New Head of School Announcement

Dear Marin Primary & Middle School community and friends, 

It is our honor to announce that the MP&MS Board of Trustees has selected Phil Gutierrez to become our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2021. Phil was chosen from a national pool of impressive candidates after a very thorough search process. This unanimous appointment was the result of united and enthusiastic support from the Head Search Committee and broader MP&MS community. 

In Phil, we have found a dynamic leader who will bring a strong array of experience to MP&MS. Phil graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.A. in English and from Stanford University with an M.A. in English. He comes highly qualified and is currently in his fourth year as Head of School at Mid-Peninsula High School.

Phil brings a wealth of experience to MP&MS, including his recent leadership role at Mid-Peninsula where he successfully increased enrollment, annual giving, and improved faculty compensation and professional development. Prior to joining Mid-Peninsula, Phil spent twenty-three years as a faculty member and administrator at the Branson School. Initially an English teacher, Phil moved on to become Admissions Director and later Assistant Head of School for Advancement and External Affairs where he spent time getting to know MP&MS and appreciates our unique environment, dedicated faculty, and the kind, thoughtful, and well-rounded students who attend our school. Throughout his work in advancement, admissions, and school administration, Phil has demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within school communities. 

´╗┐Phil’s many personal interests and experiences enhance his unique passion as an educator. From dancing in the Stapleton Ballet’s Nutcracker, to volunteering as a writing tutor at San Quentin State Prison, to playing lead guitar in a band, Phil is deeply engaged and contributes to his community on many fronts. In addition, Phil has served as a Director on the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Board, a trustee at several Bay Area independent schools, and a regular presenter at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference.

We want to sincerely thank all members of the MP&MS community for your commitment to this search process and your invaluable feedback. We are particularly grateful to the Search Committee members who put in long hours over many months in this important initiative, and for the continued support of our dedicated Board of Trustees.

We also want to thank our interim Head of School Peter McCormack, who has provided strong leadership and vision during this transition and has enabled MP&MS to continue providing in-person learning and strength to our community. Peter was also instrumental in this search process and we are grateful for his leadership and perspective over the past four months. Peter will remain with us until Phil’s arrival and will work closely on Phil’s transition. 

We look forward to welcoming Phil and his family to our community this summer and we are confident that MP&MS will thrive under his leadership. 


Sam Cross, Board Chair
Mead Blum and Eileen Sheldon, Head of School Search Committee Co-Chairs