We are so excited to announce the Director of Academic Programs, Ms. Anh Than, for our new Lower School Campus for the 2022 - 2023 school year.
Ms. Than is currently the Dean of Students for Grades 10 - 12 at our Upper School as well as our Senior Project Coordinator. Prior to joining the Support Team, she served as the Curriculum Coordinator on the Academic Programs team.
Our Head of School, Ms. Brooklynn Titus, sat down with Ms. Than to ask all the questions that we know our new families are excited to have answered!
Ms. Than, new families are so excited to learn more about you and your role at the Lower School! Please provide us with a quick introduction.
Of course! I am originally from Vietnam. At the age of 13, my parents made the difficult decision for us to start a new journey to America. Leaving my childhood home was difficult, and Vietnam will forever be in my heart, but I am also blessed to call the Bay Area my second home.
This challenging experience taught me one of the most important lessons I have ever learned, which is to adapt and always move forward in life. After high school, I went on to receive my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Jose State University. A memorable part of my college experience was participating in a research project at the Stanford Graduate School of Education as a research assistant! Over the years, I've learned to embrace unexpected adventures as life is always changing. As I think about moving to our new campus next year, I look forward to the many new challenges and experiences that it will bring!
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