Welcome to WES! Here we celebrate all the beautiful and diverse identities within our school, and we know that being a part of a richly diverse and inclusive community is essential to growing into kind, confident, and prepared adults. At our school, your child will encounter students and faculty of many ethnicities, religions, nationalities, abilities, and cultures. The families in our community include households with same-gender parents, single parents, godparents, and grandparents. From our youngest learners to our oldest, we are proud to support our students in learning about their own identities, the varied identities that surround them, and the ways they can build a world where all people are understood and respected.
Kristen Tossell Pitts
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Kristen Tossell Pitts has worked in education in varying capacities for over a decade and brings her experience both as an educator and as an organizational leader to this role. She earned her bachelor’s degree and teacher certification through Furman University and her Master of Divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary, where she conducted research in marginalized identity theologies. She coordinates the Faculty and Parent Diversity Committees and works closely with other team members to support our continuing growth in diversity, equity, and inclusion. As a member of the LGBTQ+ and Disability communities, Kristen holds a personal commitment to equity and justice for all people that guides and supports her work within the WES community. She and her wife live in Maryland with their toddler, who they look forward to sending to WES. She and her wife are also active members of Rainbow Families, a local nonprofit serving LGBTQ+ parents, families, and prospective parents.
Washington Episcopal School welcomes and embraces everyone’s unique identity and values individuality within our community. WES nurtures the growth of the whole child and cultivates their cultural proficiency to enter the wider world as a kind, confident, and prepared global citizen.
Knowing that our students’ education depends not only on curriculum and lesson plans but also on who they encounter, WES is committed to a diverse and inclusive community and regularly seeks applicants who will contribute to an environment in which all are valued and supported.