The Dean of Students is committed to creating a campus community where both students and adults alike feel respected, safe, and comfortable so they can thrive as individuals here at Madeira.
The Dean of Students Office oversees a variety of aspects of student life. Best known for being responsible for residential life, student activities, student government, and discipline, the DOS maintains overall student safety and conduct. The office works to ensure that all members of the student community are living and functioning in a safe and comfortable environment where they can learn and grow as young women.
Like the other members of the DOS office, the Dean works closely with the three student heads of school: Head of Boarding, Head of Day, and Head of Judiciary. With the Dean of Students, the three heads of school make up the Executive Committee. When student discipline arises, the Executive Committee handles each case individually in a fair and consistent manner.
Ms. Newsome began working at Madeira in 2002. She earned her bachelor's degree in Religion and Afro-American Studies from Princeton University where she graduated Cum Laude and was also awarded the Senior Thesis prize for the Afro-American Studies program. Before coming to Madeira she had a 13-year career with Macy's as a store line executive and taught preschool for a year. She became director of summer and auxiliary programs in 2005 and was named dean of students in 2012. She teaches 9th Grade Public Speaking.
Mr. Southworth came to Madeira in December of 2006. He is a graduate of Kent School, an independent boarding school in Connecticut. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Colgate University. He started at Madeira in the role of assistant director of annual giving. In 2014 he became director of residential life for the Dean of Students Office. Before coming to Madeira he worked for two and a half years on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Christopher Shays. Mr. Southworth also has several family connections to Madeira: both his great-aunt, Elmeda Ansell '21, and his cousin, Tracy Ansell '50, are Madeira alumnae.
Sarah Yarborough earned her B.A. in English Literature and Theatre from Smith College (Northampton, MA) and is a Madeira School alumna, Class of 2009. Previously, Sarah worked in residential life at boarding schools in Maryland, Michigan, and Jeju-do, South Korea. After three summers working for Madeira's Girls First! program, she joined the Dean of Students Office in 2017 as the Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life.