We are pleased to announce that Michael Schloat has been appointed Bement’s tenth Head of School, effective January 1, 2021. Mike served as Interim Head of School from June - December 2020. During his time as Interim Head of School, Mike brought a confident, stabilizing presence to our school and community.
Mike comes to Bement after serving as Assistant Dean of Faculty at Deerfield Academy. His experience in leadership, planning of remote learning, residential life, and academics stood out among an impressive pool.
While teaching English and serving as the English Department Chair at Deerfield, he distinguished himself as a dedicated, visionary leader, known for his integrity, strong work ethic, and commitment to putting students first. In March of 2020, he helped lead DA’s efforts to design and coordinate faculty training for distance learning and to develop a professional learning plan to prepare faculty and academic programs for returning to in-person instruction under the new COVID-19 restrictions. The search committee was deeply impressed with Mike’s approach to leadership, which combines an emphasis on clarity and accountability with qualities of humility, flexibility, and leading with empathy. No stranger to Bement, Mike and his wife Julie selected Bement as the ideal learning environment for their two boys, Carter ‘24 and Macrae ‘26.
Prior to joining the faculty at Deerfield in 2008, Mike’s background as an educator included fourth-grade through eighth-grade instruction at the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York, and teaching English at Blair Academy in New Jersey. Mike graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in English and holds an M.A. in Education Leadership from the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership at Columbia University’s Teachers College in New York.
Regarding his appointment, Mike says:
“The opportunity to join the exceptional team at Bement is both thrilling and humbling, and one that I undertake with great optimism. More than a school, Bement is truly a family, and the bonds of compassion and resilience it forges have never been more important. Julie and I have seen firsthand the impact Bement has on young people, and we are honored and delighted to experience Bement from this new perspective.”
Casey Ahern, Arts Department Chair and Drama Teacher
Mary Cohn, P’03 ’06, Trustee
Caroline Haines ’04, Trustee
Bob Howe, P’18 ’18, Trustee, Chair
Amie Keddy, Upper School Head
Desiree Kicza, P’25 ’27 ’30 ’30, Trustee
Dylan Korpita, Director of Finance and Operations
Brian Pearson, P’24, Trustee
Jane Plager, P’12 ’16, Trustee
Michelle Wirth, P’24 ’26 ’28