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Announcing Our Interim Head of Early Childhood

On Tuesday, April 12, New Canaan Country School announced that Jeannie Staunton Bean '83 will be our Interim Head of Early Childhood beginning July 1, 2022. 

Jeannie has been a valued member of the Early Childhood team for the last 15 years. An alumna of Country School’s Class of 1983, Jeannie returned to NCCS in the Beginners program in 2008 as an Assistant Teacher, and in 2011 moved into her current role as a Lead Teacher. 

In 2015 Jeannie was awarded the Williams Family Faculty Chair which recognizes exceptional full-time faculty who demonstrate a commitment to engaging and inspiring students, creating curriculum to reach all learners, and seeking ongoing professional development. In presenting this award, it was noted, “With her openness, flexibility and thoughtfulness, Jeannie is a force of positivity and light for all those fortunate to travel in her midst. A masterful teacher Jeannie artfully weaves her deep understanding of child development with a commitment to meeting every child exactly where they are and supporting and stretching each child to become more vividly themselves. Colleagues admire Jeannie for her intentionality and perspective, for her understanding of the larger arc of child development, for her curiosity and desire to learn more about educating children, and for her daily practice in the classroom.”

Jeannie is deeply committed to the Country School mission and community and as a trusted colleague served as Co-Chair of the English department from 2014-16. During her two year tenure, Jeannie led conversations with her Early Childhood and Lower School colleagues to establish a rubric and learning progression in writing for each grade level that reflects our priorities and best practices. Additionally, Jeannie was one of four faculty members chosen to travel to Finland in 2015 to learn more about the renowned Nordic educational system, and she has held various workshops for colleagues throughout her career. Additionally, she currently serves as one of two faculty representatives to the Board of Trustees, for which she was selected by her peers.
 
She has been an avid admissions ambassador allowing her to share her deep love of Country School. The classrooms and fields run deep for Jeannie; as our mission has shaped and influenced not only Jeannie’s four siblings in the late ’70s into the mid ’80s, but her own family as well, including her husband, Chris, also a member of the Class of 1983 and her three children, Bella '14, Anna '15 and Finley '17.

Prior to joining NCCS, she was a Pre-K lead teacher and Assistant Director of Admissions for Putnam Indian Field School. She received a B.S. in Education from the University of Vermont, a M.S. in Reading from College of New Rochelle and was trained in the Orton-Gillingham method at the Windward Teacher Training Institute.

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