Sara Vancil

Board President
Public Member, 2014
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My daughter, Tessa, attended Hilltop from 2011 to 2015. She was a Hummingbird, Tree Frog, Sunflower and Prairie Dog. Mammal, bird, amphibian and plant — can’t get more diverse than that! I joined the Board of Directors in 2014 because I wanted to continue to contribute to the Hilltop community, even as my daughter left to move into elementary school. I am currently serving as the President-Elect as well as the chair of the finance committee. I was also a member of the recent year-long strategic planning committee.

I work as an Assistant Director for Financial Aid and Scholarships at the University of Kansas. In addition to counseling students and families, I am also responsible for many of the financial aid awarding processes at the University. I coordinate the Hixson Opportunity Award for high-need, first-generation college students and take the lead on a variety of projects involving data analytics in the financial aid office. 

Prior to my time in financial aid at KU, I worked in career services at Princeton University and Boston College and in undergraduate admissions at Stanford University. I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Boston College. 

In addition to my role on the Hilltop Board of Directors, I am the President-Elect of the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. I also serve on the finance and stewardship committees at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence. In these professional roles, and in my work with Hilltop, I enjoy looking at an organization’s goals and big picture from a data-driven, analytical, and systems-oriented approach.

Accredited since 1987 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
KU student, staff, and faculty families receive priority on the waiting list
Sliding fee schedule and scholarship fee subsidies
Warm, loving care coupled with developmentally appropriate curriculum
KU families from across the nation and world bring diversity to Hilltop classrooms
Lead teachers hold degrees in child development, early childhood education, or elementary education
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