Head of School
Dr. Jennifer L. Zaccara is Vermont Academy’s eighteenth head of school. She was previously at The Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, where she served as Associate Head of School for four years. Prior to that, she was Associate Dean of Faculty at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut, where she spent twelve years.
A native of Connecticut, Jennifer graduated from Trinity College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Arts degree in English with distinction. She received her doctorate in English from the University of Connecticut, where she graduated with honors. She is published on Mark Twain.
Jennifer enjoys welcoming students, faculty, and local residents to her home in the heart of campus, where she lives with her dogs, Copperfield and Brontë. Her two sons, Bryce and Keefe Rafferty, live in Denver, Colorado, and San Diego, California. She also serves as a Board Member for Newport Tennis & Fitness in Newport, RI.