Christine Heine looks at York Country Day School in three ways.

"It really resonated with me not only as a school administrator, but as an educator and a parent also," she said. "It's uncommon to have a school resonate instantly from the students to the parents to the teachers to the board members."

New leader: Heine, 47, was recently named York Country Day's head of school, effective July 1. The school is located at 1071 Regents Glen Blvd. in Spring Garden Township.

"I am honored to join the York Country Day School community and thrilled with the opportunity to lead and serve such a wonderful school," she said. "It's a special community that is dynamic and thriving."

Heine replaces Nathaniel Coffman, who will leave the school this year to lead The Prairie School, a preparatory school in Racine, Wis. He has served at York Country Day School since 2007.

Heine, who is married to Paul Heine and has five children, said her family is moving from Philadelphia to York.

Experience: For the past nine years, Heine has been serving as assistant head of school and upper school head at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.

Prior to her work at the academy, Heine was an assistant director of college counseling and an English teacher at Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J.


Heine earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, as well as a master's degree in English at Long Island University. She earned a doctorate in education at Teachers College at Columbia University.

The 'right person': At York Country Day, Heine will lead a co-ed, independent school serving about 220 students from preschool to 12th grade. The school is an affiliate of York College.

"We are so excited that Christine will join us," said York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith in a statement. "Everyone involved in the search process found her to be a talented, forward-thinking educator who is passionate about schools and, importantly, students. Christine is the right person to lead York Country Day School into the future."

Heine said that for her first year of leadership she will observe and study how the school and its programs function, and then she will lead in developing a strategic plan for the school.

"I've had many experiences over the years that allow me the freedom to ask, 'What if?' and then implement those programs ... so that each student meets his or her intellectual promise," she said.

— Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.