Founding Faculty
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JESSICA HANSON

Co-head of School

Ph.D., Microbiology, UC Davis

Ed.M., Teaching and Curriculum, Harvard University

Jessica has held significant and varied school roles as an educator and administrator. Most recently a science teacher at University Prep in North Seattle, Jessica has served schools as an academic dean / director of curriculum, principal, instructional coach, department chair, and consultant. She brings strengths in curriculum development, teacher professional development, hiring, and systems management for schools.

As a founding faculty member of the Oxbow School in Napa, California, Jessica gained firsthand experience opening a new school. She also taught in single-gender environments during her time at Newton Country Day School in Newton, Massachusetts.

Jessica’s work at the Hatch School is informed by her experience as an alumna of the A Better Chance program and graduate of an independent high school, as well as her identity as parent to two children, a 17-year old daughter and a 15-year old son.

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SARAH PETERSON

Co-head of School

M.S., Applied Mathematics, University of Washington

Sarah most recently has served students as the Associate Director of the Upper School and member of the math faculty at University Prep, and previously has served UPrep as department chair and program coordinator for the diversity and community office. In 2020, Sarah completed the NWAIS Pathways to Leadership program for aspiring female heads of school. Her strengths as a school leader include intentional cultivation of student culture, coordinating student support plans, parent education, admissions and enrollment management, and system development for schools.

Sarah’s work at the Hatch School is informed by her experience as a founding board member at Camp Ten Trees, her lifetime membership in the Girl Scouts, and her identity as a parent to two young sons.