Influencers: Boys’ Latin School of Maryland

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Chris Post, Headmaster | Boys’ Latin School of Maryland  

Chris Post is in his 13th year as headmaster of the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. A career educator, he began his professional journey at Boys’ Latin, where he served as an intern during his final year of undergraduate studies. Having worked in boys’ schools for more than 25 years, Chris believes that “the education of boys – and the formation of young men – has never been more important than it is today.” He augments his role by serving as Secretary of the Board for the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC), the global leader for boys and boys’ education, and on the Board of Trustees for both the Association of Independent Maryland Schools and Baltimore Education Scholarship Trust (BEST).

What drew you to education?
I was fortunate to attend a boys’ school where teachers, advisors and coaches had a huge impact on my life. I had opportunities I never could have imagined. I am drawn to this work because I hope that I can make a difference in the lives of others as my teachers made in my own life.

What do you like about your current school?
Boys’ Latin is a place for and about boys. Our faculty knows how to inspire each student to be his best. They create an environment where boys can dream and succeed in a way that’s different from a traditional, co-ed setting. Our boys are empowered to create a vision for themselves in which they realize their fullest potential and then are given guidance and tools to pursue it. Our boys work incredibly hard. I am impressed by their humility and the way that they care for one another, each and every day. It creates a shared sense of brotherhood that our boys hold dear, as central to their experience.

When I was a senior at Johns Hopkins University, I worked as an intern in Boys’ Latin’s middle school. My entire professional experience has been framed against what I saw here during my internship. Nearly 15 years ago, I was given the opportunity to return to Boys’ Latin as headmaster. In many ways, it was a homecoming for me. The strong and consistent leadership we have at Boys’ Latin has created a community where our boys can truly thrive.

What do you hope to achieve in your role?
The experience of our boys both in the classroom and in our co-curricular activities is second to none. Our intentionally small community gives boys the chance to pursue their passions or try something new. Here at BL, there’s space for many leaders, rather than just a few. We don’t take it for granted that, at our school, our students are remarkably happy. All of us work hard to create an environment where students feel at home, safe to pursue their academic curiosities and develop their unique talents. Our boys are stewards of this culture, and our faculty help share in that responsibility, ensuring that each one of our students is known, not only for who he is today, but all that he can be tomorrow.

Our work as a school – and my own work as head of school – is to help change lives. We are a place where boys are known, cared for and valued. We seek to empower boys, to help each strive for academic and personal excellence, to inspire a young man to act courageously, with compassion and with integrity.

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