Before coming to Oakcrest, Mrs. Keuchel earned B.S. degrees in English and Secondary Education from Suffolk University, an M.Ed. in Educational Administration from St. John Fisher College, and a New York State Teacher Certification. While in college, she met Ellen Cavanagh, who would go on to serve as Oakcrest’s Head of School. After earning her M.Ed. and working in a variety of positions, Mrs. Keuchel took a job at Oakcrest offered to her by Ms. Cavanagh. “Oakcrest really impressed me with the dedication of its staff, the commitment of the school to mold girls into young women of virtue who positively impact their families and communities, and the joy and warmth of the school environment,” she says.
Mrs. Keuchel has served as Dean of Students, Director of Student Life, Director of Middle and Upper School, and taught sixth grade theology. In her current position as Associate Head of School - Students, her work is in the service of students and the student experience at Oakcrest. Her many duties include planning school events, helping map out Oakcrest’s entire calendar year, and planning field trips, bonding trips, and leadership workshops. This year she has the exciting job of coordinating Oakcrest’s role leading the 47th Annual March for Life in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Keuchel loves making connections with students and watching them grow over the years. She also enjoys brainstorming new ideas for how to improve students’ experience at Oakcrest and seeing those ideas come to fruition. One such idea she mentions is Oakcrest’s annual summer fair, which is an opportunity for students to get a headstart on their summer plans and explore different options for programs, camps, and internships.
Among her many projects, Mrs. Keuchel particularly looks forward to this semester’s Leadership Workshop with author, hiker, and adventurer Jennifer Pharr Davis, who will speak to students about overcoming challenges. Mrs. Keuchel notes, “Mrs. Pharr Davis has an incredible experience to share with our students about how to live challenges with joy and take on healthy risks, be vulnerable in order to grow and discover new things about herself.”
Mrs. Keuchel says that her favorite aspects of Oakcrest include, “the students, parents, faculty and staff. [I love] the hope and joy that their lives bring to many people just by being a part of this school with strong roots and vibrant traditions.”
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach, skiing with her husband, Frank, and reading.