Dr. Damaris Rau
Superintendent, School District of Lancaster
With more than 35 years of experience in public education, Dr. Damaris Rau is a seasoned veteran, known for her passion in urban education and commitment to equity for all students. Dr. Rau has been a transformative force for good in the lives of students and teachers within the district. She has overseen an extraordinary growth in college credit programs, massive reductions in student suspensions, provided new social and emotional support efforts for students, and led the district in its focus on Equity, Inclusion & Excellence.
Dr. Rau began her career as a classroom teacher in Bronx, NY. She went on to lead several Connecticut schools in suburban and urban environments, achieved numerous prestigious degrees, and joined the School District of Lancaster as Superintendent in 2015.
Having been a foster child, Dr. Rau understands the positive impact education has on the success of young lives. She also understands the value of the arts to inspire and invigorate a community. A patron of Prima Theatre since 2017, Damaris has personally experienced the excitement and impact of the theatre, and seen Prima's impact on the next generation. Dr. Rau is proud to be a part of this effort to support Prima Theatre.