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Assistant Head of School and Director Special Programs
Assistant Head of School and Director Special Programs

May 10, 2018

With Joan Beauregard retiring as Head of School, and Stacy Turner stepping into that role, we would like to introduce you to some new faces that will be joining the Hamlin Robinson School community for the upcoming school year.Dear Hamlin Robinson School Friends and Families,

Marianne Picha will be joining Hamlin Robinson as the new Assistant Head of School. Marianne brings a wealth of experience, energy, and dedication to the role. " working life in education makes for a strong Assistant Head who can collaborate with all areas of the school. And, I really like teachers and kids!"

For the past 10 years, Marianne has served as the Middle School Division Head at University Prep in Seattle, where she provided oversight and support to 250 students and 35 faculty and staff. In this role she was responsible for the Learning Support Department, an Orton Gillingham based program for middle school students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other language based learning differences. She also served on the Technology Advisory Board where she was instrumental in the implementation of a technology plan into the instructional practice for the faculty and school life for the students and their families.

Prior to her work at University Prep, Marianne was at Seattle Country Day School for four years, where she worked with the faculty to continue growing the school as a place for social and emotional growth while also working to promote diversity and cultural awareness. In addition, she coordinated the school's NWAIS Self-Study for reaccreditation, and guided the Middle School Division through the two-year construction period of a new middle school building.

In her six years at Lakeside School, Marianne served as the Director of Communications, College Counselor, and an Academic Advisor. While at Annie Wright Schools she led the advancement team, which included the admissions and development staffs. She also worked on the comprehensive crisis communication plan for the school.

Marianne is actively involved with the Northwest Association of Independent Schools. For the past 11 years, she has been instrumental in the planning of the NWAIS Leadership Conference and has presented at numerous workshops and conferences. She holds a BA in Speech Communications and a Minor in Political Science from Western Washington University and a MS in Business Management from Antioch University Seattle.

Daniel Kramer will be joining Hamlin Robinson School as the Director of Special Programs. This new position will be responsible our after school programs, summer program, special assemblies, and community events and activities.

"I have dedicated my career to working at exceptional institutions that value students' learning and preparedness for the world that awaits them."

Danny has worked with students from preschool through high school. He was a teacher at the Wildwood School in Los Angeles for 11 years, and the Lead Teacher at Piper Preschool in Santa Monica. He has run his own business teaching students to surf and swim, and led groups of students to the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal. Danny is currently the Special Programs Coordinator at Open Window School in Bellevue where he identifies opportunities in the community for new partnerships that align with the school curriculum.

Danny has curated art gallery openings, coached soccer, taught sailing, designed and implemented a visual arts curriculum for middle and high school students, and designed web sites. He states, "My affinity for sales, event planning, and experience in independent schools led me to Hamlin Robinson School. I can promise that no one will bring the kind of energy, enthusiasm, organization, and passion for this position like I will."

Danny has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in Malibu, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

We are excited to have both Danny and Marianne joining our Hamlin Robinson School community. We look forward to you meeting both of them this upcoming school year.


Stacy Turner and Joan Beauregard