Dear All Saints Families,
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of All Saints Episcopal School we are honored and excited to welcome the next Head of School, Mark D. Desjardins, PhD to our All Saints Family. Dr. Desjardins will begin his career with All Saints effective July 1, 2023.
Dr. Desjardins is a career long educator, serving schools, students, and families for more than 30 years, 23 of those as a sitting Head of School at TMI in San Antonio, Holland Hall in Tulsa, St. John’s School in Houston, and Army Navy Academy in Carlsbad, California. Quality education continues to be the centerpiece of Dr. Mark D. Desjardins’ professional life.
As a seasoned educator, Mark was attracted to All Saints because of the strong and resolute values alignment between the school’s mission and his own educational and leadership philosophy. He says, “ I find a deep need to be a part of a place where I can add tremendous value and make a discernible difference.”
Dr. Desjardins holds a ME, B.A in East Asian Civilizations from Bates College, a M.Ed in Secondary School Administration from University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and a PhD in History of American Education from University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
In 2008, he was a Klingenstein visiting Heads Fellow, Teachers College, Columbia University; one of 20 school heads around the world invited to participate in the intensive 14 day program focused on researching and writing about best practices in educational leadership for Independent Schools. In addition, Dr Desjardins has served on numerous professional boards, as well as, serving as President of Southwest Association of Episcopal School (SWAES), Southwest Preparatory Athletic Conference (SPC), and Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS).
Dr. Desjardins believes that to “serve is to lead” and says, “As Heads we are called to be good stewards of the institutions under our care and guidance. There is no higher calling than using the gifts to make those around us better. There is no act more noble or worthy than to simply be in service to others.”
Dr. Desjardins and his wife, Maro, have four children, Daphne 29, Chloe 26, Elias 23, and Lucas 20. They were also blessed with a granddaughter, Georgia, earlier this year. Maro is a former teacher specializing in French and also enjoys writing a cooking blog. They are excited about the new opportunities that await in Tyler and are ready to get involved in the community. There will be a number of opportunities in the coming months to meet the Desjardins family. We hope you will take the opportunity to get to know this great couple.
We would like to express our immeasurable gratitude to the Search Committee members for their wise and committed service over the past several months. We are also deeply appreciative of the entire All Saints community for its support and involvement throughout this extensive process. We are thankful for All Saints many blessings and know that our future is bright.
Please join us in extending a warm All Saints welcome to Maro and Mark Desjardins.