Head of School

With more than 25 years experience as an educator, Dr. Bryan Powell arrived at St. Paul’s in 2014 as head of the lower school and now leads the combined St. Paul's Pre and Lower School. A thoughtful and experienced educational leader with extensive record of achievement as both a teacher and administrator, Dr. Powell is regarded as an outstanding role model for children and a great listener who collaborates effectively with faculty and parents alike.

A Message from Dr. Bryan Powell

head of School

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your interest in St. Paul’s Pre and Lower School, which serves children from infancy through grade 4. 

It starts with a shared philosophy. At St. Paul’s, we believe that learning is not a passive process. Whether they are 6 years old or 16 months old, our students come to us curious by nature. Our goal is to help them discover the world through active exploration. With small class sizes and highly skilled teachers, we vary our instructional approaches to ensure that each child is consistently engaged and appropriately challenged. Our students do hands-on activities and experiments. They take the learning outside through unstructured play. They make predictions, reflect, and draw connections between ideas. In other words, they learn through experience, motivated by their own interest and creativity. Research shows that kids of all ages learn best this way.

The foundation for this educational approach—and the reason it works at St. Paul’s—is the supportive environment fostered by our outstanding teachers. We focus on creating a positive and nurturing setting where children feel safe to explore. We are dedicated to the growth of the whole child, not just intellectually but socially, emotionally and physically. Character education is a daily part of our curriculum, and our students understand and value what it means to be part of a community.

Please take your time exploring our website, and we invite you to learn more about St. Paul's Pre and Lower School. 


Dr. Bryan Powell

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