Published : Friday, November 2, 2018 | 9:07 AM
The Mayfield Junior School Board of Trustees and Chairperson Alison J. Gamble are pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Mr. Joe Sciuto as next Head of School. Following an exhaustive national search, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Head Search Committee’s recommendation to succeed retiring Headmaster Joseph J. Gill.
“As a result of meticulous planning, dedication, and hard work by so many in our Holy Child community, Mayfield Junior School is primed to define what K-8 education will look like,” said Gamble. “We look forward to Joe Sciuto leading our school into the next era of our rich history.”
For close to two decades Mr. Sciuto has proven to be an exceptional school leader in faith-based and independent education, having served as Head of School, Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean, Teacher, and Coach. Mr. Sciuto is currently in his eighth year as Head of School at Providence High School in Burbank. As a result of his leadership and guidance, Providence has experienced significant growth and improvement in enrollment, school climate, academic culture, financial position, fundraising, facilities, and governance.
Prior to Providence, Mr. Sciuto served as Upper School Principal and Assistant Principal for a combined 11 years at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. From 1998 to 2000, he mentored students as Dean at Studio City’s Campbell Hall.
Mr. Sciuto’s Catholic faith plays a central role in his life and work. He feels Mayfield Junior School’s Holy Child mission parallels his vision of what a vibrant educational program should be and provides a distinct opportunity for students to thrive. He fully embraces whole child philosophy and spirituality and believes children learn best and flourish when they feel loved and cared for. “Timeless,” “innovative” and “fruitful” are words used by Mr. Sciuto to describe MJS’ Holy Child pedagogy.
In Spring 2018, current Headmaster Gill informed the Board of his intent to conclude his 42-year career in education. Following Gill’s retirement announcement, the Board, led by former Chair, Michael C. Buchanan, formed a Head Search Committee representing the entire school community and retained a nationally-recognized head of school search firm.
The comprehensive search yielded hundreds of Catholic and independent school leaders from across the country yet the successful candidate was located just miles from the Pasadena campus. Mr. Sciuto feels blessed and honored to be named Mayfield Junior School’s next Head of School—one he calls filled with “dynamic” and “forward-thinkers.” He begins as Head of School on July 1, 2019.
Founded in 1931 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Mayfield Junior School is a leading Catholic, independent school serving kindergarten to eighth grade boys and girls. Mayfield is distinguished by the Holy Child educational philosophy of Cornelia Connelly, the Society’s founder. Cornelia Connelly’s pioneering belief of developing the whole child as an intellectual, spiritual, creative and athletic person set the standard for Mayfield 87 years ago. Located adjacent to historic Old Pasadena, Mayfield’s elementary and middle school educational program, specifically designed for each developmental stage, best prepares students for high school and beyond. Learn more at www.mayfieldjs.org, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.