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Hometown Luminary and Lincoln Alumna Appointed as New Lower School Director

After a thorough national search, Lincoln School is pleased to announce that Ianthe Hensman Hershberger, Lincoln School Class of 2002, will be Lincoln’s next Director of Lower School. 

Ms. Hershberger is a joyful and accomplished educator. Currently a member of the middle school math faculty, serving as a grade-level dean, and Chair of the Nursery–12 Math Department at The Wheeler School, Hershberger also serves as the program coordinator for the Girls Leadership Collaborative, a leadership development program for girls in grades 3 through 8.  

Hershberger received a B.A. in economics from Connecticut College, followed by an M.B.A. from Clark University. She also participated in the prestigious Klingenstein Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University and the Aspiring School Leaders Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Principals’ Center. 

Hershberger brings a compelling combination of skills and experience to the leadership of the Lower School, as Lincoln prepares to launch its new STEAMx framework and cement its position as Southern New England’s preeminent school where girls become bold, empowered learners and leaders. 

Of her appointment, Hershberger said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to the Lincoln School community as the Lower School Director, working in the very rooms and with some of the same extraordinary educators who ignited my love of learning. I am eager to apply my experience to Lincoln’s girls-first vision and to partner with the faculty, students, families, and school leadership to strengthen our community of dedicated educators, self-assured learners, and passionate supporters.” 

“With her deep grasp of girls’ unique learning styles, impressive track record of mentoring and collaborating, and dedication to nurturing equitable and diverse learning environments, Ianthe’s appointment is a boon to Lincoln School,” said Head of School, Sophie Glenn Lau. “As an alumna myself, it gives me particular joy to welcome Ianthe back to Lincoln.”

Hershberger, a Providence native, lives locally with her husband and two daughters. She will assume her new role on July 1, 2022.