Will's Story

Students need strong mentors and as an educational advisor, I am looking forward to helping kids tell their story.

My life in independent schools began at Holderness School in the fall of 1992 as a wide eyed fourteen year old. While I knew very little back then, I did know that Holderness was a place where I felt connected and comfortable. A place where I could grow and gain confidence. A place that would provide a transformative four-year experience. Very few people know that I actually turned down an offer of admission at a boarding school where both my father and grandfather attended. A surprising choice to many, this decision and reflective process is why I love helping kids find the school that speaks to them. I loved my experience so much that years later I returned to Holderness as a math teacher, snowboard and baseball coach, and dorm parent.

Part of my journey also includes curiosity and adventure. At 27 years of age the timing was right to attempt something different in my life. In 2007 I earned an MBA from Duke University and spent two years working within Johnson & Johnson’s Consumer Health Care group. The experience was both challenging and rewarding, but it was clear that my passion was still in educating young people. It was time to follow my heart back to independent schools.

My last 12 years have been spent in school admission offices – three years at Brimmer and May School (Chestnut Hill, MA), four years at The Taft School (Watertown, CT), and most recently five years as Dean of Admission at The Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, NJ). Beyond admissions, I have taught precalculus, coached baseball, soccer and volleyball, served as a dorm head and advised many amazing students along the way.

Choosing an independent school is an extremely personal and important decision, and I enjoy being a partner/advisor/guide to students and families during this process. I pride myself on being genuine and honest, and making sure each student and family feels valued throughout our time together. Students need strong mentors, and as an educational advisor, I am looking forward to helping them tell their story, reflect on who they are and what they want, and ultimately help them find a place where the sky is the limit. Let’s get to work!

With gratitude,
Will Richardson