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Faculty and Staff

It is because of our faculty and staff that The Lab School is what it is — not only a leader in the field of learning differences education but, most importantly, a place that transforms the lives of children with learning differences.

“I can’t remember anyone saying ‘no’ here. Again and again, I am blown away by the knowledge of the staff, and the flexibility I am afforded around my own ideas. We feed off each other’s ideas and build on our own, which makes collaborating with colleagues and the administration absolutely energizing. I mean who doesn’t want to rock it in the classroom with that kind of support and excitement around education?”
—    High School English Teacher Tim Wetsell

With robust professional development opportunities including training in Orton-Gillingham — a multi-sensory approach where teachers use sight, hearing, touch and movement to help students connect language with letters and words — faculty and staff at Lab focus on each child’s strengths. For students with learning differences who may have arrived at Lab believing that they are not smart or cannot succeed, helping them grow their confidence and discover their strengths can take time, and also a special kind of teacher.

It is no surprise that many members of Lab’s faculty and staff have stayed for 15-25-35 or more years. One staff member said: "Everyone wants to stay at Lab. Who wouldn’t embrace the opportunity to be flexible and creative every day? Frankly, it feels like an honor to be a part of Lab, to play a role in our collective mission and process of helping students with learning differences discover their best selves and succeed.”

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MacRae O'Brien
Leadership
Intermediate

MacRae O'Brien

  • Interim Associate Head of Intermediate
MacRae O'Brien
MacRae O'Brien
  • Interim Associate Head of Intermediate

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Education

  • The College of William and Mary - B.A.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University - M.S.W.
  • Reservoir Psychology Group
Intermediate
Leadership
Amy Oswalt
Leadership
Elementary

Amy Oswalt

  • Head of Elementary
  • (202) 944-2231
Amy Oswalt
Amy Oswalt
  • Head of Elementary

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  • (202) 944-2231

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  • Ohio State University - B.A.
  • Concordia University M.A.
  • Ohio State University M.Ed.
Elementary
Leadership
Amanda Palmer
Faculty
Junior High

Amanda Palmer

  • English Teacher
Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer
  • English Teacher

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Education

  • Muhlenberg College - B.S. Psychology and Elementary Education
  • American University - M.S. Special Education: Learning Disabilities
  • Johns Hopkins University - Ph.D. Urban Leadership - In Progress
Junior High
Faculty
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Anthony Perry

  • Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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Anthony Perry
  • Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Education

  • College of William & Mary - B.A.
  • Georgetown University - M.S.
  • Georgetown University - Ph.D.
  • Executive Office
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