SPA's mission--"shaping the minds and the hearts of the people who will change the world"--deliberately references both the brain and the spirit. This blend of minds and hearts is the foundation of our student life program in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. In all three divisions, student life at SPA is designed to help students find their passions outside the classroom and engage with the SPA community and the wider world. Explore student life in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools.
DR. JILL ROMANS, assistant head of school,
student development and community engagement
As the Assistant Head of School for Student Development and Community Engagement, Dr. Jill Romans '86 oversees the school's robust K-12 programming that pertains to students' social and emotional lives, including counseling, athletics, diversity, wellness, and learning differences. Jill works closely with Cindy Richter, the Assistant Head of School for Academic Programs, in aligning student life programs with the academic curriculum and classroom experience.
Jill began her tenure as Assistant Head in the fall of 2017, having served as SPA's Middle School Principal since 2004. Her professional expertise is in developmental neuropsychology: Jill holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Neuropsychology from Drexel University; and a B.A in neuroscience from Williams College, where she completed an honors thesis focused on learning and memory assessment in children. From 1995-2003, she worked in pediatric neuropsychology settings working collaboratively with schools to implement best practices for educational programming with her patients. She began her educational career in 2002, teaching Middle School Language Arts and Social Studies, English, and Wellness. She also participated in research in the areas of learning and memory and social/emotional functioning with a focus on adolescence. Her clinical experience was integral to her transition into a school setting: “My motivation for moving into education and out of a clinical practice setting was to be more involved in the direct delivery of teaching strategies and knowledge about how students best learn,” she says. The most gratifying elements of Jill's work at SPA are providing ongoing parent education about adolescents; shaping the significant and vast changes happening over the course of a student's middle school years through education; and working with teachers on the best practices in education as they relate to current brain research and how the brain learns. Email Jill.