Director's Office

Director of Schools Victoria JuedsVictoria Jueds joined the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as director in summer 2021.

Jueds came to Lab from Westtown School, a PK–12 Quaker day and boarding school in Pennsylvania, where she served as head of school from 2017–2021. In addition to leading Westtown’s response to the COVID-19 crisis, Jueds forefronted goals in diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in the creation of a long-range strategic vision for the school, developed and consolidated resources for learning support and mental health, and worked towards three-divisional expansion of program areas including world language and the arts. 

Jueds spent the decade prior at Princeton University in roles focused on students’ residential and academic lives, and taught for several summer sessions at Phillips Exeter Academy and at the George Washington University Law School among other places. Earlier in her career, she worked as an attorney in New York and Washington, D.C., litigating cases involving civil rights and civil liberties issues. 

She earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her AB in history and literature from Harvard College, and as a committed lifelong learner, has enjoyed coursework since then in religion and ancient Greek.

Known among friends and colleagues as Tori, she is an avid practitioner of yoga, a cycling enthusiast, and a classically trained singer with a fondness for early music. Her household consists of a boxer mix named Phoebe and a spooky black cat named Wednesday. Jueds recognizes in Lab the lively spirit of inquiry and intellectual rigor that has greatly enriched her own life, and welcomes conversation with all current and prospective community members about how Lab can support young people as they realize their unique gifts and grow into productive members of a healthy democracy.

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