Ann V. Klotz, Head of School

When I first crossed the threshold of Laurel School’s Lyman Campus, I knew this was the school I wanted to lead. Sunlight streamed through the stained glass window at the top of the stairs; girls of all ages greeted me—friendly, authentic. "This school knows who it is,” I remember thinking. Elegant but progressive, steeped in tradition, but innovative, this school felt right for me and for my family, for Laurel is a community.

Each day, I feel inspired and privileged to lead Laurel, to know our girls, to work among brilliant colleagues, to teach, to learn. I have spent most of my life in girls’ schools—13 years as a student, 20 years as a young teacher and administrator and more than a decade at Laurel. We are a school deeply committed to the success of every single child. While superb outcomes are key, so is the learning process.

For over a century, we have offered selective admission to girls who seek challenges. Laurel girls are ambitious, eager to claim their voices and reach their goals. Our superb faculty and college-preparatory program promote critical thinking, intellectual risk-taking, problem solving and creativity. Our school culture prizes outcomes and emphasizes resilience. Learning at Laurel is active, interdisciplinary, noisy and joyful. In the classroom, on the athletic fields, in a stream at the Butler Campus, in the Collaboratory—girls learn by doing.

Laurel’s Center for Research on Girls (LCRG) substantiates our claim that we know girls—how they learn, think and feel—better than any other school. LCRG’s original research, professional development for faculty—our own as well as at schools around the corner and across the country, and parent education ensure that we put the world’s best research to work for girls.

Because women who lead must possess a strong moral compass and have experience in discerning what is essential from what isn’t, we cultivate courage, respect and empathy.

Girls matter at Laurel. Every girl, every day. In the context of the swiftly changing educational landscape, we produce graduates who are confident and capable, leaders and learners, dreamers and doers.

Laurel girls dive in, explore, immerse themselves in learning. We invite you to do the same. Come learn more about Laurel.


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  • About Ann

    Ms. Klotz began her tenure as Laurel’s tenth Head of School in 2004. A graduate of Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA, she was graduated from Yale College, where she earned her B.A. in English. Her M.A. is in the individual study of drama from the Gallatin Division of New York University. She has worked in girls’ schools as a teacher and administrator for more than thirty years and is devoted to the social and emotional development of girls.
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Ann in Print

Remembering the Beginnings - Mothers Always Write - 02/14/2020
Memento Mori: Mother Memory
- A Mother Knows (via Hyland's) - 05/07/2019
Teaching Our Students Resilience: How Schools Can Help
- NAIS Independent Ideas - 12/17/2018
White Knuckles - Mothers Always Write - 12/17/2018
Growing Paperwhites at Christmas Reminds Me...
- Grown & Flown - 11/27/2018
After Page One - Literary Mama - 08/20/2018
Birds of a Feather: For My Headmistress Flock - Ann V. Klotz's personal blog - 03/05/2018
Fighting the Gray - Ann V. Klotz's personal blog - 02/25/2018
A Head of school's 14 Tips on Interview Etiquette - NAIS Independent Ideas - 01/22/2018
Rules of Thumb for School Leaders - The Heads Network - 09/11/2017
Summer's Lease - Topology Magazine - 08/21/2017
Because it is My Name - Ann's Blog - 07/28/2017
Not Pompeii - Feminine Collective - 05/22/2017
My Maths Anxiety - Independent Schools Victoria (Australia) - 02/17/2017
Cured - Coffee & Crumbs - 01/13/2017
Wondrous - Mothers Always Write - 12/19/2016
Celebrating My Inner Sloth - Huffington Post - 12/17/2016
Nonfiction by Ann Klotz - The Grief Diaries - 12/12/2016
Pioneer Daze - Mothers Always Write - 10/17/2016
Luckier Than I Deserve - The Manifest-Station - 07/28/2016
After Page One: Why I Write - Literary Mama - 07/01/2016
W-A-T-E-R: Annie and Helen in the Theatre - Huffington Post - 06/30/2016
A Working Mother's Take on 'Hamilton' - Huffington Post Parents - 05/13/2016
Work-Life Balance, Ha! - Mothers Always Write - 04/18/2016
Love the Words - NAIS Independent School Magazine - 03/2016
Ailments - The Good Mother project - 03/20/2016
Soapsuds - Mamalode - 03/06/2016
Gloria, Arianna, Kakenya and Me - Huffington Post Education - 02/17/2016
Senior Night - Huffington Post Education - 02/05/2016
Mom's Math Anxiety - NAIS Independent School Magazine - 01/26/2016
Before Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes - Mothers Always Write - 01/18/2016
For the New Year, Nine Mantras and Mottoes - NAIS Independent Ideas - 01/04/2016
Dog Whisperer - Huffington Post Parents - 12/22/2015
Lighting the Darkness - Cleveland Jewish News - 12/03/2015
The Baby We Didn't Adopt - Mothers Always Write - 11/16/2015
Voice and Vision: How Girls Learn to Lead and Resist Leading - NCGS Raising Girls' Voices - 10/01/2015
Violins of Hope - Huffington Post Arts and Culture - 10/01/2015
Goat's Adventures Abroad - Mothers Always Write - 09/21/2015
A Booster Shot on Parents' Night - NAIS Independent Ideas - 09/08/2015
On the Mend: Grappling With Resilience - Huffington Post Education - 07/30/2015
Collateral Sorrow - Huffington Post Impact - 05/20/2015
April Cruelty - Huffington Post Women - 04/13/2015
Nurturing Resilience: Reminding Ourselves What Kids Need - NAIS Independent Ideas - 03/17/2015
Morning Meditation - Huffington Post Healthy Living - 03/04/2015
Better Together: Parenting a Child in an Independent School - Huffington Post Education - 12/11/2014
Keep On Chewing - Huffington Post Women - 11/25/2014
Taking Comfort - Huffington Post Parents - 09/02/2014
Stand on the Table! - Huffington Post Education - 08/20/2014
In the Time That a Blueberry Ripens - Huffington Post Parents - 08/01/2014
Girl Power! - Huffington Post Education - 07/18/2014
This Land Is Our Land - Huffington Post Post 50 - 07/03/2014
28 Things I Want Girls to Know... - Huffington Post Education - 06/07/2014
Post Mother's Day Blues - Huffington Post Parents - 05/13/2014
The Better Late Than Never Seder - Huffington Post Religion - 04/21/2014
Hummingbirds on Holiday - Huffington Post Parents - 04/11/2014
My Daughter, Jo March - Huffington Post Parents - 03/14/2014
Growing Up With Curly Top - Huffington Post Women - 02/18/2014
What's in a Name? - Huffington Post  - 02/04/2014
Strength vs. Stressors: Building Resilience to Help Girls Manage Stress - NAIS Independent School Magazine - Summer 2013
Reunions: Remembrances of Girlhoods Past - NAIS Independent School Magazine - Winter 2013
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