Jeannie Norris brings over forty years of experience in independent school education to her present work as Interim Head of School of The Montessori School of Raleigh. She retired in July 2012 after 16 years as Head of Miss Hall’s School, an all-girl boarding and day school in Western Massachusetts. Since then she has consulted with independent schools in the areas of admission, enrollment management, development, marketing and communications, organizational structure, and board development.
During her tenure at Miss Hall’s School, she led the school in completing capital campaigns totaling $66MM; establishing the Girls’ Leadership Project (GLP), an approach to educating girls that integrates into the delivery of a traditional college preparatory program skill building related to girls leading change and influencing outcomes; and founding the Philanthropic Round Table, a discussion convened annually in New York. This conversation about women and philanthropy brings together leading philanthropists, academicians, advancement officers, and heads of foundations and was selected as a case study for Minter and Jackson’s From Donor to Philanthropist: The Value of Donor Education, CASE, 2014.
A consultant in advancement work and strategic planning, thought leader in all-girls education, and advocate for independent school education, Ms. Norris has written extensively concerning the education of girls, women and philanthropy, and the effective management of schools. She is the author of Parenting Great Girls, Giving Our Daughters the Courage to Live Authentic and Confident Lives, a guide for those parenting girls through the adolescent years.
With degrees in music from Pittsburg State University and Temple University, Ms. Norris taught music, performed, and directed music programs in independent schools and churches before becoming a head of school. She and husband Peter live in Durham, NC. Together they have four adult children and six grandchildren ranging in age from two to eleven.