Head of School

Jeremy Besch became Park’s 18th Head of School on July 1, 2018.

A teacher since 1998, Jeremy joined the Park community in 2003, and became Head of Upper School in 2010. During the course of his Park School career, he has been a member of the English department, Dean of Students for the Middle and Upper Schools, a coach for Park's cross country team and, with his wife, Rebecca, a happy Park parent to Calvin '21 and Fox '23.

Prior to coming to Park, Jeremy taught English, coached running, and advised an entire class of young men through their four-year course of study at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan from 1998-2003. His professional experience spans both private and independent schools and includes administration, classroom teaching, curriculum development, teacher development and evaluation, student advisement, and coaching.

A Buffalo native raised in the University Heights neighborhood, Jeremy holds a Master’s degree in Executive Leadership and Change with a focus on Leadership in Higher Education from Daemen College. He’s a graduate of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on Writing. At Canisius, he was a Division I student-athlete in Cross Country and Track & Field.

Jeremy truly loves working at Park as Buffalo rediscovers itself and enjoys a renaissance that in many ways aligns with Park's long-standing practices and philosophy. Embracing the natural environment, building on our interesting histories, and having the courage to continuously seek new opportunities and experiences is enabling both Park and Buffalo grow and prosper through the next century and beyond.

Jeremy holds professional affiliations with the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), Progressive Education Network, Education Collaborative of Western New York (EDCO), Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, and the Creative Education Foundation. He is a founding board member of reweave, an organization that builds learning tools that empower teachers and youth to integrate learning to lead effective positive change into the school day. Hepreviously served on the Board of Directors and as an advisor to Compass House, a non-profit organization that works to provide safe-haven, counseling, and resources to homeless and runaway youth in Western New York. He is also a regular volunteer speaker for Leadership Buffalo, and enjoys collaborative work with Buffalo Prep, discussing identity, diversity, and ally-ship with Buffalo's emerging leaders.
 
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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