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Message from Head of School

Message from Head of School Steve Armstrong

Welcome to The Fessenden School!

Fessenden is a special place for our students, parents, faculty, and staff. Here, learning is fun, character development is valued above all, and a sense of caring and community pervade. We are one school, yet we understand and embrace different needs and different ages. Whether they are Pre-Kindergartners exploring their first school experience, fifth graders finding their way in the new world of our Middle School, or ninth-grade boarders from across the country or world learning what it means to live away from home, each boy is guided by our talented and dedicated faculty and staff. Their care for each student is what makes our school so special.

With our mission as our guide and our core values of honesty, compassion, and respect as our foundation, we strive to develop and provide an environment where all members of the community feel at home. Fessenden celebrates each and every boy as he grows as a student, athlete, artist, and person. In helping them mature into good young men, we remain focused on preparing our students to be positive leaders at Fessenden, their next schools, and in the world beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus. When you visit, you will discover firsthand the warmth of our community, our unique culture, and the care that each boy receives. You will also understand what makes Fessenden such a special place.

Steve Armstrong
Head of School 

Senior Leadership Team

The Fessenden School's Senior Leadership Team

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    The Fessenden School's Board of Trustees

    Sol Kumin ’90

    Boston, MA

    Keith B. Gelb ’85

    Vice President
    Weston, MA

    Vincent Montemaggiore

    Dover, MA

    Tara B. Ciongoli 

    Wellesley, MA

    • Adam A. Abramson, Weston, MA
    • Steven J. Armstrong, West Newton, MA,
      Head of School, ex-officio
    • Bracknell E. Baker '97, Sherborn, MA,
      Alumni Executive Committee President, ex-officio
    • Devin C. Condron, Wellesley, MA
    • David Daglio, Jr., Brookline, MA
    • TJ Douglas, Jamaica Plain, MA
    • Hythem T. El-Nazer, Wellesley, MA
    • Peter F. Folan, Belmont, MA
    • Donald F. Fornes, Weston, MA
    • Linda P. Henry, Brookline, MA
    • Melanie Hoffmeister, West Newton, MA
    • Herbert L. Holtz '75, Preston Hollow, TX
    • Ashana O. Hurd, Boston, MA
    • Unsoo Kim, Seoul, Republic of Korea
    • Katharine B. Leness, Brookline, MA
    • Amanda Lovejoy, Chestnut Hill, MA,
      Parents Association President, ex-officio
    • Hiren V. Mankodi, Chestnut Hill, MA
    • Alexander R. Marx, Sr., Wellesley, MA
    • Craig T. Maurer, Newton, MA
    • Monica Benton Palmer, Milton, MA
    • Alexander C. Sacerdote, Boston, MA
    • Michelle M. Sanchez, East Providence, RI
    • Liz Shortsleeve, Wellesley, MA
    • Sophia Sun, Weston, MA
    • Tad S. Yanagi, West Newton, MA


    • Brian J. Conway, Boston, MA
    • Peter A. Palandjian ’79, Boston, MA
    • James J. Pallotta, Weston, MA
    • Thomas S. Roberts, Wellesley, MA