“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori


Nancy Craker-Yahman

Administrative Assistant

Certificate in Educational Leadership for International Schools, State University of New York, Buffalo

M.S., Multidisciplinary Studies,  State University of New York, Buffalo

B.A. Elementary Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nancy has been teaching for than 20 years. She has taught both locally and internationally in the Dominican Republic and Malaysia.  Nancy grew up in Amherst and attended Amherst schools. In the mid 1980’s she worked closely with newly arriving Cambodian refugees and supported them during their assimilation to their new home country. Nancy enjoys lending a helping hand to people and places in need.  In the 1990’s Nancy volunteered for International Social Services in Hong Kong where she worked with Vietnamese refugees.

In 2007 Nancy and her family relocated from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Hadley. Upon her return Nancy taught in the Amherst Public Schools, at Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton and served as a Program Supervisor with Mount Holyoke College where she mentored beginning teachers.

Nancy has an extensive background in service learning, multicultural and peace education. Throughout her teaching career Nancy and her students supported many different charities and planted several International Peace Poles on school grounds and at public parks around the world. Nancy enjoys being an active part of a school community and providing support to students, their families, teachers and administrators.

During her free time Nancy enjoys spending time with her husband Yahman and their 2 sons Zachary and Adam, both of whom attend university.  Along with cycling, charity work and caring for their dog Buddy, Nancy finds time to write about her global teaching and learning experiences with a few of her pieces being featured in international teacher magazines.