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Every day, The Langley School’s leaders apply their passion and expertise to shaping the exceptional Langley experience for our students and families. We’re proud and honored to introduce you to our leadership team:

Dr. Elinor Scully
Head of School

A nationally recognized expert in childhood and adolescent development, Dr. Scully came to us from the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC, where she served as assistant head of school, director of the Upper School, and then associate head of school before becoming head of The Langley School in July 2013. She began her career in 1991 as a family life education teacher at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA, subsequently taking positions as chair of the Family Life Education Department and associate director of the Upper School before moving to NCS in 2005.

Throughout her career, Dr. Scully’s work has focused intensively on curriculum development, multicultural and sexuality education, parent education, creating an intentionally nurturing school climate, and building leadership within the faculty, staff, and student body. She has consulted with more than 40 independent schools and written for numerous publications on the topics of gender, sexuality education, and social and emotional learning. She currently serves on the Elementary School Heads Association Executive Committee and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools Board of Directors.

Dr. Scully holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.


Phil Petru
Assistant Head of School

Mr. Petru joined The Langley School in 2015, after serving for four years as head of Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, MA. Previously, he served as principal of Memorial Middle School in Medford, NJ, and assistant principal of Carusi Middle School in Cherry Hill, NJ. He also taught social studies and coached soccer at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees, NJ—and both teaching and coaching have remained lifelong priorities.

A renowned expert on curriculum development, Mr. Petru is a sought-after speaker on topics including service learning, strengthening student engagement, and shaping achievement through the school environment. His work at Langley focuses on ensuring rigor and relevance in the curriculum; developing new, student-centered courses promoting leadership, entrepreneurship, and other essential capacities for a global future; and helping build and maintain Langley’s exceptional faculty development programs.

Mr. Petru holds an M.S. in educational leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Wake Forest University.


Rob Kuklewicz, CPA
Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Kuklewicz joined Langley in 2004 as the accounting manager and became our chief financial officer in 2006. Previously, he worked at a national online concierge services company serving multi-national corporations.

Mr. Kuklewicz not only ensures the school’s ongoing financial health, but also manages facilities, transportation, and security. Working closely with building committees, he has seen several ambitious construction projects through to stunning completion, including the Jeffrey J. Sherman Arts Center, the Security and Facilities Gatehouse, the artificial turf field, and—most recently—our state-of-the-art Doris Earl Cottam Middle School building.

He holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business.


Ayesha Flaherty
Head of Enrollment Management & Communications

Mrs. Flaherty combines more than 15 years’ experience in marketing and communications with a lifelong interest in education. She joined Langley in 2014 to lead admissions, communications, and web efforts.

Her work at Langley includes creating new ways to communicate with current parents and the broader community, and developing the current strategic plan, to which she applies an extensive background in change management. But her greatest joy comes from identifying and recruiting students who can truly thrive in Langley’s preschool through grade 8 program.

Born in England and with family spread across the globe, Mrs. Flaherty shares a love of travel with her husband and two young sons. She particularly enjoys cooking and other creative projects.

Mrs. Flaherty received her M.S. from Northwestern University and her B.S. from the University of Virginia.


Leslie Hettinger
Head of Primary School

Ms. Hettinger’s background combines expertise in childhood development with extensive management experience in both education and the corporate world. Before joining Langley in 2008, Ms. Hettinger was executive administrative director and head of school at Village Green Day School at Lowes Island, having previously worked as a personnel manager for large- and medium-sized corporations.

At Langley, Ms. Hettinger delights in working with our youngest students, their families, and the Primary School faculty to craft the most effective learning experiences for each child. She employs deep knowledge of assessment tools that reveal critical details about children’s developmental ages as related to their chronological age, creating an attentive, joyful, and child-centered environment.

Born in Baltimore, MD, Ms. Hettinger enjoys crab feasts and family vacations on the Eastern Shore. She is the proud mother of a Langley graduate.

Ms. Hettinger holds an M.Ed. from George Mason University and a B.A. from Clemson University.


Peggy Laurent
Head of Lower School

A deeply committed, lifelong educator, Mrs. Laurent offers Langley wide-ranging experience in both the independent and public school systems. Coming to Langley in 2007, she previously served as associate director of admission and director of special and summer programs at Flint Hill School in Oakton, VA.

Mrs. Laurent has taught extensively in grades 3 through 7, including science and math in the City of Alexandria’s Gifted and Talented Program and also in Fairfax County Public Schools’ Japanese Immersion Program. She has led programs promoting diversity and inclusion throughout school communities. She particularly loves developing curriculum and programs that foster intellectual curiosity and the creative process to nourish young children’s interest and skills in STEAM subjects—science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

A former jewelry and clothing designer, Mrs. Laurent once owned a wearable art business.

She holds an M.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Wellesley College.


Ryan Jefferson
Head of Middle School

Mr. Jefferson became head of the Middle School in 2014. He first joined Langley in the summer of 2010 as the director of student life, coordinating schoolwide service learning projects, organizing school assemblies, and managing the Middle School advisory program. Mr. Jefferson previously taught social studies at the Westchester Country Day School, where he also coached athletics.

Now overseeing every aspect of Langley’s Middle School, Mr. Jefferson especially enjoys directing the outplacement program for rising eighth-graders. Helping students and their families research and select high schools, carefully assisting each student through the application process, advocating for every student with area admission directors, and then seeing proud, excited students move on to their best-fit high school is a thrill that few other school administrators get to experience.

Mr. Jefferson originally hails from outside of Philadelphia, and remains an avid Philadelphia sports fan. His athletic spirit started in his early education days as a beloved coach of boys’ and girls’ basketball, varsity track and field, and varsity baseball.

He received his B.A. from Temple University and his M.Ed. from Arizona State University.


Jinene Christian
Head of Development

Joining Langley in 2015, Ms. Christian brings an impressive array of experience, having served in development roles at The Potomac School, The Holton-Arms School, The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Health Museum.

Ms. Christian’s favorite parts of the job include building one-on-one relationships with donors and volunteers, and successfully matching donors’ interests with existing or new opportunities. She brings deep expertise in annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, and legacy giving programs and delves deeply into the research and strategic planning aspects of her work.

Ms. Christian earned her M.A. from George Washington University and her B.A. from Gettysburg College.

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