Born and raised in British Guiana, Dr. Pernambuco-Wise graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s in Philosophy and Mathematics, having completed her junior year abroad at University of Sussex, UK. Whilst at Brown, she spent summers teaching in Mexico, New York and on a Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona. She taught mathematics at The Agnes Irwin School in Pennsylvania and studied at the graduate education department at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her master’s degree in Educational Philosophy from University of Toronto, Canada and her Doctorate from St. Mary’s College of California with her dissertation concentration on the experience of female heads of NAIS schools.
She has presented at numerous conferences including NAIS, CAIS, NCAIS, The Heads Network, TABS and OESIS on topics such as online/blended learning, leadership, governance, boarding school life, school transformation and full-service schools. She is a faculty member of NAIS’ Fellowship for Aspiring Heads and is the Vice-President for Region V on the Board for The Heads Network. Dr. Pernambuco-Wise holds a third-degree black belt in Judo and was an international competitor and national champion for Guiana. During her years in Hawaii, she worked at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu and danced hula competitively. She joined Sea Crest in 2013.