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Meet Our Head of School

Mrs. Doreen Kelly leads the leadership team of Ravenscroft and has been Head of School since July 2003. She joined the Ravenscroft faculty in July 1999 as the director of the Lower School. Mrs. Kelly is a Board Certified (BCC) Executive Leadership Coach.

Mrs. Kelly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in Education. She also studied for two years at Villanova University.

Prior to joining Ravenscroft, she served as Upper School Director of Studies, Head of Middle School, English teacher and volleyball coach over a 10-year career at Trinity-Pawling School, an all-boys boarding/day school in Pawling, New York. Prior to her responsibilities at Trinity-Pawling School, she taught English as a Second Language for two years at D'Education Populaire, France.


  • Trustee, NCAIS
  • Faculty, NAIS Institute for New Heads
  • Mentor, NAIS Aspiring Heads Program
  • Member and Chair, SAIS Evaluation Teams
  • Member, Southern Headmasters' Association
  • Trustee, Spoleto Study Abroad
  • Trustee, Note in the Pocket (a nonprofit organization providing clothing and dignity to impoverished and homeless children in Wake County)

Prior Memberships:

  • Trustee, SAIS Accreditation Committee
  • Faculty, SAIS New Teacher Institute
  • District Leader, The Heads Network (founded as National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls, which includes coed schools)
  • Faculty member, Administrative Leadership Seminar for Women

Mrs. Kelly and her husband, Chris, have three children, all Ravenscroft alumni. Their daughter, Erin '15, attends Elon University and plays volleyball. Their son Sean '11 serves as a media coach for The Social Institute and is married to Melis Tanik Kelly '10. Ryan '09, a professional basketball player, and his wife Lindsay Cowher Kelly '09 live around the world with their three children. Doreen and Chris Kelly reside on campus.