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Mrs. Kirsten Prettyman Adams

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Head of School

Phone: (703) ***-****  
Email: k***@***.org
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
1000 St. Stephen's Road
Alexandria , Virginia 22304
United States

Company Description: St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is a college preparatory Episcopal Church School in the Diocese of Virginia that educates boys and girls from junior kindergarten...   more

Employment History

  • Associate Head of School and Upper School Head
    McDonogh School
  • Associate Head of School and Head
    Upper School
  • Associate Headmaster and Head
    Upper School
  • Boarding Program and Coordinating Student
    Upper School
  • Head of School
    St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School Alumni Office
  • Head X6362
    National Cathedral School
  • Science Department Chair and Science Teacher
    National Cathedral School


  • Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude , Environmental and Evolutionary Biology
    Dartmouth College
  • Master's Degree , Environmental Studies
    Yale University
31 Total References
Web References
Success Stories | Carney Sandoe & Associates, 30 Jan 2015 [cached]
-- Kirsten Adams, McDonogh School, Owings Mills, MD
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School: SSSAS Announces Next Head of School, 8 Oct 2013 [cached]
Kirsten Prettyman Adams is appointed head of school at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes, beginning July 2014.
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirsten Prettyman Adams as its next head of school, to succeed Joan Holden on July 1, 2014.
On October 7, the school's Board of Governors and the Trustees of Church Schools in the Diocese of Virginia (CSDV) unanimously accepted Mrs. Adams' nomination by the Search Committee.
An outstanding educator, administrator, and leader, Mrs. Adams brings great insight from her leadership roles at three highly regarded independent schools. She has extensive experience in school leadership and day-to-day operational management, curriculum planning, faculty support and mentoring, fiscal management and financial models, as well as strategic planning, development and fundraising, and campus master planning.
Mrs. Adams currently serves as Associate Head of School and Head of Upper School at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD. Among her leadership duties, she has coordinated the academic planning and programmatic decision-making during construction of two new buildings, STEM (2013) and Student Center (2014). In addition, she has administrative oversight for and has been involved in all aspects of McDonogh's boarding community.
Previously, Mrs. Adams served as Head of Upper School at The Hockaday School in Dallas, TX, where she played a major role in implementing the school's new faculty evaluation program, refocusing the school's boarding program, and coordinating student and faculty needs during a renovation of the Upper School's academic building. She also oversaw the 100-student Residence Department. Before joining Hockaday, Mrs. Adams served as Science Department Chair and Science Teacher at National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, where she taught AP Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science, as well as fourth grade science. She is a former AP Biology test grader and instructor of AP Biology teachers. While at NCS, she co-chaired the school's accreditation self-study and coached field hockey and lacrosse.
Clay Perfall, chair of the Board of Governors, said, "Kirsten has a true passion for independent school education and a great appreciation for our mission to pursue goodness as well as knowledge and to honor the unique value of each of our members as a child of God in a caring community.
An innovative leader, Kirsten will partner with our outstanding faculty and staff to inspire a passion for learning, an enthusiasm for athletic and artistic endeavor, a striving for excellence, a celebration of diversity, and a commitment to service."
Mrs. Adams brings great experience as a leader, educator, and scholar. She has taught students in grades four through twelve and served as a Teaching Fellow at Yale University. Mrs. Adams received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College, where she was a Presidential Scholar and was awarded Richter Research and Mellon Foundation grants. She received a Master's Degree in Environmental Studies from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the Alan Mann endowed scholarship.
Mrs. Adams has participated extensively at various conferences and professional development events, with an emphasis on multiculturalism (NAIS People of Color Conference), professional development, leadership, and faculty recruitment. She completed the Klingenstein Summer Institute run by Columbia University and the Stanley King Counseling Institute.
We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Adams, her husband, Jeff, and their three children, Lily, Colin, and Meg, to our St. Stephen's & St. Agnes family. In her spare time, Mrs. Adams enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, outdoor education, and exploring natural history and ecology. She and her family attend The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.
Your opinions were valued and taken to heart as the Search Committee and our Board of Governors made the decision to appoint Mrs. Adams to lead St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School into the future."
The Search Committee and Board of Governors are confident that Kirsten Adams will continue that tradition. In the interim, she will work closely with Mrs. Holden to plan for this historic transition of leadership. Mrs. Adams and her family are eager to actively join our school community, and there will be a series of opportunities for our community to spend time with her over the coming weeks and months. directions
National Cathedral School for Girls, 2 Feb 2001 [cached]
Kirsten Prettyman, Head X6362Sue Basile X6362Derek Burkins X5543Elna Clevenger X6352Deborah Daigler X6352Julia Diaz X6378Bruce Higley X6362
Greetings from Head of School ..., 8 July 2014 [cached]
Greetings from Head of School Kirsten Adams St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School: Greetings from Head of School Kirsten Adams
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School
Greetings from Head of School Kirsten Adams
Kirsten Prettyman Adams Head of School
St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School: Board of Governors, 3 Aug 2014 [cached]
Kirsten Prettyman Adams
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