Mary Lou DiBella, Ph.D.
Lou is a lifelong learner who has dedicated 33 years to promoting educational opportunities and educational excellence for children. Her professional passion is working with faculty to facilitate a love of learning so children go forward in the world with competence and confidence.
Lou began her career in the area of special education and specialized in autism and other developmental disabilities. Her early career began at the May Institute where she served as a Coordinator of Language Services and Director of School-based Services and Early Intervention. She was a consultant for 60 school districts, working with faculty and families to address the needs of children birth to 22 years, followed by working as the autism specialist for Springfield Public Schools. For 11 years, Lou served as an elementary principal in Massachusetts. Prior to coming to Westport, she was the principal at the Cabot School in Newton which was recognized as a Massachusetts Commendation School in 2013. In 2016, she moved to Connecticut and became the principal of Kings Highway School where she is pursuing her love of curriculum development and differentiated instruction.
Lou holds a B.A.in Psycholinguistics from Brown University where she was a varsity lacrosse player. She attended the University of Kansas for graduate studies receiving an M.A. in Human Development and Family Life and a Ph.D. in Developmental and Child Psychology. She completed post-doctoral work in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Massachusetts.
When away from work, Lou enjoys spending time traveling with her family, gardening, running and working with rescued dogs. She loves to cook and enjoys preparing meals and eating with friends and families.