Head of School Alixe Callen with students School Leadership

School Leadership

Head of School Alixe Callen

Alixe Callen became St. George’s 12th Head of School on July 1, 2017. A highly regarded educator with a track record of advancing secondary school education, Ms. Callen holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Brown University, as well as a master’s degree and doctorate from Harvard.
First and foremost, Ms. Callen is an ardent and enthusiastic champion of students and teachers. Over the last year, she and our Curriculum Review Committee oversaw a forward-thinking redesign of the St. George’s curriculum. Academic departments have been reorganized into just five — Connected Learning, Humanities, Language and Culture Studies, STEM, and Visual & Performing Arts — to further encourage interdisciplinary learning as well as to better reflect the skills needed for our students to succeed in college and beyond. Wishing to cull from the vast knowledge of our most veteran faculty members, Ms. Callen has formed the Senior Teaching Cadre, which meets monthly to discuss the craft of teaching. In 2018, Ms. Callen separated our teaching and learning centers into two distinct entities — The Merck Center for Teaching and the Horton Center for Learning — in order to better serve our teachers and students.

Also among Ms. Callen’s signature initiatives has been an emphasis on community building. With student leaders, she has devised programs and initiatives that encourage equity and inclusion, mutual respect and support, and collaborative learning among St. George’s community members.

Ms. Callen has also leaned wholeheartedly into a dynamic plan to ensure the beauty and integrity of the St. George’s campus.
In her first year, with trustee support, she helped lead fundraising efforts to construct two new turf athletic fields and recently helped to secure donor support for the renovation and restoration of Memorial Schoolhouse, now underway and scheduled to be finished for the 2020-21 school year.

Ms. Callen continues to guide St. George’s with the school’s original mission always in mind. As such, one of her highest priorities is to ensure that students from all backgrounds be given opportunities to find and to develop their own particular talents and to find ways to serve others, with the hope that as graduates they will continue to be forces for kindness and positive change in the world at large.

Prior to her appointment here at St. George’s, Ms. Callen served as the upper school director at Lakeside School in Seattle, as the principal at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts, and as an assistant principal at Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts.

She is an avid reader (preferring books over e-readers), and is almost always in the middle of one fiction and one nonfiction book. She and her husband Ace have two sons — Zander, now at Middlebury College, and Miles, St. George’s Class of 2021.