Kathleen O'Neill Jamieson

Kathleen O’Neill Jamieson is National Cathedral School’s 10th head of school and has held that post since 2003. She is also a trustee of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation and a canon of the Washington National Cathedral. She sits on the governing board of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington and the advisory boards of the Penn GSE Global Education Forum and the Latino Student Fund. She is the founding head of the Education Advisory Board's Independent School Executive Forum. She has been a trustee for the Enrollment Management Association (formerly the Secondary School Admission Test Board) and the Washington Scholarship Fund and served on accreditation committees for independent schools in Maryland/D.C. and New Jersey.
Highlights of Mrs. Jamieson's tenure at National Cathedral School include the creation of the Teaching and Learning Center and the Center for Ethical Leadership and Service; the completion of a comprehensive curriculum review; the renovation of every school building; the construction of a state-of-the-art library and a consecrated chapel; a steadfast dedication to providing an inclusive education; attention to balancing academic rigor with an expanded definition of health and wellness; and a deeper level of academic, extracurricular, and social connection with St. Albans School.
Mrs. Jamieson joined NCS from the Purnell School, a girls' boarding school in Pottersville, N.J., where she was head of school from 1998 to 2003. Prior to that, she served for 16 years at Princeton Day School (N.J.) in a number of capacities, primarily as director of admission and English teacher. Early in her career, Mrs. Jamieson taught English at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., and English, math, and science at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio.
Mrs. Jamieson holds an Honors BA in English from the University of Maryland, earned an MA in education administration from Columbia University's Teachers College, and matriculated in the Klingenstein Program for Private School Leadership. Her professional interests include resourceful school management, applied educational research, leadership development of young women, and the appropriate recognition of excellence in teaching. Her husband, Dan, is associate headmaster for development at St. Albans School, and they have three adult daughters.