From the President

From the President

Welcome to the new CalWest web site, and thanks for visiting us. CalWest specializes in the placement of educators and school leaders throughout the western region of the United States.

We are known for the strength of our CalWest Association of schools and for forging deep relationships to meet each school’s unique needs in terms of positions, experience, culture and fit.

We are particularly proud of the strength of our candidate pools. Only about 1 in 5 candidates are selected to be in our database, which means we have a highly distilled and deeply qualified set of candidates to offer schools.

This year, we are taking to the next level our role as trusted advisors to the independent school community. In our new pilot program, we pair select partner schools with dedicated Recruiting Advisors who work more closely with member schools, providing strategic consultation to support crisper position descriptions, better sourcing, and even stronger candidate pools.

In short, we have decided to focus on one of our core strengths by providing deeper, more personalized recruiting and placement services for a smaller number of client schools. Candidates will in turn benefit because we will be able to more closely identify possible fits for those exclusively-defined roles.

Association member schools will experience the benefits of a search partner with the time, energy, and personal involvement to ensure effective search results. More targeted recruiting translates into hired administrators and teachers who bring the school’s mission and vision to life.

We are very excited about these changes and what they mean for our client schools and candidates alike. Our team is comprised of former heads of school, school leaders, educators, and industry professionals who work diligently to offer these highly personalized services.

I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the CalWest experience. Please contact us directly if you are interested in participating in our select pilot offering. You can reach me at



The genesis of CalWest Educators was in 1994, when Lee Miller was hired by Teachers On Reserve as a part-time interviewer of potential substitute teachers for independent schools in the Los Angeles area. Within a year, she realized that there was a need to recruit permanent teachers as well and that became her full-time specialty with recruiting expanding all the way to the East Coast. In 2003, together with her husband, Steve, Lee created CalWest Educators Placement and widened its services to include recruiting and placement of heads of school and other senior leaders for private and independent schools throughout the western United States.