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A Welcome From SD's Dean of Residential Life

Butch Malec with his Family

A Welcome From SD's Dean of Residential Life


With more than 13 years of teaching and working in independent school boarding programs, I can tell you that one of the greatest assets at San Domenico School is the people. I have seen first-hand that students thrive when they are members of this K-12 community, that values diversity and integrity alongside academic excellence. Here you will find faculty, staff, and students dedicated to inclusiveness, sustainability, intellectual inquiry, and global citizenship. Many schools talk about educating future global leaders, but being part of our international community, together with Day Students in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade, means SD students have the chance to live and learn with a vast array of people and be role models of international leadership.

The smiles and happiness of our SD community, along with the campus and location, make it an ideal place for my wife and me to work - and for us to raise our young daughter. Many of our Residential Faculty also have children here in school and together, we care for all of our students’ health and safety; their physical and mental well being; and their learning academically, emotionally, and socially. From our formal community dinners once a week to studying together on weeknight evenings, we help our kids build the skills they're going to need for success when they get to college, and for their futures overall.

Prior to my time at San Domenico, I spent five years teaching and coaching at Stevenson School, and before that, teaching at Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, CA and Concord Academy in Concord, MA. I hold a Master of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, with a degree from the Klingenstein Center’s program in independent school leadership and a Master in Classics from the University of Texas at Austin.

I hope my wife Peigi, my daughter Minerva, and I will get a chance to get to know you and welcome you to our community. I can tell you that SD is a very happy place to grow and learn!


Francis “Butch” Malec, Ed. M.
Dean of Residential Life