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.
Mrs. Zahradnik began teaching at Madeira in 2010. She earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Boston University and in English Language/Literature from the University of Maryland, and a master's degree in Secondary Education in English from the University of Maryland. She became the Dean of Students in 2019.
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.
Angela Pubal joins the Madeira School community as the Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Life. Previously, Ms. Pubal was the Marketing Manager at the American Association of Political Consultants for 3 years. She is the current, second-year, Varsity Volleyball Coach and Program Manager at McLean High School, and coaches with Virginia Elite Volleyball Club during the high school off-season. Ms. Pubal graduated Summa Cum Laude in 3 years from West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. She was selected as a Phi Beta Kappa member in her final year at WVU. In her free time, Ms. Pubal is an avid traveler and she loves to play volleyball.