Presbyterian School Headmaster Appointed to ESHA Executive Committee
Presbyterian School Headmaster Dr. Mark Carleton has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Elementary School Heads Association.
The Executive Committee, led by the ESHA President, shapes the strategic vision for ESHA and assists the organization’s Executive Director with governance and sustainability issues. Widely regarded both nationally and internationally as a leader in developing provocative professional development especially targeted toward Heads of schools that end in the 8th or 9th grades, ESHA also seeks to promote a sense of identity among heads of these schools through encouragement and support of these school leaders throughout their careers in education. ESHA provides this professional support by means of its annual conference, video conferences, Ning discussions, e-newsletters, blog posts, Twitter, a travel program, and online courses.
Carleton has an extensive background in independent schools as both an administrator and teacher. Prior to leading Presbyterian School, he served as the Associate Headmaster, Academic Dean, and Director of Upper School for Darlington School, a coeducational, college preparatory, day and boarding school in Rome, Georgia. Carleton has also served as the Academic Dean and Head of Upper School at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, Tenn., where he worked with newly appointed ESHA President, Lee Burns.
Carleton received his Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Leadership for Teaching and Learning from the University of Tennessee, his Master of Arts in English from Louisiana State University, and his Bachelor of Arts in English from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Carleton’s doctoral dissertation focused on pedagogy, learning differences, and adolescents in independent schools.
He believes deeply in the importance of developing academic programs that are rooted in moral purpose in order to grow critical, creative, and collaborative thinking skills in children. The ESHA membership shares these same values and will challenge Carleton during his tenure on the Executive Committee to envision new and creative ways to bring these values to life in the daily opportunities that teachers and learners in elementary schools have to interact with them.