St. Matthew’s Parish School Welcomes Alley Michaelson as New Head of School

St. Matthew's Parish School, Pacific Palisades, CA
Posted Mar 14, 2023

St. Matthew’s Parish School in Pacific Palisades, CA has announced the appointment of Alley Michaelson as Head of School effective July 1, 2023. She will take over from the Interim Head of School, Stu Work, who served as St. Matthew’s Head of School from 2011-2018.

“I am overjoyed and grateful to return to St. Matthew’s as the Head of School. I look forward to honoring the traditions and values St. Matthew’s holds dear while leading the school into its next chapter,” said Mrs. Michaelson. Interim Head of School Stu Work commented, “St. Matthew’s is truly fortunate to have this talented educator leading the School.”

Mrs. Michaelson is St. Matthew’s ninth Head of School and the first alumna to assume the role. She comes to St. Matthew’s from New Lebanon Elementary School, in Greenwich, CT, where she has served as Principal since 2019. Under her leadership, New Lebanon School was recognized as a Connecticut State School of Distinction, and she was awarded the Anne Firestone Ball Family Champion Award from Family Centers of Fairfield County. Before taking over at New Lebanon, Mrs. Michaelson was Assistant Principal and Principal, respectively, at Anderson & McGrath Elementary School in Grand Blanc, MI.

After St. Matthew’s, Mrs. Michaelson attended Marymount High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She has an M.A. in Teaching, Special Education from National Louis University, and a Master’s in Education with a focus in School Leadership from Harvard University. Mrs. Michaelson began her career as a Teach For America Corps member in the Chicago Public Schools where she progressed from Learning Specialist to Special Education College Counselor to Dean of Specialized Instruction. She has continued her commitment to Teach For America as a volunteer, Recruitment Manager, and Associate Board Member. Mrs. Michaelson’s skills and interests include yoga, competitive water skiing, swimming, cooking, traveling, and teaching and mentoring.

For more information about St. Matthew’s Parish School in Pacific Palisades, CA, call (310) 434-1350 or visit


About St. Matthew’s Parish School

Founded in 1949, St. Matthew’s Parish School, an Episcopal day school, is an integral part of the Parish of St. Matthew, serving children and families of the parish and of the larger community. The School provides an excellent education through a challenging, caring and balanced program. Our purpose is to affirm that we are all children of God and to nurture intellectual, creative, spiritual, and ethical individuals who serve, lead, and flourish in an ever-changing world.