Barbara Ostos - Assistant Head of School

At Catlin Gabel we think about how students learn, and we value everyone for being different.”

For Assistant Head of School Barbara Ostos, student success is directly tied to the value the school places equity, diversity, and inclusion. “It’s important that students see themselves in the curriculum,” she says, “and that we are striving to be a microcosm of the real world.” Barbara received an A.B. in Government from Harvard University, her M.A. in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from University of San Diego, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through a joint program between UC San Diego and CSU San Marcos. For nine years she taught Middle School at Francis Parker School in San Diego and was the Middle School Dean of Students.

At Catlin Gabel Barbara served as Middle School Head for seven years. In that role, she has fostered a culture of ongoing improvement through professional feedback-centered reflection and appreciation, introduced Life Skills Programs for whole child education, and shepherded curricular alignment processes between the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. She became Assistant Head of School at Catlin Gabel in 2018.

“An important aspect of our work as an independent school is providing incredibly powerful learning experiences to a wide array of students from different backgrounds.” 

“We’re committed to creating an inclusive learning environment where everyone succeeds.” she has clarified and established consistent support systems for students with learning differences, including across divisions, introduced Life Skills Programs for whole child education, shepherded curricular alignment processes between lower, middle, and upper schools; fostered a culture of ongoing improvement through professional feedback-centered reflection and appreciation; helped to increase Middle School applications by 30% and racial diversity enrollment by 40%; worked with Advancement to partner with donors; and served on the advancement and finance committees of the board.