Welcome to Mayfield Senior School, where Gifts Come Alive!
Through our focus on the Seven Goals of a Holy Child education
, our students are inspired to find themselves, explore their talents and gain confidence in the knowledge that their lives have meaning and purpose.
Our extraordinary faculty has developed rich curricula and practices pedagogy based on ongoing research aimed at how girls learn best. Using innovative technology our students are prepared for twenty-first century success, and through our rich arts, athletics and extracurricular programs they are encouraged to discover and develop their passions.
We invite you to learn more about Mayfield Senior School, where we empower our students spiritually and intellectually to become faith-filled leaders who will “meet the wants of the age” through “Actions Not Words.”
Head of School
“Through our focus on the Seven Goals of a Holy Child education
, our students are inspired to find themselves, explore their talents and gain confidence in the knowledge that their lives have meaning and purpose.”
We joyfully welcomed Kate Morin, an accomplished administrator, innovator and educator, as Mayfield Senior School’s 14th Head of School in July 2015. Kate comes to Mayfield after serving for eight years as Head of the Upper School at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD. Over the course of her 25-year career, which also encompassed a variety of teaching and leadership roles at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Kate has developed an unequivocal dedication to empowering young women through single-sex education.
Kate was drawn to Mayfield Senior School’s Catholic, Holy Child tradition of academic excellence within the context of a commitment to service and social justice. An accomplished musician (cello and recorder), avid 20th-century historian and enthusiastic dressage rider, Kate embodies Cornelia Connelly’s educational philosophy of educating the whole person in mind, body and spirit.
Kate holds an M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. in musicology from New York University and a B.A. in music from the University of Maryland, College Park. Kate and her husband, Skip—a music professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County for 23 years—have three grown sons, Aubrey, Nicholas and Matthew.
Kate Morin's Weekly Message
Q&A with Kate Morin (July 2015)
|Q. ||What prompted you more than a year ago to seek out the Mayfield Head of School position?|
|A. ||I am passionate about all-girls Catholic education because I have witnessed first-hand how transformative this can be in empowering young women to gain confidence in the realization that their lives have a God-given meaning and purpose as they develop the courage and skills to be bearers of Christ’s love to the world. With the experience that I had gained serving for a number of years as the Head of the Upper School of Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart I felt called to discern if I might be able to contribute my skills, enthusiasm, and expertise in any even deeper way to support this beautiful mission.|
|Q. ||What appealed to you about Mayfield?|
|A. ||Originally I was drawn to Mayfield by my understanding of the objectives shared by all schools in the Holy Child network summed up in the motto “Actions Not Words.” The Holy Child goals really embrace all that I believe in when it comes to education—fostering a faith commitment among students, embracing joy and celebration in the school community, offering challenging academic courses that promote a love of learning. In Mayfield I found a community filled with energy in which students and faculty enter wholeheartedly into the mission of helping girls become smart, loving, faith-filled leaders. For me this is irresistible!|
|Q. ||How will you approach getting to know the Mayfield students, faculty, staff?|
|A. ||My approach will be to invite as many members of the Mayfield community as possible to meet with me one-on-one so that I can get to know my new school from many different perspectives. My hope is that through these meetings students, faculty, staff, and parents will get to know me as well so that we can begin forging meaningful and enduring connections. I can’t wait to start!|
|Q. ||Tell us a bit about your passion for educating young women.|
|A. ||On a global scale, I firmly believe that our world needs more women leaders. Both research and my own personal experience prove that girls’ schools provide the best environment for young women to develop and practice leadership skills. Catholic girls’ schools in particular are able to harness the idealism and enthusiasm about social justice issues that motivate young women to see how they can make the world a better place. Girls’ schools also have the wonderful luxury of being able to focus specifically on how girls learn best. This allows teachers to develop curriculum and use pedagogy specifically targeted to the girl brain. Without the distraction of boys, girls are also allowed the time and space to find and be themselves. The culture creates a sisterhood of support and love that lasts a lifetime.|
|Q. ||What can you tell us about your goals and hopes during your first school year at Mayfield?|
|A. ||During my first year my primary goal will be to immerse myself totally in the Mayfield community so that I can absorb the school’s culture and charism in a deep way. Building on Rita McBride’s tremendous legacy, together with Mayfield students, faculty, staff, and parents I look forward to developing a vision that will guide us to advance Mayfield’s Holy Child mission even further—preparing young women to “meet the wants of the age” through “Actions Not Words.”|
|Q. ||Tell us a bit about your family and why now is a good time to leave your longtime Washington, D.C. home for Pasadena?|
My husband, Skip, and I met in college, and we have been married for 33 years. A harpsichordist and music historian Skip earned his Ph.D. in Musicology from New York University and has served as a professor in the Music Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County for the past 23 years. We have three grown sons—Aubrey, who has a degree in economics and will be starting Law School at Washington and Lee this fall, Nicholas, who is already an attorney in New York City and is recently engaged to Chantee Dempsey, a wonderful California girl who is an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau Co., New York, and Matthew, who has a degree in Business and is working for Indeed.com in New York City. With all three boys now launched Skip and I feel blessed that we can embark on this new and exciting adventure.
Kate and Skip Morin
|Q. ||We hear you have a horse?|
Yes—I have a four-legged son as well. His name is Juice, and he a beautiful and affectionate quarterhorse-thoroughbred cross. Together we train in lower-level dressage—nothing fancy but wonderful exercise (psychological, spiritual, and physical) for both of us. I’m planning to bring him to California in the fall after I have found the best barn for both of us. I would love recommendations!