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Nancy Fleury Named Head of Lower School

McDonogh School is pleased to announce that Nancy Fleury, who has been serving as the Interim Head of Lower School since July 1, will become the Head of Lower School effective immediately. In making the announcement on October 5, Head of School Dave Farace ‘87 said, “Nancy is uniquely qualified for the position not only because of her more than 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator, but because she knows our Lower School like no other.”

Fleury’s entire teaching career has been at McDonogh. She was hired in 1983 as a second-grade teacher, a position she held for seven years. In 1990, she moved on to an 11-year term as a Lower School science teacher where her hands-on, sequential method of teaching became a model that others soon followed. From 2006 to 2008, she served as a part-time reading specialist where she assisted developing readers. She returned to the classroom full-time as a dedicated member of the first-grade teaching team in 2009.

Nancy Fleury and friends in 2011.

In 2015, Fleury joined the Lower School’s administrative team as an Associate Head, and over the past six years gained a wealth of experience. She successfully managed all aspects of life in the Lower School, including the addition of the prekindergarten program and guiding the Lower School faculty and students through the various phases of the pandemic.

“Over the years, Nancy’s positive demeanor, strong work ethic, vision for the possibilities of the Lower School and its students, and her incredible love for McDonogh have been unwavering,” Farace said. “We are so fortunate she has accepted this exciting opportunity.”