Lab School Faculty

When people talk about the teachers and staff at The Lab School, they speak in superlatives. Committed to offering the best education possible to Lab’s students, most of our teachers have their master’s degree and continue to grow and learn professionally on and off campus. The Lab School makes an effort to attract and retain talented and experienced teachers and staff — professionals who are highly trained in diagnostic-prescriptive teaching and intensive academic remediation.

Our team doesn’t just pay lip-service to thinking outside the box. You’ll find that our faculty will go to great lengths to imagine — and implement — an effective strategy to unlock each student’s academic potential. The energy, vision, and dedication of The Lab School’s teachers are valued qualities that distinguish our school.

The Educators

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  • Noel Bicknell

    Noel Bicknell has worked as a special education teacher and training coordinator at The Lab School of Washington since 1999. Noel is head of the seven Lab School Academic Clubs — daily experiential thematic art-based social studies environments attended by 6-13 year-olds. His teaching responsibilities include two Academic Club classrooms, one set in the Italian Renaissance and other during the American Industrial Revolution. He is an adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design at George Washington University where he lectures on special education topics for future art teachers and museum educators.

    His role as a staff development trainer includes being the coordinator of Academic Club replication projects for both independent and public charter schools where he has guided schools on providing arts-driven content instruction to children with moderate to severe learning disabilities, language disorders, and ADHD. He has designed and implemented successful training programs at schools across the country including independent schools and public charter programs.

    Noel holds a Master of Arts, Special Education: Learning Disabilities degree from American University. His Bachelor of Arts degree is from The Evergreen State College where he studied social science and visual arts. Noel’s divergent artistic interests include leading a jazz combo, throwing Asian-inspired pottery, and forging iron as a blacksmith. He is especially interested in how the arts inform the education of divergent learners.
  • Sarah Lowenberg

    Sarah Lowenberg is proud to have been a part of the teaching faculty at The Lab School of Washington for the past 15 years. After spending many years as a working artist, she earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from American University in Washington, DC and began teaching Studio Art classes in the Elementary division at The Lab School. She developed and implemented a strong Visual Arts curriculum, which encouraged the exploration of multiple media that has reached beyond pre-conceived ideas of making art and taught students to embrace the opportunity to learn from problems and mistakes.

    During the past 10 years, Sarah has been on the staff of the Intermediate division as both a Visual Arts teacher and an Academic Club teacher. She designed a multi-sensory, project-based history curriculum, which meets the individual needs and goals of her students.

    As the head of the Visual Arts department, Sarah guides curriculum development, facilitates cross-curricular collaboration, and coordinates long-term departmental strategic goals. She has taught several summer Academic Clubs, including the Ancient China Club and the Hawaiian Islands Club, along with leading The Lab School summer Visual Arts program.
  • Douglas Fagen, PhD

    Dr. Doug Fagen is a clinical child psychologist who earned his doctoral degree at the University of Rochester. He has worked with students with learning and emotional difficulties for more than 15 years. Before working at The Lab School, Doug served as a postdoctoral fellow at The Forbush School, a private day school for students with severe emotional difficulties in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Doug began working at the Lab School in 1999, and has been Lab’s director of the Psychological Services since 2010. He has a special interest in working with adolescents with learning and emotional difficulties, and their families. He has longstanding interests in issues of intrinsic motivation, the use of mindfulness practices to promote mental health, and the challenges of parenting in the information age.
  • Melissa Wood

    Melissa A. Wood, MS, CCC-SLP is the director of Speech and Language Services at The Lab School of Washington. She works to strategically plan and develop programs that will provide high-quality, research-based interventions in the areas of spoken and written language. Melissa has worked as a speech-language pathologist in the Massachusetts and New Jersey public school systems, as well as at both Massachusetts General Hospital and Kennedy Krieger Institute on specialized learning disability teams. She was also employed as the literacy coordinator at the Chelsea School, where she focused on staff training and curriculum development.

    Melissa is an active member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and an institutional member of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). She has presented at local, national, and international conferences on topics in both spoken and written language.

    Melissa earned her Master’s of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders with Reading Concentration from the MGH Institute of Health Professions and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Williams College.
  • Charlie Flanagan

    Charlie Flanagan is the outreach supervisor for the Center for Legislative Archives at the National Archives.

    He has three decades of experience of designing and teaching interdisciplinary high school and middle school classes including 22 years spent at the Key School in Annapolis, MD where he served as Upper School Humanities Department chair and co-founded the school’s interdisciplinary program. Charlie earned his Doctor of Philosophy in American Studies from the University of Maryland.
  • Tab Broyles

    The Peter L. and Patricia O. Frechette Director of Teacher Development, Tab Broyles develops, reviews, and evaluates on- and off-site teacher development programs. She has collaborated with more than 120 school districts to develop programming and grant proposals for private and governmental funding.

    Since 1990, Tab has helped to develop and implement the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute which has had more than 8,100 participants as of 2014. Over the past 10 years, she has helped to develop new opportunities for teacher professional development by creating customized three-to-five day study programs in Colonial Williamsburg, and one- and two-day Teaching American History Conferences — in-service programs held on location in school districts from across the United States, to reach an additional 10,000 teachers.

    Tab has presented at the National Council for Social Studies Conference, state affiliate organizations, and Teaching American History Conferences on early American history content and classroom strategies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a Master of Arts in Museum Education from the College of William and Mary.
  • Mollie Humphrey

    Mollie Humphrey teaches at The Lab School of Washington where she is an Academic Club teacher and currently “Cleopatra,” leader of the God’s Club. She meets daily with other members of the God’s Club who include Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and Demeter. Mollie also developed and implemented a new Academic Club curriculum called Discovery Academic Club for the school’s youngest students. This club utilizes the outdoors as its classroom and studies famous naturalists such as Rachel Carson, Teddy Roosevelt, and John Muir. Using the knowledge she gained from attending and graduating from Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Academy in 2014, and her own culinary expertise, she added a cooking program to Lab’s growing garden curriculum.

    Mollie comes to teaching from prior pursuits and passions that deeply influence her approach to classroom engagement and to learning. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Miami University with a major in Art History and traveled to Italy to study the great works there. Her passion for art and her love of food and cooking drive her work as a teacher. She has an Associate’s degree in Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales in Denver. She did a stint in New York City as events coordinator for a culinary arts magazine where she helped develop a pastry competition called the “Challenge Series” for the Food Network.

    Mollie has found that she has been able to use these experiences in private and public school settings to engage her students in learning and to help them find joy in the pursuit.
  • Julia Carpenter

    Julia Carpenter has been a teacher and a specialist in the field of special education for 16 years. She began her career teaching first grade at a bilingual, inner city elementary school in Washington, DC. After demonstrating her expertise in this environment, she became an educational specialist for Center City Consortium in Washington, DC.

    Julia began her tenure with The Lab School of Washington in 2003 as a classroom teacher in areas of reading, writing, and mathematics. Currently, she teaches two of the highly regarded Academic Clubs. Throughout her career she has authored and implemented a wide range of specialized curriculums.

    Julia earned an Ed. S. degree in Acquired Brain Injury and Transitional Education from George Washington University, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from The Catholic University of America.

    Julia's passion for education does not stop when she finishes her day at The Lab School. In addition to teaching, she frequently tutors children with learning differences, consults with families regarding long-term educational strategies, works with children with brain injury to ease their transition back to a school environment, and has been called upon as an expert consultant in cases in which a child may be in the process of being denied a proper education based upon his or her specific needs.
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