St. George’s School, an Episcopalian private school, has appointed Alexandra “Alixe” Callen as the 12th Head of School. She will be replacing the popular Eric Peterson, who has led the school for 13 years. She officially begins July 1, 2017. Trustees say her career has a record of academic excellence and an impressive background in leadership of both public and private schools. Callen was selected from a pool of 150 candidates, some of which were the deans of colleges. She stood out among the other applicants, who were also highly qualified, because they felt she fit in best with their community and their vision for the future. The trustees feel confident that Callen will boldly move St. George’s into the future while continuing to build on its strengths.
She is currently serving as the upper school director at Lakeside School in Seattle. Before moving to Lakeside, Alixe Callen served as the principal at Acton Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Mass., from 2008- 2013, and as an assistant principal of Needham High School in Needham, Mass., from 2004-2008. Callen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University, along with a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard University. She feels proud to be making the move to St. George’s, which has deep meaning for her family, as four of her family members have been graduates. She has spent her career helping teenagers learn and mature into contributing members of the community.
The past year has been a hard one for St. George’s. Allegations of sexual abuse by teachers and students dating back to the 1970s have come into the open. This resulted in an undisclosed civil settlement with up to 30 alumni. The school has a long history and will forge its way into the future with a forward thinking curriculum and a safe, welcoming community.