Head of School Media Resources

Dr. Mary T. Ortiz first joined the Oakcrest faculty as an English teacher and Assistant Head of School in 2009. She became Head of School in 2012, bringing to Oakcrest her love of literature and the humanities, and experience and commitment to the education of young women. We are sharing her wisdom through articles, blogs and remarks.  Enjoy!
Dr. Ortiz holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from New York University, and a B.A. in English and German from Bowdoin College.  She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While completing her doctorate, she taught writing and composition at NYU, and began a 15-year career of developing supplementary educational programs for girls throughout the U.S. Working collaboratively with educators and parents, she coordinated the creation and growth of programs that develop the whole person: camps, service projects, cultural and leadership programs, all of which offer spiritual formation through the Prelature of Opus Dei.

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  • Seven Questions You Should Ask when Choosing Your Daughter’s School

    Mary T. Ortiz, PhD, Head of Oakcrest School

    In this extraordinary time, as the education of young people that normally takes place in school buildings has moved into homes, it is easier to appreciate the deeper meaning of the things we may have been taking for granted.  


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  • Cultivating the Education of Young Women

    Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D.

    My introduction to heirloom flowers came from a visit I made to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, several years ago. It was a beautiful, warm June day and we found ourselves in the garden and took the garden tour.
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  • Speaking the Truth in Love

    Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D., Head of Oakcrest School

    I would like to share what I have learned about the art of speaking the truth in love to the young people God has entrusted to us at our school, and its crucial place in their growth.
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  • Work as a Gift

    Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D. 

    How do we approach the challenges we find in work, whether in the office or study?  
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  • Putting People First: The Art of Friendship

    Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D., Head of Oakcrest School

    Our personal happiness does not depend on the successes we achieve, but rather on the love we receive and the love we give.”1

    “Friendship multiplies our joys and offers comfort in our sorrows.”
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    I would like to share with you some thoughts on an outlook that the leadership of our school considers an important goal:
    placing greater emphasis on people before tasks so that everything we do is imbued with possibilities to develop relationships and authentic friendship. 
     
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  • A Woman's Choice for Life, Morality and Justice

    Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D. 
    Keynote Address for A Woman's Choice
    Advocates for Life Dinner 

     
    I am honored and grateful to have been invited to address you. Thank you for supporting the generous and needed work that A Woman's Choice does on behalf of mothers and children. We have been introduced in these last months to a distinction between essential and non-essential work; while this may apply to functions and tasks at a particular time, and even this is debatable, it can never apply to human life. 
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  • Leading with Calm When the Seas Are Rough

    Mary T. Ortiz, Ph.D.
    Head of Oakcrest School

    Parents and educators have been sent into unstable, high seas due to the Covid-19 quarantine.  However, in order for us to be effective leaders in this situation, maintaining calm is essential.
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  • Positive Lessons from a Year with COVID

    Selected remarks by Mary T. Ortiz from a Head of School Coffee 


    I'd like to share a couple lessons that I thought would be helpful as we've been living in this unique time in our country's history. There are positive lessons that have come from quarantine that are very helpful in our educational work with young women.
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2021 Commencement Remarks

Coffee with the Head of School

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