Chelle Wabrek Named Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs

Dear Lovett Community:

I am delighted to share the news that Chelle Wabrek has accepted our offer to become Lovett’s new Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs and will assume her new role on July 1.

A twenty-five-year veteran of independent schools both as a teacher and administrator, Chelle currently serves as Head of Middle School at the Episcopal School of Dallas. 

Chelle’s appointment is the result of a months-long nationwide search conducted by our human resources department in conjunction with The Finney Search Group, a nationally recognized firm specializing in the educational field. A number of stakeholders across our community took part in the vetting and interview process, during which Chelle emerged as the clear frontrunner of a group of truly excellent and well-qualified candidates. One interview panelist remarked, “It is evident that she has the whole child in mind and that she values understanding of brain development and its effects on learning.”

Chelle’s tenure at ESD, both as Head of Middle School and Head of Lower School, has been marked by significant achievement. Chelle’s work has included training faculty to use best practices to challenge students every day while also encouraging them to provide opportunities for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Her work designing “one-campus initiatives” has laid the foundation for both the emotional and intellectual merging of divisional cultures required for singular success. Prior to joining ESDChelle 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. Chelle also held administrative and teaching roles at Metairie Park Country Day School (LA) and other schools in New Orleans. Her extensive experience with curriculum design, team building, program oversight, and teaching experience in lower, middle and upper school equip her with a valuable skill set and perspective. 

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. She and her husband, Chad (currently the Athletics Director at Greenhill School in Dallas), have three sons.

Having worked closely with Chelle for five years at ESD, I have no doubt that she has both the breadth of experience and the vision needed to inspire and lead our Academic Affairs team. She is intelligent, enthusiastic and committed, and I know she will be a fantastic addition to our faculty and campus life here at Lovett

I want to once again express my gratitude to Marsha Little, our outgoing Assistant Head, for her support this year as well as the work she is already doing to ensure a smooth transition for Chelle this summer.

Sincerely,

Meredyth Cole
Head of School
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