Nancy Hayward

Retired; Director of Educational Outreach Programs | George Washington's Mount Vernon

Nancy Hayward served in leadership roles for over 20 years at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, which welcomes more than one million visitors a year. Among her achievements, Nancy developed and directed the George Washington Teachers’ Institute, a weeklong teacher enrichment program, which began with one state in 1999 and now reaches teachers from 24 states supported by an endowment that has grown from $500,000 to over $7 million through donor interest and support of the program. Hayward also developed and coordinated a robust regional workshop program as well as a Teaching Ambassador program for which she forged collaborative partnerships with museums, universities and scholars, as well as collaborating with the Gilder Institute for American History for an annual teacher seminar at Mount Vernon. As the Director of student programs, Nancy gained extensive experience in the development of student programming, curriculum development, and using technology pathways to provide enriching standards-based educational materials for the classroom. Nancy coordinated Mount Vernon’s distance learning program, which produced 19 content rich broadcasts for the classroom, including Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies, The Real Martha Washington, The Constitution and Executive Power, Shaping the Presidency, I Ain’t No Three Fifths of a Person: Slavery and the Constitution, The Challenges of Nationhood: Presidential Perspectives, Inaugural Visions, and Primarily George, a primer on using primary documents in the classroom. Prior to joining Mount Vernon, she gained experience at The National Trust for Historic Preservation, where she served on the annual conference staff; The Smithsonian Institution’s Kellogg Project which focused on the study of learning in museums; The Lee Fendall House, where she curated two exhibits exploring the 19th history of Alexandria, Virginia, and Alexandria Archaeology, the nation’s first municipal archaeology program and museum. She received a B.A. in History and American Studies from Mary Washington College and an M.A.T. in Museum Education from The George Washington University.