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Head of School Transition

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Letter from Julie Porter, Incoming Head of School

Dear Park Century Community,


I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity to become Park Century’s Head of School. Park Century has a long tradition of being a leader in LD education in Los Angeles, and it is an honor to continue that tradition. I have always been drawn to school communities like Park Century that empower students to reach both their academic and personal potential, and where every member of the community is passionate and dedicated to the school’s mission and commitment to best practices. 


I believe that the culture and climate of an educational organization must contribute to an environment that is healthy and conducive to learning. Besides academic and social/emotional targeted intervention programming, students with diagnosed language-based learning differences deserve an environment where they are seen, heard and loved. 


During my on-campus visit, it was evident that Park Century School fosters this type of environment – a place where students do not merely attend - but belong. I am excited about launching what I like to call a “look, listen and learn tour” to experience first-hand the many ways that Park Century School is making a difference in the lives of so many kids and families.


I want to thank the Search Committee whose love for Park Century School inspired me to think about the possibilities that lie ahead.  Over the next few months, I look forward to partnering with Judith, Jennifer and the highly dedicated faculty and staff and getting to know each of you. I am incredibly excited to join this special community and to continue fostering the traditions, culture, and values of this school for years to come.


Julie Porter

Get in Touch

If you have questions for the Search Committee, please feel free to send them to the confidential e-mailbox for the Search Committee at:

Head of School Search Committee 2021

Search Committee Co-Chairs

Bess Armstrong Fiedler (P ’06, Trustee)

Helen Newton Hartung (P ’05, Trustee)

PCS Teachers

Christine Lennon

PCS Parents

Dan Bucatinsky (P ’19, P ‘22)

Heather Primus (P ’21, P ’27)


Jennie Maguire Burkart (Class of ‘92, Former Teacher)

Leslie Goodman (P ‘20)

Jason Keller (P '21)

Phyllis G. Thomas

Sally Weil

Search Consultant

Doreen S. Oleson

Search Consultant

Doreen Oleson served Saint Mark’s School, an Episcopal Parish Day School in Altadena, CA as head of school for twenty-five years and retired in June, 2015.

Prior to her appointment in 1990, she was Assistant Vice-President at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA and also taught in the public schools in Hawaii and California. She is married to Don Oleson, retired missile defense engineer, and is “Mom” to two boys and two girls (all grown up now) and is “Tutu-Granny” to seven grandchildren, ages 1 through 18. 

She served as the president of the governing board of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, was trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools, was president of the California Association of Independent Schools’ board of directors, served on the National Commission on Accreditation, was chair of the Commission on Schools for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and was a field instructor at the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College. Dr. Oleson currently coaches aspiring school leaders, and belongs to organizations and boards which support education and community service learning.

HoS Search Position
Position Statement for Head of School
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Get in Touch

If you have questions for the Search Committee, please feel free to send them to the confidential e-mailbox for the Search Committee at:

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