Head of School Message
We are pleased to welcome to Maine Central Institute as of July 1st, our new Head of School, Mr. David Pearson.
Mr. Pearson was born in Worcester, England, and raised in the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Politics and Strategic Studies. He holds a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations from Aberdeen University, and a Postgraduate Certificate of Education with a specialization in History, Geography, and Information Communication Technology from the University of Gloucester. This professional Qualified Teacher Status being recognized throughout the European Union and British Commonwealth.
Mr. Pearson is a graduate of the world renown Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the School of Infantry Warminster, and the British Army Staff College. His military career as an infantry officer included active tours in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Cyprus, and the wider Middle East. Additionally, he served as an operations and intelligence staff officer in the Ministry of Defense, London, and as a British Army Training Officer to the Italian Alpine Regiment, the Jordanian 34th Mechanized Brigade, and the British Territorial Army. A keen outdoorsmen, Mr. Pearson is also an army qualified joint-service winter mountaineering instructor with extensive experience in the Alps, Scotland, and Norway.
Married to Mary Anne, a graduate of Edward Little High School, Auburn, for 29 years, Mr. Pearson has lived in the United States since 1999 and holds dual British-American nationality. Mr. Pearson’s second career in America has been dedicated to education and started as a substitute teacher at St. Dominic’s High School, Lewiston, before moving to Kents Hill School, Readfield. At Kents Hill School Mr. Pearson taught history to all grades, served as the Social Studies Department Chair, became the Dean of Academics, and ultimately the Assistant Headmaster, where he also coordinated all school - Trustee relations as the Secretary of the Board. Interestingly, during this progression, all previous responsibilities remained intact. As a true triple threat practitioner, Mr. Pearson coached boy’s and girl’s soccer, outdoor skills, and mountain biking, while undertaking residential life duties as a team leader. Concurrently, Mr. Pearson taught international relations as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine, and was one of the original founders of the current Maine Model United Nations program.
A firm believer in continuous professional development, Mr. Pearson has attended numerous educational conferences and visited over 50 individual schools throughout the world from the Confucius Institute in China to SOWETO High School in South Africa, where the Pearson’s sponsored a student through her secondary education. Closer to home, Mr. Pearson is a graduate of the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Headmaster Program and subsequently the NAIS Institute for New Head’s with its focus on school crisis management, student pastoral care, practical educational leadership, culture and mission, team building, governance, marketing, admissions, and advancement.
Putting these career steps to practical use, Mr. Pearson, in succession, served concrete three- year contracts as first the President of Carson Long Military Academy (CLMA), and most recently, Executive Director of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics (MSSM). Very much in the role of stabilizer, morale builder, and long-term planner at both institutions, and working on shoestring budgets, Mr. Pearson, while continuing to teach, coach, and travel globally in support of admissions efforts, initiated numerous projects including a 1:1 iPad program, website redesign, program realignment, faculty and staff professional development, and strategic / business planning that included significant fundraising efforts. Two illustrative examples include, in collaboration with the Central Aroostook Council of Education on whose Board Mr. Pearson sat, a $1.25million Federal United States Department of Agriculture RUS/DLT grant for technology and teaching integration that was fiscally managed by MSSM, and shared with member schools. Secondly, and supported by a $40,000 grant from the Maine Development Foundation, and with research input from numerous Maine businesses, universities, and foundations, the creation of a comprehensive MSSM Business Plan that outlined future options for the State’s magnet school and was presented to the Maine Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs in April 2021.
A practitioner of continuous learning, Mr. Pearson is currently living in Winthrop and quietly completing background research on a planned doctoral thesis focusing on United States strategic planning in a complex adaptive world. He is an active Trustee of the Wolfeboro Camp School in New Hampshire, while Mary Anne works in the Advancement Department of Colby College in Waterville.
Mr. Pearson told Alumnus magazine staff, "Every institution benefits from a shared consciousness and purpose, where everyone involved is moving together in the same direction. Maine Central Institute is looking for a strategy for the future - to be relevant and sustainable, continuing to deliver an education that propels our students into meaningful lives filled with happiness and purpose. And that's what I want to do."