Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin
Headmistress, Louise S. McGehee School
In November 2018, McGehee’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Kimberly Field-Marvin as the 12th Headmistress of McGehee. Kim and her husband Mike relocated to New Orleans in June and Kim officially began her role as Headmistress on July 1st.
A gifted, natural born leader, Kim has enjoyed an amazing education. Her early professional work was at the Maple Street School in Vermont where she was a founder, a teacher and counselor. Kim was an integral part of the founding group of parents and worked tirelessly to build its programs. By the time Kim was ready to pursue more administrative responsibilities, she had made an indelible mark on the school. Kim has also served as a NAIS Aspiring Heads Fellow. Since 2010, Kim has worked at the prestigious all girls’ Marymount School of New York, first as a senior administrator and the Director of Communications, next as the division head of their Upper Middle School. She is a mentor in the New York State Association of Independent Schools’ (NYSAIS) Emerging Leaders Institute (ELI) and was a steering committee member for the NYSAIS self-study and accreditation.
Kim has a stellar academic background. She earned her Master of Arts at Middlebury’s prestigious Bread Loaf School of English as well as a Masters of Arts in Education from Castleton State College. In addition to two masters degrees, she recently earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the highly esteemed University of Pennsylvania, while working full-time. Her dissertation topic was, The Making of Me: Exploring How Early Adolescent Girls Experience Agency in an Engaging, Student-Directed Learning Environment.
In accepting this position, Kim reflected, “I recognize and admire the extraordinary programs at McGehee that empower young women to pursue their passions as they develop and practice their leadership skills. Particularly striking is the grace with which the school tends to the variety of needs of each of its girls. It’s clear that the learning environment and culture at McGehee encourages each girl to find her voice and work to understand multiple perspectives. After spending time on McGehee’s campus with faculty, administrators, staff, students, parents and alumnae, I experienced the heartbeat of McGehee and knew it was home for me. What a happy, vibrant school -- I am thrilled and honored to be leading McGehee.”