Albert Throckmorton Named Head of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, Tennessee

[St. May’s Episcopal School] After a national search, the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Memphis, Tennessee, unanimously endorsed Albert Throckmorton as the next Head of School. Throckmorton will replace Marlene Rutledge Shaw upon her retirement June 30, 2012.

Photo: Albert Throckmortin

“We are convinced that Albert’s intellect and experience, along with his infectious love for St. Mary’s, will ensure that our school will continue to be the premier choice for girls’ education in Memphis,” says Sarah Willmott Cowens ’82, board chair.

Throckmorton came to St. Mary’s in 2004 as Assistant Head of School, and has been in charge of many of the 164-year-old school’s signature programs and initiatives. He is currently serving as Vice President of the Online School for Girls, a pioneering consortium founded in 2009 of which St. Mary’s is a charter member. Throckmorton is a member of the Task Force on 21st Century Curriculum and Technology for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and is a frequent presenter, both locally and nationally, on technology in education. In 2002, he co-edited a book on the subject for NAIS.

During his tenure as Assistant Head at St. Mary’s, Throckmorton has coordinated curriculum choices in all grades from PK-12, and successfully led the school through its first dual accreditation. He has served as the school’s chief technology innovator, working with teachers and coordinators in every grade to make sure technology at St. Mary’s is compatible with the school’s mission. He helped found and is a coach of the St. Mary’s Knowledge Bowl team.

Prior to coming to St. Mary’s, Throckmorton, 48, was both Director of Faculty Development and Director of Curriculum Technology at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He led the English department and coordinated academic technology at Episcopal High School in Houston before that, where he instituted the first laptop computer classroom in the mid-1990s.

Trained as an architect, Albert holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Rice University in Houston. He is married to Marinell, currently a second grade aide at Westminster Academy in Memphis, where their two sons, Graham (12th) and Philip (9th) attend.