Nanci Kauffman is Castilleja's sixth Head of School. Prior to becoming Head on July 1, 2010, Nanci served as Associate Head of School and Dean of Faculty. A veteran teacher and administrator, Nanci has worked almost exclusively at all-girls schools. At Castilleja, she taught in the History and Social Sciences department for seven years, and served as the interim Middle School Head for a semester. She currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of Wagner College in New York City and the Peninsula Bridge organization in Menlo Park. Originally from New York, Nanci has lived in the Bay Area since 1997. Nanci enjoys travel, concerts, theatre, tennis and golf.
Founded in 1907, Castilleja is a school for girls in grades six through twelve. Located in Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Castilleja was originally founded to prepare girls for nearby Stanford University. Today, the school’s mission is to prepare young women to break glass ceilings and to become leaders in their communities and their fields.
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