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Ring Mountain School Hires Interim Head of School

Sarah Flowers takes the reins as private school’s board searches for a replacement for longtime administrator Nancy Diamonti.

With its longtime head of school out on sabbatical and heading into retirement, has brought on an interim head of school while its board hunts for a long-term replacement.

The board hired Sarah Flowers, a longtime school administrator with experience at schools similar to Ring Mountain, as its interim head of school. She started in mid-March. Flowers replaces Nancy Diamonti, who had been the head of school at Ring Mountain since 1999. Diamonti went on sabbatical this year and is retiring.

“I am the product of independent schools and have spent my career in education dedicated to the values and communities I discovered first as a student, and now at Ring Mountain—small classes, caring teachers and student-centered school classrooms,” Flowers said in a statement.

A native of Bristol, England, Flowers comes to Ring Mountain after a similarly temporary post at the Lower School of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland. Before that, she served as head of school at Archway School in Oakland from 2003 to 2010.

With Diamonti out on sabbatical this year, administrators decided to bring in an interim replacement so that the Ring Mountain Board of Trustees wasn’t rushed in its search to find the best candidate for the long term, school officials said in a statement.

“Ms. Flowers is just the person to lead the school into the future and continue to establish its presence in the Bay Area independent school community,” Marielle Fagersten, president of the Ring Mountain board of trustees, said in a statement.

Ring Mountain, which currently has approximately 100 students, was founded as Children’s Circle Center in 1976. It leases its campus from the .

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