LEO, the St. Mark's online academic journal, is back for its seventh academic year of operation. Over that time it has had more than 210,000 online views.
Sponsored by the St. Mark's Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, the journal's mission is to provide a forum for the wide range of intellectual pursuits and creative talents at St. Mark's. Over the last six years, it has exhibited academic work across the disciplines and voluntary work beyond the curriculum by St. Mark's students. It also features articles by adults in the School community, highlighting pedagogy, particular skills or content within classes, and accounts of outside experiences in the many roles that they serve at St. Mark's. LEO continues to regularly showcase the variety of intellectual spark and insightful experiences to be found at the School.
LEO returns for 2019-2020 with a new editor, Ms. Margaret Caron of the English Department. "I am thrilled to take over as the faculty editor of LEO," says Caron. "The academic journal combines my educational and publishing interests while simultaneously enabling me to showcase incredible student and faculty work. LEO gives me the opportunity to witness what our students are capable of beyond my own classroom, team, or residential house; I hope the journal will continue to provide this insight to the broader St. Mark's community."
Veteran St. Mark's English teacher John Camp began LEO in September 2013. "I was an ardent supporter of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning," he says, "so when I had the idea for LEO, partnering with the Center seemed like an organic development." Mr. Camp is currently the associate director of the Center and has taken on new responsibilities as the School's first director of experiential learning.
Since its debut, LEO has been accessed in more than 180 different countries. To date, close to 500 different pieces have been published, created by more than 150 different St. Mark's students, along with contributions from more than 50 adults in the School community.