In 1839, Horace Mann hired Cyrus Peirce to be the first principal of the Lexington Normal School in Lexington, Massachusetts. Mann turned to his longtime supporter and principal of the Nantucket High School after being rebuffed by five other prominent educators—each of whom had religious backgrounds. Peirce agreed to become not only the principal but also the sole lecturer and director of the model school, as well as perform the duties of janitor. His views on teaching and leadership reflected the same values held by Horace Mann with respect to the need for a professional school to train better teachers. Cyrus Peirce (1790–1860) kept a reflective journal of his first ...