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New Upper School Head/Assistant Head of School
Posted 12/15/2016 02:04PM

Dear Members of the SPSG Community,

It is with great enthusiasm that St. Paul's School for Girls announces the appointment of Catalina Lucia Keilhauer to serve as Upper School Head/Assistant Head of School. Currently, Catalina is an administrator and teacher at The Madeira School in McLean, Virginia, where she has served in a variety of roles since 1997.


Catalina received her high school diploma from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Connecticut. She attended Bryn Mawr College, where she completed a degree in French Literature, served as class president, and played varsity volleyball. To pursue graduate studies in French, Catalina attended Middlebury College in Paris, where she received an advanced certificate in Business French and studied political science at the Institut de Sciences Politiques. A lifelong learner, Catalina attended Temple University School of Law to further her knowledge, and, most recently, Catalina has been pursuing an Ed.D. at the University of

Pennsylvania in Organizational and Educational Leadership, with a Dissertation focused on Project-Based Learning.

During her tenure at Madeira, her many roles have included service as dorm parent, World Language Department Chair, Director of Global Initiatives, camp director, French and Spanish teacher, faculty advisor to the student-led judiciary committee and language clubs, as well as volleyball and softball coach. Prior to her employment at Madeira, Catalina worked at Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey, The Haverford School in Pennsylvania, The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, and Blair Academy in New Jersey.

Rich in field experience and formal training, Catalina received fellowships from the National Association of Independent Schools as an Aspiring Heads Fellow and The Bullis School as a Summer Institute for Technology Fellow. She also participated in The Heads Network Leadership Seminar for Women.

Catalina was awarded both an endowed chair and master teacher recognition by The Madeira School. Additionally, she has presented at the National Coalition for Girls' Schools and regional conferences, as well as global forums, on topics of international education and diversity.

Beyond her full-time employment in schools of excellence, she has served as an AP exam reader and served on accreditation teams of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools, as well as worked with the U.S. Department of Education to review grant proposals. Dedicated to her heritage, Catalina currently serves on the board of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and previously served as co-president of the Latina affinity alumnae board of Bryn Mawr College.

Catalina is married to Michael Reedich, an attorney for the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC, and she is the proud mother of Keil, a junior at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and Maya, a sixth grader at the Langley School in McLean, Virginia. The family is looking forward to relocating to Baltimore and immersing themselves in our community.

Those who met Catalina were greeted with her clear dedication to girls' education. As expressed in her cover letter, "Working at The Madeira School among young women for twenty years has led me to understand, cherish, and love 'her.' Whether it be in the dorm, the classroom, or the athletic field, my students amaze and teach me each day. By choosing to be a lifelong member of an intentional community of girls, my family and I have made 'her' a member of our family and dedicate our lives to 'her' wellbeing." Her educational philosophy describes the critical skill and mindset necessary for collaboration. Thus, she was pleased to meet parents, students, faculty, and staff who left her feeling that the St. Paul's Schools together form a dedicated partnership in order to maintain and grow our distinct mission and campus culture.

In my conversations with Catalina's current and former heads of school, they clearly articulated their admiration for and support of Catalina's professional talents and personal style. Well-known and highly-visible throughout her current community, Catalina is described as intelligent, kind, thoughtful, and clear in her convictions. Her colleagues admire her high standards and the dedication she has to growing the talents of the professionals and adults in her care. Her students linger in her company and maintain relationships with her long after graduation. During her time with us, Catalina was inspired by the authenticity and voice of our students and the commitment and energy of our faculty and staff. Catalina was thrilled to accept the position, and she looks forward to joining us on July 1, 2017.

"I am incredibly excited to be joining SPSG!" said Catalina. "My family and I look forward to learning and immersing ourselves in the Gator culture. Learning for girls is a highly emotional endeavor. I was delighted to see the many personal and professional connections SPSG girls are making, coupled with a safe environment for risk-taking. SPSG students are well on their way to becoming smart, confident, and empathetic Gators. We cannot wait to meet everyone!"

As Head of School, I would be remiss if I did not thank Christy Ferrens, currently serving as Interim Head of Upper School, and acknowledge her dedication and continued service to the School as a partner and administrator. Christy looks forward to teaming with Catalina to deliver our mission.

I am deeply grateful to all who participated in this search, during which we saw tremendous interest in the position. Many extremely talented candidates applied to The Finney Group, the national agency who partnered with us for this important process. We look forward to inviting Catalina, Michael, Keil, and Maya to campus in the coming months to meet you and become more familiar with their new homebase.

Thank you for your partnership, participation, and interest.

Penny B. Evins
Head of School


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