A new leader has been named for York Country Day School in Spring Garden Township.

Christine Heine will be York Country Day's head of school, effective July 1, the school announced Friday.

"I am honored to join the York Country Day School community and thrilled with the opportunity to lead and serve such a wonderful school," Heine said in a statement.

Heine replaces Nathaniel Coffman, who will leave the school this year to lead The Prairie School, a preparatory school in Racine, Wis. He has served at York Country Day School since 2007.

Experience: For the past nine years, Heine has been serving as assistant head of school and upper school head at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia.

Prior to her work at the academy, Heine was an assistant director of college counseling and an English teacher at Ranney School in Tinton Falls, N.J.

Heine earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education, as well as a master's degree in English at Long Island University. She earned a doctorate in education at Teachers College at Columbia University.

She is married to Paul Heine and has five children.

The 'right person': At York Country Day, Heine will lead a co-ed, independent school serving about 220 students from preschool to 12th grade. The school is an affiliate of York College.

"We are so excited that Christine will join us," said York College President Pamela Gunter-Smith in a statement. "Everyone involved in the search process found her to be a talented, forward-thinking educator who is passionate about schools and, importantly, students. Christine is the right person to lead York Country Day School into the future."

-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.