Carrie Brennan

Head of School

Carrie Brennan joined Thetford Academy as Head of School in July 2019. Formerly the executive director and co-founder of CITY Center for Collaborative Learning in Tucson, Arizona, Carrie’s work in education and education leadership has been widely recognized. In March 2019, she was named one of Tucson’s “Women of Influence,” an award honoring the region’s most impressive female professionals.

In 2008, during her twelve-year tenure as principal of City High School in Tucson, she was named to Arizona’s Circle of Honor, awarded to the state’s top 1% of school principals. In 2006, Carrie was named one of “40-under-40” community leaders. Carrie has broad experience in teaching, school leadership, and teacher training, and is a board member of the School Reform Initiative (SRI) and the University of Arizona’s College of Education National Advisory Board.

A 1988 graduate of Dartmouth College, with a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Arizona, Carrie has long-standing ties to the Upper Valley. She did her student teaching at Hanover High School, joining the school’s faculty from 1988 to 1990. Her husband and fellow educator, Michael Mann, was a student teacher at Thetford Academy in 1989. “My husband and I are thrilled to be returning to the Upper Valley, where we launched our education careers three decades ago,” she says. “TA is such a vibrant place to teach and learn, thanks to the dedicated faculty, community support, school culture, active student body, and rich history.”

“Consider that the mind is capable of an endless growth.”—Asa Burton, one of the founders, urging citizens of Thetford to establish TA in 1819
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