An independent K-12 school on a beautiful wooded campus, 3 miles from Washington, DC

DEI Leadership Team

The Potomac Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Team is a group of administrators and faculty, representing all four divisions, who meet weekly to ensure that our community is supported. This team partners with other departments to move the DEI work, most notably the Commitments for an Inclusive Culture and Climate, forward. The weekly meetings also provide time for divisional sharing to remove silos and identify any trends that may be emerging across divisions. The members of this team also plan and lead professional development through our Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism (ABAR) workshop series and Cultural Competence Forums (CCF). 

Kim Gayle

Kim Gayle

K-6 Academic Initiatives and Student Support Specialist

David Grant

David Grant

Director of Student Diversity Recruitment and Retention

Sandra Heard

Sandra Heard

Interim Director of Equity and Community Initiatives and Upper School History Teacher

Juna McDaid

Juna McDaid

Assistant Head of School for Academics

Nadia Pardesi

Nadia Pardesi

Grade 2 Teacher and DEI coordinator

Paul Singleton

Paul Singleton

School Counselor (Grades 7-12) and DEI Coordinator

Charaun Wills

Charaun Wills

Upper School Science Teacher and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator

Cultural Competence, a Potomac Life Skill

We believe that culturally competent students will find more success as they navigate an increasingly global and diverse world. Cultural competence curriculum is a K-12 initiative to ensure all students graduate with "the ability to work effectively across differences with curiosity and humility, and without judgment" (Alison Park of Blink Consulting). A team of leaders are guiding the development of integrated K-12 lessons that teach and model cultural competence across all disciplines and grade levels. 

Cultural Competence Curriculum Executive Committee

The executive team meets three times a year to think strategically about long-term goals and to monitor the progress of curriculum development from year to year.

Mary Cahill

Mary Cahill

Intermediate School Academic Dean & Middle and Intermediate School Science Teacher

Annabelle Dunn

Annabelle Dunn

K/1 Reading and Learning Specialist and Lower School Academic Dean

Kim Gayle

Kim Gayle

Grades K-6 CCC Coordinator

K-6 Academic Initiatives and Student Support Specialist

Sandra Heard

Sandra Heard

Grades 7-12 CCC Coordinator

Interim Director of Equity and Community Initiatives and Upper School History Teacher

Juna McDaid

Juna McDaid

Assistant Head of School for Academics

Shefali Sardar

Shefali Sardar

Middle School Academic Dean & Grade 6 Language Arts/Humanities Coordinator & Support Coordinator

Tory Virchow

Tory Virchow

Upper School Director of Curriculum and Academics, Upper School English Teacher and Global Online Education

Cultural Competence Curriculum Division Leaders

The division leaders are integral for implementation of curricula. They work directly with colleagues to ensure that our K-12 curriculum is both comprehensive and integrated. Each division leader also leads cultural competence curriculum workshops for their division. 

Nadia Pardesi

Nadia Pardesi

Grade 2 Teacher

Meredith Brooks

Meredith Brooks

Grade 6 Teacher

Scott Clark

Scott Clark

Intermediate School Mathematics Teacher

Charaun Wills

Charaun Wills

Upper School Science Teacher and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator