Dania Nauholnyk was appointed Dean of Middle School Student Life in 2016 and Alumni Liaison in 2017. Prior to these roles, she served as the Head of Middle School from 1995-2016. She has taught Middle School science at Professional Children's School since 1992. A native New Yorker, she received both her B.S. and her M.A. from New York University.
Middle School is a time of exploration and discovery for young students transitioning into adolescence. As educators, we help our students to become good learners, team players and well-rounded young people who are compassionate and have a sense of community and togetherness. We are fortunate to be able to provide a safe place for students to ask questions, to develop their own thoughts and to experience an atmosphere of creative freedom and respect.
We devote time to character building with the understanding that all teachers will become part of the learning experience. Our focus is to change the mindset of our students from “I can’t do this” to “anything is possible”. Words of encouragement from the adults promote the perfect climate for our students to study, learn and grow.
Our Program is appropriately challenging and meets the needs of our diverse and creative learners. In addition to our core courses, students are expected to attend arts courses on a weekly basis which offer them opportunities to explore their creativity and musicality while also provide them with important skill sets.
We have support systems in place to make sure that our students can balance their academic responsibilities and their professional commitments. These support systems include regular meetings with advisors, with our learning specialist and most importantly with our teachers. We encourage building relationships and keeping the lines of communication open so that our students can thrive and succeed.
Our Middle School is a special place that is warm, fun, nurturing and supportive. It’s the perfect place to learn to navigate the teenage years.
Dania Nauholnyk, Dean of Middle School Student Life