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Montessori School of Northampton Names Mark Dansereau as New Head of School Following National Search

May 31, 2017, Northampton, MA—The Montessori School of Northampton is thrilled to announce that Mark Dansereau of Milford, CT, will become its new Head of School on July 1. Mr. Dansereau, who is currently Director of Middle School at The Montessori School in Wilton, was selected after a rigorous six-month national search. He will replace Susan Swift, who is retiring this summer after over two decades of leadership.

Dansereau is a passionate and innovative educator with a wealth of experience in Montessori pedagogy and a dedication to creating school environments where children become leaders in their own learning.  For 30 years — including 10 years as Co-Head of Connecticut Friends School in Wilton – Dansereau has been a lead teacher, administrator and trainer of teachers. He has helped to shepherd schools through times of expansion and transition, and has a demonstrated commitment to outreach and fostering diversity. According to board chair Elizabeth Dunaway, these were all vital factors in Montessori School of Northampton’s decision to offer him the position of Head of School.

“This is a period of tremendous growth and change for MSN,” Dunaway explains. “In the past year, we have celebrated our 40th anniversary, launched Northampton’s only independent Middle School program, and built and opened a stunning new Upper School building. We’ve also undertaken serious work with staff, students and families around social justice, deepened our gender equity, anti-racist and peace curricula, and begun a new tradition of hosting a family-friendly LGBTQ Pride party for the wider community. And last but not least, we’re saying goodbye to our beloved Susan Swift. Mark has not just the professional knowledge to guide us through all of that — he has the heartfelt desire to embrace new possibilities, to help create our children’s future.”

For his part, Mr. Dansereau says that he was deeply impressed by the students he met on his visits to MSN. “The children and adolescents are so generous and welcoming, open and thoughtful about matters large and small. It is clear that MSN has its rudder deep in the water regarding how it serves the growth and well-being of its students.” Dansereau, who was born in Worcester and attended Granby kindergarten, sees his move to the Pioneer Valley as a meaningful and inspiring return, for both him and his wife, who graduated from Smith College. “We are both excited to come back to our educational homes,” he said.

The Montessori School of Northampton enrolls students from the ages of 18 months through 14 years.  In addition to its flagship campus at 51 Bates Street where toddler through Lower Elementary classes are housed, the school has just opened an Upper School building at 42 Bates Street for their Upper Elementary and Middle School programs.  More information on the school can be found at northamptonmontessori.org or by calling (413) 586-4538.

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Kathy Murri
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Montessori School of Northampton
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