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Cynthia A. Harmon Named New Director of Middle School

Cynthia A. Harmon Named New Director of Middle School

Dana Hall School welcomes Cynthia A. Harmon as the new Director of Middle School. A dedicated educational leader with 23 years of experience at The Park School in Brookline, Mass., Harmon will officially join the Dana Hall community on July 1. Reporting to Head of School Katherine Bradley, Harmon will serve as a member of the Administrative Team and will oversee all aspects of Dana Hall's Middle School program.

“With her long experience in Middle School teaching, leading and collaborating, Cynthia will ensure that our Dana Hall students continue to thrive academically, socially and emotionally,” said Head of School Katherine Bradley. “She is committed to empowering girls and helping them to develop a sense of agency through a focus on academic growth and appropriate challenge. A beloved leader at her former school, she cares deeply about strong relationships with students, families and faculty and knows that nurturing those relationships is at the core of a successful school. I am excited to be partnering with her.”

Harmon was immediately drawn to Dana Hall’s dedication to excellence in girls’ education that mirrors some of her own transformational schooling at an all-girls high school. “Dana Hall has demonstrated a commitment to fostering an environment for middle and high school girls in which all students endeavor to discover their voices and agency, build healthy relationships and serve their communities,” she noted. “The school motto, Amor Caritas (Love and Caring), does not point to a future state, rather it captures the essence of what fuels the day-to-day culture of the community. This underlying tenet signals what girls can expect from their teachers and each other and resonates with my values.”

In addition to teaching and advising students in grades 5-9, Harmon held a number of leadership positions during her time at The Park School, including Interim Head of School, Assistant Head of School for Program and Professional Development, Middle Division Head and Director of Admission & Financial Aid. In each of these roles, she kept the students’ experience at the center of her decision-making. 

Harmon is eager to embrace the myriad opportunities that are unique to a middle school environment. “The journey from middle childhood to early adolescence is replete with many developmental milestones, and at each stage, students deserve teachers who conspicuously display a passion for loving the ages they teach,” she said. “Middle school educators bear witness to and eagerly support students as they navigate the tremendous physical, emotional and cognitive growth that occurs throughout this period. They also know the power of the word “yet,” recognizing that the rate of developmental growth in middle schoolers will vary. Personally, I invest in getting to know students, their families and how I can support their experience. I respect the tremendous responsibility that accompanies shepherding that adventure.” 

Harmon serves on several local boards, including as a trustee for Boston Children’s Chorus, The Possible Zone and Cambridge School of Weston. She most recently worked as Chief Operating Officer of NorthStar Asset Management, a socially responsible investment management firm. She holds an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship from Harvard University, an M.M. in Classical Voice from the New England Conservatory and a B.A. in Music Education from Manhattanville College. 

Harmon was selected through a national search in consultancy with the executive search firm RG 175. “I am grateful to the members of the search committee – Rob Mather, who led the group, along with Courtney Bonang, Angela Brown, Brett Elwell, Amy Kumpel, Rachel Nagler and Mike White,” said Bradley. “They willingly and generously gave careful thought and spent enormous time on this process in addition to all their regular duties.”

Throughout this spring, Harmon will collaborate with the departing Director of Middle School Lauren Goldberg and Assistant Director of Middle School Lisa Robbins to ensure a smooth transition and begin preparations for the 2024-25 school year.