Headmaster

James Astman, HeadmasterJames Alan Astman, Ph.D.

At the heart of every meaningful educational endeavor are two inseparable ideas: one is about childhood and the other about time. In the blink of an eye, both can pass us by. The work of an educational philosophy is to slow us down, to make us keenly aware of how important every minute of every day should be in the life of a young person. Our philosophy is not an inert set of words to us; it captures the core values that shape the school. Those values help us stay focused on what matters in every classroom, in every interaction, in every opportunity for the development of children’s character and thought. While the Oakwood philosophy is deeply rooted in the school’s founding vision, it also grounds us in the present moment, where all learning and discovery and growth occur. 

 


UPDATE 10/22/2018:

On behalf of a unanimous Board of Trustees, we are thrilled to announce that Jaime Dominguez will be the next Head of Oakwood School. Jaime will succeed Headmaster Jim Astman, who will retire from his role on June 30, 2019 after four decades of leadership and service to Oakwood School.

Read more about our next Head of School Jaime Dominguez here.

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