September 18, 2018
Deba Dunn Palma Named Head of School

Thacher Monterssori’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce their appointment of Deba Dunn Palma as the Head of Thacher Montessori School.

During her time as the interim HOS, Deba has emerged as a leader with long-term vision in line with Thacher’s core values. Deba’s warmth, integrity, amazing energy, and enduring love of children is exceptional. She consistently brings a strong set of priorities as a Montessori trailblazer. As our new Head of School, she intends to raise standards inside the classrooms; be a champion supporter of the staff; promote inclusion and diversity throughout the community; and most importantly, she will care for our children. 

Please join us in congratulating Deba, and welcoming her as Thacher’s new Head of School.  

The Board of Trustees would like to thank the HOS search committee members for their thoughtful and diligent work. We would like to thank our search consultants who outperformed expectations in identifying tremendous applicants. A special thank you to the Thacher staff for their continued dedication to our children, and for their support of the board during this process. Lastly, the Board of Trustees would like to thank our children, parents, guardians, and extended community for your confidence in our school and for your support during this process.

The future of Thacher is bright! Our leadership is strong, stable, and visionary, and our staff is confident and empowered. Together we will flourish under the guiding principles of a Montessori pedagogy.


Paul Hutchinson
Chair, Board of Trustees