Introducing Linda Echt,
Interim Head of School
We are delighted to announce that Linda R. Echt will be our Interim Head of School as of August 1, 2017. Linda stands out for her wonderful record of accomplishment and deep understanding of the mission of Tremont School.
Linda has spent the past ten years leading the Atrium School, where she nearly doubled enrollment and raised close to four million dollars over multiple annual fund and capital campaigns. She previously spent fifteen years as the founding Executive Director at Kesher School in Cambridge, where she garnered a national reputation for creating a new approach to Jewish education, developing innovative curricula and approaches to teacher education.
Linda received her Master of Arts in Education from Lesley University, and her undergraduate degree from Michigan State. She was also a participant in the Mandel Teacher Education Institute at Brandeis University, and an Educational Consultant through Hebrew College in Newton.
Linda shared, “After two very different and very wonderful opportunities to develop and grow communities as a Head of School, I look forward with great excitement to join a school with the energy and vision of Tremont. The beautiful vision of the school, the diverse students, and the incredible faculty and staff all combine to make a lasting difference in education, and in the lives of our students.” Linda is a resident of Watertown where she lives with her wife, Jill, son, Noah (16) and daughter, Eva (6).
The Board offers thanks and appreciation to the Search Committee, to all the members of our community who participated in the search, and to Bill Wilmot, our outgoing Head of School, for his dedication. It is especially exciting that Bill will continue at Tremont in the role of upper school science teacher. Charlie Smith, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said, “We are so grateful to Bill Wilmot for his steady, warm, and successful leadership in launching our beloved school, and know that having him return to teaching is a gift for our students. I can’t imagine a better way to sustain and build on the successes that he has set in motion than to bring in someone with the talent and credentials that Linda brings. I am very excited to have the chance for her to join our Tremont family.”
Designed to be different, Tremont was created by families seeking to change the paradigm of education through close attention to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional lives of each student. Offering a personalized, student-driven approach to learning called “Living Curriculum,” Tremont embraces diversity to create a distinctively supportive and collaborative atmosphere for academic achievement and personal growth. Currently with 45 students in grades 5-11, Tremont will graduate its first class next year. Tremont is a growing community, taking advantage of our wonderful new facility in Lexington, MA on the campus of Minuteman High School.