Mary Carter, Head of School
Mary Halpin Carter believes that one of the greatest strengths of independent schools is their capacity to deliver a high-quality, flexible, innovative curriculum. Derryfield's newly appointed Head of School, Dr. Carter has also served as the School's Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, where she played a key role in maintaining that strength. She's responsible for curricular planning at the grade and department level, as well as for ensuring the consistency, integration, and coherence of the entire 6 - 12 academic program. (Curricularly speaking, she has the great advantage of seeing the forest and the trees.) Derryfield already offers innovative opportunities for experiential, service, and globally focused learning, and Dr. Carter is working to develop even more.
But a relevant, forward-looking curriculum needs teachers who are life-long learners, and Dr. Carter also supports the ongoing professional development of the faculty. She notes, "We live in a time of rapidly changing knowledge and rapidly changing ways of doing things, and as a result, neither the curriculum nor our own knowledge base can remain unchanged." She herself has M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire.
A 15-year veteran at Derryfield, Dr. Carter has served as a teacher, as Director of Admission, and as Assistant Head for Faculty and Academic Programs, among other roles. She says there was never any question that she'd make her career in education. "I have always loved schools," she says. "I am very fortunate that schools have always been a place where I've felt great joy."