Head of School

John Warren

Titles: Head of School
Departments: Head of School’s Office, Senior Administrative Team
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Phone Numbers:
School: 508.786.6104

Marissa Papazian

Titles: Executive Assistant to Head of School
Departments: Head of School’s Office
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 508.786.6104

Head's Reflection

A Life of Consequence: A Worthy and Achievable Aspiration
I am often asked what the phrase "Lives of Consequence" means. The question is a logical one because you see the phrase prominently displayed since we have chosen to make it the tagline for our capital campaign. You can't miss seeing it when you drive up to the Main Building since it appears on banners attached to lampposts, and you will also see it in many of our social media messages and in our publications.
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Patterson Innovation Grants: Fostering Our School's Intellectual Vibrancy

In my experience, the best educators are the ones who constantly seek ways to continue their own learning, thereby modeling a habit of mind that we want for our students. Those educators, lifelong learners, are also able to convey a passion for learning for a particular subject that is infectious for students and colleagues alike. I am proud of the desire for continued growth that I see among my St. Mark's colleagues, and I am proud of the love they convey for their work, both inside and outside the classroom. These educators do so much to make St. Mark's an intellectually vibrant school, energizing for adults and students alike.

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"The School Under One Roof": Present, Past, and Future
A distinguishing characteristic of St. Mark's is that so much of the life of our School takes place in this Main Building. Here we are in the Chapel, so we worship together in the Main Building; 13 faculty and over 100 students live in the Main Building; we take our meals together in the Main Building; most of the School's academic work takes place in the Main Building in classrooms, offices, and the library; many administrative offices are located in the Main Building; and the intellectual heart of the School, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, is located right in the physical center of the Main Building. So, while we are not literally a school under one roof, since living and learning take place elsewhere on our campus too, the phrase "school under one roof" certainly describes St. Mark's accurately.
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St. Markers in Military Service: A Long and Proud Tradition

Every day every one of us walks the hallways of the Main Building, and at least twice a week we spend time in this space, Belmont Chapel. If you are anything like me, you have at least a passing familiarity with what is displayed on the walls of these spaces, however you do not engage regularly in a close study of what you see there. The walls really do tell a story, a story about St. Mark's and a story about leadership and service.

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Our Episcopal Identity: Informing What We Do at St. Mark's School

Inside the front entrance of Belmont Chapel, one can find a recently added holder for pew cards. These cards identify values we hold dear at St. Mark's that we trace directly to our identity as an Episcopal school:

  • We value time for spiritual reflection and the intentional teaching of wisdom, compassion, and humility
  • We value human reason used critically in the pursuit of knowledge
  • We value life in common, believing it is strengthened by honest and respectful dialogue across lines of disagreement and difference.
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