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A Message from the Head of School

Since 1843, Miss Porter’s School has partnered tradition with innovation to provide a superior education to young women.

Miss Porter’s School advocates intellectual curiosity, champions personal excellence, and prioritizes the relationships between students, faculty and Ancients. Our community of scholars, artists, athletes and friends flourishes within an environment of mutual respect, understanding and encouragement.

Sarah Porter said of her students, “They came as girls; they left as women.” The same is true of today’s Porter’s students. Inspired by our legacy and bound together by their experiences in Farmington, our accomplished alumnae shape a changing world.

I invite you to visit campus to meet the bold, resourceful, ethical global citizens that comprise our student body and to experience the Miss Porter’s School of today. I look forward to welcoming you.



Katherine G. Windsor, Ed.D.
Head of School

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Katherine G. Windsor, Ed.D.
Head of School
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Dr. Katherine G. Windsor
Head of Miss Porter’s School

Katherine G. Windsor is the 12th Head of Miss Porter’s School. Prior to her tenure at Miss Porter’s School, she served as the head of The Sage School in Foxboro, Mass. Dr. Windsor earned her Doctor of Education degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Klingenstein Visiting Fellow at Columbia University. Her undergraduate and graduate studies were completed at the University of Rochester and the College of Notre Dame. She serves as the board chair of The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, and on the boards of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges: Commission on Independent Schools, the Student Participatory Action Research Collaborative and The Parents League of New York. She also serves on the University of Pennsylvania Executive Committee for the Independent School Residency Program and is an instructor of master’s and doctoral students with a focus on the intersection of identity theory and organizational behavior also at UPenn. Dr. Windsor is a frequent lecturer on leadership and single-sex education. Her body of work includes presenting at NYU’s conference, Educating the 21st Century Child and at the 32nd Annual Ethnographic in Education Research Forum on the topic of Practitioner Research: Leadership and the Practice(s) of Inquiry, and extensive research on how adolescent girls define success. Most recently she has presented at the NEASC Virtual Global Forum: Boarding schools: Ideas and innovations for reopening safely and at the Parents League of New York: What are Boarding Schools Really Like?

She and her husband, Dr. Jonas F. Katkavich, live in Farmington, Connecticut and are the parents of two sons, both of whom have attended boarding school. Jack attended Taft and Phillips Academy Andover and is a 2017 graduate of Wesleyan University. Henry “Mac,” is a rising Senior at Phillips Academy Andover.

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