Meet Mike Vachow


Head of School Mike Vachow hails from Michigan, and lived in New Orleans and the Chicago area before coming to St. Louis. At Forsyth, you’ll find Mr. Vachow welcoming families at the gate at arrival, helping kids get to carpool at dismissal; he is in the classrooms often, on the playgrounds, on the sport court (sometimes shooting baskets after school with the kids), and at lunchtime, you’ll find him at the picnic tables outside with the teachers and kids with his Spiderman lunchbox. He knows all of the Forsyth kids and their parents. Mr. Vachow’s two passions, aside from Forsyth, are baseball and Shakespeare.

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Appointed in 2007, Michael J. Vachow is Forsyth’s fourth head of school since its founding in 1961. With more than 20 years experience as an educator, Mr. Vachow holds an A.B. with Distinction in English from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and an M.A. from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Prior to joining Forsyth, he served as Head of Upper School for Lake Forest Country Day School. Mr. Vachow is a past president of the Board of the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL); he is on the accreditation review committee of the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) and the Membership Committee of the Elementary School Heads Association; and he serves as an ISACS mentor for new heads of school.

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