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Head of School Chris Mazzola and Assistant Head of School Nathalio Gray looking at each other
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Welcome to Branson!

I am delighted to invite you to step into our vibrant school community and make yourself at home. I hope you will like what you see, hear, and experience. 

Above all else, Branson prides itself on being a student-centered learning environment that is unified by our core values of courage, kindness, honor, and purpose, and whose mission is to send principled young people into the world to solve the problems of their time.

High school is a challenging time for all teenagers, and we take seriously our promise to join hands with parents to safely usher your children to young adulthood, while preparing them for college and the world. To do this, we root all of our work in a deep understanding of the teenage brain – particularly in how students best learn, grow, and become agents of their own education and lives. 

We value excellence in every sense of the word. No matter what area of Branson life you investigate, you will find challenges that draw you in and motivate you to do your best work. 

Our teachers are dedicated to the successful launch of each student and serve as advocates and friends throughout the Branson journey. They are deeply dedicated to providing an intellectually challenging classroom experience so that our students develop the tools and habits of heart and mind that will allow them to succeed far beyond our gates.  

Come in, get comfortable, and look around. Observe our lively classes. Sit among our students and faculty as they make their way through the day filled with laughter, debate, camaraderie, and a genuine joy of learning and growing together.  

Sincerely,
Chris Mazzola
Head of School

Meet Our Administrative Team

JuanCarlos Arauz

JuanCarlos Arauz

Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Sarah Brewster

Sarah Brewster

Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Director of Board Relations

Frances Dillon

Interim Director of Athletics, College Counseling Associate, Advanced Placement Coordinator
Nathalio Gray

Nathalio Gray

Assistant Head of School for Mission Advancement
David Hanson

David Hanson

Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones

Director of Human Resources
Matthew Lane

Matthew Lane

Director of College Counseling
Whitney Livermore

Whitney Livermore

Dean of Student Life
Christina Mazzola

Christina Mazzola

Head of School
Jenni Owen-Blackmon

Jenni Owen-Blackmon

Director of Communications & Marketing
Jeff Symonds

Jeff Symonds

Director of Studies, English Teacher
James Zimmerman

James Zimmerman

Chief Advancement Officer

Chris's Corner

Head of School Chris Mazzola on a rock

Meet Head of School Chris Mazzola and read her recent leadership messages.

Board of Trustees 2022-23

branson board of trustees 2022

 

Meet our Trustees

Quoc Tran, Board Chair
Steve Ashley
Rich Bollini '86
Nancy Connery
Scott Crabill
Roger Crawford
Jack Daly
Jessica Duran
Josh Fisher
Steve Fletcher ’85
Alexander Fraser
Lupe Gallegos-Diaz
Celia Golden
JT Herman
Liz Hume
Katie Hyde '01
Kristin Keeffe
Sloan Klein
Courtney Buie Lipkin '07
Ken McNeely
Hadley Mullin ’92
Eric Prosnitz
Shalu Saluja
Maya Langer Segal '92
Jessica Spaly
Connie Treadwell '79
Greg Tusher ‘89
Lisa Wendt

Representatives to the Board

Ali Witte, Parents' Association President
Henri de Marcellus, Faculty Representative

Meet our Trustees