Lou Salza


former Head of School, Lawrence School

Lou is the former Head of School at Lawrence School in Northeast Ohio. Lawrence School serves students with language-based learning differences and attention deficit disorders in grades K-12. The school has two campus locations in Broadview Heights (grades K-6) and Sagamore Hills (grades 7-12). Prior to joining Lawrence School in July of 2007, Lou served for 11 years as Head of School for ASSETS School for Gifted, Dyslexic and Gifted-Dyslexic students in Honolulu. For eight years prior to that, Lou was the Assistant Principal of the Hamilton Wenham Regional High School. He also served in various positions over 13 years at Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts. Lou currently serves as a trustee for the Ohio Association of Independent Schools, and the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools. He also served as treasurer of the National Association of Independent Schools (2003-2013), president of the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools (2002-2007), and president of the Learning Disabilities Network in Hingham, Massachusetts (1990-1996). Lou also served on the boards of the Harvard Principals‚ Center (2007-11) and the Glen Urquhart School (1983-1986), and was educational consultant to the School Function Program at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Department of Ambulatory Pediatrics (1981-1983). Lou holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts and Master’s Degree from Harvard University. Lou and his wife, Dell, have two grown daughters who live in NYC and Washington, D.C. When the girls were in their teens, they traveled as a family to the Soviet Union (1989) with Educators for Social Responsibility, to Nicaragua (1991) with Habitat for Humanity, to Israel (1993) with I*EARN, and to San Salvador (1994) as international observers of the presidential elections. Even though their daughters joked that they only vacationed in war zones, these experiences outside the US challenged their North American sensibilities regarding peace and justice, and enlarged their understanding of the problems facing the planet.

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