Head of School Welcome

Knowing content and skills. Knowing oneself. Knowing the world. These are the qualities we are committed to instilling in our students to improve our school, our city, our society, our environment, and our world. Welcome to The Lovett School, a community who seeks to develop young men and women of honor, faith, and wisdom with the character and intellect to thrive in college and in life.
When I joined the school, I made the decision to move the portrait of our school's founder, Eva Edwards Lovett, into my office. Her image has proved to be a wonderful reminder of the responsibility I hold to steward her vision of a classically progressive education and a focus on the whole child.
I find it remarkable that Mrs. Lovett articulated and modeled an educational approach nearly a century ago that remains more relevant than ever. She wisely valued the inherent characteristics of childhood: honesty, curiosity, creativity, acceptance, and humor. She insisted on teaching children how to learn, as opposed to what to learn, and how to think, as opposed to what to think. In her own words, her goal was "to teach children to think for themselves, to recognize a problem and think it through, to develop their judgment, to decide for themselves, to accept responsibility."  
As an educator, I embrace Mrs. Lovett's belief that the total development of the child—intellectually, socially, artistically and physically—is of paramount importance. As a community, we share her hope that Lovett graduates will pursue lives of purpose, responsible influence, and authentic leadership, no matter where their individual roads might take them.
I look forward to getting to know your children and to partnering with you as we navigate together the complexities and delights of childhood, adolescence, teaching, learning, and parenting.

Meredyth Cole
Head of School

Lovett Administration

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  • Meredyth Cole, Head of School

    Meredyth joined Lovett as Head of School on July 1, 2018 from The Episcopal School of Dallas. During her time at ESD, Meredyth focused on preparing the school’s students for intellectual discovery, integrity and purpose - concentrating on the classroom experience and increasing faculty professional development tenfold.  She also led the completion of the school’s first five-year strategic plan as well as launched a highly successful $75 million capital campaign. Prior to her role at ESD, Meredyth spent 23 years at The Madeira School, serving as Assistant Head of School and Acting Head of School. Her accomplishments while at Madeira included wide-ranging operational improvements, curriculum development, teaching, and the creation of programming and communications for the school’s centennial anniversary celebration. Meredyth earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from The University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of New England. Her board service includes the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Southwest Preparatory Athletic Conference. She was also a National Association of Independent Schools E.E. Ford Fellow in 2003.
  • Chelle Wabrek, Associate Head of School

    A twenty-five-year veteran of independent schools both as a teacher and administrator, Chelle joined Lovett in 2019 from The Episcopal School of Dallas where she served as Head of Lower School and later, Head of Middle School. Prior to ESD, Chelle was an administrator and teacher at Louisville Collegiate School (KY), where she founded the Glenmary Academy, the city’s only independent school program for Upper School-aged non-traditional learners who wish to attend selective colleges and universities. A prolific writer and presenter on a variety of topics in independent school education, Chelle earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and a master’s degree from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Education. Her extensive experience with curriculum design, leadership development, team building and facilitation, program oversight, and teaching experience in all divisions equip her with the skill sets and perspective to stretch educators to think audaciously in service to students.
  • James Choi, Head of Lower School

    James joins Lovett from The John Cooper School, where he served as Assistant Head of the Lower School. During his tenure, he guided the division-wide implementation of Responsive Classroom and initiated a mentorship program to onboard first-year teachers in their transition to a new school. Mr. Choi received a Master of Education from the Klingenstein Center Teachers College at Columbia University and a Master of Science in Teaching Literacy and Childhood Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University. 
  • Joseph Moody, Head of Middle School

    Joseph joined Lovett in 2010 as an eighth-grade science teacher and swiftly rose through leadership positions, becoming Dean of Student Life and Assistant Head of Middle School for Student Life before accepting the Middle School Head position in 2020. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology at Presbyterian College prior to pursuing his Master of Science in Psychology and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Psychology at Walden. In addition, Joseph has a long history as a counselor, mentor to independent school deans, and coach of wrestling, football, and track.
  • Patrick Boswell, Head of Upper School

    Patrick started his Lovett career in 2004 with a five-year stint as a mathematics and economics teacher before leaving Atlanta for a position at Vanderbilt University. He returned to the Riverbank in 2013 as the Upper School Director of Studies and Dean of Students until his selection as Upper School Head in 2020. His creative problem-solving, analytical lens, and ability to listen and respond to the needs of students will serve him well. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University.
  • Janie Coleman Beck, Chief Marketing Officer

    Janie joined Lovett's Admission Office in 2008. Before coming to Lovett, she served as the assistant director of admission and financial aid at Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Fla., as well as a girls' dormitory parent. She earned a B.A. in art and art history from Sewanee: The University of the South, graduating cum laude.
  • Jessica Jaret Sant, Chief Engagement Officer

    With over fifteen years of experience in university admission and independent school settings, Jessica Sant most recently served as Director of College Counseling at Lovett.  Prior to Lovett, Jessica worked as an undergraduate admission officer at the University of Georgia and Emory University. She was named President of the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) in 2018 and is a current member of Dickinson College's Counselor Advisory Board. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Georgia and is currently completing a Certificate in School Management and Leadership through the Harvard Business School and Graduate School of Education. Jessica is the recipient of Lovett’s Surdyk Award, SACAC’s Rising Star Award, and NACAC’s Excellence in Government Relations Award.
  • John Mongelli, Chief Financial Officer

    John graduated from Villanova with a degree in accounting and has an MBA, from Northwestern University. John brings experience and a proven track record of success in finance, which is invaluable in meeting the departmental goals and objectives. He has more than thirty years of corporate finance experience including financial leadership roles at Gentiva Health Services, ChoicePoint, and The Coca-Cola Company.  He started his career at Arthur Andersen & Co. and has experience across multiple industries and company sizes ranging from Fortune 500 to start-ups. John and his wife, Lisa, live in Alpharetta with their two children.
  • Matt Gould, Chief Advancement Officer

    Matt oversees the School’s fundraising, donor stewardship, advancement services, and alumni engagement teams. During his career, he has worked at Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, and the Porter-Gaud School in South Carolina, managing annual giving, major giving, and capital campaign initiatives. For the last decade, Matt worked at Georgia Tech, where he oversaw major giving efforts nationwide.
  • Chorlana Francis, Chief Human Resources Officer

    A highly accomplished leader, Chorlana has an extensive background in Human Resources Management and expertise in both Talent Management and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work. Before coming to Lovett, she was the Director of Talent Management for Atlantic Health System in New Jersey; and, prior to that role, Chorlana worked at Bayer Corporation as both the Head of Diversity & Inclusion for the U.S. and the Head of U.S. Learning and Talent Development. At both organizations she was a member of the HR Leadership Team.
  • Gray Kelly, Chief Operating Officer

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  • Stacia McFadden, Chief Information Officer

    Stacia has worked at Lovett since 2011 and serves as the school's Chief Information Officer. During her 16 years of working in independent schools, she has held the positions of Director of Academic Technology, Director of Summer Programs, co-chaired Faculty Equity and Inclusion (formerly Diversity) Committees, co-taught Middle School mathematics, coached Middle School tennis, sponsored student affinity groups, and more. Stacia holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Elizabeth City State University (NC) and a M.A. in Computing in Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She is a member of the 2019-2021 Leadership Academy cohort of Teacher College’s Klingenstein Center, receiving an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in February 2021.
  • Rev. Steve Allen, Senior Chaplain

    Steve Allen grew up in Ohio the son and grandson of Presbyterian ministers. He attended the College of Wooster in Ohio followed by Yale Divinity School where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1989. He has worked as an associate pastor in Gettysburg, PA as well as a college chaplain at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA. Steve has served as the Senior Chaplain at the Lovett school for the past 24 years. He has been married to his wife Sue for 33 years and has 4 children who all graduated from Lovett.
  • Dr. Tommy Welch, Head of Culture and Community

    Dr. Tommy Welch joined Lovett in 2022 from Gwinnett County Public Schools where he served as the Chief Equity Officer. Tommy is a National and State recognized leader who previously served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, coach and Director of Multicultural Affairs. Tommy is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, Piedmont College, and Mercer University. Tommy was recognized as Georgia’s top principal by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. In 2018, he was named as one of the nation's top three finalists by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Dr. Welch's experience as a DEIB leader leading, coherence developer, leading systems, Leadership development, community outreach, teacher and student empowerment and curriculum development will lead our efforts to build and sustain systems and practices that foster a culture of belonging for all members of the community. 
  • Adam Nelson ’93, Director of Athletics

    Adam Nelson, class of ’93 alumnus and Olympic gold medalist, has returned to the Riverbank to lead Lovett’s Athletic Department. He comes to Lovett from The D10 in Houston, Texas, “an NFL Combine-style sports competition featuring athletes from around the country raising money for pediatric cancer,” where he served as CFO/COO. Adam attended Dartmouth College as an undergraduate, where he was a four-year letterman in football and track & field and received his Bachelor of Government. In 2008, Adam received his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. In addition to overseeing the daily operations of the department, Adam will work closely with school leadership to position the program for the continued growth of the school’s strong tradition in athletics.
  • Jay Freer '78, Director of Fine Arts

    Jay Freer, a 1978 Lovett graduate, received a bachelor of fine arts degree in acting from The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and was a Kenan Scholarship winner. He has taught and directed more than 78 plays and musicals at Lovett over the last 27 years. He won the Woodward Award for Excellence in teaching in 1992, the Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award in 2006, and accepted the position of Director of Fine Arts in 2007. In 2008, The Charles Loridans Foundation recognized Jay for excellence and leadership in theater education. Professionally, Jay has directed at The Alliance Theater, Aurora Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, and Theatre in the Square, and was also the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Atlanta (ATA).
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