Head of School Search

We are excited to announce Dr. Tom Hays as the new Head of School at Mill Springs Academy. The process was guided by MSA’s founding principle, as articulated by the school’s founder, Tweetie Moore, “If a student can’t learn the way we teach … we should teach the way a student can learn.” With a wealth of experience in clinical psychology and education, the Board is confident that Tom will carry our mission forward to prepare our students with individualized learning plans for success in school and in life.

Tom will officially join Mill Springs Academy on July 1st – learn more about his background below.

We are grateful to our interim Head of School, Cindy Szwec, for her invaluable contributions during this transitional period and wish her all the best in the future.

If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts, please email HeadSearch@millsprings.org.


About Dr. Tom Hays

Dr. Tom Hays brings extensive experience in clinical psychology and education to his new role as the Head of School at Mill Springs Academy. Before joining MSA, Tom served as the Head of School at Franklin Academy in East Haddam, Connecticut, a day and boarding school for students with nonverbal learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. During his tenure, he played an integral role as a founding administrator in building a school program to serve students with unique learning styles.

Tom holds a master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of Hartford and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from American University. With a background in individual, group, and family therapy, Tom has deep expertise in various clinical and educational settings, spanning both public and private schools.

Tom’s research includes the areas of families and stepfamilies, adoption, child and adolescent coping, child and adolescent person perception, anger, and child and adolescent social status. He has shared his insights at numerous conferences and workshops on topics such as special education, behavior management, and supporting students on the autism spectrum.


Frequently Asked Questions

Search Consultant

The Board of Trustees has retained the firm Resource Group 175 (RG175) to guide our community through the Head of School search process. RG175 has more than 20 years of experience working to place leadership at both the executive and governance levels in independent schools all over the country, and international schools around the world. Please find more information about RG175 HERE.

Mill Springs Academy's RG175 consultant is Marcia Prewitt Spiller


Search Committee

Andy Bayman
Search Committee Chair
Current Parent
Trustee, Mill Springs Academy

Christian Bateson
Current Parent
Trustee, Mill Springs Academy

Trish Bogdanchik
Head of Upper School, The Mount Vernon School

Gayle Born M.Ed.
Educational Consultant,
Parkaire Consultants

Jennifer Campbell
Alumni Parent
Trustee, Mill Springs Academy

Joane Goodroe
Alumni Parent
Trustee, Mill Springs Academy

George Ojanuga
Current Parent
Trustee, Mill Springs Academy