Karlyn McNall

Assistant Head of School
Administration, Head's Office

Karlyn joined the Middlesex faculty in 1994 from New Hampton School, where she chaired the history department, headed a dorm, and coached girls’ varsity soccer and basketball. In the years since, she has continued to teach history, also coaching girls’ varsity soccer and basketball for many seasons and leading LeBaron Briggs House and Higginson House for more than 20 years. Moving into a more administrative role in 2003, Karlyn first served as the director of studies before becoming the dean of academic affairs in 2005. She was named the assistant head for faculty and academic affairs in 2016 and became the assistant head of school in 2020. The first recipient of the Harrison S. Kravis Memorial Chair, Karlyn was appointed to the David F. and Judith W. Sheldon Chair in 2018. She is a graduate of Williams College, where she captained the basketball team and received honors in history and psychology, and later earned her M.Ed. at Harvard. Karlyn lives on campus with her family.