I am writing to express my joy and excitement at being appointed Interim Head of School for the upcoming school year. I am so grateful for the warm wishes I have received from many of you and I look forward to continuing to build on all of Todd’s amazing work. As we transition into this new season for Nantucket New School, we can look forward with optimism.
Earlier this week, when I announced to the faculty that I’d be serving as the Interim Head next year, I could hear my voice wavering, and in that moment, I realized how deeply I felt my words. The strength of our school is in our culture, carefully stewarded by our team of thoughtful, dynamic, and inspiring educators. I am humbled to be a part of it.
Today, I spoke to the students in Morning Meeting to frame this process in a way that would be accessible for a 3 year old or a 13 year old. As I looked around and explained what the word “Interim” meant, I quickly realized a way to describe it. One of Todd’s most cherished duties is giving out these little necklaces to children who have lost their teeth during the school day. Naturally, the youngest students all laughed and nodded when I finally said: “I’m the one who will be giving out the tooth necklaces!”
I’ve found, as Todd has, that the little moments are the ones that matter, but we’ve got our eye on the big picture, too.
We’re committed to continuing to foster an environment of exploration, growth, and discovery. At the heart of this work is the close relationships that we’re able to form with each individual student and their family. Within our family-centered school community, our culture of communication and collaboration is vital. I encourage you, over the course of this transition, to check in often, attend Morning Meetings, volunteer to chaperone field trips, and call and email.
Todd and I will continue to work closely together over the coming months to ensure a smooth transition. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Have a great weekend.
Danielle Henry Beale
Assistant Head of School for Advancement
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