New Middle School Head Announcement


On behalf of our Search Committee, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Danielle Passno as Browning’s new Head of Middle School. Ms. Passno, director of outreach and public purpose at The Spence School, will begin her term on July 1, 2018.

The Committee and I are impressed by Ms. Passno’s many years of teaching at the middle school level, as well as her administrative experience and collaboration with the three division directors at Spence in building a vision for purposeful and ongoing service learning among all grade levels. She also founded and co-directed the Teaching Institute at Spence and serves on the faculty of Teachers College’s Klingenstein Summer Institute. Her 10-year career at Spence and her additional independent school credentials – including positions at Boston University Academy and The Webb School (Tenn.) – have prepared Ms. Passno for her new role at The Browning School. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she earned an M.A. in Education Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

I extend my sincere thanks to Search Committee Chair Aaron Grill and all members of the committee for their diligent efforts and wish to acknowledge our search firm, Wickenden Associates, for their expert assistance in this important endeavor.


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John M. Botti, Head of School