Big Back Pack LLC

Big Back Pack provides consulting services in Specialized Leadership Search, School Safety & Security, and Human Resources.

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Something to consider carefully... We try so hard to maintain safe and secure campuses, but things haven’t gone so well recently. Between the first of the year and mid-March, the nation’s schools experienced at least 18 shootings. While the vast majority of campus shootings occur at public schools, independent schools have been s...

Big Back Pack is proud to have placed Robert Moye as the Chief Financial Officer at Oak Hall School. Mr. Moye has enjoyed a distinguished career as a leader in both independent school and higher education.

Big Back Pack is proud to have placed Yvonne Barhight as the new Lower School Dean at Charleston Collegiate School. Ms. Barhight has enjoyed a distinguished career as a leader in the Baltimore City schools.

Big Back Pack is proud to have placed Merle Henkel as the new Director of Finance and Business Operations at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, AL. Mr. Henkel has enjoyed a long career in school leadership, finance, and banking.

Big Back Pack is proud to have placed Casey Bell as the new Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management at Spartanburg Day School. Ms. Bell spent the past thirteen (13) years at Linfield Christian in Southern California.

The Children's School (Atlanta, GA) has retained Big Back Pack LLC to execute a national search for its next Director of Finance & Operations. For more information or to request a complete position profile, contact Steve Mandell at [email protected]. The mission of The Children’s School is to enrich minds and inspire dreams. Their joyful and nurturing campus in the heart of Midtown Atlanta supports students to take risks and challenges them to make a positive impact on our ever-changing world.

Big Back Pack is proud to have placed Anne Wiles as the new Director of Finance and Business Operations at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, Florida. Ms. Wiles spent the past ten years at De La Salle Collegiate High School in Detroit as their VP of Finance and Operations.

Big Back Pack LLC is recruiting candidates as part of a national search for Norfolk Collegiate School’s next Director of Finance & Operations. For more information contact Steve Mandell at [email protected].

True school safety and security starts on the inside with child protection and social-emotional health. Thrilled to back at Heathwood Hall (Columbia, SC) for a few days working with the staff on an updated assessment. Like so many of our independent schools, Heathwood has that inside-out part nailed down. #leadwithheart

Big Back Pack welcomes Dallas McKinney to our team as a safety and security analyst. He worked for 25 Years as Police Officer, Investigator, School Resource Officer as well as 30 Years as Firefighter. Dallas has 100 plus certifications in Law Enforcement, Safety, and Risk Management. He has instructed and supervised Active Shooter Response Drills, working at all educational levels, K12 to College.

Big Back Pack LLC is recruiting candidates for Tampa Preparatory School (FL) as part of a national search for a new English/Yearbook Teacher. Interested people should contact Steve Mandell at [email protected] or Lauren Dean at [email protected] for more information. #indyschools

Smaller independent schools offer their own uniquely connected approach to caring for their students and teachers. Thank you Westchester Country Day in North Carolina for engaging our Big Back Pack team to complete a safety and security assessment on your campus. Loved being in Wildcat Country!

Wrapping up a safety and security assessment at a most special school, Sandhills School, in Columbia, South Carolina. These heroes care for their students and teachers in every way. Honored that Big Back Pack could be on the journey with them.

Thanks to NBOA for publishing this article by our Founder Steve Mandell about how to best "off-board" employees leaving your school.

Welcome Sharon L. Sellers as a Human Resources Consultant to Big Back Pack. Sharon will focus on helping schools be great places to work. Learn more about Sharon below:

30 years of experience in Human Resources and Management

Certified Senior HR Professional through SHRM (SHRM-SCP)

Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Certified Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR)

M.A. in Management (Webster University)

B.S. in Psychology (College of Charleston)

Adjunct faculty member at Trident Technical College

In addition to being on the Big Back Pack team, Sharon has led her own consulting firm since 2004. She is a business executive with thirty years experience in the human resources and management field. An effective trainer and motivational speaker, Sharon is a recognized author and subject matter expert in the areas of employee staffing, anti-harassment training and investigations, employee development, employee relations, strategic planning and risk management. A life-long community leader and SHRM advocate, Sharon Sellers can help schools with a world of issues.

Welcome Valerie Moore as a School Safety and Security Analyst to Big Back Pack. Valerie will focus on helping schools keep their people safe and their campuses secure. Learn more about Valerie below:

17 Years as Independent School Director for Extended Care, Summer Programs and Extracurricular Programming

8 Years as Co-Director of An Independent School Early Childhood Program

B.S. in Psychology with an emphasis on Employment Counseling/Personnel Management (Appalachian State University)

Education for Ministry (EfM) graduate

Master Gardener

Valerie believes that an ideal education partners teachers who are well-prepared with families of the children they serve. She enjoys building teams and encouraging people to use their skills and interests to enhance their work. Valerie's special interest in architecture and design helps her see how that affects the way we work and play. A safe and healthy environment boosts learning exponentially. Children learn best when they can be creative, approach a subject from many angles and feel free to express themselves. In her spare time Valerie enjoys gardening, reading, playing the harmonica and piano, and hiking.

Finance Director

This is a once in a lifetime position for a savvy, experienced Finance person who wants to work in one of the best schools in the country. Contact Steve at [email protected] for more information. Berkeley Preparatory School (Tampa, Florida) seeks a new Director of Finance & Business Operations starting in June 2018. The School takes pride in hiring dynamic, compassionate, and diverse faculty and staff who are among the finest in their areas of expertise. Berkeley is committed to a compen...

How to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations

Great article about How to Investigate Sexual Harassment Allegations, provided by the wonderful people at SHRM. It is well worth reading as a fairly easy hands-on guide for those that have faced this challenge before or may be facing their first incident.,%202018&SPMID=01802005&SPJD=02/10/2017&SPED=02/28/2018&SPSEG=Career+Builder&SPCERT=&spMailingID=32530545&spUserID=NDY2MTQ0OTM3OTk0S0&spJobID=1201152860&spReportId=MTIwMTE1Mjg2MAS2 As an HR professional, make sure you have the knowledge and training to investigate before any allegations arise.

Welcome Lauren Dean as a Consultant and Advocate for Big Back Pack. Lauren will focus on teacher placement, candidate care, and making college connections.

Learn more about Lauren below.

10 Years As A Social Studies Teacher in Independent Schools

Founder and Head of Entrepreneurship Program at Lake Highland Preparatory School

B.A. in History from Johns Hopkins University

DI Women's Lacrosse Player

Experienced Women's Lacrosse Coach and Referee

From the classroom to the playing fields, Lauren knows firsthand the positive impact that excellent teachers, coaches, and leaders can have on young people. With ten years of experience working in independent schools, Lauren recognizes that importance of finding the right personnel fit for your institution. She believes people thrive when they are invested in the mission of their workplace, where they feel safe, and where they feel like they belong. Through a personalized approach to job placement for teaching and leadership candidates, Lauren wants to help you find your perfect match.

Email Lauren at [email protected].

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