Dean of Student Life
Social Studies Teacher
University of Maryland, B.S.
Royal Air Force (UK), HND Business Management
Year of Employment: 2002
Mike McLaren is the Dean of Students and teaches European History at Pope John Paul II High.
Prior to joining JPII, Mr. McLaren was the Dean of Students, history teacher, and Varsity soccer coach at Subiaco Academy, a Benedictine Monastic School for boys in Arkansas. In this position he supervised the student and residential life of the school with the help of a staff of 8 residential deans. He also taught AP European History, Western Civilization Honors, AP Comparative Government, AP Economics, AP Psychology and his own personal favorites, history classes titled “Political Ideologies” and “Native American History”.
Mr. McLaren was born in Germany to a Scottish British Army Military Policeman father and mother of German parentage. He attended British boarding schools and began a soccer career in Germany with Minden ‘05 and became an apprentice player with Arminia Bielefeld, a German Premier League club. McLaren spent seven years in the Royal Air Force. He studied at Reading University on a scholarship from the RAF and worked as a teacher of Business Management to Saudi and Kuwaiti troops, a survival training coordinator in Norway, and a security officer at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
While in the RAF, Mr. McLaren had a stellar sporting career. He was selected to play for the RAF representative soccer team and also competed in rugby, cricket and basketball. He won several championships as a thrower of the javelin.
In 1984, Mr. McLaren moved to the US where he played at Montgomery College as captain of the soccer team. He graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in History and Secondary Education and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and elected to the Golden Key Honor Society. An injury prevented McLaren from playing at Maryland but he recovered to play in the Capital League, a distinguished league of adult select players in Washington, D.C.; a semi-professional league of former pros, college players and national team players. He also began a teaching and coaching career.
For over 15 years, Mr. McLaren was Dean of Students, history teacher, and soccer coach at St. Anselm’s Abbey School (boys only) in Washington, D.C. where he was recognized for his excellent Advanced Placement results. He organized and coordinated weekend activities for students and with local Catholic girls’ schools. His team won the Tri-State soccer championship in 1993 and he was Coach of the Year in the conference in 1997. McLaren also coached many boys’ and girls’ club teams, including the local YMCA.
Mr. McLaren is married to Jody McLaren, a registered nurse. He likes to travel, speak German, lift weights, and walk his two dogs. He is especially fond of motorcycles and loves to ride his old BMW.