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April 17, 2023

Head of School Announcement

The Board of Directors of The da Vinci School, the Search Committee for The da Vinci School along with Founding Director, Mary Ann Greene, are pleased to announce the selection for our next Director and Head of School. Da Vinci and its leadership have invested substantial time, effort, and resources in assessing and articulating its values, needs and aspirations and has selected a director who is uniquely qualified to lead the school into the future.

On April 12, 2023, The Board of Directors unanimously voted in favor of Susan Whitenack as the next head of The da Vinci School.  

Susan comes to us with a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, an undergrad minor in chemistry, and an extensive background in school leadership in Richardson, Allen, and Sherman ISDs.  She was also the founding director of Isaac Mayer Wise Academy in Dallas and the assistant director of an early childhood program in North Carolina.  

The Search Committee, the Board of Directors, the staff and teachers of The da Vinci School as well as representatives from the Parent Organization all had opportunities to meet with Susan.  A survey conducted following the meetings to collect anonymous input from these interview sessions yielded overwhelmingly positive responses. 

We were expecting our search to take as long as two years, but we were pleasantly surprised to find an individual early in the process who is exceptionally qualified, and who also embraces the unique mission and vision of The da Vinci School.   

As of July 15, 2023, Susan will become the new Director of The da Vinci School. During this time of change in leadership, Susan and Mary Ann are committed to making this transition as seamless as possible. To that end, Mary Ann will be working alongside Susan in a newly created advisory role while Susan learns the daily operations of the school, including placement and admissions. 

We are delighted that we have found someone as qualified and committed to The da Vinci School as Susan Whitenack.  To quote Susan, “I feel like I have come home!”  



Mary Ann Greene, Founding Director

Mark Plunkett, Chairman of the Board for the Board of Directors