Sumant Bhat, Head of School

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Sumant Bhat, Head of School

Fully embracing Stanley’s mission of joyful, lifelong learners prepared to make a positive difference in the world, Sumant is excited to begin building, expanding and deepening his relationships at Stanley and understands the importance of cultivating community both within the school and beyond. Before joining Stanley, Sumant was the head of middle school at St Anne’s Episcopal School, a pre-K-8 school in Denver serving more than 400 students.

His experience includes 17 years of experience as a dean, teacher, advisor, coach and mentor. Sumant has had extensive professional development opportunities throughout his career including the 2009-10 NAIS E.E. Ford Fellowship for Aspiring School Heads. Sumant’s interests include international travel, Major League Baseball, hiking and skiing with his family, and breakfast dates with his three-year-old son.

"It is humbling to follow the extraordinary leadership and vision of both Tim Barrier and Carolyn Hambidge," said Sumant, after accepting the position as next head of school in January 2020. "They have made the school what it is today: A community that deeply loves kids and is committed to nurturing a joyful environment for children to learn and explore each and every day. The school’s commitment to student-centered classrooms, socio-emotional learning and diversity, equity and inclusion not only resonates with my beliefs about what is best for kids, but it clearly creates an environment where all community members feel welcome and a strong sense of belonging."