The board of trustees of the New England based boarding school St. George’s School announced that effective July 1, 2017 Alexandra ‘Alixe’ Callen will officially become the school’s 12th head. She will also be the first woman to hold the post in St. George’s long, illustrious history. Callen is a graduate of Brown University where she earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. She also attended Harvard University where she earned a master’s degree as well as a doctorate. A wife and mother of two teenage sons, Callen is a brilliant educator that is known for her devotion to her students’ academic success as well as their personal well being.
Alexandra Callen has extensive experience in educational leadership and has worked in both public and independent schools. From 2004 until 2008, she was Needham High School’s assistant principal. Callen then served as Acton, Massachusetts based Acton-Boxborough High School’s principal between 2008 and 2013. Callen left to become the head of Seattle, Washington based Lakeside School’s upper school. She will leave that position to take over at St. George’s School. Alexandra Callen said she is ‘honored and humbled’ to accept the position and the opportunity to lead such a highly professional faculty. She also thanked the dedicated, supportive board for their glowing endorsement.
The rich and impressive background Callen brings to her new position includes being mentored in school leadership, school reform and secondary-school design at Harvard by Ted Sizer, a renowned education visionary. Plus Alexandra Callen’s connection to St. George’s School goes back many generations. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, great uncle and uncle, all graduated from the New England based school beginning as early as 1903. Add Callen’s proven ability to help students discover their talents, prepare them for success in college and encourage them to lead constructive lives in service to others, and it’s easy to understand why she’s an excellent choice for the position.
An exceptional leader and educator, Alexandra Callen has spent her entire career helping teenagers become kind, caring, individuals that make positive contributions to their community. She will now be given the opportunity to build on St. George’s long-standing strengths including their forward-thinking curriculum, while guiding the school boldly into the future, taking over from previous Head of School Eric Peterson (http://ericfpeterson.com/). The St. George’s board is confident Alexandra Callen is eager and fully prepared to continue to foster a safe and welcoming community while helping the teachers to expand their expertise as educators.