WMS welcomes new Board Chair Deborah Lowham P’18 P’20

“I’m excited about building on the work of former Board Chair, Barbara McFadden Sirna ‘63 and the positive energy that has been created in our community. WMS was a discovery for our family, and the School’s focus on student-driven inquiry and experiential learning really resonated with me. I truly believe it is the best way to approach education.”

Collaboration is key for new Board Chair Deborah Lowham. Parent of Banner ‘18 and Taggart ‘20, she brings a new perspective to the role. Her short-term and long-term goals include supporting the financial strength of the School through continued growth of the endowment and strong admission while also creating opportunities for the broader White Mountain community to connect, and supporting the faculty and the administration.

“We have a great group of trustees with different perspectives and skills. I’m looking forward to their insight, and working with them and various members of the White Mountain community to best support and promote the School’s mission and the inquiry-based learning model.”

In line with her collaborative efforts as Board Chair, Deborah will be presenting with Head of School Tim Breen and Associate Head of School for Enrollment Management Allison Letourneau at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) fall conference in Washington, D.C. Their presentation will focus on ensuring consistency among culture and communication by strategically aligning key players from varying vantage points.

A lawyer whose practice focused on real estate, Deborah brings extensive non-profit experience to the table, including work with The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia and the Shanghai American School in Shanghai, China.

Among the many advantages White Mountain has to offer like a small, diverse community and challenging academics, Deborah appreciates the School’s unique location and the value of experiential education and incorporating the outdoors.

“Whether it’s ice climbing or camping on an orientation trip, experiencing nature first-hand is always good for the soul, and it serves a reminder that there is something larger than us. It keeps us grounded and centered.”

Deborah shares a few final thoughts on the School. “The White Mountain School has a long 131 year history, and it has grown a lot in a positive direction over the last 10 years. I’m looking forward to the collaboration that will come out of the ongoing support of our mission and getting the message out about the uniquely situated and impactful story of our School.”

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