SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Dr. Jennifer Zaccara, Vermont Academy’s head of school, was recently elected to the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England Board of Directors.
ISANNE is a regional branch of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and enjoys small and intimate meetings where members can discuss topics specific to the New England region. ISANNE is contemplating a potential merger with a bigger branch of Association of Independent Schools in New England. By merging with a bigger branch, more resources and opportunities for professional development will become available. However, some ISANNE members do not want to lose the commonalities of the regional schools or their small network.
Having been involved with various independent schools in the northeast for nearly 40 years, Zaccara is thrilled to be a part of the ISANNE Board of Directors at such an important time for its future. Additionally, she is eager to be a voice for small independent schools in the current educational landscape and work collaboratively to promote the benefits of boarding schools for today’s adolescents.
“My new role will begin with reviews of member surveys and interviews at a September board meeting where we will talk about whether the merger is a good idea, what it will look like, and what current concerns and ideas might add to our discussion,” Zaccara explains.
“I am thrilled that Dr. Zaccara has agreed to join our ISANNE Board and to help lead our Northern New England school community during this dynamic time,” interim ISANNE executive director Eliza Alexander said as she welcomed Zaccara to the board of directors. “Her expertise in educational technology, diversity, and faculty development are all areas that ISANNE is keen to develop in its membership programming, and I am certain we will benefit from her experience. I am truly excited to begin working with her.”
Appointed in 2017, Zaccara is Vermont Academy’s 18th head of school and its first female head of school. She was previously at The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, where she served as associate head of school for four years. Prior to that, she was at The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. where she spent 12 years as an English teacher, mid-class dean, followed by being named English department head and then associate dean of faculty.
A native of Connecticut, Zaccara graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in English with distinction. She received her doctorate in English from the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with honors.