Faculty & Staff Directory

Leadership Team

Ms. Margaret Steele

Head of School
BA, Yale University
MEd, Lesley University

Ms. Steele became a teacher to accompany children as they navigate developmental stages and discover who they are as people and learners. She most loves those opportunities to connect individually with students, whether through a moment of laughter or a serious conversation. At Woodlands, she finds great joy in watching girls grow into young women, make decisions, and find their voices. Ms. Steele has been at Woodlands since 2015.

Mrs. Christine Schmidt

Associate Head for Academics and Student Life
BA, Northern Illinois University

Mrs. Schmidt has held several positions through her years at Woodlands including social studies teacher, dean of students, director of student services, and currently principal. She works closely with the students as she oversees all aspects of student development outside of the classroom. Mrs. Schmidt especially loves co-directing the advisory program. Mrs. Schmidt strongly believes in single gender education and in the Sacred Heart mission. She has been at Woodlands since 1990.

Mrs. Tami Rocha

Class of 1980
Associate Head for Institutional Advancement
Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart
Barat College

Mrs. Tami Hoekstra Rocha ’80 has firsthand experience of the transformative power of Woodlands’ Sacred Heart education as an alumna and past parent. She finds her work at Woodlands deeply satisfying because it helps her to promote the school’s mission of educating students to bring positive change in the world. Her favorite moment each year are reunion—welcoming alumnae near and far home to campus—and graduation, launching the newest class onto their next chapter. In addition to her years at Woodlands, Mrs. Rocha also has experience in consumer product businesses. She has been at Woodlands full time since 2009.

Mrs. Alexandra Maegdlin

Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
BA, Denison University
MS, Northwestern University

Mrs. Maegdlin believes in the transformative power of an all-girls education for young women. She has worked in the Communications role for two other independent secondary schools as well as leading the marketing, communications, and public relations efforts for countless clients during her time in an agency. Mrs. Maegdlin most loves that Woodlands helps each girl find and develop her own voice and explore the unique talents she alone has to offer this world. She also feels deeply connected to the mission of Sacred Heart and the atmosphere it creates. Mrs. Maegdlin has been at Woodlands since 2016.

Mrs. Elizabeth Maher

Chief Finance and Resource Officer
BS, Marquette University
MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management

Mrs. Maher spent many years in the private sector working in accounting for small to medium size businesses. She brings that vast skill set to her work at Woodlands. Mrs. Maher came to Woodlands because she was impressed with the school’s mission and reputation. Her favorite Woodlands tradition is the annual Christmas concert where the members of the choir sing by candlelight. She finds culture of the school to be one of support and warmth. Mrs. Maher has worked at Woodlands since 2017.


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