Nancy Hanks

Chief of Schools, Madison Public Schools

Having gone from a life poverty on the west side of Chicago to becoming a Harvard graduate, Nancy Hanks knows firsthand that students’ futures are not predetermined by their personal circumstance. As a teacher, principal, and now Chief of Schools for the Madison Metropolitan School district, she has led both the development of technical systems and cultivation the values and beliefs necessary to hold all students to high expectations and provide them the support they need to meet that high bar.

As a principal in Chicago, Hanks led the transformation and continual growth of her school as well as the successful transition of adding 90 minutes to their school day – a complex move that led to improved literacy and math outcomes, as well as, a more well-rounded school day for her students and staff. Her leadership as Chief of Schools for Elementary in the Madison Metropolitan School District has led to across the board gains in elementary schools.