The First Woman Head of St. George’s

It was reported several months ago that Alixe Callen will be appointed as the 12th head of school for St. Georges. She is taken over this position after Eric Peterson ( Also, she is the first female head to take over in ST George’s history. Her tenure began on July the 1st.

Alixe Callen has a rich family legacy and background in the educational system of New England. Upon observation of her impressive resume, track record, and family ties, one can say she inherited her passion, and it is her destiny to enrich children’s education and wellbeing in New England. Four relatives of hers graduated from ST. George’s, including John Congdon, great-grandfather; James Congdon, grandfather; Charles Congdon, great uncle; and James Congdon Jr., uncle.

Her previous, relevant work history is as follows: In 2013 to earlier 2017, she was Lakeside School’s head of upper school in Seattle, Washington. While serving this role, she utilized her extensive expertise and leadership in public and independent schools. From 2008 to 2013, she served in Acton, Massachusetts as the principal of Acton-Boxborough High School. Also, she was Needham High School’s assistant principal from 2004 to 2008. While studying at Brown University, she earned a bachelors and master’s degrees. From Harvard University, she also earned a masters and doctorate degrees.

Callen arrived to Hilltop with her husband, James “Ace” Bailey, and their two sons, Zander, age 18, and Miles, age 14. Her husband and her also worked together in previous educational roles, such as dorm parents for another school. Also, upon being appointed for this current position, Callen expressed her excitement and honor of being appointed to this role.

Lastly, the last former school head, Eric Peterson, along with his wife, Krista, the associate admission’s director, were recognized by the educational board of trustees and others for their grand services that lasted nearly 13 years. They were praised on how much work they have done for the betterment of the school and children there, and how much they will be missed.