Jan Healy joins The Academy at Penguin Hall from the metropolitan Washington, DC area with over twenty-five years of educational leadership experience, curriculum development and college counseling. As the first Dean of Academics and Director of College Counseling, she firmly believes that a well-rounded education is rooted in helping students to grow, while preparing them to be independent thinkers and strong self-advocates. She sees independent schools as intentional communities where faculty and students with individual gifts come together to plant the seeds for lifelong learning and continued self-discovery.
Most recently Jan served as the Assistant Head of School and Director of College Counseling at Middleburg Academy, Middleburg, VA. While at Middleburg Academy Jan facilitated the evolution of the curriculum, and led the faculty in support of the school’s mission. As the academic lead of the school, Jan recruited faculty and oversaw the individualized academic planning, scheduling and progress of students as well as the college planning and application process.
During Jan’s twenty-one year tenure at the Potomac School in McLean, VA, she served in a myriad of capacities: Dean of Students, College Counselor, Student Internship Coordinator, and Ethics teacher. As a college counselor Jan advised students and their parents in the college search and application process. As a teacher, she created an ethics curriculum based on cognitive theory, human behavior, prosocial behavior, conflict resolution and sound decision making.
Jan’s dynamic combination of deep school leadership experience and leading-edge educational attitudes clearly furthers The Academy’s development as a groundbreaking and academically innovative school for young women. Central to Jan’s personal and educational philosophy is a strong commitment to community, which speaks to the heart of both the mission and methodologies here at APH. Community building is a skill and an avocation for Jan, who finds inspiration for her philosophy in the work of Polish-born American writer and Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein, who says that “Your immortality is the investment you make in others.”
Indeed, Jan’s attitudes and ambitions regarding her role as Academic Dean at APH are direct reflections of this awareness; as she states it, “the power of place” is found in the intentional, diverse, supportive, and rigorous academic community. For Jan, her academic leadership role is primarily to foster the environment of learning by supporting students and faculty as they navigate along their learning partnerships.
Jan has her BA in Sociology from George Mason University and a Master in Counseling from Marymount University. Outside of school, Jan enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, and long days at the beach. Now that she’s landed on the North Shore she’s excited to continue to improve her ice skating ability (or lack thereof!) and learning to cross country ski.