Marshall School in Duluth announced Thursday that Kevin Breen will be leaving his role as head of school at the end of June and will be succeeded by James Steckart.
The board and search committee unanimously selected Steckart after a rigorous interview process, a news release said.
“My family is excited to become part of the Marshall School community and to begin conversations with the community as we look forward to the next strategic stage of Marshall's future,” Steckart said in a news release. “The magnificent campus, small learning community, and progressive nature of the school correspond to my values as an educator.”
Steckart earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in political science and a master’s from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in outdoor education. Steckart has served as the director of Northwest Passage High School in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, principal for Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar, and from 2014-2020 he served as the head of school for THINK Global School, a global traveling boarding school for high school students.
A Wisconsin native, Steckart, his wife and three children currently reside in Cornucopia, Wisconsin.
“I am especially excited about the possibilities of expanding the use of the campus and using place-based learning as a way to increase community partnerships and learning opportunities for students,” Steckart said. “The global nature of Marshall’s mission is dear to my heart. Marshall is a gem of the Upper Midwest, and our family could not be happier about becoming part of the Duluth community.”
Dave Gunnarson, president of Marshall’s board of trustees, said in a news release that choosing the next head of school was a great privilege.
“Steckart’s enthusiasm for Marshall and the Twin Ports region was abundantly evident. His experience in a variety of educational settings — public, independent, and international — has consistently focused on a student-centered approach and a commitment to serving students and families of varying interests, backgrounds, and strengths,” the news release said.
Kevin Breen will continue in his current role until June 30 and then will return to the East Coast as the head of school at Worcester Academy in Worcester, Massachusetts.