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Head's Corner

“In education, it’s not about you, it’s about the student."


            Mary and Art Goodearl with their daughter Jenna,  
            granddaughter Emma and son-in-law Chris Forkey

Arthur F. Goodearl, Jr. has been in the education field for over 45 years. Now in his seventh year as Marvelwood’s sixth Head of School, Art sat down with Advancement Associate David Mogle '09 to talk about his career, and the direction he envisions for Marvelwood.

Art began his career in education at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, where he was a faculty member for 31 years. At Choate, Art taught history, economics, coordinated the Ethics and Public Policy Program, and was a student dean. He also coached two seasons of sports for a number of years, and lived in the dorms for 20 years, where he and his wife, Mary, raised their three children. Mary also worked at Choate, as a technical and research librarian.

Following his time at Choate, Art was the Assistant Headmaster at the Hillside School, a junior boarding school in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He is very proud of his time at Hillside, where he was a key contributor in helping turn the struggling school around. After many years in the boarding school world, Art felt the drive to become a Head of School: “The opportunity to be a difference maker and change agent held great appeal. Schools can get stuck in inertia, which I think can hamper their ability to make the most of themselves.” The best advice Art received as an educator, which he believes is especially pertinent as Head of School, is that, “in education, it’s not about you, it’s about the student. If something’s going on, you need to be in a position to diagnose, and to assess, and to remediate various situations.” It was the parents of a former Hillside advisee, Will Connor '12, who suggested that Art apply for the Head of School position when their son was a junior at Marvelwood.

Since taking over as Head of School, Art has overseen various improvements to the campus and enhancements to the School’s programming. He is pleased to announce significant renovations to the dorms and science labs, which will take place in July and August of 2018. Moving forward, Art believes that the School’s ability to continue to refine and execute its Mission is what sets the Marvelwood apart, as established by founding Headmaster Robert Bodkin. With the graduation of Marvelwood’s 60th class in May of 2018, the School remains as vital and vibrant as it was when it opened its doors in 1956.

David Mogle '09
Advancement & Communications Associate

Head of School's Biography

Arthur F. Goodearl, Jr. was appointed Marvelwood’s sixth Head of School effective July 1, 2011. A graduate of Harvard College, A.B. History, Art also earned a MALS degree in History from Wesleyan University.

Art taught and served for many years at Choate-Rosemary Hall where he was also Head of the History Department, Coordinator for the Ethics and Public Policy Program, Co-Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee and Student Dean. In 2001, Art was invited to serve as Assistant Headmaster and Dean of Faculty at the Hillside School. He worked to develop and implement successful strategic plans for both Choate and Hillside School. Art has been involved with all aspects of an independent school: faculty development, curriculum development, strategic planning, advancement and admission outreach, construction oversight, crisis management, parent communications and student life.

Art is married to Mary Lina Foulkes Goodearl, who works in the Bodkin Library as a technical librarian. The Goodearls have three adult children and two grandchildren.

The Head's residence is centrally situated on the Marvelwood campus. A grand colonial, it was buit in the 1850s by Peter Skiff, who farmed hundreds of acres including and surrounding Marvelwood's current 87 acre campus.