Head of School

Welcome from the Catherine M. Rose Head of School 

For 70 years, Lamplighter has fulfilled its legacy as one of the premier early childhood and elementary schools in Dallas.

Founded in 1953 on the principles of collaborative hands-on lessons, respect for self and others, shared values, and meaningful traditions, The Lamplighter School embodies generations committed to a lifetime of learning.

When you visit the campus, you will see for yourself that Lamplighter is a vibrant and dynamic school. Informed by a rich history, we are decidedly innovative and creative in our approach as we invite each child to fully engage in the wonder and joy of learning.

You’re also sure to notice the expertise of the Lamplighter faculty and staff shining through as they inspire each student to explore, discover, take risks, and make their own unique choices of self-expression. Lamplighter offers diverse and engaging possibilities for learning. Whether students are involved in creating a Farmer's Market, planting vegetables in the gardens, caring for the chickens, learning to read, or experimenting with computer coding, it is our belief that opportunities to select and follow one’s passion create independent and responsible students that create success far beyond the fourth grade.

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about Lamplighter and welcome you to browse our website and visit our campus to see first-hand how curiosity and discovery are wrapped in the wonder of childhood.

In Lamplighter Spirit,

Joan Buchanan Hill, Ed. D.
Catherine M. Rose Head of School 

Joan Buchanan Hill, Ed.D.

Dr. Joan Buchanan Hill is serving in her 13th year as Head of School at The Lamplighter School in Dallas, Texas. Her commitment to excellence in teaching and learning for the youngest of students is central to her educational philosophy. Dr. Hill’s leadership reflects her belief in the importance of advocacy for students and independent school education. Her dedication to innovative and inclusive learning is evident throughout Lamplighter’s nationally-recognized childhood education faculty and programs.

Prior to her position at Lamplighter, Dr. Hill served as Lower School Head at Columbus School for Girls in Columbus, Ohio. She also taught at Hawken School and University School in the Cleveland area. She holds a doctorate in Education with an emphasis on Organizational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from John Carroll University, and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communications with minors in management and marketing from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Dr. Hill and her husband have two adult children and one grandchild. 

University of Pennsylvania, Doctorate in Education, with emphasis on Organizational Leadership

John Carroll University, Master’s degree in Educational Leadership

Ohio University, Bachelor's degree in Organizational Communications, with minors in management and marketing