Meet the Head of School
M.Ed., John Carroll University
B.A., Oberlin College
“St. Anne’s School provides the perfect setting for students, educators and families to engage in thought-provoking dialogue that fosters student success and lifelong learning.”
Lisa Nagel has been with St. Anne's School of Annapolis since 1998. Prior to her appointment as Head of School in 2012, Lisa served as Associate Head of School and Head of Early Childhood and Lower School. Guided by her deep respect for children and her commitment to their intellectual, social and emotional growth, Lisa was instrumental in implementing the Reggio Emilia approach in our Early Childhood Program, the Project Approach in Lower School and Responsive Classroom methods throughout our program. Taking part in the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance’s study tour to Italy in 2005 and attending several of the group’s annual conferences in the U.S. has given Lisa the opportunity to share experiences with educators from all parts of the world.
In the winter of 2014, Lisa was awarded the distinguished Klingenstein Fellowship. Just 20 heads of school from around the world are invited to participate in the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership program at Columbia University.
Before coming to St. Anne’s School, Lisa worked as an education specialist with an Ohio-based mental health agency, volunteered on a conflict resolution project in Lithuania with the ministry of education, and taught Preprimary and First Grade at an independent school in Shaker Heights, Ohio. She also served as an editor and developer of the Contemporary Women’s Issues Database, a widely accessed resource in university and upper school settings for topics related to women’s and children’s issues and social studies. Lisa is affiliated with The Deak Group and is called upon to lead training on conflict resolution, mediation and diversity issues. She is also a member of several state, regional and national education associations.