Carol A. Swainson brings over 25 years of experience as an educator and administrative leader at a broad range of independent schools including Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., Head-­Royce School in Oakland, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, St James’ Episcopal School in Los Angeles and most recently at Bentley School in Oakland as Head of K-­8. Throughout her career, Carol has been an advocate for experiential, international, and arts education; has overseen significant school growth and construction efforts; has championed sustainability, diversity, equity, and social justice; and has been a trailblazer in curriculum development, leading the way for the integration of technology and twenty-­first century teaching and learning initiatives. A globalist at heart, Carol is fluent in French and Spanish and has also studied Italian and Arabic. She is also an amateur oboist and composer, having produced original works for theatrical and performance art shows and art installations. She resides in Oakland with her husband artist Stevens Jay Carter. Together, they advocate for the arts as a way to cultivate social change and to promote peace, harmony, and well-­being.

Carol A. Swainson Head of School

Carol A. Swainson
Head of School