The Deerfield Parents Network (DPN) was created almost a decade ago, in 2011, to enhance the partnerships among Deerfield parents and between parents and the Academy. As you know, schools no longer serve in loco parentis, “in the place of parents,” but rather a latere parentes, “alongside of parents,” and the goal of the Parents Network is to improve the Deerfield Experience for all students and families. All Deerfield parents and guardians are “automatically” members of the DPN.

The DPN Steering Committee is composed of 25-30 members and meets three times a year: during Fall and Spring Family Weekends, and mid-school year in January. The DPN is organized around five primary committees and responsible for an array of programs including:

Communications provides input to the weekly Deerfield Families FYI electronic newsletter; and reviews and updates the DPN web pages. For more information and to get involved please contact:

Carlos Fierro
Ana Centola

Events is focused on campus events—such as tours of Historic Deerfield and group hikes to the Rock during Fall and Spring Family weekends, regional welcome gatherings for new students and their families during the summer, and the Friday night year-end Senior party for all graduating students and their parents and guardians. For more information and to get involved please contact:

Tricia Stenger
Libellule Sarachek

First Link is a mentoring program that welcomes and integrates new families to the Academy. For more information and to get involved please contact:

Vanessa Lewis 
Stefanie Grosse
Tracy Fauver

The Inclusion Committee helps to host all-community book reads, suggests potential parent panelists and keynote speakers for the Academy’s annual “MLK Day” (Martin Luther King Jr.) program, and a myriad of additional ways that the DPN can best support the Office of Inclusion and Community Life. For more information and to get involved please contact
Judith McKie

The Nominating Committee thoughtfully and carefully considers potential Steering Committee candidates. For more information and/or to share suggestions for candidates, please contact
Brooke Spater
Oscar Anderson

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  1. Wednesday, August 19, 2020

    1. 2020 Tidbits for New Deerfield Parents

      The First Link Committee of the Deerfield Parents Network (DPN) has put together this list of “tidbits”—useful information that you’ll find helpful as your child gets ready to leave for school. If you have questions or comments about the First Link program, feel free to contact Co-Chairs Vanessa Lewis, Stefanie Grosse, or Tracy Fauver. TIDBITS The […]
  2. Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    1. Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year

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  3. Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    1. Preparing for Move-in: Keep it Simple

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Deerfield Parents Network (DPN) is an organization aimed at building partnerships among Deerfield parents, and between parents and the Academy. Schools like Deerfield no longer serve “in the place of parents,” but rather “along side of parents.” The goal of the Parents Network is to improve the Deerfield experience for all students and their families through several initiatives.

The Deerfield Parents Network does not have a formal office. The network of parents, staff, and volunteers spans the globe.

Sending an email to is a good first point of contact for general inquiries. We’ll help you get in touch with members to answer your questions or help you to get involved.

There are many ways for a parent to support Deerfield. You can join the First Link program; you can attend student performances or athletic events; or make a contribution in programs that benefit students and the Academy’s efforts to create the best environment for learning.

Contact the Deerfield Parents Network