Mr. Jamie Williamson

Windward's new Head of School

The Windward School's new Head of School, Jamie Williamson

On July 1, 2019, Jamie Williamson assumed the role as head of The Windward School. He succeeds Dr. John J. Russell, whose sterling 13-year tenure has been instrumental in growing The Windward School. Dr. Russell will become the Executive Director of The Windward Institute.

Mr. Williamson’s appointment as our head of school represents the culmination of a comprehensive national search process. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the search committee and the thoughtful feedback from a broad representation of our community, including parents/guardians, administrators, faculty and staff members, students, and alumni, we were able to identify the community’s need for a leader who will continue our commitment: to deliver a proven, research-based instructional program for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities and to share the School’s expertise with the greater community.

A psychologist with 17 years of experience educating and supporting children with language-based learning disabilities and their families, Mr. Williamson brings an unwavering commitment to Windward’s research-based, effective program of instruction. As a well-known and respected leader in the education community, he often speaks at conferences around the country on best practices for teaching students with language-based learning disabilities. His respect for specialized, direct instruction for students and his passion for teacher training based on the most current research, along with his love of children and learning, encouraged the Board of Trustees that he was the right person to take Windward into the future. Mr. Williamson will help us carry out our new strategic plan to continue what Windward does best–helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to a mainstream educational environment.

Mr. Williamson joins us after his role as head of school at Marburn Academy in New Albany, Ohio. During his time at Marburn, he oversaw the final design and construction phases of a new campus and led their community through substantial growth in its operating budget, enrollment, and staffing. Under his tutelage, Marburn also increased annual giving by 96% and established community partnerships for outreach opportunities. Prior to becoming head of school at Marburn, Mr. Williamson was principal at Springer School and Center, a grades 1-8 school for children with learning disabilities in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mr. Williamson’s appointment is the result of a dedicated search committee which consisted of senior administrators and board of trustee members. The search was guided by Spencer Stuart, a national executive search firm with extensive experience finding educational leaders at institutions ranging from independent schools to major universities.

Dr. Russell, administrators, faculty and staff members, and the Board of Trustees will ensure a smooth and successful transition in the coming months and year ahead.

Please join us in welcoming Mr. Williamson, his wife Krista, and their two children, Isaac and Etta, to our community. We are excited for you to meet Mr. Williamson and share in the Board’s enthusiasm for The Windward School’s bright future.


Ellen Bowman, President of the Board of Trustees

Devon Fredericks, Search Committee Chair