At Westtown, we are uncommonly invested in helping our students discover their gifts, talents, passions, and sense of purpose.
We believe deeply that within each of us there is a special Light, a unique wisdom, and an evolving sense of purpose. Together, we work to help students discover these in a supportive and collaborative environment.
Head of School Victoria (Tori) Jueds graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and went on to receive her A.B., magna cum laude from Harvard College, where she majored in History & Literature and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa society. After three years in Seattle, where she worked on a statewide gun control initiative and other political campaigns, she returned to Harvard, earning her J.D. from the Law School in 2001 where she was president of the Civil Liberties Union. A law clerk for the Honorable Louis H. Pollak in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2001-2002, she then litigated cases implicating civil rights and civil liberties issues in New York and Washington, DC through 2006. For several years, Tori also taught at George Washington University Law School. In her last post before coming to Westtown, she was the Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Students at Princeton University.
Karyn earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Temple University and a master’s degree in education and human development from The George Washington University, both with highest honors, and holds a certification in early childhood education from Widener University. Karyn has completed the Friends Council on Education’s Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends School. Her time before and outside Westtown has included teaching language arts at Delaware Valley Friends School; training teacher interns in the Delaware Valley Friends School Adolescent Literacy Program; teaching first and second grade at the The School in Rose Valley during which she collaborated to create curricula; and, teaching at Friends Select School - of which she is a graduate. A lifelong Quaker and member of Chester Monthly Meeting, Karyn has also coordinated educational programs at Pendle Hill. In her personal statement of philosophy, Karyn speaks of Quaker practices as key influences and inspirations, including holding issues or ideas in the Light, discerning in collaboration with others and in her own quiet time, and leading with intention. She identifies listening and seeking as particularly important practices, calling them “cornerstones of successful teaching and leadership.”