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“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

Administration

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 taught for over 20 years and has been actively involved in education for the past 30. She has taught at public and private schools as well as internationally. She taught grades K, 1, 2 and 4. She was an Early Childhood Director at Mont’ Kiara International School and an adult English Language Learner teacher in the following countries, the Dominican Republic, Hong Kong, Cambodia and, Malaysia.  

Nancy grew up in Amherst and attended Fort River Elementary School. She is a graduate of Amherst High School. Nancy earned her elementary teaching degree at UMass Amherst and a Master of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies as well as an advanced certificate in International School Administration from the State University of New York, Buffalo.

In the 1980’s Nancy worked closely with newly arriving Cambodian refugees resettling in Amherst and she supported families during their assimilation to their new home country. Nancy learned the importance of lending her helping hands to people and places in need at a very young age and she carried this meaningful practice into her own family home and her teaching practice. During her teaching years, service-learning projects were a mandated part of her teaching curriculum. In the 1990’s Nancy volunteered for International Social Services in Hong Kong where she taught beginning English conversation to Vietnamese refugees before they resettled in their new host country.

In 2007, Nancy and her family relocated from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where they lived for 14 years, to Hadley, MA to start a new family adventure. Upon her return, Nancy taught in the Amherst Public Schools, at the Lander Grinspoon Academy in Northampton. She also worked at Mount Holyoke College for several years as a Program Supervisor where she mentored beginning teachers in public schools across the Pioneer Valley.

Nancy has an extensive background in service-learning, multicultural and peace, and conflict resolution education. Over the years Nancy has facilitated professional development workshops for K-12 teachers through the Global Horizons Program at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts. Throughout her teaching career, Nancy and her students 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. 

Nancy and her husband Yahman have 2 grown sons. They are proud parents of Zachary and Adam. Zachary attends Bridgewater State University and is an elementary education major. He is also a member of the Massachusetts National Guard, United States Army Reserves. Adam attends Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts and works part-time as an after-care counselor at the Sunderland Elementary School. 

Along with international travel, spending time with her parents, cycling, charity work and caring for their dog Buddy and their guinea pig Daisy, Nancy finds time to write. She is a published author with the Reserve & National Guard Magazine where she writes about her son’s involvement and experiences in the United States military. She also writes about her global teaching and learning experiences with a number of her pieces featured in international teacher magazines such as The International Educator and The Learning Teacher Network.