Staff & Leadership

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Paul Marble

Executive Director

Paul Marble has served his entire career as a teacher and administrator in three Massachusetts high schools, including a private boarding school, large urban district school, and a charter public school. Paul taught IB English at Sturgis for six years; was Principal for six years; became Executive Director in July of 2016; has made numerous presentations about the IB Diploma Programme and its implementation; is an IB Site Visitor; and is an IB Workshop Leader, helping experienced IB teachers from across the nation support diverse learners in their classrooms. He also has developed and led teacher workshops for the IB Organization’s Bridging the Equity Gap project.

Jenn Kirk

Jenn Kirk

Principal, Sturgis West Campus

Jenn Kirk is Principal of Sturgis West. She joined Sturgis as a Spanish teacher in 2007 and has served as Lead Teacher of the Spanish and French Department, Critical Friends Group Facilitator, World Challenge Leader of a Sturgis trip to Costa Rica as well as Administrative Intern and Coordinator of Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) at Sturgis West. Prior to joining Sturgis, Jenn taught for eight years in Latin America: Costa Rica (1998-2000) and Colombia (2001-2007).

Patrick O'Kane

Patrick O'Kane

Principal, Sturgis East Campus

Patrick O’Kane is Principal of Sturgis East. He joined Sturgis as a Spanish teacher in 2009 and has served as lead teacher in French and Spanish, assistant IB coordinator, administrative intern, critical friends group facilitator, crisis team leader and athletic director. Prior to Sturgis, he taught English in Bilbao (Spain), as well as Spanish in New York City, New Jersey, and Rotterdam (Holland). Patrick is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Lehigh University.

James Albrecht

James Albrecht

Director of Finance and Operations

James Albrecht joined Sturgis as the Director of Finance & Operations in August, 2004. Prior to joining Sturgis, James held positions of Chief Financial Officer, Controller, and Assistant Controller in several companies in Massachusetts and New Hampshire from 1984-2004. James also served for six years on a school board in New Hampshire and for three years was the Trustee of Trust Funds for that school board. James has made several workshop presentations on budgeting, financial controls, and facilities management to participants from across the Commonwealth.

Karen Gauthier

Karen Gauthier

Assistant Principal, Sturgis East Campus

Karen Gauthier joined Sturgis East as Lead School Counselor in 2017. Prior to joining Sturgis, Karen spent twenty-four years working for Barnstable Public Schools. She began her career as Guidance Director of the Barnstable Middle School prior to transitioning to a school counseling role at Barnstable High School eleven years later.

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John Newcombe

Assistant Principal, Sturgis West Campus

John Newcombe John Newcombe began his teaching career in 2005. After serving in the U.S. Army and spending a number of years driving for UPS, John ventured back to college. After receiving his degree, he joined Sturgis East as a math and physics teacher. In 2011, when Sturgis West was opened, John moved from the East Campus and became the lead teacher for both the math and science departments at the new West campus. In addition to teaching, John has served as assistant IB coordinator and an administrative intern. Most recently, he has taken on the roles of Assistant Athletic Director and Assistant Principal.

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