About the Head
Joe was born in Joliet, Illinois, where he grew up on a small farm, one of five children. His grandparents lived next door, and they were surrounded by extended family. Although neither of his parents had gone to college, they placed a high value on education, and there was always the expectation that college would be part of his life. Joe attended Harvard University, where he studied political science and was awarded his B.A. cum laude in 1989. It was at Harvard that Joe first fell in love with the sport of rowing—particularly the teamwork, perspective, and commitment it demanded. He was elected captain of the 1988-1989 varsity heavyweight crew team and was awarded the John Reardon Men's Award for Academic and Athletic Excellence.
After college, Joe moved to New York and worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. After three years, he pursued his interest in teaching and began a career in education at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts. Between 1992 and 2000, he served as the Assistant Director of Admission, as an English and math teacher, and as the head coach of the varsity crew team. Subsequently, Joe became Head of Upper School at St. Stephen's Episcopal School in Texas.
Joe and his wife, Amanda Cashman Harvey, and son, Jed (Mark Day School Class of 2018), live in Terra Linda. Amanda is currently a popular coach with Marin Rowing Association. Joe currently serves on the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) Board of Directors and recently became Chair of the Elementary Board of Standards. He also chairs the CAIS Assessment Think Tank.
Joe shares, "My years in independent schools have convinced me of the importance of elementary education in nurturing a love of learning, engagement in a community, and kindness, compassion, and an ethical framework. Mark Day School focuses on those core values; indeed they are hallmarks of the school." He enjoys leading and continuing to strengthen a talented and committed faculty and administrative team; working collaboratively to shape and communicate the shared vision of the school's future; and leading the process of successful school advancement.