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Two Career Educators Take on New Administrative Roles

We are pleased to announce that this summer Beth O’Brien, who has been our Head of Early Childhood for the past 10 years, will take on the role of Director of Enrollment Management, and alumna Jeannie Staunton Bean '83, who has been a member of the Early Childhood teaching team for the last 15 years, will take on the role of Head of Early Childhood.
Beth joined Country School as an apprentice teacher 22 years ago and has served the school in a variety of teaching and administrative positions, including in the admissions office prior to becoming our Head of Early Childhood in 2012. Beth's unquestioned expertise in child development, her commitment to Country School’s mission, and the strong connections she so easily forms with families make this a natural transition.
 
A graduate of Bucknell University, Beth received her Elementary Certification from Center for Montessori Education and has done graduate work at Bank Street College of Education and the Leadership Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously in her career, she served as a lead elementary school teacher in Seattle and at the Windward School in White Plains. Beth is a frequent speaker to parent groups and organizations, providing research-based insights as well as clearly articulated action-steps parents can implement at home to promote positive child development.
 
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 the role of 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. Jeannie served as Co-Chair of the English department from 2014-16, was one of four faculty members chosen to travel to Finland in 2015 to learn more about the renowned Nordic educational system, and has served as a faculty representative to the Board of Trustees.
 
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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