Preparing Boys for Life

Meet the Head of Upper School

My teaching and leadership philosophies revolve around relationships and relevancy. Boys, especially, want to know that you know them and that you’re with them – that you’re paddling alongside them when it comes to achieving their goals. They want to know the “why” behind their learning, so we show them what we’re learning, why it’s important, and how they can use it.

I believe that when students know they’re part of a community, when they understand the common goal that we are working toward, and when we know and understand each other, the learning environment is more powerful. Good education is a balance between tried-and-true methods like relational teaching, and adapting as the outside context continues to change.

Technological innovation, globalization, an evolving job market, and changing demographics are challenging schools to ask questions about what they do and how they do it. Our role in Haverford's Upper School is to create a launching pad for college and for life. We can achieve that through implementing things like project-based learning and ensuring diversity in the curriculum in terms of our sources and the types of teaching we engage in. I appreciate being part of this wonderfully complex time in students’ lives, when they’re figuring out who they are and where they’re going.

Who do you admire?

The Haverford School is a place that takes seriously its commitment to helping boys become good men. While the School has a clear sense of its own identity, the community continues to look for ways to create an even more powerful experience for its students. It is an aspirational place.

Head of Upper School

Education

A.B. Lafayette College

MA. Columbia University

About Mr. Andrén

Patrick Andrén joined The Haverford School in 2018 from St. Mark’s School of Texas, a grade 1-12 boys’ school. His administrative and teaching experience includes dean of academics at Pomfret School, director of college counseling at Marianapolis Preparatory School, and history teacher at Brunswick School. He earned an M.A. from Columbia University and an A.B. from Lafayette College. Andrén attended the all-boys Brunswick School from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 1993.