Beginning July 1, 2017 Alexandra ‘Alixe’ Callen (https://www.linkedin.com/in/alixe-callen-278a526/) will take her place as the 12th head of St. George’s School in Seattle, Washington where she will be making history as the first female in her position. Alixe is currently employed with Seattle’s Lakeside School as an upper school director where she holds more than 10 years of experience working in leadership positions in both public and private schools.
Callen is no stranger to dealing with teenagers, as a mom to 2 teen-aged boys she explains that her “entire career has been spent helping teenagers to be kind, to watch out for each other, and to be contributing members”. She attended Brown University where she received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and went on to receive her master’s and doctorate from Harvard University where she was mentored by one of the leaders of educational reform, Guggenheim Fellowship for Humanities award holder Ted Sizer. Alixe also participated in courses focusing on secondary-school design, school reform and leadership.
Callen then served as an assistant principal of Needham High School in Massachusetts until the year 2008, then advanced to a principal position at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School until the year 2013. Since then she has been working at Lakeside School in Seattle, Washington where she currently resides with her husband James “Ace” Bailey and her sons Zander and Miles.
She is welcomed by the current head of School Eric Peterson, and his wife Krista Peterson who serves as senior associate director of admission. The Petersons have devoted 12 years of excellence in leading the school, and will greatly be missed for their assistance in making St George’s the ” academically exceptional and warm and nurturing community that it is today”.
As we give her a warm welcome to the Hilltop next summer, keep in mind that she comes from a long line of St. George’s Alumni and will be focused on the mission of the school: nurturing the students so that they may discover their particular talents, to prepare them for a successful college experience, and to encourage them to lead lives of constructive service to others. She says she is “humble and proud” to be working in a school that has deep roots in her family. Here’s to congratulating her on making history at St. George, and to many successful years here.