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Greenwich Academy To Remember Retired School Head

GREENWICH, Conn. – Nancy Hoffmann, a former head of the Lower School at Greenwich Academy, died Dec. 27, and the all-girls private school will hold a memorial celebration to honor her.

Hoffmann suffered a stroke Christmas Eve and died three days later at home with her husband of 41 years, Henry, and their daughter Kristin, a singer/songwriter and member of the Class of 1997.

She received a bachelor's degree with Phi Beta Kappa from the College of Wooster and a first master’s degree from Bank Street School of Education. Later in life, she received a second master’s degree in literacy from Manhattanville College. She went on to teach as an adjunct professor in literacy at Manhattanville. In 2010, she traveled to South Africa on a Carol B. Seidler Grant, awarded by Greenwich Academy, to teach literacy to students there.

Hoffmann started as a young teacher at Community Church Nursery in New York City and then as a teacher and director of the nursery division at the Town School in Manhattan. For the past 28 years, Hoffmann served as head of the Lower School, director of admission and financial aid, as well as a reading specialist. She retired in June 2011.

Hoffmann founded REACH Prep with her colleague and friend Patricia Young, also a former Greenwich Academy Lower School head. Hoffmann served as co-executive director of the REACH Prep program for nine years, through which she facilitated the academic development and matriculation to excellent private schools of gifted children who might not otherwise have had such an opportunity. For this effort, Hoffmann received the 1996 YWCA Brava Award and the 2007 Award from the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.

At the Scholarship Breakfast at Greenwich Academy in November, Head of School at Greenwich Academy Molly King relayed these words of appreciation for Hoffmann’s contributions to the school: “Nancy facilitated opportunities for countless GA girls. She was passionate about children and through her work in admission, financial aid and as a literacy specialist, she was committed to making GA and education in general, accessible to all."

A Memorial Celebration of her life will be held Sunday, Jan. 22, at Greenwich Academy’s Wallace Performing Arts Center. It will open with an Ingathering at 1:30 p.m. to speak with Henry and Kristin Hoffmann. This will be followed by a program at 2 p.m.

A scholarship fund in Hoffmann's honor has been established at Greenwich Academy. Please direct all donations to Greenwich Academy, 200 N. Maple Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830, Attention: Nancy E. Hoffmann Scholarship Fund.

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