Mark Pellegrino | Principal, Gardner High School
After graduating from the University of Lowell as a first generation college student in 1991, Mark Pellegrino worked for 10 years as a mental health counselor as he earned a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology at Springfield College. Mark graduated in 1998 and worked briefly as a human resources representative, but felt the work was not rewarding. He began his career in education at Clark University as the Associate Director of Career Services. His work there for four years led him to become a guidance counselor at Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School. Mark believes working with high school students is his calling. He was promoted to Director of Guidance after working two years as a counselor. Mark created and taught a guidance curriculum as well as an MCAS math prep program. Mark became certified in administration and then worked at the assistant principal level for 7 years before becoming the principal for the Gardner Academy for Learning and Technology. Within two years, Mark was promoted to principal of Gardner High School.