Cheri Lynn Wood, an accomplished leader profoundly committed to the education of young women, has been appointed as the new Head of School for Cornelia Connelly School. Her installation will take place Sept. 20 at 9:25 a.m. on the school campus. The Most Reverend Bishop Timothy Freyer, Auxiliary Bishop of Orange, will be the Presider.
Wood has a deep knowledge of student development, curriculum development, and the business and financial aspects of educational leadership. During her career she has provided students with unique learning opportunities that have challenged, engaged and inspired personal and academic growth.
Wood began her career at Marymount High School, an all-girls independent Catholic school in Los Angeles where she taught chemistry, biology, psychology and dance. She worked at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School where she was the dean of students and a science teacher, as well as at Incarnate Word Academy, where she taught science. She then moved to The Parish School, a Catholic K-8 school in Dana Point, first as the assistant principal and then as principal. For the past 10 years, Wood has been the principal at St. Bernadette School, a Catholic school in Silver Spring, MD.
Wood earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Psychology from Occidental College. She also had the opportunity to take part in the Klingenstein Summer Fellowship in Education Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a Post-Master’s Certificate in School Administration from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She holds the Maryland Department of Education Administration Certification.