AIMS Insights is a newsletter started in the summer of 2016 with the goal to communicate AIMS activities, as well as highlight interesting and exciting AIMS member school events. We also aim to stress the value of independent education overall, as well as the process of accreditation.
AIMS is profiling a new school leader each month this Fall in a new series entitled Seven Questions With...For our third profile, we reached out to the President of Cristo Rey High School in Baltimore, Mr. Bill Heiser.
Tell us how you first got involved in with AIMS?
I first became involved with AIMS last year when I was named the President of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. I am grateful for the support and guidance from my AIMS colleagues.
What's your first memory of being a Head of School?
I recall attending my very first Board of Trustees meeting at Cristo Rey and feeling an immediate sense of support and teamwork. Cristo Rey is blessed to have trustees who are mission-centered and willing to share their talents.
What has surprised you most about working with schools and or students?
I am always surprised about how quickly each day goes by. Talking with students and faculty about their school day is truly enjoyable. Also, thereâ€™s never a dull moment and each day presents a different challenge or opportunity.
What do you wish other people knew about AIMS?
AIMS is an incredible resource for school leaders and faculty. I always recommend the value of their outstanding professional development opportunities such as workshops, conferences, and various online resources.
Tell us about someone who has influenced your work?
Dr. Jerry Boarman, Head of Bullis School, was my high school principal at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. He was and still is very innovative and student-centered. Jerry has been a life-long mentor to me and I am grateful for his friendship.
What might AIMS members be surprised to learn about you?
My wife, Tracy, and I have two boys Caden (7th grade) and Conlan (3rd grade). Both of our boys play club soccer and we enjoy watching them play.
If you weren't serving as Head of School, what would you be doing instead, or what would your life be like?
I would probably be doing something related to the game of soccer. I played soccer at Loyola University and turned down a professional soccer career to become an educator.