Nancy Steinhauer, Prinicpal
I fell in love with Mabin over 20 years ago when I first came to visit as a young teacher; the school’s magic was evident, and the emphasis on student-centred learning along with the strong commitment to integrating the arts immediately appealed to me. The Mabin School seemed like an incubator of creativity, a warm community where the joy of learning and curiosity were actively nurtured. To me, it has always represented an educational oasis where children are permitted, even encouraged, to learn through play and experience the joy of exploring, imagining, and wondering. I have always hoped for an opportunity to join the Mabin community, and can see endless possibilities in terms of its potential as a centre of excellence for inquiry-based learning and holistic education. Mabin has much to contribute in a world that requires schools that teach children “how to think, not what to think.”
I have been a school leader for 18 years, both in the public and independent systems. For the past 10 years, I have been a principal in inner-city schools in the Toronto District School Board, and have just completed a two year secondment to the Ministry of Education where I worked with principals and teachers across the province to improve student achievement.
Previous to that, I spent 12 years in independent schools, first as a teacher at Branksome Hall, then as Academic Coordinator/Junior School Head at Royal St. George’s College, and finally as Assistant Principal (Academics) at Montcrest School. As a school leader, my focus has been on working collaboratively to provide rigorous and responsive programs for students, while at the same time establishing systems within the schools to support high quality learning for students, staff, and community members.
As you can see, I have worked in a variety of settings – public, private, all girls, all boys, co-educational, K-5, K-8, K-12 – with a plethora of excellent educators who have taught me so much. I must admit, though, that coming to The Mabin School feels like coming home. I knew from the beginning of my career that Mabin was a place I wanted to be, and I am glad to have finally arrived.