitment to making the match work includes executive coaching for the new head, built right into the search contract.


Our Work  |  Current searches.

Project: Head of School


Available:  July 1, 2019       Search closes January 1, 2018


Description: Recognized as Hong Kong's Leading International School by the Hong Kong Business magazine's High Flyers campaign for seven consecutive years, the Canadian International School of Hong Kong (CDNIS) is a non-profit school that provides a "through-train" education to students from Pre-Reception (3 year olds) through to Grade 12 graduation. The school currently has  1750 students representing 41 nationalities.


CDNIS is an IB World School fully authorized to deliver the International Baccalaureate's Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years Programmes. The school is also authorized to grant credits toward completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), thus providing a "dual passport" for graduates to gain entry into top universities throughout the world.


Current Head: David Baird, Interim Head of School

Position: Executive Director


Available:  No later than July 1, 2018 (or before, depending on candidate availability)


Description: The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) is the umbrella advocate and information center for virtually all of the private schools and their associations in the country, is seeking the next executive director to lead this most important organization.  He or she will be the voice of CAPE and its collective membership, advocating the interests and defending the freedoms  of  private schools in America. The new leader will assume the role on January 1, 2018, with an office located in the Washington, DC area.


Current Executive Director: Joe McTighe

Search Closed!

Position: Head of School


Available:  July 2018         Application deadline extended to September 30, 3017!


Description: This is an extraordinary leadership opportunity at one of the nation's premiere independent schools serving students with language-based learning differences, AIM Academy, a groundbreaking school in Conshohocken, PA, (Philadelphia area) for students in Grades 1 through 12 with language-based learning differences. The head of school will occupy a new position as leader of the school division of AIM Academy. As such, the head will be the focal point for parents and community members for the school, which has grown from just 24 students when it was founded in 2006 to more than 300 today. LD experience is preferred but not required.


Current Head: New Role!

Recently Completed Leadership Searches:


   •  AMI-USA, completed October 2017


   •  Albany Academies, completed September 2017


    •  Visitation Academy, completed June 2017


    •  Nerinx Hall, completed March 2017


    •  Academy High School, IL, completed December 2016


    •  Westside Montessori School, TX, completed December 2016


    •  Oak Hill Montessori School, MN, completed December 2016


    •  New School of Lancaster, PA, completed December 2016


    •  Kingsbury Center and School, DC, completed December 2016


    •  American Montessori Society (AMS), NY, completed November 2016


Search Professionals  |  Meet our team.

Marc T. Frankel, Ph.D.

Judith L. Schechtman, M.S.W.

Patrick F. Bassett, M.A.

Dr. Frankel is a senior consultant and partner in Triangle Associates. A psychologist by training, Marc facilitates governance workshops, leadership development programs, and strategic planning in the United States and around the world, and coaches numerous senior leaders in universities and independent schools. His clients include schools in Europe, Asia and North America, including large and small institutions and Tier 1 universities.


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Ms. Schechtman is a senior consultant and partner in Triangle Associates. One of the founders of the School Leadership Program and the Institute for Aspiring Heads for the National Association of Independent Schools, Judy has written and researched extensively on a broad spectrum of topics related to governance and leadership. Her clients include schools across North America, Europe and Central America.


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One of the most recognizable and prolific of independent school thought leaders, Mr. Bassett is the former president of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Co-founder of Heads Up Educational Consulting, Pat's background as a school head, association president and board member at various organizations makes him a most knowledgeable consultant. He brings all of this expertise to his own consulting work and to the search practice with colleagues at Triangle Associates.


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Richard F. Odell, M.A.

David Ottaviano, Ed.D.

North America, Europe, Asia

Abigail DeLessio


Mr. Odell has been a private school senior administrator/headmaster for over 25 years. He is an educational visionary and turnaround specialist, team builder, successful businessman, innovator, motivator, collaborator, excellent listener, budget, program and fundraising expert, thoughtful, dedicated and relaxed. Much of his career has focused on serving schools that have struggled to find a niche that would provide long term financial stability, a strong public image and success.


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Dr. Ottaviano is a senior consultant for Triangle Associates. David's extensive experience as a head of school includes 10 years as a public school superintendent in New Jersey and 19 years as head of private, international schools in Serbia, Italy, Japan and Romania. With his years of headship, he has rich expertise in strategic planning, international recruitment, board training, and operations management; he brings strong experience and a fresh analytical perspective to the table to help schools in their quest for improvement.


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Ms. DeLessio has served as chair of two school boards, including five years chairing the Board of Managers at Hong Kong International School (HKIS), one of the premier independent schools in Asia. Abbi has served with five Heads of School and has expertise in governance, board development, leadership search, strategic planning and operations management.  Abbi uses her successful experience in governing independent schools, working closely with school leadership to maximize strengths and identify opportunities for differentiation and growth to help schools advance their missions.


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Janet Nelson

Ms. Nelson assistants all Triangle searches, and has two decades of experience supporting our work with schools. Janet coordinates contact with search committees and candidates, and handles on-line administration of our leadership and culture assessments. Located at our St. Louis office, Janet is a primary point of contact for every Triangle client.


Contact  | Get in touch with us.

Phone: +1.314.725.8889

FAX:      +1.314.721.7574

225 S. Meramec, Suite 1024

Saint Louis, Missouri 63105


Registry  | School & Candidate Services


Triangle Associates and Heads Up Educational Consulting join forces to provide leadership search services to schools and candidates. We would welcome a conversation with anyone seeking a senior leadership position in a private, independent school or association anywhere in the world.


Pat Bassett, Judy Schechtman, Marc Frankel, Rich Odell and Abbi DeLessio invite you to register with us to be included in e-mail broadcasts of future searches and to receive periodic nuggets of career counsel from one of them. We promise not to give or sell your information or address to anyone.


Thank you!

Pat Judy Marc Rich Abbi