While the past two years have brought myriad heartbreaks and headaches into the public school classroom, alumni working in public school education say they have also profited from important lessons and opportunities.
Dr. Monica Benton Palmer became principal of the Upper School on July 1, 2022. Previously the dean of faculty at the Governor’s Academy, Palmer has two decades of independent school experience, beginning with several roles at the Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, where she was a member of the faculty, dorm head, parents’ liaison, enrollment manager for diversity outreach, and the fine and performing arts department chair. Prior to her career in education, Palmer was an actor, performing on stage and in film and television. She received her undergraduate degree in dramatic arts and law and society from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She holds two master’s degrees from Columbia University: an M.F.A. in theater and an M.Ed. in educational leadership from the Klingenstein Center for Private School Leadership. Palmer earned her doctorate in education and organizational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She succeeds David Ball ’88, who has been named the director of strategic initiatives.
Milton Magazine met with Palmer in the spring to discuss her new role and vision for the Upper School.