Madison Country Day School announces next Head of School

Madison Country Day School announced this week that Ben Hebebrand, current Head of School at Quest Academy in Palatine, Illinois, has been named the next Head of School, succeeding Luke Felker, who will step down as planned in June.

Hebebrand has twenty-three years of teaching and administrative experience, including his current Head of School position at Quest Academy, a Pre-K through 8th grade independent school with an enrollment of over 300 students. Hebebrand has served as the Head of School at Quest for the last seven years. Previously, Hebebrand was the Head of School at Evansville Day School, a Pre-K through 12th grade independent school in Evansville, Indiana. Prior to these Head of School experiences, Hebebrand served as a teacher, Dean of Students, and Middle School Head at Atlanta International School, an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Hebebrand earned a BA in English/Theatre and Intercultural Studies/European Languages from Warren Wilson College, a MA in Communications from Georgia State University, and a Gifted Education Master’s Certificate from Northwestern University. A native of Germany with proficiency in several languages, Hebebrand offers MCDS a global perspective that fits well with the school’s stated goal to “measure the curriculum and student achievement against the finest programs in the world.”

As a Head of School, Hebebrand has been celebrated for his numerous accomplishments including realigning curriculum, launching a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Innovation Lab, integrating STEAM into the curriculum with a focus on learning by doing, building relationships in the community, including creating a partnership with Northwestern University, tripling giving to the school during his tenure, expanding the school’s campus, overseeing extensive building renovation, and increasing student retention every year.

“We are thrilled to introduce Ben Hebebrand as our next Head of School,” said Erick Hallick, Vice Chair of MCDS’ Board of Trustees and Chair of the Search Committee. “Mr. Hebebrand received the unanimous and enthusiastic support of both the Search Committee and the full Board. He has the rare combination of professional experience, history of success, passion for education, personal strengths, and incredible match with our core values that will keep MCDS on its successful path heading into the future.”

“Ben’s background and strong IB experience truly support MCDS’ commitment to global learning and diversity,” added Sandra Fernandez, Chair of MCDS’ Board of Trustees.

Hebebrand, who will officially begin as Head of School on July 1, 2015, joins MCDS at an exciting time, as it is close to reaching a milestone enrollment of 400 students and achieving the evolution of double-class sections through high school.

“There is no doubt that Madison Country Day School is the fortunate recipient of endless hours of passion and care by dedicated faculty, staff, trustees, and parents, all of whom have been inspired and guided by Mr. Luke Felker,” said Hebebrand. “It is a pleasure and a privilege to follow in his footsteps.”