Meet Our Upper School Director
“We see our Upper School students as already-active participants in the world that they will shape after their years in a school setting”
Learn more about our Upper School Director in this Q&A from Agnes Irwin's Spring 2017 magazine.
Upper School Director Jenn Emmi Fiorini ’97 has particular insight into life as an Agnes Irwin student, for good reason: She was one. Jenn graduated in 1997, and rejoined the school in Fall 2005 as an English teacher and lacrosse coach. She served in a variety of roles, including Upper School Dean of Students, before becoming Upper School Director in 2017.
At the core of this seeking lies a deep and rigorous curriculum: one that balances the skills necessary to master a liberal arts program with the expectation of studying widely, and encouraging flexibility to pursue individual interests. Founded in research about how girls learn best, our academic and co-curricular programs engage students in opportunities that cultivate creative problem-solving, leadership, innovation, digital competence, community involvement, collaboration and global perspective.
The dynamic relationships our students and teachers share is visible everywhere you look. In our small-group advisories and our science labs, from the sidelines to the art studios, our teachers hold the highest expectations for our students and encourage them to reach past self-imposed limits. It is in the nurturing hold of these relationships that our students learn to soar: they take risks, ask questions, and learn that success comes in many iterations and with many definitions.
We see our Upper School students as already-active participants in the world that they will shape after their years in a school setting — and that world is one that demands ingenuity, resilience, empathy, and joy in the unknown.
Jennifer Fiorini ’97
Upper School Director