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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

Headshot of Kim Wargo

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.

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
Laurelle Sheedy McCready
Leadership

Laurelle Sheedy McCready

  • Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations
Laurelle Sheedy McCready
Laurelle Sheedy McCready
  • Associate Head of School for Finance and Operations

Contact Information

Education

  • Stephens College - B.A.
  • Harvard University M.B.A.
  • 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

Academics and Activities

Rebecca Alberts
Leadership
High 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.
High School
Leadership
Noel Bicknell
Leadership
Intermediate

Noel Bicknell

  • Head of Academic Clubs
  • Teaching Visual Artist
Noel Bicknell
Noel Bicknell
  • Head of Academic Clubs
  • Teaching Visual Artist

Contact Information

Education

  • American University - M.A.
  • The Evergreen State College - B.A.
Intermediate
Leadership
Angelo Carmina
Leadership
Junior High & High 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
Junior High & High School
Leadership
Katie Douglas
Leadership
Intermediate

Katie Douglas

  • Interim Head of Intermediate
Katie Douglas
Katie Douglas
  • Interim Head of Intermediate

Contact Information

Education

  • Haverford College - B.A.
  • George Washington University - M.A.
Intermediate
Leadership
Karen Duncan
Leadership

Karen Duncan

  • Education Director
Karen Duncan
Karen Duncan
  • Education Director

Contact Information

Education

  • University of Florida - B.A.,M.Ed.
  • Academic Director's Office
Leadership
Daniel Hartmann
Leadership
High 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
High School
Leadership
Sara Hawkins
Leadership
Intermediate

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.
Intermediate
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
Bob Lane
Leadership

Bob Lane

  • Director of Admissions
Bob Lane
Bob Lane
  • Director of Admissions

Contact Information

  • (202) 944-2214

Education

  • Teachers College
  • Columbia University - M.A.
  • Ed.M.
  • Ed.D.
  • Admissions
Leadership
Chris Lanier
Leadership
High 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.
High School
Leadership
Jessica Lux
Leadership
Junior High

Jessica Lux

  • Head of Junior High
Jessica Lux
Jessica Lux
  • Head of Junior High

Contact Information

  • (202) 944-2227

Education

  • Yale University - B.A. Religious Studies and Environmental Studies
  • George Washington University - M.A. Educational Leadership and Administration
Junior High
Leadership
Lisa McMahon
Leadership
High 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.
High School
Leadership
Shaun Miskell
Leadership
High School

Shaun Miskell

  • Director of Performing Arts
  • Teaching Performing Artist
Shaun Miskell
Shaun Miskell
  • Director of Performing Arts
  • Teaching Performing Artist

Contact Information

Education

  • Boston University - B.F.A.
High School
Leadership
MacRae O'Brien
Leadership
Intermediate

MacRae O'Brien

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

Contact Information

Education

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

Amy Oswalt

  • Head of Elementary and Global Divisions
  • Director of Innovation
Amy Oswalt
Amy Oswalt
  • Head of Elementary and Global Divisions
  • Director of Innovation

Contact Information

  • (202) 944-2231

Education

  • Ohio State University - B.A.
  • Concordia University M.A.
  • Ohio State University M.Ed.
Elementary & Global
Leadership
Anthony Perry
Leadership
High School

Anthony Perry

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

Contact Information

Education

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

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.
Elementary
Leadership
Angela Steele
Leadership
Junior High

Angela Steele

  • Associate Head of Junior High
Angela Steele
Angela Steele
  • Associate Head of Junior High

Contact Information

Education

  • University of Maryland University College - B.S.
  • Trinity Washington University - M.A.
  • Towson University Level 1 Certification
Junior High
Leadership

Expert Services

Doug Fagen
Leadership

Doug Fagen

  • Director of Psychology & Wellness
Doug Fagen
Doug Fagen
  • Director of Psychology & Wellness

Contact Information

  • (202) 944-3071

Education

  • University of Delaware - B.A.
  • University of Rochester - Ph.D.
  • Psychology & Wellness
Leadership
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
High 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
High School
Leadership
Melissa Wood
Leadership

Melissa Wood

  • Director of Speech, Language & Literacy
  • Executive Director of The Reservoir Group
Melissa Wood
Melissa Wood
  • Director of Speech, Language & Literacy
  • Executive Director of The Reservoir Group

Contact Information

Education

  • Williams College - B.A.
  • MGH Institute of Health Professions - M.S. Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Speech, Language & Literacy
Leadership

Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Group photo outside

2021-2022

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.