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Nancy Hanks

Job Title
Chief of Schools
Madison Public School District
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Metro Atlanta
School Systems Leaders Fellowship

"Although we have made great strides in becoming a fairer and more just society...lines of race, class, and poverty still divide us and have a paralyzing effect on the quality of life for many communities." 

Nancy Hanks is focused on increasing educational and life outcomes for all students and accelerating progress for marginalized student groups and communities. Her work centers on supporting principals and school based leadership teams to be the drivers of change and school improvement for the communities they serve.

Nancy is the Chief of Schools for the Madison Metropolitan school district in Madison, Wisconsin. In her role, she supervises 32 elementary school principals and support the implementation of the school support system and the district's strategic framework. She previously served as the Deputy Assistant Superintendent.

Prior to her work in Madison, Nancy served as the principal of Melody Elementary School on west side of Chicago, where she was born and raised. She brings a wealth of educational experiences to her role ranging from classroom teaching and instructional coaching to school leadership.

Nancy holds a B.A in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University and a M.A. in School Leadership from Harvard University.