Turning Point School is welcoming Dr. Laura Konigsberg as the new Head of School, effective this 2016-17 school year.
Prior to joining Turning Point, Dr. Konigsberg served as Associate Head of Bentley School, a dual campus K-12 day school in Oakland, where she oversaw the K-8 campus. Over her 15 years at Bentley, Dr. Konigsberg energized the school’s program, modernized its curriculum, and consolidated the K-8 faculty into one body. She implemented numerous innovative programs involving mathematics, science, diversity and professional development and was integral in enriching the overall academic program. She was also instrumental in strengthening Bentley’s community outreach, and the school’s enrollment increased under her guidance. She now brings that breadth of experience and passion for progress and advancement to Turning Point School.
“In my conversations with the Turning Point community I have encountered a deep, abiding love for the school, a shared vision of the school’s purpose and a rich atmosphere of collegiality and respect,” says Dr. Konigsberg. “Turning Point is a school that celebrates the myriad transitions in growth from childhood to adolescence; that the school’s name embodies these passages, together with the commitment of the entire community to students’ authentic growth, is both moving and inspiring.”
Originally from New York, Dr. Konigsberg earned her undergraduate degree in English from Trinity College, and her Masters and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. In addition, she holds a Masters in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley.
Over two decades, Dr. Konigsberg has worked as an English teacher, English Department Chair, Freshman and Sophomore Class Dean, Director of Counseling and Student Support, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Head of Upper School, and Head of Lower School.
She also shares in the global leadership perspective that Turning Point champions. She lived in Tokyo during high school and graduated from the American School in Japan. She later spent her junior year of college in London.
Dr. Konigsberg has relocated to Los Angeles with her husband, Ted Courant, who is a mathematician with a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley, and her two children.
Dr. Konigsberg succeeds Deborah Richman who, in the beginning of 2015, shared her plan to retire at the end of the 2015-16 school year. Unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees, Dr. Konigsberg was a standout among an impressive field of candidates, and is considered the ideal leader to build on the remarkable legacy that Deborah Richman built in her 28 years of service.
As this is the first new Head of School they have welcomed in 28 years, Director of Communications and Marketing Courtney Baker says, “It is all a new adventure!” Turning Point has a number of events planned for the fall where parents and members of the immediate community will have a chance to get to know Dr. Konigsberg, including their annual Back-to-School Picnic in September.
Turning Point School’s first day of instruction is Tuesday, August 29. For more information about Turning Point visit their website here.