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    Contacts:       Mark Lucas, Chair, Board of Trustees marklucas123@gmail.com
                          Emily Miller, Head of School emiller@nantucketlighthouseschool.org
      January 18, 2019
    Nantucket Lighthouse School Announces New Head of School Effective July 1
    NANTUCKET, MA – Christine Braunohler Hanson has been named new Head of School by the Nantucket Lighthouse School (NLS) Board of Trustees, succeeding current Head of School Emily Miller, who has accepted a new leadership position effective July 1 at a Boston area independent day school. Mrs. Hanson will join the NLS staff on July 1. The announcement was made to NLS staff, parents and students earlier this week.
    “As our dedicated Head of School for the last seven years, Emily has excelled at cultivating the school’s growth while preserving its founding ideals, mission and philosophy,” said NLS Board Chair Mark Lucas. “Her deep educational expertise and thoughtful leadership have strengthened and nurtured our integrated, project-based curriculum, providing a role model that has solidified NLS’s reputation as a leader in education in our community.”
    In describing her decision to assume her new leadership position, Miller noted her strong desire to return to work that focuses more exclusively on teacher development, student learning and curricular and pedagogical practices. “Working with an outstanding team of faculty, staff, families and board members at NLS, I have watched a beautifully adolescent school mature into adulthood,” she said.
    “During my tenure, we have added a number of educational programs, including the Russell Morash Chair in Childhood Horticulture, Mimi Beman Lending Library, Little Lighthouse, Nantucket Lighthouse School’s Educational Speaker Series, physical education classes and school-wide literacy coaching and instruction with long-time Lighthouse teacher and reading specialist Sandy Mitchell. What is so remarkable is that, with such rapid growth and development, Nantucket Lighthouse School has never lost sight of the children it serves. This is a testament to the Lighthouse community’s strong commitment to its child-centered mission.”
    Following an expeditious and thorough Head of School search process last fall, the school’s Transition Committee, led by co-chairs Jane Miller and Maryann Hedaa, and comprised of educators, NLS Trustees, faculty and staff, alumni parents, community leaders and friends of the school, was unanimous in its recommendation to appoint Mrs. Hanson. 

    “Christine possesses the skills, energy, creativity, and experience required, to meet the needs of Nantucket Lighthouse School’s future goals,” stated Mr. Lucas. “We feel grateful, and fortunate, to welcome such a well-qualified incoming Head of School at this important point in the school’s history. We look forward to reintroducing her to the NLS community and to working with her as the school continues into its third decade toward a very bright future.”

    Mrs. Hanson, a former Nantucket Lighthouse School parent, received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and her Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Mills College. She has spent the past thirteen years teaching, designing curricula, and leading professional development opportunities for educators. A long-time summer resident, Mrs. Hanson and her family spent a sabbatical year on Nantucket three years ago. She is moving from Oakland, California with her husband, Chris, and their three children, Avery, Zeal and Sidney.
    “I am so thrilled to be joining the Nantucket Lighthouse School community,” said Mrs. Hanson. “Being an NLS parent in 2016 transformed my view as an educator. Seeing such a pure manifestation of ‘whole child’ education reminded me of why I started teaching in 2006. Thank you for warmly welcoming me into this inspiring and inspired school.”