NAIS Member Voices Podcast Archives: Season 2

The NAIS Member Voices podcast features stories from the thoughtful, hard-working individuals who make up the independent school community. You'll hear from faculty and staff at NAIS member schools about their roles, challenges, successes, inspiration sources, and more. Whether you are currently part of the NAIS community, considering joining, or simply interested in learning more about our industry, we hope you will listen and enjoy!

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Season 2 Episodes: 2018-19


Jill CrossEpisode 17: Jill Cross, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, TMI Episcopal

Jill Cross, dean of curriculum and instruction at TMI Episcopal (TX), speaks with us about how to start strong in a new role, being a cheerleader for teachers, and her love of George Washington.

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Helen Rankin ButlerEpisode 18: Helen Rankin Butler, Board Chair, Hathaway Brown School

Helen Rankin Butler, board chair at Hathaway Brown School (OH), tells us about being a "lifer," tips for great governance, and her love of cooking.

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Frazier StowersEpisode 19: Frazier Stowers, Director of Admission and Tuition Assistance, Woodberry Forest School

Frazier Stowers, director of admission and tuition assistance at Woodberry Forest School (VA), describes his mentors, his "working definition" of leadership, and his love of spending time outside.

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Trina Moore-SouthallEpisode 20: Trina Moore-Southall, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Brentwood School

Trina Moore-Southall, director of equity and inclusion at Brentwood School (CA), shares how she never planned to be in this role, the challenges she's faced, and the importance of prayer in her life.

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John KerneyEpisode 21: John Kerney, Executive Director and CEO, Winchendon School

John Kerney, executive director and CEO at Winchendon School (MA), reveals the unique approach his school took to help ensure financial sustainability, how much fun he's having in his job, and his love of the podcast How I Built This.

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Tekakwitha Pernambuco-WiseEpisode 22: Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, Head of School, Sea Crest School

Tekakwitha Pernambuco-Wise, head of school at Sea Crest School (CA), shares five tips for aspiring heads, her school's approach to student health and well-being, and her daily rituals.

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Nicole DuFauchardEpisode 23: Nicole DuFauchard, Head of School, The Advent School

Nicole DuFauchard, head of school at The Advent School (MA), tells us about how her school recruits and retains top talent, the many books she's reading, and her love of Wonder Woman.

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Adam NyeEpisode 24: Adam Nye, Assistant Head for Educational Strategy and Gary J. Neils Chair for City as Our Campus, Winchester Thurston School

Adam talks to us about taking on a new role, how his school is preparing for the future, and his New Year's resolutions.

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Robert BriskEpisode 25: Robert Brisk, Head of School, The Wellington School

Robert discusses how his school is deepening student engagement, how he builds an effective team, and what his Jersey roots taught him about communication.

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Connie FinkEpisode 26: Connie Fink, Fifth-grade Social Studies Teacher, University School of Nashville

Connie talks to us about making her classroom an inspiring place to learn, finding balance, and what kind of impact she wants to have on her students.

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Patti WilczekEpisode 27: Patti Wilczek, Head of School, Helios School

Patti discusses what it's like to work at a school for gifted students, how she has managed crises at past schools, and how she could have been a geologist.

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Phil HigginsonEpisode 28: Phil Higginson, Assistant Head of School for Institutional Advancement, Ravenscroft School

Phil gives us insights into the field of advancement and best practices for funding the future, and talks about how he's an "introvert wannabee."

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