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Dr. Monica Palmer

Faculty & Staff, Parent
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Department(s) Arts, Dean of Faculty Office, Employment
Title(s) Dean of Faculty, Theater Teacher
My favorite part of Govs is the fantastic faculty who believe education is life changing. We teach because every day is different, every moment counts, and we learn new things every day. It's the impromptu conversations with our students that keep us on our toes, so we can guide, nurture, and inspire students to pursue their passions and validate their unique individual journey at the Academy.
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Degree(s) University of California, Santa Barbara, BA; Columbia University, MFA; & MEd; University of Pennsylvannia, EdD
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The Governor's Academy 
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Monica graduated with a BA in dramatic arts and law & society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has a MFA in theater from Columbia University, a MEd in educational leadership from Teachers College Klingenstein Center for Independent Schools at Columbia University, and an EdD in educational and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Govs , Monica worked at Lake Forest Academy in Illinois where she has served for six years as a dorm parent, theater director, and director of the fine and performing arts department, and at the Madeira School in Virginia where she served as a teacher, dorm parent, department chair, enrollment manager for diversity outreach, and parent liaison to the parent’s association in the Head of School’s office. In addition to her role as Dean of Faculty at the Academy, she directs the fall play, teaches acting in the Introduction to Fine Arts (IFA) course, and serves on the Administrator-on-Duty (AOD) team. Monica lives on campus with her husband and their three sons: one a current Govs student.