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Welcome to NCNAA!

Interim Principal:  Dr. Dianne Berendzen, Ed. D.

Office:  314-776-3285



I am honored and excited to serve as the Principal of Nahed Chapman New American Academy (NCNAA) for the 2023-24 school year.  I served as the Assistant Principal at NCNAA for 4 years.  Every day, I am humbled and inspired to work with our students. 

Before NCNAA, I worked as a teacher and instructional coach in St. Louis Public Schools.  I can proudly say that I have been with the district for 28 years.

I believe that each student has unique potential.  As a school leader, I lead with fairness and empathy, striving to ensure that all students are treated equitably so they can receive the best education possible.

Our goal at NCNAA is to provide a safe, caring learning space for our children to learn the English and academic skills they need to be successful in school and beyond in the United States.