About

Head of School

Welcome to Emma!

I have spent the past eleven years dedicated to the education of girls. My own experience of growing up in female environments—in an all-girls' high school and as a classical ballet student and teacher—was essential in allowing me to find my voice. All-girls environments provided the support and challenge I needed to define who I am.

I am enthusiastic about leading Emma Willard School as a school where we foster a culture that believes that the best is yet to come, and in our school we seek not to replicate our world but to improve it.

Jenny Rao, Head of School

Jenny's Thoughts

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  • Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, PhD

    Growing Our Awareness

    By Head of School Jenny Rao
    The Emma Willard School community recently had the opportunity to learn from Harvard Professor Mahzarin Banaji, PhD, who has conducted extensive scientific inquiry into the parts of our brain that guide behavior and are hidden from our conscious mind. Her virtual presentation to students, parents, and alumnae acts as a catalyst for reflection and continued work on equity and inclusion in our community.
  • Head of Enrollment Management Kristen Mariotti

    Kristen Mariotti to Head Enrollment Management

    By Head of School Jenny Rao
    We are pleased to announce that Kristen Mariotti has been chosen as Emma Willard School’s next Head of Enrollment Management.
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  • Learn more about Jenny Rao

    Jenny Rao grew up in Mexico City, daughter of a Mexican mother and a British/American father. Feeling the absence of role models for women in Mexico at the time, Jenny decided to attend college in the U.S. From researching schools without a college counselor, to translating her teachers' recommendations into English, to taking SAT's without ever having seen a practice test, Jenny overcame the challenges and ultimately was accepted at Bates College, Maine.
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