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.
  • Marsha Little, Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs

    Marsha began her career working in the undergraduate admissions offices at Vanderbilt University (TN) and Washington University in St. Louis (MO). In 1999, she came to Lovett as a college counselor. After eight years in the college counseling office, including three years as Director of College Counseling, she moved to the upper school office as Dean of Academic Affairs. She served in that role for seven years, before becoming Assistant Head of School in 2014. At Lovett, Marsha has taught English 9, English 9 Honors, and Algebra 1. She has also served as an advisor, honor council sponsor, grade level coordinator, and junior class sponsor (student government).
  • Stewart Lathan, Assistant Head of School for External Affairs

    Stewart joined Lovett in 2015 as Assistant Head of School for External Affairs, responsible for the oversight of communications, development, alumni relations, and the school’s involvement with the Breakthrough Atlanta program. Stewart served as Associate Director of Development for Lovett from '97-'02. Stewart has more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit and independent school worlds, beginning her career at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., followed by a role on the corporate services team for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. She led development programs at Paideia School and two independent schools in England before her position as Head of Development at Atlanta International School from '09-'15. Stewart graduated from The Westminster Schools in Atlanta and earned a B.A. in Art History from Davidson College. She and her husband have three children.
  • Dan Alig, Upper School Principal

    After serving as an admission officer at Emory University, Dan began his independent-school career at St. John's School in Houston, Texas. He spent thirteen years there in a variety of roles: English teacher, college counselor, coach, dean, and department head. In 2013 Dan joined Lovett as the Upper School Principal. Aside from his administrative duties, he advises and teaches senior English and personal finance.
  • Debbie Franks, Middle School Principal

    Debbie serves Lovett as the Middle School Principal and as the Middle School Academic Dean. She has also held the position of Director of Student Activities, Dean of Students, and coach. She received an undergraduate degree in Classics and has a Master's Degree in Educational Administration with focus on Curriculum Development from Old Dominion University. Over her career, Debbie has taught leadership, Latin, English, and Social Studies. Debbie’s teaching experience includes various public and independent schools in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. Her independent school stints were at Marist School and Montgomery Bell Academy.
  • Ashley Marshall, Lower School Principal

    Ashley began her career teaching pre-kindergarten in Boston, Massachusetts. Since Boston, she has taught the span of Lower School grades at the Spence School in New York and served as the Early Childhood Director at the Charlotte Country Day School in North Carolina. In 2015, Ashley joined Lovett as Lower School Principal. At Lovett, she also designs and facilitates Leadership Fellows, a yearlong fellowship for faculty interested in developing leadership skills and mindsets. Ashley received her M.A. in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction from Teachers College, Columbia University and her Ed.M in private school leadership from the Klingenstein Center. 
  • Angie Carrano, Chief Financial Officer

    Angie joined The Lovett School in 2005 and was named Chief Financial Officer after serving as Controller for over a decade. Angie is a Certified Public Accountant and attended the University of Richmond, in Richmond, Virginia, where she received a BS in Accounting. As a third-generation educator, Angie has a passion for providing children an environment that can support their hopes, dreams and intellectual curiosity. Angie is frequently drawn back to her roots in Northeast, Ohio where she remains active with Western Reserve Academy, her high school alma mater, serving for over 10 years on their Alumni Board and most recently on their Board of Visitors. Angie and her husband are proud to be Lovett parents to a daughter in the class of ‘19 and son in the class of ‘23.
  • Janie Coleman Beck, Director of Admission

    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.
  • Steve Brown, Director of Financial Aid and Institutional Research

    Steve has worked with Lovett admissions and financial aid since 2005. He previously served as a math teacher and coach at Lovett from 1993-98. Steve earned his B.S. in Mathematics from Wake Forest University and M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Steve is also a former professional football player in both the National and Canadian Football Leagues, and was an Olympic athlete in the 110-meter high hurdles. Before rejoining the staff at Lovett, he was a sales trader for Wachovia Capital Markets. 
  • Elizabeth Pearce '87, Chief Development Officer

    A native of Atlanta, Elizabeth graduated from The Lovett School, Class of 1987, and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee with a B.A. in Business Administration. She has an M.B.A. from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Lovett, Elizabeth was a consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates for over 16 years. Before joining Coxe Curry & Associates in 2000, Elizabeth worked as a PeopleSoft Project Manager and Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. 
  • Courtney Fowler, Director of Communications and Marketing

    With almost a decade of school communications experience, Courtney joined Lovett's communications and marketing team in December 2015 from a similar role at Atlanta International School. Prior to her work at AIS, she managed corporate communications for Novare Group, an Atlanta-based real estate development firm. Her background also includes advertising agency and client-side experience with international brands such as General Motors, Nabisco and Club Med. Courtney graduated from Washington & Lee University with a degree in Journalism/Mass Communications and Psychology.
  • Steve Franks, Director of Athletics

    A veteran educator with more than 31 years of coaching and athletics administration experience, Steve Franks joined Lovett in 2004. Franks served as associate athletics director and director of operations for the athletics department at Vanderbilt University for 10 years. Prior to his time at Vanderbilt, Franks served as athletics director for The Marist School. Franks was part of state championship seasons as a coach of both football and baseball. He also served as dean of students and was twice named Georgia Baseball Coach of the Year. Franks has a master’s of education in administration and supervision and also holds the designation of Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) from the NIAAA.
  • 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).
  • Ellice Hawkins, Director of Multicultural Programs & Services

    Ellice left the corporate sector and started a career in education in the Office of Student Activities at Morehouse College (GA) where she worked for close to 10 years. She took some time off to raise her family, and in 2005, she came to Lovett as the director of multicultural programs and services where she has been ever since.  At Lovett, Ellice teaches Lovett Life Lesson (LLL) on Diversity, chairs the Diversity Action Committee (DAC), is one of the advisors to the student organization Teens Against Prejudice (TAP) and is the administrative liaison for the Lovett International Alliance (LIA).
  • Lara Kauffman, Director of Alumni Programs

    Lara joined the Alumni Office in 2013, but has been part of the Lovett community since 1999. Prior to accepting the Alumni Director position, she was an assistant athletic director for nine years. In her first five years at Lovett, Lara served as an educational technology teacher. She also led the varsity girls basketball program for six seasons. Before Lovett, Lara worked at Turner Broadcasting System and as a recruiting coordinator and assistant women's basketball coach for Georgia Tech's Athletic Association. She received her B.S. in management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 
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