• Developing Educational Leaders
    & Their Boards

Alan Sparrow


After 48 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator, I retired from my position as head of school in 2020. The title I used at school however was Headlearner. This title captured my approach to being an educator and an administrator. When everyone in a school community is learning, the environment is interesting, open, and stimulating. I bring that same energy and enthusiasm to my coaching and consulting.

Everyone has potential and good coaching brings the best out of people. I am focusing my coaching on independent school educational leaders including heads of school, senior administrators, faculty, and staff. I have particularly enjoyed coaching new heads of school and with the support of the E.E. Ford Foundation, I am running a new heads coaching and cohort program that has been received very well. If you are interested in exploring coaching with me, you can read a number of testimonials on this website. I am happy to give you their contact information if you would like to speak with any of them or other references.



I enjoy coaching people in all walks of life. My focus, however, has been working with educational leaders.

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The workshop I offer most often is “How to Become a High Functioning Board.”

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I have also worked as a mentor, particularly for those educators looking to move to new positions.

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As a head of school, I developed very effective administrative and head evaluation systems.

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"He was an exceptional listener and helped us to see some perspectives that made all the difference."

Grant Beckwith, Head of School, American Heritage Schools, Utah

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