The Mayfield Junior School Board of Trustees and Chairperson Alison J. Gamble are pleased to announce the selection and appointment of Mr. Joe Sciuto as our next Head of School. Following an exhaustive national search, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Search Committee’s recommendation to succeed retiring Headmaster Joseph J. Gill.
For close to two decades Mr. Sciuto has proven to be an exceptional school leader in faith-based and independent education, having served as Head of School, Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean, Teacher, and Coach.
Mr. Sciuto is currently in his eighth year as Head of School at Providence High School in Burbank, a Catholic, college preparatory and coeducational school guided by the mission and philosophy of the Sisters of Providence. As a result of his thoughtful leadership and compassionate guidance, Providence has experienced significant growth and improvement in enrollment, school climate, academic culture, financial position, fundraising, facilities, and governance.
Before coming to Providence, Mr. Sciuto served as Upper School Principal for seven years and Upper School Assistant Principal for four years at The Buckley School in Sherman Oaks. From 1998 to 2000, he mentored students as Dean at Campbell Hall, a K-12 Episcopal and independent day school in Studio City.
A product of Catholic education, Mr. Sciuto holds a master’s degree in American Studies from Pepperdine University and a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Northridge.
Mr. Sciuto’s Catholic faith plays a central role in his life and work, and he feels that Mayfield Junior School’s Holy Child mission parallels his vision of what a vibrant educational program should be. He fully embraces Cornelia Connelly’s spirituality and whole child philosophy and believes children learn best and flourish when they feel safe and loved. Mr. Sciuto commented, "When young people know they are in a nurturing learning environment they can be their best.”
The Southern California native has a unique understanding of the fabric of Mayfield Junior School having previously served on the Board of Trustees, including the Committee on Trustees and Finance Committee.
Mr. Sciuto believes Mayfield’s Holy Child Catholic identity provides a distinct opportunity for students to thrive. “Timeless,” “innovative” and “fruitful” are words used by Mr. Sciuto to describe Holy Child pedagogy.
Mr. Sciuto is the proud husband to Marcie, an educational therapist in private practice, and father to Vincent, a graduate of the University of California, Davis, and Anthony, a future graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mr. Sciuto and his family attend St. Bernardine’s of Siena Catholic Church in Woodland Hills.
Following Mr. Gill’s retirement announcement, the Board, led by former Chair, Michael C. Buchanan, formed a 13-person Head Search Committee representing all parts of the MJS community: administration/faculty, current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, current and former Board members, the Holy Child Network of Schools, and friends of the school. The nationally-recognized head of school search firm, Educational Directions, assisted in the nationwide search.
"Caring and providing for the needs of our students is at the heart of Mayfield Junior School," said Buchanan. "I am thankful for the Search Committee's tireless efforts and am confident we have selected the best candidate to lead our school community moving forward."
Mr. Sciuto feels blessed and honored to be named Mayfield Junior School’s next Head of School. He is committed to strengthening the mission, upholding traditions and continuing the upward trajectory of our school community—one he calls filled with "dynamic" and "forward-thinkers."
"As a result of meticulous planning, dedication, and hard work by so many, our Holy Child community is primed to define what K-8 education will look like," said Board Chair Alison Gamble. "We look forward to Joe Sciuto leading Mayfield Junior School into our next era and to see how our students, faculty, staff, and parents will benefit from his vision. Our future is very promising."
Mr. Sciuto begins his tenure as Head of School on July 1, 2019.