Head of School
Dr. Michael B. Roberts has spent over 30 years in education. He has served as a teacher, program director, and curriculum director. In 1988, Dr. Roberts was named Head of School at Topeka Collegiate School, a pre-college preparatory school for junior kindergarten through eighth grade in Topeka, Kansas. During his tenure, TCS saw its enrollment grow from 87 to 291. Due to his exceptional record and passion for learning, Dr. Roberts was named Head of School at Catherine Cook in July 2005.
Dr. Roberts is regarded as a leader in his field with a number of independent school associations, including ISACS, NAIS, ESHA, and LMAIS. He has led strategic planning and diversity workshops for independent school boards and has served on the boards of a number of non-profit organizations. He has served as both member and chair of the Evaluation Review Committee for ISACS and as a Visiting Team Leader for several schools across the Midwest. In addition, he currently serves as President of the Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS). Dr. Roberts holds a bachelor's degree from Central Methodist College and a master's and doctorate in education from Washington University in St. Louis.
A Message from Head of School
Dr. Michael B. Roberts
Now in my eleventh year of service to the school, I am witnessing the future of Catherine Cook and the future of education coming together at an exciting intersection. Providing current century tools for learning, having inspired and dedicated teachers, and teaching to individual student strengths is producing confident and successful future leaders.
Armed with talented teachers and administrators, supportive parents, and a hardworking Board of Trustees, I am eager to embrace the future, appreciate the successes, and work diligently on any challenges that lie ahead. What more important work is there than building a firm foundation for the future of our children?
I welcome you to explore this vibrant learning community, where our students acquire the tools and skills they need to graduate as compassionate and forward-looking young adults.