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New Head of School

Mr. Christopher Seeley (pictured above) begins his second year at the Choir School

Mr. Christopher Seeley came to the Choir School in the fall of 2021 after serving as assistant head of school and director of academics at Church Farm School in Pennsylvania – a boarding school for boys in the Episcopal tradition that, by happy coincidence, is a place for children to learn and be nurtured regardless of ability to pay.

A life-long Episcopalian and native of Bronx, New York, Chris enjoys returning to his hometown. His selection as a scholar in the Fieldston Enrichment and A Better Chance programs, and his lifelong faith, led him to enroll in Groton School. He earned the O’Brien Prize, the Jeremiah Gadsden Prize, and the Finke Memorial Medal, and was a three-sport varsity captain and Choir prefect. Chris is a 1994 graduate of Bowdoin College, where he earned an AB. At Bowdoin he majored in both Religion and Spanish, earned the Curtis E. Chase Award and the Francis S. Dane Trophy, directed the men’s a cappella group, served as a residential advisor for freshmen and sophomores, captained the varsity baseball team, and played varsity football. He is a 2007 graduate of Teachers College, Klingenstein Institute, where he earned a master’s degree in education with a concentration in private school leadership. Throughout his year of study, Chris shadowed a Harlem Children’s Zone elementary school principal.

Chris’s varied experiences across boarding and day schools have deepened his belief in the power of residential learning communities, which value relationships between children and educators during students’ most formative years. From 1994-2007, Chris served Groton School as a Religion and Ethics faculty member, varsity coach, dormitory head, and Dean of Faculty. He and a team of colleagues developed new courses to focus on sacred texts within the context of ancient history in Religion, and social justice movements in Ethics. At Trevor Day School from 2007-2013, Chris held a number of leadership positions, including Director of 6-12 Admissions, Head of the Upper School, and Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives.

Chris came to Saint Thomas Choir School from Church Farm School, an Episcopal boarding school for boys of promise and not of means, that transforms the lives of its students. Chris was the assistant head of school and director of academics from 2013 to 2021. A new school schedule, increased efficacy of college-bound initiatives, professional development for faculty, and campus improvements have been hallmarks of Chris’s tenure. He is a member of the executive committee of The Association of Boarding Schools, a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference Steering Committee of The National Association of Episcopal Schools, and a recipient of the NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellowship. While in New York from 2006-2013, Chris was a vestry member at St. Michael’s Church and led the buildings and grounds committee. He also served on the advisory committee of The Episcopal Charities of New York. An avid New York Yankees fan, Chris regales family and friends with vivid, but arcane tidbits of the club’s past and present.

Mr. Seeley with his family

Chris’s wife, Staci Williams Seeley, and their children, Camille and Crawford, have shared the stage as Chris has experienced personal fulfillment alongside his professional career. A consultant and volunteer, Staci is a former teacher and administrator who served a number of schools and nonprofits, embracing adventure within every opportunity. A Bowdoin graduate and recipient of a master of arts in teaching from Brown University, Staci currently works at Storbeck Search with education clients on executive leadership searches and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting. She chairs the Board of Trustees at Montgomery School (PA), a PreK-8 school in Chester Springs, and is a trustee of St. Andrew’s School (DE). Camille is a recent graduate of Pomona College and Crawford is a 2022 graduate of St. Andrew’s, hoping to major in science and to play intercollegiate soccer. The Seeley’s enjoy their time together and with extended family: traveling, canoeing and kayaking, beach-going, watching sports, reading and engaging in lively debates, and cooking elaborate family meals for their enjoyment and hosting groups of friends. They look forward to including the Saint Thomas Choir School family among their own.