New Associate Head of School Announced
Berkshire School is thrilled to announce the appointment of Jean
Woodward Maher to the position of Associate Head of School, effective July 1, 2014. Jean has served Berkshire since 2004 as Senior Associate Director of Admission and Spanish teacher. A dedicated advisor and role model for students and faculty alike, Jean brings over 25 years of experience in independent schools to this senior leadership role at Berkshire.
“Jean’s talent, dedication, and experience across her distinguished career in schools are without peer,” said Head of School Pieter Mulder. “She has earned the deep respect of all members of our community, with relationships rooted in trust, a willingness to hear all voices, and her distinctive ability to mentor and inspire. Jean has a keen, strategic understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead of us, and she will advance Berkshire in powerful ways going forward.”
Jean has served Berkshire on campus-wide committees to enhance the academic and cultural life of the School, including the Global Initiatives, All-School Read and Scheduling Committees. She was responsible for the revitalization of Berkshire’s signature Pro Vita winter session program and integral to its launch in 2009. Jean has also served as the Head Coach of girls’ varsity lacrosse and also coached the program’s junior varsity team.
"It is a thrill and an honor to serve the School in this way,” said Jean about her new role. “I’m very excited to work closely with the great faculty, staff and senior leadership team at Berkshire.”
Before coming to Berkshire, Jean spent 17 years at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, where she taught Spanish and worked in the Admission Office. While at Taft, she also served as an advisor, as 9th Grade Class Dean, and as Dormitory Head in both a girls’ and a boys’ dorm. On the athletic front, she coached field hockey, basketball and lacrosse. Jean earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish from Mount Holyoke College and her Master’s in Spanish Literature from NYU at the University of Salamanca.
Please join us in congratulating Jean on her appointment to the role of Associate Head of School.