SUMMIT, NJ - Kathryn McGroarty, currently the Director of Educational Innovation at McLean, VA-based Madeira School, has been selected to be Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child's next Upper School Division Head. McGroarty will succeed Jennifer G. Landis, who will become Oak Knoll's next head of school upon Timothy J. Sanburn's retirement at the conclusion of the 2020-21 school year.

McGroarty's 20-years career in education includes having previously served as Academic Dean and Assistant Director of Global Programs at the Madeira School, as well as a world language teacher at Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany, and Charlotte Catholic High School and Holy trinity Catholic Middle School in Charlotte, NC.

“Kate’s intellect, energy and curricular experience best met our primary responsibility of providing the very best education for the young women in our Upper School,” said Saburn. “As someone with deep faith and an authentic personality, she was the clear first choice to lead our students with strong minds and humble hearts into the future of educational innovation.”

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McGroarty holds a bachelor’s degree in Language and Linguistics from Queen’s University in Canada and a master’s degree in French as a Second Language from the University of Cambridge in England. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Cambridge and a Certificate of Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“I am blessed to be joining a community grounded in its faith in God, its search for knowledge and wisdom, and its service to others,” said McGroarty. “I am delighted for the opportunity to lead a community guided by Holy Child Founder Cornelia Connelly’s belief in educating the whole child and inspiring a joyous relationship with God. I am truly excited to be part of the Oak Knoll community.”