Nancy Lang moved to Northwest Arkansas to be The New School’s head of school because of its educational philosophy.
“Students are known, valued and academically challenged. I love seeing curiosity, engagement and learning in action everyday,” Nancy says.
Nancy started her role as head of school on July 1, 2019. She says what she loves most about being part of The New School is the community.
“This community is warm, welcoming and deeply committed to the school!”
Nancy grew up in Massachusetts, then eventually found her way back there to work at a boarding high school for over 20 years. She and her husband have been married for over 22 years and have three children. They met while teaching and coaching at the boarding school and raised their children in that environment, where academics, arts and athletics were intertwined in their daily lives.
Most recently, Nancy and her family lived in Jackson, Wyoming, for four years before moving to Fayetteville this summer. When she’s not working, she likes boating, skiing, reading and listening to live music, and adds that trail running and hiking bring her great joy.
“I have been exploring Arkansas as much as possible,” she says.
We asked Nancy 13 questions to find out a little more about her.
13 with 3W
- What’s one thing you would love to master? Golf. I don’t play yet, but would like to learn and become confident enough to add that to my list of outdoor activities!
- Best trip you’ve ever taken? In my teaching days, I had the opportunity to visit a network of schools in Kenya and Tanzania. With all that I learned there, my most impactful experiences were on the spice island of Zanzibar!
- Cake or pie? Cake
- Sunrise or sunset? Sunset
- Biggest inspiration? My own children. They inspire me to strive to be my best self.
- Favorite movie of all time? “The Sandlot”
- Call or text? Text
- Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate
- Book from your childhood that positively shaped you? “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison
- Roses or lilies? Lilies
- Biggest pet peeve? Certainty – when people are certain that they are “right” and won’t listen to other perspectives.
- Adventurous or cautious? Cautious
- Quote that inspires you? “The best way out is always through.” – Robert Frost
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