Leadership Announcement

January 21, 2020

Dear Winston School Community,

I am writing to notify you that our Head of School, Dr. Peter Lewis, has informed the Board of Trustees that he intends to “move on to his next adventure” (retire) at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. Since joining the Winston School in 2008, Peter’s commitment and dedication have been the cornerstones of our success in a time of unprecedented growth and program expansion. And while it is not yet time to say goodbye, I would like to take this opportunity to laude just a few of the merits of Peter’s leadership.

Peter’s dedication to students extends far beyond his commitment to overseeing a tailored and exceptional academic experience. He understands, supports and celebrates our students in their educational journeys as they become self-advocates who understand their individual learning needs. His warmth and generosity of spirit have enticed many a student to his office for a chat and perhaps a pretzel. Under his stewardship Winston has steadily grown enrollments from 60 to 110 students. This growth is a result of Peter’s insight and understanding of the needs of Winston students and their families.

With such growth, Peter has worked tirelessly on facility improvements to support the teaching, learning and socializing needs of students and staff. Such improvements, including the transformation of the lower-school suite and the expansion of the primary school to the Winston School Annex, have provided the spaces needed to make full and optimal use of our facility. In 2018 we saw Winston expand once again with the addition of the Middle School Science Lab. The seamless implementation of these improvements is a direct result of Peter’s vision and leadership. Peter will leave in his wake a legacy of tremendous growth, exciting improvements and (most of all) a culture of kindness and curiosity.

True to his character and devotion to the Winston community, Peter has provided the Board of Trustees with ample time to conduct a thoughtful and thorough process to find his successor.  The Board of Trustees is dedicated to finding a new Head of School who will be faithful to the cultural values of our community, has a deep understanding of our curricular program, and is committed to fulfilling our mission by providing the leadership required for the ongoing success of the Winston School. The duty of hiring of a new head of school must be undertaken with full diligence, care, and concern.

As such, a Search Committee, led by current parent and Board of Trustee member, Leslie Lloyd, has been formed. The Search Committee will conduct a deliberate and thorough search process that is designed to result in a smooth and positive transition.  With Winston’s unique capabilities and culture, we are confident a highly qualified and visionary educator will emerge as our next Head of School.

Both the Board of Trustees and the Search Committee are dedicated to full transparency as we perform this crucial task, within the confines of what will be a highly confidential search process, and open communication with all Winston constituencies will be required for its ultimate success.

The Search Committee, with full support of the Board of Trustees, looks forward to working with you in the coming months on this process.

I have no doubt that Peter will continue to give his full energies and heart to Winston during his remaining tenure.  As we prepare to embark on the next leg of Winston’s growth, please join me in thanking Peter for his heartfelt and tireless commitment and leadership to our school.


Jennie Tinkelman, President of the Board of Trustees

The Winston School of Short Hills

From: Dr. Peter S. Lewis, Head of School
To: Ms. Jennie Tinkelman, President of the Winston School Board of Trustees
Dear Jennie and members of the Winston School Community,

My years at the Winston School have gone by all too quickly, and I have enjoyed and relished every day and every moment, every student interaction, and the multitude of projects and advances that we have achieved together. The time has come for me to move on to my next adventure. After careful and somewhat painstaking pondering, I do wish to give formal notice that the 2020-2021 school year, next year, will be my final year at Winston. I will continue to give my full energies and heart to Winston and look forward to working with the Board and with staff on the important transitions that await us during an incredibly exciting juncture in the school’s journey.

I have been a part of the educational world as a teacher and a Head of School for over 45 years. Winston has been my home and my joy for the past eleven years and next year, year number 12 at Winston and year number 34 as a Head of School, will need to be my final year as Head of School. I am not sure how the future will unfold but I do want to write, ponder a bit, and explore the many opportunities that await me alongside my wife, Karole, and my family in the years to come.

My sincere goal is to work with the Board of Trustees to insure that the Head of School transition is a seamless and healthy experience for the school, for staff, trustees, students and parents. Winston will always be in my estimation the “highlight of the Lewis career.” I am grateful to you, to current and past trustees, and to the many staff members, parents, community members, and most importantly students who have contributed to the plethora of joyful and meaningful experiences that have characterized my years at Winston. I thank the Winston School for granting me the opportunity and the trust to lead the school, to be innovative and creative, and to be able to work collaboratively and harmoniously together.


Peter S. Lewis, Ph.D.,
Head of School