NEW YORK, July 2, 2018 — It is with great joy and enthusiasm that The Cathedral School Board introduces its new Head of School, Mr. George Papayannis.
George Papayannis is an award-winning leader in the Boston Public School district. In eleven years with the district, he has taken on roles with increasing scope and responsibility, from science and engineering teacher, to team leader, to evaluator and instructional coach. Prior to working in schools, George was the Assistant Executive Director of the ACE Mentor Program, where he managed operations for the New York and Garden City programs.
George transitioned to education from the building industry. He pairs design thinking skills he developed as a structural engineer with Thornton Tomasetti and project management skills he developed as a project engineer at Turner Construction to bring innovative learning experiences to students. George’s passion lies in cultivating industry and community partnerships to extend the students’ learning experiences beyond the four walls of the school building.
Archdeacon Panteleimon Papadopoulos, chair of the Search Committee and Cathedral School parent, believes that “George brings innovative, dynamic and creative approaches to our beloved Cathedral School which are deeply rooted in the principles of academic excellence and the Hellenic Orthodox phronema, which has defined his life. I have witnessed this not only from my conversations with George and his wife, but also with his peers who have worked closely with him in education and in the Church.”
George is a Trustee, Overseer, and Chair of The Innovators at the Museum of Science in Boston. “He has a keen understanding of how to maximize the efforts of all committee members and build off of their strengths,” said Michael Grace, Director of the Annual Fund for the Museum of Science. “George is the type of volunteer that development professionals dream of — he is the quintessential Museum ambassador, a strong leader within the Museum community, and has a sharp understanding of philanthropy and the inner workings of a non-profit that, from my own personal experience, is quite rare.”
George has been active in the Reggio Emilia-inspired community since 2010. He is sought after by educators for professional development workshops and panels because of his innovations in bringing a Reggio approach to older children. In 2017, he was hired by Equity Lab Charter School to be their founding principal for the prospective charter school’s application, and strategized with their board on all aspects of the school’s design including curriculum, operations, governance, staffing, space, and outreach.
At Hellenic College, George was an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science for five years and co-authored the teacher guide for Of Your Mystical Supper: The Eucharist (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 2009). George has served on many boards, committees, and panels, including for Teachers College, Columbia University, and Boston University and has facilitated workshops at conferences across the country. Conference topics have included building partnerships, using video games to increase science learning, and designing effective learning spaces. In 2017, the president of Teachers College, Columbia University, recognized George for his alumni impact in the Boston region.
George holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Drexel University, magna cum laude, an MA in Secondary School Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an EdM in School Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds principal licenses in Massachusetts for grades PreK-12, and teaching licenses in Massachusetts, New York, and Colorado. He lives with his wife, Melissa, and infant daughter, Evanthia, in the City of Boston.
Theodore P. Klingos, chair of The Cathedral School Board and an alumnus of the school, is confident that “under his leadership The Cathedral School will become a model school continuing to celebrate her high academic standards and elevating what makes her special — the TCS family. May God bless this new chapter for the school which is sure to be filled with tremendous opportunities.”
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About The Cathedral School
Founded in 1949 by The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, The Cathedral School was at first established to serve families in New York City who wanted to instill an appreciation of Hellenic language, culture and history in their children. Today, the school serves an international student population from a wide spectrum of countries and heritages. The sheer existence of such a diverse student population at The Cathedral School reflects our view of Hellenism as an inclusive and even universal model that, linked to a modern education, produces inquisitive, creative and academically strong graduates.
The Cathedral School is unique among nonprofit, co-educational independent schools in New York City in that it integrates the most up to date educational methods in its curriculum and pedagogical approach, while adhering to the ancient Greek tradition of paideia, which views education as character formation, responsibility, and the pursuit of excellence in all its forms. The academic program is rigorous, the setting is nurturing. Committed since 1949 to its mission of fostering the natural curiosity, intelligence and creativity of children through excellence in education, The Cathedral School is a nursery through eighth grade school featuring small classes that encourage active student participation. Our school’s size and the exceptional student-teacher ratio create a warm community in which each student receives the individual attention needed to help them thrive.