Newsmakers: Margaret Callahan ’86

Margaret Callahan '86Margaret Callahan ’86, principal of the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, N.H., recently was named Career and Technical Principal of 2011 by the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. In an article in her hometown newspaper, the Daily News (Newburyport, Mass.), several people praised her leadership style and her willingness to do everything from greeting school buses in the morning to wiping down counters in the culinary arts department. “It’s so exciting,” Callahan was quoted saying. “I’m just very proud and so proud of this school. This is a team effort; I have the best staff in the world, and the kids are just great.” also wrote about her award, saying: “As a teacher and coach for many years at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in independent and public schools, Callahan knew how to be a strong leader. Her experience contributes to what she does every day.” Callahan joined the Seacoast School of Technology in 2005, and became principal in 2007. The school provides 13 specialized curricula to supplement the programs of local high schools, from biotechnology to culinary arts, aiming to give high school students the opportunity to delve deeper into their own career interests. Her interests led to her graduation from Wheaton in three years with a double major in economics and sociology. She earned her master’s degree at Simmons, and has done work toward a doctorate in education at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. Callahan notes that her experience at Wheaton during a time when it was a women’s college inspires her work today. “Wheaton reinforced what I always knew about still-present inequities, such as the number of women in certain jobs and what women earn. I continue to talk to my students and staff about the inequities in the world that our girls will encounter on a daily basis. Recently, the Business NH Magazine reminded us that in New Hampshire, women earn $13,310 less than men…. Girls don’t hear these messages today like we did 25 years ago. As the leader of a school, I consider it to be one of my most important responsibilities to continue to focus on equality and to prepare girls to be strong for whatever role they choose in life.”—Elizabeth Meyer ’14

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