This fall, St. Andrew’s engaged in a national search for a new Head of Upper School following the news that Dr. Todd Stephenson would be retiring from St. Andrew’s after twenty years of service. Today, we are pleased to announce that Ben Courchesne, from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, will be our next Upper School Head.
Mr. Courchesne has a long history in education, serving Episcopal High School as Associate Dean, Dean of International Students, Associate Director of Leadership & Ethics Program, and further at the Roxbury Latin School in Massachusetts as Assistant Director of College Counseling, Founding Director of Leadership Programs and Initiatives, and Upper School English Teacher and Advisor.
An alum of Phillips Exeter Academy, Mr. Courchesne graduated from Connecticut College with a B.A. in English, Middlebury College with an M.A. in English Language and Literature with graduate coursework at Harvard University and Oxford University, and a M.Ed. in Independent School Leadership at Columbia University's Teachers College in New York. He brings a diverse set of skills and talents to this position and we are so pleased to welcome him to our Upper School.
Later this spring we will be offering opportunities for families to meet Mr. Courchesne on campus. He and his wife, Audrey, and three young children, Ronan, Elle, and Alden are looking forward to moving to Austin and beginning their new journey at St. Andrew's.
A special thanks to our search committee, and to our departing Dr. Stephenson, whom we wish the very best.
Located in Austin, Texas, St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is a private co-ed elementary, middle and high school for grades K-12. Students benefit from dedicated faculty, a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.