Introducing Head of School,
William J. Knauer has joined Harvey as the ninth Head of School.
An extraordinarily bright, visionary leader, Bill is a gifted administrator and educator with strong financial and personnel management skills. Bill describes himself as a “constructivist teacher” who will attest that the “ah ha” moment of discovery that occurs when a student sees the pieces of a puzzle fall into place is powerful indeed. This insight dovetails perfectly with what happens at Harvey every day. Before joining Harvey, Bill was the Head of the Benjamin Franklin International School (BFIS), a coed day school of 670 students in Barcelona, Spain. During his four-year tenure, Bill led BFIS through a re-accreditation process and is credited as having transformed the environment into one of cohesion, stability and growth. Bill graduated from the University of Michigan in 1985 with a BA in Linguistics, and he holds two master’s degrees, one from Middlebury College, Bread Loaf School of English and the other from Trenton State College in Teaching English and English as a Second Language (ESL). He also has a certification from Columbia University in computer technology and a Diploma de Cultura from the University of Madrid. Bill was the assistant head at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn before becoming head of school at BFIS. He previously taught at
Riverdale Country School and Munich International School. In addition to being a distinguished educator and successful school leader, Bill teaches and practices Taekwondo, enjoys entertaining as an amateur magician and continues his love of athletics through competing in ice hockey, tennis and long-distance running. Bill and his wife, Eileen, a trained learning specialist, live on campus with their daughter, Emiliana, who joins Harvey as a sixth-grader this year.