Dr Merry commenced as Principal of Yarra Valley Grammar in April 2009 and has overseen significant growth in the school from both domestic and international markets. He has developed an extensive strategic plan for infrastructure growth coupled with responsive educational curriculums.
Educated at Whitefriars College Donvale, Mark began his teaching career in 1985 teaching History and Legal Studies. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Victoria College, a Masters in Educational Studies from Monash University and a Doctorate in Education from Latrobe University. Dr Merry’s doctoral studies were in the field of educational psychology. He has lectured in Educational Psychology and Classroom Management at the University of Tasmania.
Other senior school leadership positions held by Dr Merry include Deputy Principal of St Patrick’s College, Tasmania (1992-1997) and Parade College, Victoria (1998-2000) and Principal of Marcellin College, Melbourne (2001- 2009).
Dr Merry is the immediate past National Chair of the Associated Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA). AHISA is the preeminent association of independent school principals in Australia.
He and his wife Manuela have two sons, Alister and Simon. Manuela is a very well regarded teacher, Alister is a lawyer and Simon studies Honours in Political Science at the University of Melbourne.
Yarra Valley Grammar is regarded as one of the leading schools in Melbourne.