Head of School
Head of School
University of Maine, BA
Hans Mundahl began serving as Sant Bani’s second Head of School in July 2017. Hans has been invested in SBS since his daughter entered kindergarten in 2009, and has served on the board since 2015. He comes most recently from the successful consulting firm he established, Hans Mundahl & Associates, working with over 40 independent schools and associations around the country on staff training, content marketing and strategic planning.
From 2001 to 2014, Hans was on the faculty of New Hampton School where he served in the administration as Director of Experiential Learning and then Director of Technology Integration. Following his graduation from the University of Maine in 1995, Hans was a Fulbright exchange teacher in Germany and then Program Coordinator for the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center. He has been a highly-sought-after presenter at regional and national education conferences.
- “The Complete Guide to Inbound Marketing,” with Scott Allenby
- “The Filmmaker’s Workbook,” a hands-on guide for student filmmakers
- “Teaching with the iPad,” with other collaborators
Founding Head of School Kent Bicknell
Kent Bicknell helped found Sant Bani School in 1973, and served as Head of School through June 2017. An independent scholar whose work has been published in a variety of journals, his main interest is the New England Transcendentalists, particularly their interest in Asian wisdom traditions.
With a B.A. from Yale, a master’s degree in Early Childhood Development and Education from Goddard College, and a doctorate in Curriculum Design, Implementation and Evaluation from Boston University, Kent was an educator for nearly five decades. He served on the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education’s Non-Public School Advisory Council since 1975, on the Board of Trustees of the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England since 2007, and as a commissioner with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges from 2003-2010. He has advised schools in Bhutan, Colombia, Canada, Guatemala, India and the United States.
In 1995 Kent acquired and edited an unpublished manuscript by Louisa May Alcott that became a New York Times best seller, A Long Fatal Love Chase. In 2018 he completed a history of the early years of the school, Stepping Stones: The First Five Years of Sant Bani School (1973-1978).
- “Schooling for Happiness: Bhutan’s Big Dream,” in the Spring 2012 Independent School Magazine
- “The Asian Soul of Transcendentalism,” with Todd Lewis, in the Fall 2011 Education About Asia Magazine
- “Brooks and Ditches: A Transcendental Look at Education” in the Fall 2008 Independent School Magazine