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Career Center
October 4, 2019

Head of Lower School

St. Mark' Episcopal School
Houston TX United States
2yr old thur 8th Grade
courtney.bardo@carneysandoe.com 617-542-0260
Position Starts: March 31, 2020
Application Deadline: April 1, 2020

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St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Houston, Texas is seeking a creative, energetic, and organized, team player to serve as the Head of Lower School.

The Head of Lower School is a crucial position on this community’s leadership team, working directly with the Headmaster. With a new Strategic Plan recently adopted, this opportunity becomes available at an exciting time in the life of St. Mark’s Episcopal School, calling for a principled leader who understands and embraces servant leadership. This leader models the organization’s mission and shapes mission-centered culture for our students, families, and faculty. The Head of Lower School is a thoughtful leader who advances a collaborative atmosphere among faculty in support of student-centered learning, celebrates the uniqueness of each child, and leads the Lower School team in proactive parent partnerships, all in support of our students’ growing independence.

Head of Lower School at St. Mark’s will: 

  • Be a curious learner who appreciates that understanding comes from listening 

  • Act with humility, understanding that leaders are teachers and that practicing discipline must begin with self

  • Treat everyone with respect and dignity at all times

  • Employ diplomacy in all interactions, adapting accordingly and professionally to circumstances that arise

  • Be visible, approachable, and accessible throughout the school day


Essential duties:


  • Serve as the model for curiosity, demonstrating a practice of lifelong learning 

  • Guide the behavior choices and social/emotional needs of Lower grades students with age-appropriate expectations and consequences 

  • Establish and support mission-aligned, student management and accountability policies and procedures for the Lower School in partnership with other school leaders

  • Further cultivate agency among grade-level teams and specialists that supports the academic and personal growth of student competencies and skills  

  • Maintain current and accurate student files


  •  Participate as a vibrant part of the Curriculum and Instruction Team

  • Partner with faculty to ensure essential resources that support teaching and learning

  • Oversee and support the work of teachers including: 

    • Frequent and ongoing review of the St. Mark’s Portal, ensuring it serves as a vital communication and partnership tool with parents

    • Formal and informal observation for teaching and student guidance

    • Read student reports to best coach and support high fidelity narrative report writing that reflects a deep understanding of each student’s growth as a learner and a person 

    • Evaluate and provide growth-oriented feedback to teachers through goal setting, classroom observation, and presence in the school community to ensure mission-driven, student-centered instruction 

  • Partner with teachers regarding student referrals for social, emotional, academic or developmental concerns

  • Develop Lower School class lists for upcoming year with grade level teams

  • In partnership with Middle and Primary School Heads, develop schedules for:

    • Student and teacher class rotations

    • Supervision of lunch/recess, drop off, dismissal, etc.

    • Student reporting

    • Meetings

  • Facilitate emergency substitute coverage for faculty and staff



  • Build and maintain consistent and diplomatic relationships with parents

  • Attend teacher-led parent conferences throughout the school year as needed

  • Serve as lead communicator to and partner with parents when making referrals for social, emotional, academic, or developmental concerns 



  • Model an inclusive, accepting, high-trust culture for St. Mark’s

  • Plan and lead Lower School gatherings, meetings, special events, and ceremonies, providing a public leadership presence

  • Model and promote thoughtful, proactive communication among employees

  • Model a practice of lifelong learning through active participation in professional growth activities

  • Maintain a current understanding of resources and pedagogies that promote student learning

  • Analyze, assess, and track results from ERB testing in partnership with the Head of Middle School and the Curriculum and Learning Coordinator, in support of our curriculum goals and student readiness

  • Collaborate with the Director of Admission regarding Lower School enrollment decisions

  • Responsibly develop and manage the Lower School budget

  • Serve as a collaborative member of the Leadership Team

  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Headmaster


Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Work in a sometimes highly stressful environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges

  •  Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time

  •  Physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds; to bend, stoop, and reach overhead

  •  Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled classroom environment

  • Work intermittently in outside weather conditions, including extreme heat and cold

About St. Mark’s Episcopal School

The community of St. Mark's Episcopal School celebrates the uniqueness of each child. We are stewards of our students' intellectual curiosity, faith, and passion for discovery. We cultivate joy, playfulness, and growth in a child-centered environment. Located in the West University Place neighborhood of Houston, St. Mark’s serves 470 students from two-year-olds through 8th grade. St. Mark's is an engaging community of learners where the school partners with its families in preparing each student for the path that lies ahead through a stimulating, whole-child school experience. Through offerings in athletics, performing and visual arts, technology, Spanish and a robust curriculum, St. Mark's prepares its graduates for the many high school options Houston offers, and successfully places its students in high schools that best fit each.


St. Mark's is an Episcopal school, and as part of the St. Mark's Episcopal Church parish, is known as a community environment and second home to over 350 families. The school is committed to its positive relationship with families, believing strongly in the power of a fully engaged dynamic between school and home. As a place where children are known, teachers understand what it means to meet children where they are, which plays a crucial role in fostering each child's spirit.

Contact Information

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email their résumé, educational philosophy, cover letter, and list of references as separate PDFs to:

Beth McArdle | Courtney Bardo

Managing Associate | Placement Associate

beth.mcardle@carneysandoe.com | courtney.bardo@carneysandoe.com


Please do not contact the school directly. 

To learn more about St. Mark’s, visit www.stmes.org.