Lucinda Lee Katz, Ph.D., Head of School, Marin Country Day School

Recognized as a leader in the field of education, Dr. Lucinda Lee Katz currently serves as the Head of Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, California. Prior to her work at MCDS she worked with Mayor Daley in Chicago as the Chief Education Officer, and served as Director and Principal of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools from 1986 to 2002.

Lucinda began her career with the National Teacher Corps Program working with low-income schools in San Francisco. She taught in the San Francisco Public Schools as the first Chinese bilingual bicultural teacher from 1968 to 1972. As a professor and lecturer at Erikson Institute, University of Illinois, and the University of Chicago for 25 years, Lucinda completed research and writings in mathematics teaching and learning, curriculum development, and family and cultural studies. She serves on many education-related and cultural boards and has been a keynote and panelist speaker for many organizations, including multiple guest appearances on Oprah. She also wrote and consulted on three films:  There’s Math in Deviled Eggs, Respecting Diversity in the Classroom, and a PBS special, Boys Will Be Men.

Lucinda obtained her B.A. in Creative Arts-Music and her M.A. in Elementary Education from San Francisco State, and her Ph.D. in Child Development and Early Childhood Education from University of Illinois-Urbana. Her two children, Shira and David, currently work in public service fields.