Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson

On October 3, 2003, Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson became the tenth head of school at National Cathedral School. Founded in 1900, it is a prominent, Episcopal independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 4-12. The school is located on the beautiful grounds of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC. Mrs. Jamieson is a canon of the Cathedral.

From 1998– 2003, Mrs. Jamieson was head of the Purnell School, a distinguished girls’ boarding school in Pottersville, NJ. Prior to that, Mrs. Jamieson served for 16 years at Princeton Day School (NJ) in a number of capacities, primarily as director of admission and English teacher. Early in her career, she taught English at University Liggett School (MI) and English, math, and science at Maumee Valley Country Day School (OH).

Mrs. Jamieson holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland, where she was the recipient of a Maryland Delegate Scholarship. She earned a master’s degree in education administration from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and she matriculated in the Klingenstein Program for Private School Leadership.

Mrs. Jamieson’s professional interests include resourceful school management, the innovative application of educational research, the development of leadership in young women, and the elevation of the teaching profession.  At NCS she has initiated a comprehensive curriculum review and new teaching and learning initiatives, as well as new efforts to balance academic rigor with an expanded definition of health and wellness. 

She is the co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee of Independent Education and is on the Advisory Board of the Latino Student Fund. She previously served as trustee for: the Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSAT); the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington (AISGW); the Washington Scholarship Fund; and has served on accreditation committees for the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

Her husband Dan is associate headmaster for development at St. Albans School, and they have three adult daughters.