As Head of School at Seven Hills, Kathleen brings more than three decades in independent school education to our community. She was Head of School at Tuxedo Park School in New York, Head of the Upper School and Assistant Head for the Upper Division at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, and spent 10 years at the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford, New York, where she served as Head of the Rippowam Campus and Director of Secondary Placement. She lived in France as both an undergraduate student and graduate student and, upon returning to the United States, spent her early years in independent schools teaching Middle and High School French, AP French Language and Literature, and Middle School and High School English.
Kathleen demonstrates her strong commitment to professional development through active participation and speaking engagements at national and regional independent school conferences. In addition, Kathleen is committed to Anti-Racist Leadership and is engaging with 100 other white Heads of School in the California Association of Independent Schools to make sure we are building more equitable and inclusive school communities and delivering on our mission. Kathleen earned her B.A. in French from Rutgers University and her M.A. in French Literature from New York University. She also holds a Diploma of French Studies from Université François Rabelais in Tours, France. Kathleen and her husband, Jihad, have three adult children: daughter Hannah, son Alex, and nephew Matthew. Away from school, Kathleen enjoys reading memoirs, traveling the globe, and finding things she can knit "reasonably well."
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