Meet the HHS Team

Scott Weinstein - Principal

Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein
Scott Weinstein joined the Harriton High School team in 2016 as the Principal. Prior to that, he served as the Principal of Gladwyne Elementary School, was an Assistant Principal at both Bala Cynwyd and Welsh Valley Middle Schools in Lower Merion School District. He also served 20 years as an educator in the School District of Cheltenham Township, mostly as an administrator at Cheltenham High School.

During his time at Cheltenham High School, besides being a teacher, department chair and Assistant Principal, Weinstein developed a leadership program. The program consisted of a leadership course that he taught as well as biannual student leadership conferences that focused on student leadership development and enhancing student voice.

Weinstein holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his Master's Degree in Education and principal certification from St. Joseph's University.

Weinstein is honored to serve as Principal in one of the nation's finest public high schools and is committed to cultivating an inclusive and world class school community.

He also enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, connecting with friends, and staying active with his alma mater by serving as a member of the VCU Men's Basketball Board.

Lauren S. Marcuson - Assistant Principal

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Lauren S. Marcuson joined the Harriton High School family as an Assistant Principal in 2001. In her past 15 years at Harriton, she has had the privilege of seeing student success in the classroom, on the stage, on the fields and the courts. Some of her favorite Harriton activities include Science Olympiad (2016—2nd in the nation!), International Night, and Mr. Harriton.

Before becoming an administrator, Marcuson was an English teacher for eight years. She spent her last four years teaching American Literature and Humanities at Upper Darby High School. While there, she was the faculty advisor for the Scott's Hi-Q Quiz Bowl team.

Marcuson holds a Bachelor's Degree in English and American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. She earned her secondary teaching certificate and Master of Secondary Education from West Chester University. She earned her secondary principal certificate and Master in Education Leadership degree from St. Joseph's University.

While she loves attending Harriton events, in her other spare time, she enjoys traveling with her husband, Eric and also enjoys running and reading. Go Rams!!

Michael Johnson - Assistant Principal

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Mike Johnson joined the Harriton High School team in 2014 as an Assistant Principal. Prior to that, he served as a Principal in Centennial School District and as an Elementary Curriculum Specialist in Abington School District.

Before becoming an administrator, Johnson taught sixth grade at the West Oak Lane Charter School and in Abington School District. During his tenure in Abington, he authored a grant which supported the integration of Interactive Whiteboard technology across all elementary classes.

Johnson holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Temple University. He earned his Master's Degree in Education Administration and his K-12 principal certification from Gwynedd-Mercy College. He also began his Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Arcadia University in the Fall of 2012.

Johnson is incredibly excited to be a member of the Harriton School community and he looks forward to continuing his work in supporting students, families, and showing Ram PRIDE.

In addition to attending and participating in Harriton's events, Johnson also enjoys going to the movies, playing the piano, and spending time with his wife, Nell, and newborn baby.

Patrick Hogan - Assistant Principal

Patrick Hogan
Patrick Hogan
Patrick Hogan began serving as an assistant principal at Harriton High School in May of 2016. Prior to that, he spent five years as the assistant principal at Fred S. Engle Middle School in the Avon Grove School District. He also worked for Camelot Education as principal of the Buehrle School and Phoenix Academy alternative education programs in the School District of Lancaster.

Hogan has had valuable teaching experiences in multiple school districts. He taught French in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, French in the Downingtown Area School District, French and Social Studies in the Kennett Consolidated School District, Social Studies in the Oxford Area School District and spent five years teaching French in the Coatesville Area School District. During his time in Coatesville, Hogan helped develop and implement a new middle school World Language program.

Hogan graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia, where he double majored in French and Psychology. He studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France before moving back to the area to complete his teacher certification at West Chester University. Hogan is certified to teach French (K-12) and Social Studies (7-12). He completed his administrative certification (K-12) and received a Master's degree in Education (M.Ed.) with distinction from Cabrini College. He began doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at the University of Delaware in fall of 2015.

Grateful for the opportunity to join the Harriton school community, Hogan looks forward to getting to know and working with students, staff and community members. He enjoys spending time with his family and cheering for the sports teams from New England, where he was born and raised. He and wife Brandi have two sons, Cory and Carter.

Tom Ferguson - Athletic Director

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Tom Ferguson became a member of the Harriton staff as the Athletic and Activities director during the 2002 school year. Prior to this role he spent seven years as a fifth grade teacher, first at Penn Valley Elementary, and then moved to Belmont Hills Elementary when it was reopened in 1998. During his time as a classroom teacher he also ran the stock club, intramural activities, and coached football, wrestling, and lacrosse at Welsh Valley Middle School. He has enjoyed being a part of the Lower Merion community at every level.

His educational degrees come from West Chester University, where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education, and St. Joseph’s University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership as well as a Principal’s certification K-12 and Supervisory certification K-12. In 2009 he became a certified Athletic Administrator and has been a member of PSADA (Pennsylvania State Athletic Director’s Association) since his tenure began at Harriton. He is currently the PIAA District 1 Boys’ Lacrosse Chairman, and served as the Central League President for 2010 school year.

In his off time, he enjoys golfing, attending sporting events and spending time with his wife Nancy, and children Ryan and Lauren.

Thomas O'Brien - IB Coordinator

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Thomas O’Brien has been at Harriton High School since 1996.  He has taught all levels of Spanish and IB Theory of Knowledge.  He directed the application process for Harriton to become an authorized International Baccalaureate World School and has served as IB Coordinator since the program’s inception.  He has served as coach to the Speech and Debate team and advisor to the Student Building Community Team in addition to participating in a variety of district-level planning committees.

Prior to coming to Lower Merion, O’Brien taught for eight years in East Stroudsburg High School.  His instructional responsibilities included teaching all levels of Spanish and English as well as designing and implementing the school’s program for Gifted and Talented students.  Additionally, he served as coach to the Mock Trial and Scholastic Scrimmage teams and participated in a variety of district-level planning committees.

O’Brien earned his undergraduate degree in English and Spanish and his secondary teaching certificate at Muhlenberg College; a master’s degree in Spanish at California State University, Sacramento; and a secondary principal certification at Penn State Great Valley.

Passionate about cultural explorations, O’Brien has travelled to Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Cuba, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.