Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA), is pleased to announce the appointment of Nanci T. DeRobbio to the position of Head of School. Ms. DeRobbio, formerly the
Director of Lower and Middle School at St. Andrew's School, Barrington, RI, has had a 26 year career in education.
Ms. DeRobbio received her M.A. from the University of Rhode Island, her Elementary Education and Teaching Certification at the University of California, Riverside, and her B.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hills. She has created and lead school cultures that are safe, nurturing, positive, and conducive to learning; she has facilitated Special Education programs and Individual Education Plans, and she has extensive leadership experience in urban school environments. In her former position, she was responsible for academic and social curriculum development with an emphasis on Arts Integration. Ms. DeRobbio is active in the community, acting as Executive Board Member and Treasurer of Opera Providence and OPERAtunity.
As the inspirational leader of the TAPA Ensemble, a close-knit community of learners, teachers, and students, the Head of School is the keeper and director of TAPA's school culture and the chief advocate of the school who must relentlessly pursue the vision and execute the mission of TAPA. Ms. DeRobbio will certainly be an asset to the school and is welcomed by the TAPA board, staff, students and the TAPA community.
The selection committee used a process that involved many of the stakeholders of the TAPA community in the selection of a Head of School. The process culminated in an evening where students, staff, parents and community members sat with each candidate for a forty-five minute discussion about the school, leadership, their vision, the arts, and other issues of management. Their feedback was given to the Selection Committee who weighed candidates qualifications carefully alongside the thoughts and suggestions of stakeholders.
TAPA was begun by a group of South and West End community members who were
concerned about the lack of opportunity students had in the arts. In 2009, TAPA opened its doors as a charter school dedicated to a curriculum that integrated the arts and academics, was academically rigorous, used an apprenticeship model of learning, and built upon the cultures of the student body.
TAPA develops well-rounded, educated, artistic and professional community leaders who practice service and teamwork in initiating and implementing goals, with a focus on the global society.
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts is an academically-rigorous, arts-integrated public charter school for students in grades 7-12. TAPA is a community of practice, where culture, the performing arts and an expanded learning time are all fundamental components of a rigorous academic program. TAPA is woven into the diverse and creative fabric of the city of Providence, fostering engaged, well-rounded artistic leaders.