Mike Mersky was named Saint Edward's seventh Head of School in July 2009. Before SES, Mike was the Chief of Staff at ESF Camps, Inc. Mike's passion is education and he has been an educator and administrator at independent schools for over 31 years. Mike was the head of school at Lancaster Country Day School from 1999 to 2007.
Prior to Lancaster Country Day School, Mike served as the head of middle school at McDonogh School in Baltimore from 1993-1999, head of middle school at Sewickley Academy in Pittsburgh from 1991-1993, Director of Admissions at the Haverford School from 1987-1991, and teacher, coach, administrator, and head of middle school at the Friends’ Central School from 1976 to 1987.
Mike was awarded and completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University in New York in 2003. He is also a member of the Country Day Headmasters Association of the United States and the Philadelphia Area Heads Association. Mike is also the product of an independent school education. He graduated from Friends’ Central School in 1972 and went on to earn a B.S. in Education from Lock Haven University (PA), and an M.S. in Education from St. Joseph’s University (PA).
Mike and his wife, Karen, have two children. Their son, Matt, is a senior at Lafayette College, and their daughter, Katie, is a sophomore at Dickinson College. Karen earned a Ph.D. in both school and clinical psychology from Bryn Mawr College. She practices as a clinical psychologist.
A native Floridian with roots from Ft. Lauderdale, Barbara earned her
B.S.E. at Florida State University. According to Barbara, she was drawn
to Saint Edward’s by its positive and respectful environment, as well
as its small class sizes. Barbara strives to keep current in her field.
In the summer of 2002, she attended an effective leadership conference
in Wilmington, Delaware. She serves on evaluating teams for The Florida
Council on Independent Schools evaluating teams and reads educational
journals as ways of staying current in her field. She also serves on
the Indian River County Adult Literacy Board. Barbara is the mother of
three: Matthew, Paige and Meredith. Barbara’s interests have included
dancing and competitive figure skating. “The most important qualities I
bring to Saint Edward’s are my love for children and my desire to
encourage every child to meet his or her potential. I believe that if
children feel loved, respected and safe in their environment, they will