Paul AmadioAugust 23, 2016
Head of School
B.F.A. Roger Williams College
M.F.A Wayne State University
Paul Amadio’s work in education spans nearly three decades of school leadership. He has served in many roles in schools, from teacher, dorm parent, department chair, coach, theater director, admissions and development director, advancement, assistant head, and head of school. He is also a founding partner of both Independent Thinking and Cardenio Consulting and has consulted for schools and non-profits throughout the world. Paul frequently presents on educational leadership, marketing, philanthropy, and sustainability at workshops and conventions nationally and internationally.
Paul and his family consider VVS to be the perfect fit for their educational philosophy and values, and feel blessed each day to work and wake on this dramatic landscape called Sedona on the campus of the most unique school in the world, just recognized as the 15th best boarding school in the United States. He is proud of the school’s partnership with world renowned SHIXI High School in Shanghai.
Paul began his career as a stage actor and was cast in tours of Grease, The Musical, Foxfire, Mikado, The Fantasticks, as well as playing several Shakespearean roles in classic repertory companies. It was through service teaching theater in the inner city of Chicago and Detroit that he realized that working in schools was his true calling.
Paul has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Ojai Playwrights Festival, Global Awareness Local Action, and Massachusetts Council on the Arts, ArtSpace, and Very Special Arts. He is currently on the board of Sedona Art Center and on the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club in the Northern Region of Arizona.
Paul lives with his wife Donita and daughter Galen, on the glorious Verde Valley campus.