Dear members of the Concord Academy community,
I am delighted to share the news that Assistant Head and Academic Dean John Drew P’ 15 ‘19, has been named the next head of school at The White Mountain School. John will begin his tenure at WMS on July 1.
John has served Concord Academy for the last 21 years with the utmost distinction. He has contributed to CA as a teacher in the Science Department, a house faculty member, a coach, a department head, and, perhaps most importantly, as the parent of two wonderful children, Sophie ’15 and Nate ’19, with his wife, Gianna. Most recently, he has served as Academic Dean and as my close and reliable partner as Assistant Head of School. Over the last 18 months, John has also steered the school through its NEASC Re-Accreditation Self-Study, an enormous undertaking that he led smoothly and confidently. Over these past two decades, he has enriched our community with his dedicated work ethic, his wise insight, his steadfast integrity, and his wry good humor. John is a talented leader, and we are confident that he will serve the White Mountain community with the same dedication and character that he has brought to CA.
John is a true educator with a long career in independent schools, having taught at the Field School in Washington, D.C., and the Potomac School in McLean, Va., before coming to Concord Academy in 1998. Among his favorite courses have been Advanced Biology, Environmental Science, and an interdisciplinary course, taught with Kim Frederick, known as The Boston Class. As a baker and chef, John has shared an infectious love of food with CA students for years; as an environmentalist, he led not only classes but also institutional strategies.
John has not been alone in his dedication to our community; his wife, Gianna, served as a nurse in CA’s Health Services for many years, and his two children, Sophie and Nate, grew up on our campus. Together, John and his family have contributed broadly and deeply to the life of the school, and we are all the better for it.
Outside of the classroom, John is an avid long-distance runner, having completed numerous cross-country runs, including the “Wapack and Back” 21-miler, the TARC (Trail Animals Running Club) Spring Classic Half-Marathon most years, and the 50-kilometer Pisgah Trail Race. In the winter, he and his family love cross-country skiing. During his sabbatical a few years ago, John and his family drove across the country, visiting every national park they could along the way. It is no surprise, then, that the mountains have come calling to John once again.
The White Mountain School, set in the bucolic town of Bethlehem, N.H., on the northern boundary of the White Mountain National Park, is a wonderful school. Comprising 150 students, WMS is a place where, as at CA, connections run deep. Episcopal in heritage, the school seeks to “inspire students to lead lives of curiosity, courage and compassion.” They feature a strong academic curriculum tied to the stunning natural environment that surrounds them. I have no doubt that the school’s mission and community resonate profoundly with John, and I think he is going to be a terrific leader of this fine school.
As for how we will cover John’s responsibilities in the 2019–20 academic year, I am considering various options, and I hope to share my thinking soon.
In closing, we are tremendously proud of and happy for our friend and colleague. Please join me in congratulating John Drew on this wonderful news.