Before joining Greens Farms Academy in 2018, Bob was Head of School for five years at Lake Forest Country Day School, a PreK-8 school serving more than 400 students in the suburbs of Chicago.
Plunge into the GFA Experience
A Message from Head of School, Bob Whelan
We believe education can be joyful. We invite our students to think big and question often. We challenge our community to embrace new ideas and tap into new sources of strength. We inspire each other to build a better world, grounded in our core values of passion, integrity, empathy, curiosity, and excellence.
Students are at the center of everything here, as known and engaged partners in their own learning. They take responsibility for and pride in their achievements, define what excellence means for them, and then rise to meet it. GFA offers young people the opportunity to test their limits. They are encouraged and given the flexibility to try it all, developing confidence that will inform the rest of their lives. A palpable sense of excitement seems ever-present as our younger students master a new skill or discover a passion — a process supported by talented educators in an atmosphere of warmth and care.
GFA is an exceptional place.
Our 44-acre campus overlooking the Long Island Sound houses three distinct ecosystems — dynamic classrooms for our more than 700 students from PreK–12. Together, we roll up our sleeves, set ambitious goals, and work hard to achieve them. Innovation is not a buzzword at GFA. It is a hallmark, evident in our signature academic programs and a dynamic new schedule, where thoughtful progress travels alongside nearly a century of academic excellence. Our curriculum emphasizes problem-solving and critical thinking, paired with a deep commitment to the development of character and the intentional integration of evidence-based best practices in teaching and learning.
GFA cultivates curiosity and prepares students for an evolving world. Our students are ready for big visions, shared solutions, bold responses to human need, and global challenges. They think critically and present with confidence and poise. A sense of service is fundamental to our students and graduates, reinforced by our motto: Quisque Pro Omnibus or Each for All. At GFA, students develop a passion for learning and are prepared to pursue a life of purpose.
We are so pleased that you have discovered GFA and invite you to spend some time exploring our digital home. More importantly, we hope you have a chance to experience GFA in person by scheduling a visit to campus. We look forward to getting to know you.
Bob Whelan, P ’24
Head of School
More about Bob Whelan
B.A. Brown University
M.Ed. from Harvard University
Recipient of a fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership's 2017 Heads of Schools Program at Teachers College, Columbia University