Meet the Head of School
Head of School
M.Ed., John Carroll University
B.A., Oberlin College
“I chose to come to St. Anne’s School of Annapolis not only because the school invests in the intellectual and social promise of our students, but also because it cultivates and celebrates the attributes of its staff and its families.”
Lisa Nagel came to St. Anne's School of Annapolis in 1998, as the head of Early Childhood and Lower School. In 2012 Lisa was appointed Head of St. Anne's School of Annapolis. Her deep respect for children and their capabilities are underscored each day at St. Anne’s School and inspire her to initiate and refine curricular programs in social development, literacy development and emergent thematic studies.
When she first arrived at the school in 1998, Lisa saw an ideal foundation for implementing the Reggio Emilia approach to learning at the Early Childhood level and the Lower School’s Responsive Classroom education methods. Today, these two approaches complement the school’s mission by providing innovative, hands-on learning for students and inspire continuing education experiences for faculty and administrators. 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.
Before coming to St. Anne’s School, she 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. She also was 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.