Together, this group of nine has positively and confidently led the school during uncertain and challenging times while contributing new and unique ideas to benefit and move the school forward. They have accomplished and tackled many initiatives since the beginning of the school year, and we look forward to additional successes for this school year and beyond.
Interim Director of Lower School
Through her nearly 30-year career, Pat held various leadership roles at independent, Montessori, and Catholic schools—having served as a Head of School at both The Montessori Children’s Academy and Hoboken Montessori School. She was instrumental in increasing enrollment at The Green Vale School as Director of Admissions and during her tenure as Director of Lower School Admissions and Financial Aid at Oak Knoll School.
Since joining our team in July of 2021, Pat has quickly become a collaborative leader in the school. She's a constant presence in the halls and classrooms, and her passion for doing what's best for our students is ever-present. Pat has created opportunities for our students to feel recognized and elevated in a positive light in front of their classmates. Lower School Community Meetings are now themed around one of our Five Pillars and allow for students to be recognized for exemplifying the characteristics of that pillar. Students receive a handwritten notecard from their teacher that Pat reads aloud in front of the entire Lower School.
Linda Corcoran, P ‘21
Director of Engagement and Philanthropy
Linda has been with Far Hills for 12 years and is in her third year in this role. Linda is strategically leading Far Hills’ Capital Campaign, as well as all events and fundraising efforts on behalf of the school. Alongside her team, Linda provides out-of-the-box new ideas to keep our community engaged. These events and fundraising efforts are thoughtfully curated for all of our community members in mind: faculty and staff, parents, and students. From our All-School Pep Rally to Winterfest, Parents Committee Meetings to the Young Alumni Reunion, Linda's enthusiasm for all things Far Hills is evident.
Chief Financial Officer
Lori has been with Far Hills for four years. Lori has led the recent renovations in the Upper School and the remodel of the brand new science labs. Lori remains committed to maintaining financial responsibility, human resource management for faculty/staff, and managing the school's budget. Lori has been instrumental in keeping our community safe, healthy, and in-person throughout this last school year.
Director of Technology
Following Cathy Varga’s retirement, Oliver stepped into the role of Director of Technology in July 2021. With over ten years of experience and direct mentorship from Cathy, Oliver is leading the Technology Department with conviction and tackles technology updates and challenges with patience and care. Since starting in this role in July, Oliver has modernized our approach to technology in the classroom for our students and updated the user experience for our faculty, staff, and parent communities.
Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications
Shannon returned to our community as the Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications in July of 2021. She brings nearly two decades of professional experience in the marketing and communications industry—a year of which was spent at Far Hills Country Day School as the Digital Marketing Specialist. Since joining the Leadership Team in July, Shannon has worked collaboratively with all departments at Far Hills Country Day School to ensure that we’re clearly communicating to all of our constituencies.
Director of Upper School
In July, Emily Seelaus stepped into the role of Director of the Upper School with nearly twenty-five years of experience in middle school education. Emily manages all aspects of daily Upper School life. Daily, Emily works to engrain the pillars into our Upper School students' daily lives and prepare students for the challenges of secondary school and the years beyond Far Hills.
Edward Thompson, P ‘32
Director of Operations and Secondary School Placement
In this newly defined position, Ed creates and maintains critical connections between campus operations, strategic initiatives, and the impending transition to “a state of normalcy” related to operations and programming. Ed continues his role as Director of Secondary School Placement, guiding our students and their families as they embark on the secondary school application process.
Rachel Yu, P ‘22, ‘25
Director of Admission
Rachel is entering her seventh year as our Director of Admission and her twelfth year as a member of the Far Hills community. Rachel tirelessly works to admit new students and welcome them—and their families—into our community. You'll often see Rachel in the halls giving tours and organizing admission events such as the New Family FunFest. Rachel also organizes events with organizations/businesses in the surrounding community, such as the Twilight Tour and our recent event at Windswept Boutique.
Georgia Zaiser, P ‘12, ‘16
Head of School
Georgia has been a part of the Far Hills community for over 25 years. Under her leadership, Far Hills increased enrollment by nearly 10%, successfully launched a new verbal identity that inspired a fresh creative platform, and last year exceeded the Annual Fund goal by $61,000.Georgia continues to be a strong leader helping the school navigate through the challenges of COVID-19. The safety of our entire school community continues to be her top priority. Her leadership and guidance have elevated the school positively, allowing faculty, staff, and students to grow professionally and personally.