Welcoming New Head of School: Laura Farrell

Dear Mayfield Community,

Please join us in welcoming Mayfield's new Head of School, Laura Farrell! Laura made the cross-country journey from Pennsylvania to California with her family recently, and after several visits to Mayfield throughout this past school year, this week Laura officially begins her tenure on campus as our 15th Head of School.

With thirty years of experience in education, Laura will join us from Merion Mercy Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school in the Philadelphia area, where she served as Head of School. As the first layperson to lead Merion Mercy, Laura advanced the school’s mission and charism of the Sisters of Mercy, caring for all students as they developed to their fullest potential. Prior to her work at Merion Mercy Academy, Laura served as the Dean of Faculty at St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Virginia, one of the largest JK-12 all-girls schools in the country. Laura is a lifelong Catholic, who is dedicated to all-girls education.
In her time on campus, Laura forged a close connection with Kate Morin, attended several events and met many members of the Mayfield community. Laura explained, "I’ve been looking forward to this day for months and could not be more excited to begin my journey at Mayfield." Over the summer, Laura is looking forward to acquainting herself with all aspects of the position and starting to collaborate with the remarkable people who make up our beloved school. "It’s truly an honor to serve this joyous and faith-filled community," said Laura. "I’m looking forward to meeting with students, parents, alums, faculty and staff in the months ahead to learn about you and your Mayfield stories."
It's a thrilling new chapter for Mayfield, and on behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would again like to thank you all for your participation in this search process. We are delighted to welcome Laura Farrell to our Mayfield Senior School family!

Most sincerely,
Jane Collins Hawley ‘86
Chair, Board of Trustees

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  • Head of School Search Committee 2022

    • Amber Berrios ‘07: Alum; Board of Trustees member; Alum Council member
    • Alison Jones Gamble ‘87: Alum; Current Parent '24; Board of Trustees member
    • Jane Hawley '86, Alum; Board of Trustees member, Chair of the Search Committee
    • Jim LoCoco: Past Parent ‘13, ‘17, ‘18; Board of Trustees member
    • Kelly Nelson Nakasone ‘93; Alum, Current Parent '24; Board of Trustees member and Chair Emeritus
    • Sr. Eileen McDevitt, SHCJ: Director, Holy Child Network of Schools; Sister of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus
    • Sr. Sheila McNiff, SHCJ, ‘56: Alum; Board of Trustees member; Sister of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus
    • Fr. Wayne Negrete: SJ: Former Board of Trustees member 
    • Erika Randall: Past Parent ’22, Chair of the Board of Trustees
    • Shadi Sanbar: Past Parent ‘17; Board of Trustees member, Vice Chair of the Search Committee
    • Tina Zapata: Dean of the Faculty; Social Science Teacher
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.