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Stephanie Scanlon Will Be Heathwood's Next Head of Early Childhood and Lower School

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Heathwood Hall is pleased to announce that Stephanie Scanlon has accepted our offer to serve as our next Early Childhood and Lower School Head. 

“Stephanie was a unanimous choice of the search committee,” said Head of School Chris Hinchey. “We were impressed with the depth of her experience as well as her strong leadership presence, exceptional references, love of young people, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”

Mrs. Scanlon is currently serving as the founding Head of School at St. Matthew’s School in Bedford, N.Y.  She has grown the school since its founding in 2010 from 22 students, ranging in ages from 2-4, to 56 students.  Prior to her eight years at St. Matthew’s School, she worked for 12 years at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Conn. in a variety of positions (Kindergarten teacher, Early Childhood Theology teacher, Coordinator of Early Childhood, & Director of Extended programming).  Stephanie’s career started at the Quaker Ridge School in Scarsdale, N.Y., where she served for three years as a Second Grade teacher. 

Heathwood Assistant Head of Early Childhood and Lower School, Mary Kay Deese, is looking forward to working with Mrs. Scanlon next year, noting that “her thorough knowledge of child development and brain research will surely be a benefit to Heathwood as she continues the tradition of making this school a place where decisions are made based upon what is best for kids. It was apparent to me in our very first conversation that Stephanie has the unique gift of being a listener and a learner. She thinks before she speaks and is very reflective in her practice.  Her comments revealed a love for Heathwood before she even arrived.  I am confident that she is the perfect fit for our students, faculty, and families. "

Mrs. Scanlon’s personal philosophy of education and leadership also makes her a great fit for Heathwood. Her priorities include fostering strong relationships and a culture of mutual respect and trust between teachers, students, and parents; inspiring intellectual curiosity in teachers and creating meaningful opportunities for their professional development; giving students opportunities to engage with the curriculum in meaningful and authentic ways; encouraging creativity, imagination, risk-taking, exploration, and innovation; and using technology in ways that help students become comfortable as producers, not merely consumers, of it. In her own words, her ultimate goal is to “create a joyful, nurturing, and supportive learning environment for all.”

Stephanie Scanlon earned her B.A. from SUNY (State University of New York) Purchase in Psychology and holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from Fordham University and an MPS in Educational Leadership from Manhattanville College. 

She will officially begin her tenure as EC/LS Head on July 1.

“I am delighted that the search process led us to Stephanie,” said Mr. Hinchey. “I look forward to working with her, and I am confident that she is more than capable of building on the excellent work of our current EC/LS Head, Amanda Cox.”