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.

Sincerely,

Katherine G. Windsor, Ed.D.
Head of School
60 Main Street
Farmington, CT 06032
860-409-3631

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

Katherine (Kate) G. Windsor, Ed.D., is the 12th head of the 180-year-old Miss Porter’s School (MPS) in Farmington, Connecticut. Since her tenure in 2008, Porter’s has grown to 335 students – two-thirds boarding and one-third day – representing 26 states and 29 countries. At Porter’s, Dr. Windsor is driven to uphold its mission to develop women as leaders who will shape a changing world. Her leadership of an all-girls school is driven by how girls learn, how girls think, and why gender matters. Dr. Windsor believes it is vital to engage in the contributions of all community members as witnessed by curriculum, infrastructure, and programming. 

Kate began her career more than 25 years ago. She is the former head of school at The Sage School (Foxboro, MA) and director of residential life at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland. A career educator, she has served as a lecturer for the Mid-Career doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE). Dr. Windsor is also an executive committee member and instructor at Penn GSE’s Independent School Teaching Residency (ISTR) master’s program. Also known as the Penn Fellows Program, ISTR aims to bring new talent to the teaching profession and to increase the diversity of master-trained educators who work in independent schools.

With board support, Windsor has championed Porter’s focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and restorative justice as a distinct measure toward becoming an anti-racist institution. At MPS, Dr. Windsor has ushered in an era of belonging with actions, policies, and practices implemented to ensure every student, faculty member, and employee feels seen, heard, and valued. She regularly shares how every year is an opportunity for the school to renew itself with each class of incoming students.

Windsor earned her Doctor of Education in Organizational and Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a former Klingenstein Visiting Fellow at Columbia University’s Teachers College. Windsor earned her Master of Arts at the College of Notre Dame and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester. A Maryland native, Dr. Windsor graduated from the Friends School of Baltimore (FSB), where she received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015 and was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame for basketball in 2010. She also serves as a member of the school’s head advisory committee.

Internationally recognized for her scholarship, vision, and expertise in girls’ education, leadership, and development, Dr. Windsor serves as the board chair for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. She is a current and past board member of several other organizations including:  Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Parents League of New York, Park School (Brookline, MA), Sandy Spring Friends School (MD), and SPHERE Consortium of Eastern Connecticut. Windsor is the Commissioner of the Founders League Athletic Conference (CT), a past commission member of The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and an exemplary school leader for the NEASC Student Agency Collaborative Capstone Project. 

Windsor is a well-published, sought-after guest speaker and has presented at several conferences on issues such as girls and women in leadership, becoming an anti-racist academic institution, equity and justice in independent school advancement, and trauma-informed educational practices. She has received several awards over the past 20 years, most recently the Jeff Shields 2022 Award for Innovation and Excellence in Business Practices and the Commission on Independent Schools NEASC 2022 Service Award.

Dr. Windsor lives on the Miss Porter’s School campus with her husband, Dr. Jonas Katkavich. She is the proud mother of two sons, Jack, a Wesleyan University alum, and Mac, a current student at Wesleyan. Both are also graduates of boarding school.

board of trustees

Academic year 2023-2024

Sarah Liu

Sarah Klish Liu '90, Chair

Elizabeth Oneglia

Elizabeth "Liza" Denny Oneglia '95, Vice Chair

Claire Theobald

Claire Theobald '84, Treasurer

Amani Reed, Secretary

Maura Cline

Maura Cline '11

chrissy cox 93

Christina "Chrissy" Cox '93

Mishone Donelson

Mishone Donelson P'23, '25

Clover Drinkwater

Clover Drinkwater '64

althea ducard

Althea Beaton Ducard '88

Sharifah Holder '06

Maureen Hunter 1

Maureen "Mo" Hunter '74

Maura Reilly Kennedy

Maura Reilly Kennedy '97

Mimi Colgate Kirk

Mimi Colgate Kirk '57, GP'26

Lisa Kundstadter

Lisa Kunstadter '70

Cameron Lanphier

Cameron “Cam” Lanphier ’74

May Lee

May H. Lee '84

Ana "Annie" G. Méndez '07

Pat Mueller

Pat Mueller '74

Martha Pomerantz '77

Dominique C Stevens

Dominique Casimir Stevens '95

Janet Macomber Williamson '81

Windsor Kate headshot

Katherine G. Windsor,
Ex-Officio

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