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Leadership at Lab

The importance of leadership cannot be underestimated. Excellent leadership has everything to do with the outcomes for a school and its students. At Lab, it is the leader of the school along with her devoted team of educators, administrators, and clinical professionals who cultivate a school environment that allows students and teachers to flourish.

The Lab School of Washington has long benefited from strong, stable leadership. There have been just three heads of school since Lab’s founding in 1967 — all three thoughtful, forward-thinking educators, dedicated to the success of their students and whole community.

Meet our team: 

Head of School

Kim Wargo, Head of School

Kim Wargo

In July 2020, Kim Wargo became Lab's third head of The Lab School. She comes to the position with more than 20 years of experience in education, beginning her career as a teacher, then serving as associate head and head of school for four other schools across the country.
 

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Kim Wargo serves as head of School of The Lab School of Washington. Prior to her headship at Lab, Kim has been head of three independent schools around the country, and has also had other senior leadership roles. Kim served as head of School at the Katherine Delmar Burke School in San Francisco, as Eugene McDermott Headmistress at The Hockaday School in Dallas, and as head of school at GEMS World Academy in Chicago. Kim has also served as associate head of school at the Isidore Newman School in New Orleans and as head of the Upper School at the Louise S. McGehee School in New Orleans. She began her career in education at the Hill School of Ft. Worth, a school for students with learning differences, where she taught 2nd through 8th grade students and was named Teacher of the Year. Kim has also served as director of College Counseling, History Department chair, and Middle and Upper School History and Government teacher.

At Burke’s, Kim focused on improving professional development for faculty and staff, building parent-school partnership through parent education and conversation, and examining all programs with a focus on mission-alignment. At Hockaday, Kim led the school through its Centennial celebrations and a successful Centennial Capital Campaign, which included building a state-of-the-art integrated Science and Arts building, while also developing a new strategic plan and guiding the school’s ISAS self-study. At GEMS, Kim focused on building school culture and enrollment, critical components of developing a successful new school. At Newman, Kim led a board-level task force to develop principles for civil discourse and a new mission statement highlighting the school’s commitment to inclusion, while also leading the school through a successful self-study. At McGehee, Kim was instrumental in leading the Upper School through the challenges associated with Hurricane Katrina. She also focused on growing the enrollment of the Upper School and fostering excellence in the academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs.

Kim currently serves on the board of ERB and The Heads Network. She has served on the boards of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, the Southwest Preparatory Athletic Conference, and Aim High in San Francisco.

Kim holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University, where she graduated summa cum laude with minors in History and English. She earned a master’s degree in History and is ABD from Tulane University.

Kim is married to Mark Cortez, a career math teacher in independent schools. Kim and Mark have one daughter, Ida Cortez, a recent graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and a new teaching fellow in mathematics at Groton School. Kim enjoys traveling, entertaining, jogging, reading, cheering on her beloved Saints, and spending time with friends and family.

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Senior Leadership and Administration

Kim Wargo
Leadership

Kim Wargo

  • Head of School
Kim Wargo
Kim Wargo
  • Head of School

Contact Information

  • (202) 944-2221

Education

  • Louisiana State University - B.A.
  • Tulane University - M.A.
  • Executive Office
Leadership
Diana Meltzer
Leadership

Diana Meltzer

  • Associate Head of School
Diana Meltzer
Diana Meltzer
  • Associate Head of School

Contact Information

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University - B.A.
  • American University - M.Ed.
  • Executive Office
Leadership
Ann Feeley Headshot
Leadership

Ann Feeley

  • Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Ann Feeley Headshot
Ann Feeley
  • Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Contact Information

  • (202) 454-2248
  • Business Office
Leadership
Marty Cathcart
Leadership

Marty Cathcart

  • Director of Institutional Advancement
Marty Cathcart
Marty Cathcart
  • Director of Institutional Advancement

Contact Information

Education

  • Smith College - B.A.
  • University of Washington - B.F.A.
  • Institutional Advancement
Leadership
Bob Lane
Leadership

Bob Lane

  • Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management
Bob Lane
Bob Lane
  • Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management

Contact Information

  • (202) 944-2214

Education

  • Teachers College
  • Columbia University - M.A.
  • Ed.M.
  • Ed.D.
  • Admissions
Leadership

Academics and Activities

Rebecca Alberts
Leadership
Upper School

Rebecca Alberts

  • Director of Visual Arts Grades 9-12
  • Science Teacher
  • Teaching Artist
Rebecca Alberts
Rebecca Alberts
  • Director of Visual Arts Grades 9-12
  • Science Teacher
  • Teaching Artist

Contact Information

Education

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art - M.F.A.
  • George Washington University - Ed.S
  • George Washington University - M.P.S.
  • Maine College of Art - B.F.A.
Upper School
Leadership
Angelo Carmina
Leadership
Middle School & Upper School

Angelo Carmina

  • Director of Athletics
  • Physical Education Teacher
Angelo Carmina
Angelo Carmina
  • Director of Athletics
  • Physical Education Teacher

Contact Information

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo - B.S.
  • Physical Education
Middle School & Upper School
Leadership
Daniel Hartmann
Leadership
Upper School

Daniel Hartmann

  • Director of Educational Technology
  • High School Engineering and Robotics Teacher
Daniel Hartmann
Daniel Hartmann
  • Director of Educational Technology
  • High School Engineering and Robotics Teacher

Contact Information

Education

  • Wheaton College - B.A.
  • American University - M.A.
  • George Mason University - Ph.D. in progress
  • Technology
Upper School
Leadership
Sara Hawkins
Leadership
Middle School

Sara Hawkins

  • Director of Visual Arts Grades 1-8
  • Academic Club Teacher
  • Teaching Artist
Sara Hawkins
Sara Hawkins
  • Director of Visual Arts Grades 1-8
  • Academic Club Teacher
  • Teaching Artist

Contact Information

Education

  • James Madison University - B.F.A.
  • George Mason University - M.A.T.
Middle School
Leadership
Mike Huber
Leadership

Mike Huber

  • Director of Facilities and Operations
Mike Huber
Mike Huber
  • Director of Facilities and Operations

Contact Information

  • (202) 454-2352
  • Facilities and Operations
Leadership
Sally Kiernan
Faculty
Upper School

Sally Kiernan

  • Head of Performing Arts
Sally Kiernan
Sally Kiernan
  • Head of Performing Arts

Contact Information

Education

  • University of Maryland - B.A.
  • American University - M.A.
Upper School
Faculty
Chris Lanier
Leadership
Upper School

Chris Lanier

  • Associate Head of High School
Chris Lanier
Chris Lanier
  • Associate Head of High School

Contact Information

Education

  • James Madison University - B.A.
  • University of Iowa - M.S.W.
Upper School
Leadership
Lisa McMahon
Leadership
Upper School

Lisa McMahon

  • Head of High School
Lisa McMahon
Lisa McMahon
  • Head of High School

Contact Information

Education

  • East Carolina University - B.S.
  • James Madison University - M.Ed.
Upper School
Leadership
MacRae O'Brien
Leadership
Middle School

MacRae O'Brien

  • Middle School Dean of Student Life
MacRae O'Brien
MacRae O'Brien
  • Middle School Dean of Student Life

Contact Information

Education

  • The College of William and Mary - B.A.
  • Virginia Commonwealth University - M.S.W.
Middle School
Leadership
Amy Oswalt
Leadership
Global

Amy Oswalt

  • Head of Global Division
  • Director of Innovation
Amy Oswalt
Amy Oswalt
  • Head of Global Division
  • Director of Innovation

Contact Information

  • (202) 944-2233

Education

  • Ohio State University - B.A.
  • Concordia University M.A.
  • Ohio State University M.Ed.
Global
Leadership
Rashaad Phillips
Leadership
Upper School

Rashaad Phillips

  • Upper School Dean of Student Life
Rashaad Phillips
Rashaad Phillips
  • Upper School Dean of Student Life

Contact Information

Education

  • Davidson College - B.A.
  • University of Pennsylvania - M.S.Ed
Upper School
Leadership
Anthony Perry
Leadership
Upper School

Anthony Perry

  • Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • History Teacher
Anthony Perry
Anthony Perry
  • Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging
  • History Teacher

Contact Information

Education

  • College of William & Mary - B.A.
  • Georgetown University - M.S.
  • Georgetown University - Ph.D.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Upper School
Leadership
Judy Shincarick
Leadership
Lower School

Judy Shincarick

  • Associate Head of Elementary
Judy Shincarick
Judy Shincarick
  • Associate Head of Elementary

Contact Information

Education

  • College of Misericordia - B.S.
  • College of Misericordia - M.S.
Lower School
Leadership
Angela Steele
Leadership
Middle School

Angela Steele

  • Associate Head of Middle School
Angela Steele
Angela Steele
  • Associate Head of Middle School

Contact Information

Education

  • University of Maryland University College - B.S.
  • Trinity Washington University - M.A.
  • Towson University Level 1 Certification
Middle School
Leadership
Jewell Watson-Hellkamp
Leadership

Jewell Watson-Hellkamp

  • Associate Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management
Jewell Watson-Hellkamp
Jewell Watson-Hellkamp
  • Associate Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

Contact Information

Education

  • University of Phoenix - M.Ed.
  • Admissions
Leadership
Melissa Wood
Leadership
Middle School

Melissa Wood

  • Head of Middle School
Melissa Wood
Melissa Wood
  • Head of Middle School

Contact Information

Education

  • Williams College - B.A.
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions - M.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
Middle School
Leadership

Expert Services

Courtney Heldman
Leadership

Courtney Heldman

  • Director of Occupational Therapy
Courtney Heldman
Courtney Heldman
  • Director of Occupational Therapy

Contact Information

Education

  • Washington University in St. Louis - B.S. Psychology
  • Washington University in St. Louis - M.S. Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
Leadership
Gretchen Kunz
Leadership
Upper School

Gretchen Kunz

  • Associate Director of Speech, Language & Literacy
  • Freshmen Seminar Teacher
Gretchen Kunz
Gretchen Kunz
  • Associate Director of Speech, Language & Literacy
  • Freshmen Seminar Teacher

Contact Information

Education

  • Loyola College of Maryland - B.A.
  • Northeastern University - M.S.
  • Speech, Language & Literacy
Upper School
Leadership

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Group photo outside

2022-2023

The Board of Trustees supports the work of The Lab School and provides mission-based leadership to ensure the school’s health and welfare both now and in the future.