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Grant from The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation Supports Local Students

Mooreland Hill School thanks The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation for its generous gift that will provide financial support to Berlin/Kensington students. “This grant will ensure that Berlin and Kensington families, both present and prospective, have the financial assistance they require so their children will have the ability to grow and learn at Mooreland Hill,” states Head of School Nora Johnson.

According to its mission, “The Marjorie Moore Charitable Foundation was established in 1957 to support and promote quality educational, cultural, human services, environmental, and health care programming for underserved populations. The Moore Charitable Foundation specifically serves the people of Kensington and Berlin, Connecticut.” We thank the foundation for sharing our vision of supportive, community-based education and look forward to implementing this grant to benefit Berlin-area children.



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New Head of School for Mooreland Hill

The Board of Trustees and Founders are pleased to announce that Reed Rathgeber has been named to the position of Head of School, effective July 1.

A Berlin native, Reed is a graduate of Mooreland and the Westminster School. She earned her BA at St. Lawrence University and her MAT from Simmons. Reed is uniquely qualified for this role. As a Mooreland graduate, Reed knows, understands and appreciates the value and importance of the MHS experience. Reed says she was inspired to become an educator by two of her Mooreland teachers– Mike Dooman and Mike’s wife, Sheila Lavey. For the past ten years, Reed has been a teacher, leader and educational innovator at the John Pierce School in Brookline, MA. She developed a social studies curriculum for the Town of Brookline and trained faculty how to set up, properly use and integrate Google applications into their classrooms. In addition, Reed has worked with parents and administrators in using information technologies to effectively facilitate communications between school and home. She has also coached girls’ field hockey and softball as well as boys’ basketball. A dynamic, positive and enthusiastic educator and leader, she will be Mooreland’s first female Head of School.

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Open House – Saturday, February 7

An independent school where a love of learning begins, and grows with your child from Kindergarten through ninth grade.


Open House

Saturday, February 7

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.


See Mooreland Hill School for yourself:

• See our small-classroom setting
• Meet current parents
• Speak to teachers and administrators
• Stay for lunch and enjoy the MHS girls’ basketball tournament!

Find out why parents have chosen Mooreland Hill School for 85 years. We look forward to sharing this special learning environment with you!

RSVP 860.223.6428

or email


Please call us at 860-223-6428 to let us know how many will be attending, or email our Admissions office at

Nora Johnson ‘70 Assumes Role as Acting Head

Nora Johnson, business manager at Mooreland Hill School, will assume the role of Acting Head of the school.

Ms. Johnson is a graduate of the Mooreland class of 1970. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, CT in 1973, then from Wellesley College in Wellesley, MA in 1977 with a B.A. in Comparative Modern Literature in French, Spanish and Italian. Ms. Johnson received her M.B.A. in International Finance from Babson College in Wellesley, MA in 1983. After spending nearly 20 years in corporate finance, she arrived at Mooreland in 2002 to teach algebra. In 2007, she became the business manager and has worked side by side with Mr. Dooman for 7 years.

“I love and respect this school. It has been a home to me for a long time. Honoring its fine traditions and holding close to the memory of Mr. Dooman will help carry us through this difficult time.”

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Michael D. Dooman '78

Michael D. Dooman ’78

The Mooreland Hill School community – students, parents, faculty, staff, alumni and friends – has sadly suffered the loss of its headmaster Michael D. Dooman.  Mr. Dooman had a long history with Mooreland, first as a student, then as a teacher and finally as Headmaster in 2006. Mooreland was Mr. Dooman’s passion and he was its heart and soul. The love and respect he demonstrated for the Mooreland family will be honored by us all. Mooreland continues in its tradition of preparing students for their next adventures in life, and continues to honor the tradition of Mr. Dooman in its commitment to its family.


Please click on the links below to access a full obituary and articles in tribute to Mr. Dooman.

Hartford Courant

New Britain Herald

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