About Alixe Callen
The St. George’s Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Alexandra “Alixe” Callen as the 12th Head of St. George’s School on Dec. 9, 2016. She became St. George’s first female Head of School when she assumed her responsibilities on July 1, 2017.
Alixe, formerly the upper school director at Lakeside School in Seattle, has distinguished herself throughout her career as a highly regarded intellectual, as well as a warm and caring leader and colleague. She brings with her not only a personal record of academic excellence, but also a rich and impressive background in both public- and private-school leadership. Alixe, a graduate of Milton Academy, holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brown University, where she was mentored by education visionary Ted Sizer. She also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate from Harvard, where she assisted with graduate level courses in secondary school design, school reform and school leadership.
Prior to her move to Lakeside, Alixe served as the principal at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Acton, Massachusetts, from 2008-2013 and as an assistant principal of Needham High School in Needham, Massachusetts, from 2004-2008. During those years, she lived on the campus of Middlesex School with her husband, James “Ace” Bailey, then Middlesex’s assistant director of admission, and their sons Zander, and Miles.
- What drew you to St. George’s?
- What are the greatest challenges a school leader faces in today’s world? And what are the greatest opportunities?
- What do you want parents and alumni to know about you?
- This will be a bit of a homecoming for you. Tell us about your experiences in New England and what you’re looking forward to in relocating here.
- You have two high-school age sons. What makes you most proud of them?
- You get to take one book, listen to one artist’s music, sit next to one famous/influential person and pack one snack for a long plane ride. What and who are they?
- Tell us something about yourself we might not know otherwise.
As someone who has spent her professional life in the presence of adolescents, I also feel a deep commitment to helping them develop into good people. I am excited to join the St. George’s community because I think a boarding school provides a unique opportunity to help students learn to be contributing citizens. We can be an incubator of sorts, a place where amazing faculty model what it means to be a good community member, and then inspire (and occasionally compel) similar behavior in their students.
I want parents to know that I approach the work of educating and caring for adolescents with the expertise of a professional educator and the spirit of a mom. In each of those capacities, I have come to understand that no two teenagers are alike. What it takes to inspire one kiddo isn’t always what it takes to inspire the next. It is our job as educators to figure out how to inspire each one – and then to do it!
We are also looking forward to being close to family once again. Living across the country, far from the majority of our extended family, has been a wonderful adventure, but we are ready to return to the fold.