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Heather Clarkson

Director of Admissions

Heather started her career in education as a child of independent school educators. A graduate of St. Pauls School for Girls in Baltimore, she continued "in the family business" at The Madeira School, Emerson College, and Purnell School before coming to Cary Academy. She has served many roles – dorm parent, director of student activities, English teacher and department chair, theater teacher, dean of students, and assistant head of upper school. Most recently, she concluded her 6-year tenure as Cary Academy’s Head of Upper School and she is now thrilled to share the value of Cary Academy’s mission with perspective families.

BA, Mary Washington College
MA, Steinhardt School, New York University


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