Anastasia is thrilled to join the community as the first Dean of Students at The Academy at Penguin Hall. She brings well over two decades of experience in independent school education and leadership. Anastasia will primarily be responsible for overseeing and facilitating all aspects of student life consistent with the values and vision of The Academy at Penguin Hall and ensuring a positive environment for personal growth and academic success for students. She will also facilitate and oversee student support services and a student advisory program.
Most recently Anastasia served as the Head of the Middle & Upper School at New Garden Friends School in North Carolina. While there she instituted a college counselling program, developed a student leadership program and introduced a goal setting program for faculty and students.
Prior to heading south, Anastasia worked for 22 years at Westtown School outside of Philadelphia, PA, a co-ed boarding and day school. She started as a theatre intern, living on dorm, teaching theatre and directing plays, and she was “only going to stay one year”. Quickly she fell in love with boarding school and the transformative communities of independent schools. While at Westtown, Anastasia held many roles including Dorm Head, Registrar, Department Chair, and Assistant Dean of Students. She spent more than half her career working with the senior girls’ dormitory and brings a tremendous knowledge of gracefully transitioning seniors on to their next chapter.
Anastasia’s educational philosophy is centered on the whole child; she emphasizes and fosters the integrity, unique talents and gifts of each student. In Anastasia’s own words, “The cornerstone of my philosophy is teaching students self-advocacy while allowing them to take risks in a safe and supportive environment. I strive to empower students to be the best they can be. I set high expectations and then get out of their way. I guide students without dictating a path they should take. Each student is unique and will discover their own individual path. I believe students can learn best from the mistakes that they make. I take great delight in my student’s growth and it is the top reason why I am a teacher and administrator.”
Anastasia earned her B.A. in Theatre from Lehigh University and her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Immaculata University. She is a huge movie buff, loves to knit and enjoys running, yoga and swimming. She and her husband have one zany ten pound dog and three adult sons.