Leadership

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Anne Murphy

Anne joined Jackson Walnut Park as president in July 2016. She was educated by the Sisters of Saint Joseph and the Jesuits, and considers the blessing of  Catholic education in her own life the primary inspiration for her work at JWP.  She served Nativity Preparatory School in Boston and the Steppingstone Foundation prior to this role. As principal of her own marketing firm, she met the communications and campaign goals of educational institutions and non-profit clients. Her early career was spent in journalism, writing for a national magazine and a New York newspaper. Anne has presented at conferences for Catholic schools, chaired campaigns and non-profit boards, and volunteered for a number of faith-based and Catholic organizations. Her young adult children are also proud alums of Catholic schools.

Nancy Fish

Nancy was introduced to the Montessori method at age ten and has been a proponent of this pedagogy from an early age. Knowing that she would go into education, after receiving her BA from Dartmouth College she immediately enrolled in the New England Montessori Teacher Education Program and received her Early Childhood Montessori training. She returned to her home school for her internship and began her career there. She has worked in Montessori education and a variety of early childhood administrative settings. She has administrated schools with children from 15 months old through grade eight, served on a variety of education boards, and presented at national conferences. Nancy came to Walnut Park in the summer of 2012 and has enjoyed the close-knit community she found on the JWP campus. Each of her four children has attended Montessori schools, and the two youngest have attended schools sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Nancy grew up on a small coastal island off of South Carolina and returns annually with her children to volunteer for local fundraising events.

Susan Niden

Growing up in Ohio and Upstate New York, Susan was inspired to pursue her passion for education by her parents and former teachers. As a graduate student at Syracuse University she became interested in the concept of synesthesia and multi-sensory approaches to teaching and learning. While teaching at a variety of grade levels Susan completed a second masters degree in Educational Administration. When she moved to Massachusetts, she was introduced to the Sisters of Saint Joseph and Catholic Education. Susan has served on the Commission on Independent Schools and chaired numerous Visiting Committees for NEASC. She has presented at educational conferences and served on the Board of Trustees for Bethany Hill Place, another CSJ sponsored  ministry, where she continues to volunteer  teaching photography at the children’s summer camp. The Jackson Walnut Park campus has become her second home and she is most grateful that her own children benefited from a JWP education.