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published on 02/02/2006

St. Nicholas School Announces Appointment


The board of trustees of St. Nicholas School announces the appointment of Mark Fallo as the new head of school. Fallo will assume his responsibilities, which will begin with the start 2 academic year, on July 1, 2006. Fallo succeeds The Reverend Canon Louis H. Hayden, who was acting as interim head of school during the search to replace former head The Reverend Michael E. Robinson.

Fallo moves to Chattanooga from Pueblo, Colorado, where he has been the head of school at The McClelland School since July 2001. A native of Louisiana, Fallo began his career in independent education at Saint Paul’s Episcopal School in his hometown of New Orleans. He worked at Saint Paul’s for three years. In 1992, Fallo moved to Houston, Texas, to become a member of the faculty at St. Francis Episcopal Day School. He remained at St. Francis for 9 years where he started as a middle school teacher and completed his tenure as the director of the lower school.
Fallo earned a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University in 1988 and continued his educational pursuits securing a M.Ed. in elementary education from the University of Houston in 1998.
Curtis Baggett, a member of the St. Nicholas Board of Trustees and director of development at The McCallie School, led the search to identify the new head of school for St. Nicholas. Baggett remarked that the search committee was quickly impressed by Fallo and his notable career experience. “Mark is a proven leader and is well respected among his peers in independent education. He will be an asset to St. Nicholas and the broader Chattanooga community.”

Kathy Hanson, president of the St. Nicholas board of trustees and the vice president of advancement and external affairs at The Baylor School, complimented the extraordinary work of the search committee and the unyielding dedication of Curtis Baggett. “St. Nicholas will reap the benefit of Curtis’ leadership. Curtis was focused, careful and relentless throughout the entire search. He was eager to identify the best possible candidate to lead St. Nicholas, and we are thrilled to have Mark Fallo and his family joining our community.” Interim head of school, Louis Hayden also noted, “I had the pleasure of working with Mark at St. Francis Episcopal Day School in Houston. He was an outstanding division principal at St. Francis and became a leader among the faculty. His ability to lead at St. Francis laid the foundation for his role as head of school at The McClelland School. The search committee could not have found a more dedicated, qualified, and capable individual to direct the vision for St. Nicholas School.”

Fallo moves to Chattanooga with his wife, Monica, and their two sons, Carson and Conner. Having visited Chattanooga and St. Nicholas School on three different occasions, the Fallos are already referring to Chattanooga as “home.” “Chattanooga is a lovely and beautiful city. We enjoy outdoor activities and know we will enjoy exploring Tennessee.” Additionally, Fallo commented, “I am looking forward to working at St. Nicholas. The school offers a dynamic and exceptional educational experience, and I feel privileged to have the opportunity to participate in its future.”

St. Nicholas School is an independent, Episcopal school for boys and girls in preschool through grade five. The school was founded in 1958 and is located on a beautiful 24-acre campus in East Brainerd.

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