Miss Education Podcast: Season 4 / Show 10: COVID’s Impact on the Private School Value Proposition

The second in our series of thought-provoking topics about the future of PK-12 education amid the pandemic, Jen Maestas, a San Antonio-based educator and originator of the Miss Education podcast, and Overland Partners take the conversation to independent school leaders from across Texas. Recorded live on October 29th., guest panelists from three premier tuition-based schools discuss important aspects of the independent school value proposition and how their schools are rising to the challenges of COVID-19.

Ruth Burke – Associate Head of School, Episcopal School of Dallas

Eric Lombardi – Head of School, Fort Worth Country Day School

Billy Handmaker – Head of School, Keystone School San Antonio

Listen to the podcast as our panelists explore four themes amid COVID 19:

  1. How are independent schools managing the pressures and guidelines of reopening amid a pandemic?
  2. What financial implications are independent schools facing?
  3. How are independent schools fostering culture, tradition and connection in this ever-changing learning model?
  4. Describe the school of the future.

We all have been affected by COVID. Overland is dedicated to unlocking the embedded potential of communities, starting with our local schools. By listening closely, thinking creatively and learning from our education partners, teachers, and students about what is and is not working amid COVID 19, we can use this historic disruption to test new learning models and the role of schools in our communities for transformational results. Through this shared experience, new paradigms for education can emerge centered around and tailored to each learner – from the content delivered within classrooms to the opportunities for expansive learning experiences gained on and beyond our school grounds.

“The word empathy has come up a lot. Learning and leaning into empathy as you teach and lead schools is really important and something we have taken to a whole new level this year.”
Ruth Burke, Associate Head of School – Episcopal School of Dallas


Ruth Burke
Associate Head of School
Episcopal School of Dallas


Eric Lombardi
Head of School
Fort Worth Country Day School


Billy Handmaker
Head of School
Keystone School San Antonio


Jen Maestas
Miss Education
Podcast Host