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St. Mark’s Episcopal School is currently led by Interim Head, Mr. Scott Laird, as we embark on the search for a new Head of School. This marks a thrilling phase in our journey of growth and innovation.

St. Mark’s Episcopal School is actively seeking a visionary leader who is committed to a long-term tenure. We take immense pride in our esteemed and dedicated faculty and administration, renowned academic program, close-knit community, and picturesque campus, all of which set St. Mark’s apart and attract potential leaders.

To ensure the utmost professionalism and expertise in the search process, we have engaged the reputable firm Educational Directions. With their extensive experience in recruiting leaders for independent schools and their distinguished reputation for excellence, we are confident in their ability to guide us. The Head of School Search Committee will oversee their work.

We value the input of our community tremendously throughout this process. All stakeholders will have the opportunity to actively engage and provide their insights. We are committed to creating opportunities for the community and faculty to meet the top candidates and offer their valuable feedback to the Search Committee. Together, we will select a leader who embodies the values and aspirations of St. Mark’s Episcopal School.

Download the Head of School Prospectus


Our Head of School search process will be overseen by Mike Murphy and Jay Underwood of Educational Directions. With input from our many constituents, they will structure the leadership profile for our next Head of School. They will then recruit, interview, and vet candidates for the Head of School Search Committee’s consideration. Founded in 1986, Educational Directions works exclusively with independent schools.


  • May: The Position Profile has been published and shared with our community and with prospective candidates.
  • June-Mid August: Our search consultants will recruit candidates who fit the criteria and qualities detailed in the profile. Along with advertising the position on independent school career sites, they will tap into their extensive networks to reach the best candidates and will conduct thorough interviews and preliminary reference calls.
  • Mid-Late August: The search committee will review a small group of “high-potential” candidates presented by our consultants.
  • Early September: From the small group of candidates, the search committee will narrow the pool to a small number of semi-finalists who will visit St. Mark’s and interview with the search committee, who then will select up to 3 finalists.
  • Mid-Late September: Finalists will each visit campus for two-day interviews. As a critical part of the process, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators will all have the opportunity to meet with candidates and give feedback about them through a community survey that will inform the search committee in its deliberations.
  • October: The new head will be named and will begin their tenure on July 1, 2025.


Jim Cook, Rector
Tiffany Cohen, Chair of the Head of School Search Committee
Eric Cowles
Brendan Fitzpatrick
Tiffany Forte
Daniela Krenzlin
Lindsay MacDonald
Ron McElhone
Katie Mullins
Alison Samarias
Teri Trotter


Monique Burns, Board Chair
Tiffany Cohen, Vice Board Chair
Martin McDermott, Treasurer
Jill Wachter, Secretary
Michael Woody, Vestry Representative
Neil Devlin
Jerry Haffey Jr.
Caron Morton
Kevin Reid
Ryan Tyler


The Rev. James B. Cook, Rector
Mrs. Teri Trotter, Senior Warden, Class of 2024
Mr. Paul Gardner, Junior Warden, Class of 2025
Mr. Rick Burns II, Class of 2026
Mr. Timothy Coppage, Treasurer, Class of 2024
Mrs. Linda Duhy, Class of 2024
Mr. Sherlock Elliott, Class of 2026
Mrs. Gail Ladd, Class of 2025
Mr. Ron McElhone, Church Consultant
Mrs. Michele Murphy, Clerk
Ms. Betty Rahming, Class of 2025
Mrs. Alison Samarias, Class of 2026
Mr. Sidney Stubbs, Class of 2024
Mr. Tim Turpen, Class of 2025
Mr. Michael Woody, Class of 2026

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