Head of School

Michelle-Parker-cropLetter from the Head of School:

Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting the Seneca Academy website. We welcome prospective students, parents, teachers and others to explore our programs, philosophy, and goals.

I hope you get a sense of our dynamic learning opportunities, beautiful building and campus, and energetic students. This year we have approximately 200 students in preschool through 5th grade. They represent the diverse population of our area and live in the surrounding communities of Clarksburg, Boyds, Poolesville, Gaithersburg, Germantown, North Potomac, Bethesda, and Rockville as well as Darnestown. When you visit our campus you will see how engaged our students are on a daily basis in their learning activities and the strong positive sense of friendly community that permeates our environment.

I therefore encourage you to come by for a visit.  Here you will see children and adults working together on projects and activities that allow students to explore, create, and question concepts while giving them a strong foundation of basic knowledge. You will see evidence of transdisciplinary learning on our walls, tables and bulletin boards as you observe our writing, drawings and projects. You will observe the products of our extension curricula as you survey the variety of artwork displayed, see the creative team-building games being played in P.E., and hear our students speak Spanish, sing in choir and play in band. During your visit we will show you our National Wildlife Certified Schoolyard Habitat, 6 ½ acres of “outdoor classroom.” Throughout our school you will see considerate, thoughtful children meeting behavioral expectations because they are explicitly taught how to follow directions, interact socially, and become independent.

Our faculty/staff is an amazing group of engaged, energetic and dedicated people focused on best practices in education. They are the backbone of the school and are incredibly well educated and experienced. Please visit our staff page to see their credentials. Most importantly they are role models as life long learners as they are continually expanding their knowledge. I am privileged to be working with them.

Seneca Academy has been called the “hidden gem of Montgomery County.” I invite you all to come and find us!

I look forward to meeting you and your family.


Dr. Michelle Parker mparker@senecaacademy.org


Dr. Parker came to Seneca Academy in July 2016, and has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has previous experience in a variety of educational leadership and counseling roles with preschool through college-age students, most recently as the Coordinator of Counseling Services at the Sidwell Friends School.  Dr. Parker is passionate about understanding the role that schools play as “part of the village” in raising children. She speaks frequently to area parents and schools on a wide range of topics, including “Parenting in the Digital Age” and “The Neuroscience of Learning.” Dr. Parker has three college-age children and lives with her husband in Washington D.C.