Mr. Courchesne has devoted his career to education, as an administrator, a teacher, and a coach.
Pingry is delighted to announce that Ben Courchesne (“core-shane”), who has devoted his career to education, has been named Associate Head of School—a new position at Pingry—and will join the community on July 1, 2023. This appointment marks the culmination of a national search conducted in partnership with the leadership search firm Spelman Johnson.
In this role, Mr. Courchesne will support daily operations while advancing all of the School’s strategic goals. Specifically, he will partner with Head of School Tim Lear and the Board of Trustees to focus on initiatives relating to academics, the curriculum, and pedagogy, and collaborate with all three division directors.
Mr. Courchesne will come to Pingry from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a co-ed, K–12 school in Austin, TX, where he serves as Head of the Upper School (since 2020). Prior to that position, he spent four years at The Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA as Dean of International Students and Associate Dean of Students, as well as an Upper School English Teacher, Associate Director of the Leadership & Ethics Program, and a coach of varsity lacrosse. He also spent 10 years at The Roxbury Latin School in West Roxbury, MA as Assistant Director of College Counseling, an Admission Officer, an English Teacher, Head Coach of Varsity Lacrosse, and a coach for football and ice hockey.
He received a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Connecticut College, an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Middlebury College's Bread Loaf School of English, and an M.Ed. in Independent School Leadership from Columbia University's Teachers College.
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