Head of School
Mr. Gareth Vaughan began his tenure as Park Tudor School’s eighth head of school on June 1, 2017. As Head of School for eight years at Indian Springs School in Birmingham, Alabama, Gareth helped the school achieve maximum enrollment and oversaw two strategic plans and two accreditations. He also led the school’s largest-ever capital campaign, a $20 million effort that enabled the school to build new, nationally recognized facilities.
Before taking on the Headship at Indian Springs, Gareth enjoyed a long tenure at Washington International School (WIS) in Washington, D.C. He began as a science teacher and was steadily promoted at the school, first becoming Dean of Students and then Upper School Head, a position he held for 12 years. Before starting at WIS, Gareth was the Alumni Network Secretary and Alumni Organizer for the United World College of the Atlantic in Wales. Gareth was an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University's Teacher Certification Program for International School teachers and an instructor in the Visual Arts in the Community Outreach Program at the Corcoran School of Art. Gareth has worked with Teach for America, Breakthrough Collaborative, and Higher Academics Summer School, all with an eye toward supporting students from under-resourced communities.
As an undergraduate, Gareth studied biology at the University of York before earning a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of London. He also holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy with an emphasis on Environment and Resource Management from George Washington University, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University. He is a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom.
Dr. Hart joined the Park Tudor faculty in 2004 as the 8th grade Middle School English teacher and Department Chair. She has years of experience teaching grades 6-8 in Washington Township—including many honors, gifted, and talented courses. Dr. Hart has successfully completed internships in leadership, served on curriculum development committees, and gone through extensive training in the teaching of writing. She has served as an administrator of a private Christian school in Indianapolis, where she was able to lay the early foundation for admissions and testing, professional development, and curriculum and instruction. Dr. Hart has a passion for teaching and learning, meeting the needs of all students, working towards an equitable and inclusive environment, and developing strong relationships with families. Prior to her current role as Associate Head of School, she served as Director of the Middle School and Director of Admissions. Dr. Hart currently oversees the daily operations of the school. She holds a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from Vanderbilt University.
A Park Tudor alumna, Kelly joined the Development Office in 2018 after serving as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer for The Cabaret, a nonprofit arts organization. At The Cabaret, Kelly significantly increased both individual giving and sponsorships, and successfully led a capital campaign to fund the construction of the organization’s first dedicated performance space. Prior to joining The Cabaret, Kelly was the Director of Development, Endowment, Major Gifts and Planned Giving at the Indianapolis Art Center, and also served as Planned and Major Gifts Officer for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. She has been active in the Park Tudor and Indianapolis communities, as a member of the Park Tudor Alumni Board, the Junior League of Indianapolis Board of Directors, the Board of Trustees for St. Richard’s School, and the Lacy Leadership Association among other civic affiliations.
Brent Kaneft is in his second year at Park Tudor School. He has led workshops on Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) research for the last three years. As the Director for Curriculum and Instruction at Park Tudor, he is responsible for training the faculty in MBE-informed classroom strategies that improve learning. Currently, and in partnership with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, Brent is working on designing MBE workshops hosted by Park Tudor to serve teachers in the Midwest who are interested in learning how this research can immediately improve the learning in their classrooms. Brent has taught English since 2006 and received his MA in Literature from James Madison University in 2010. He formerly served as the Chair of the English Department at Christ School in Asheville, NC. Brent came to Indianapolis in 2018 and lives in Irvington with his wife and three daughters.
Ms. McGonagle began teaching at Park Tudor in 1997 in the Hilbert Early Education Center and the Lower School. In 2010, she became Director of Summer Programs, enhancing and expanding the program to provide enrichment at each age level. She served as Assistant Director of the Lower School from 2012-2014 before being named Director of the Lower School. She oversees all curriculum and programs in JK, SK, and grades 1-5.
Ken was the Head of the Middle School at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN before joining Park Tudor. During his time there, Ken led many successful initiatives, including launching a Writers Workshop, Singapore Math, Facing History and a wellness program. He also developed a Middle School community service program, revised and improved the Advisory Program, and co-authored a K-12 Crisis Management plan.
Mrs. Webster began her teaching career locally at Northwest High School where she taught Algebra in a freshmen learning community. There, Sarah coached girls varsity tennis and served as a class sponsor. Since joining the Park Tudor faculty in 2001, Sarah has taught a variety of courses in the math department including Algebra and Calculus. During her tenure at Park Tudor, Sarah served as the Math Department Chair before transitioning to the role of Assistant Upper School Director. Sarah currently sits on the Academic Affairs, Diversity, and Community Engagement Committees.
JR came to Park Tudor from Lawrence Central High School, where he served as Assistant Principal for six years and taught English. He has also taught English at Fishers High School, Lawrence North High School, Emmerich Manual High School, Elkhart Central High School and Arsenal Technical High School. JR also coached boys basketball at these schools. He played on the basketball team for the Indiana State University Sycamores.
A graduate of Park Tudor, Lara most recently was Principal of St. John Vianney School in Flint, Michigan, where she implemented reading and writing workshops to increase student literacy and support student growth in ACT ASPIRE testing. She also implemented a new math curriculum, improving test scores on STAR math test. Prior to becoming principal, Lara was Middle School Math and Reading Teacher, All School Technology Teacher, and Primary Spanish Teacher at St. John Vianney for 16 years. In addition, she served as Co-Director of Student Life and International Liaison for Culver Summer Schools and Camps from 2008-2012.