Lent 3: Luis Ottley
Dr. Luis Ottley recently began moved from Atlanta to Minnesota to take on the role of Head of School of St. Paul Academy.
A passionate and transformational leader, Dr. Ottley brings a wealth of experience from multiple independent schools across the country. Dr. Ottley’s inclusive, collaborative approach to leadership has created school environments in which all voices are heard and appreciated. He has led his institutions in connecting to the broader communities in which they operate, enriching the lives of students and those around them. He has long been an advocate for creating a school community that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive so that each member of that community can achieve their full potential.
Dr. Ottley comes to SPA after having served as Head of School at St. Martin’s Episcopal School, a private day school for 650 students in preschool through Grade 8 in suburban Atlanta, since 2017. Previously, he served as Head of School at Marin Horizon School in Mill Valley, CA, for six years. He has led two Middle Schools, serving as Middle School Principal at Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx (NY) and as Middle School Director at University Preparatory Academy in Seattle. He has also held multiple administrative, classroom, and coaching roles at the Shipley School (PA); the Bullis School (MD), and West Nottingham Academy (MD). He holds a B.S. from Allegheny College (PA), a M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University (MD), and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently working towards a Master of Divinity degree from Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CA), and is a candidate for ordination in the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.