Please join me in welcoming Mr. Jeff Presberg, our new Saint John Academy Headmaster. After a whirlwind finish to his school year and an epic move with his family from Texas to Northern Virginia, Jeff immediately and enthusiastically dove into work at Saint John’s. Mr. Presberg is coming to Saint John Academy highly recommended by former colleagues, parents, students as well as fellow administrators. He is a seasoned veteran with over 20 years’ experience in education; most recently he was the Founding Headmaster of Western Academy in Houston, teacher and administrator at The Heights School and is the founding President of Samuel & Erasmus Institute. At Western and The Heights, his leadership touched all areas of the school, including curriculum development, strategic planning, enrollment, technology, financial sustainability, and professional development for faculty. Jeff is a professional administrator and educator. His experiences are a demonstration of his ability to bring school vision to fruition.

As is customary for a new Headmaster, Jeff will spend this year getting to know Saint John’s Christ-centered mission, culture and customs, people and practices. At the same time, he will actively guide our school’s ongoing growth and development. In particular, we are excited to look into the continued development of our entire school’s liberal arts program examining in-depth language arts instruction that is centered on the development of our students as thinkers. A priority will be the integration of stories, conversation, tactile learning, art, and outdoor exploration within the regular classroom framework. Also in the works is an improved middle school schedule that introduces a modified block schedule to enhance learning and provide students with more time to work with teachers outside of class.

Please also welcome Jeff’s wife Kristin and their nine children to our community. We are happy they are here and look forward to the years to come.

Please feel free to reach out to him at any time with a welcome, or for any reason at all. Mr. Presberg can be reached via email at jpresberg@stjohnacademy.org or feel free to call and set up an appointment with the school office.

Many of you have already had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Presberg during our summer gatherings. If you have not met him or would like to meet him again, please join us and welcome Mr. Presberg at our Meet Our New Headmaster Event on August 9th.

Best to you for a relaxing summer,

Karen Tessier