The Admission Office
Jean Woodward Maher
M.A., New York University
After a seventeen-year career as an admission officer, teacher, and coach at The Taft School, Jean came to Berkshire in the fall of 2004. At Berkshire, she wears a number of hats, including Senior Associate Director of Admission, Spanish teacher, lacrosse coach, and advisor. Her daughter, Maddy, is a current student. Sam, the oldest, attends Bates, and Isabelle, the youngest, attends nearby Indian Mountain School.
As a graduate of St. Andrew’s School, Jean remembers the importance of the admission process in helping her discover that perfect match. She loves finding those applicants who will thrive at Berkshire and who reflect the Maher family motto, “Work hard, tell the truth, and be good to others”. Jean upholds these expectations in the classroom as well, and enjoys introducing students to the Spanish culture. After graduating from Mount Holyoke with a degree in Spanish Literature, Jean spent her summers studying in Salamanca, Spain and earned a Masters’ degree from New York University in the process. Jean’s appreciation for the global classroom has been a driving force behind some of the partnerships we now have with schools abroad.
When she is not on campus, Jean enjoys spending time with her family at their home in Maine and in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Jean is proud to say that she raises kids of all ages for a living, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better surrogate parent.