Natalie Cirigliano Brosnan '02 Ed.D., Head of School
Natalie joined Mercy as Head of School on July 1, 2019. A Burlingame local, she is an alumna and our former Assistant Principal for Student Life. Natalie graduated from UCLA with a degree in Psychobiology, and holds an Ed.D and Master of Arts in Catholic Educational Leadership from the University of San Francisco. After leaving her role in Mercy Administration in 2015, Natalie served as Principal of Holy Name School in San Francisco, where she was the academic and spiritual leader working with the pastor in partnership to increase and encourage the Catholicity within the school and parish community. In 2018 she served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mercy San Francisco and as Co-Interim Head of School in the summer of 2018. Natalie firmly believes in Mercy’s mission, and paying tribute to Catherine McAuley’s vision by infusing the values of the Sisters of Mercy into our curriculum, governance, and culture.
Lauren Conklin, Assistant Head of School for Academics
Lauren joined the Mercy community in 2012 as the English Department Chair and English teacher and was appointed as Assistant Head of School for Academics in June 2014. Lauren has an extensive academic background holding a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University achieving a 4.0 GPA as well as a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Eastern Illinois University. She has had extensive teaching experience in English and Journalism. Lauren has received a number of awards including Outstanding Contributor to Education in 2010, the Ennis Innovator in English Award, she has been a three-time presenter at the National Journalism Education Association, National Conference as well as a presenter at the Midwest AP Conference speaking about “Scaffolding Regular-Level Students to AP Writing. She is a regular attendee of AP and NCTE conferences and in 2014, her senior English class achieved a 100% passage rate on the AP exam. Lauren has also been a freelance journalist, feature writer, and reporter in her hometown state of Illinois. Lauren fulfilled a life-long dream when she was a Freelance Journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Lauren's academic background and achievements provide a strong foundation for her new role as Assistant Principal for Academics at Mercy.
Claire Rietmann-Grout '04, Assistant Head of School for Student Life
Claire joined the Mercy community in 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Activities and Athletics. Clare is a Mercy Alum from the Class of 2004. Claire received her Bachelor of Arts in Sports Studies from Towson University and received her Masters from California State University, Northridge.