Head of School Search

Dr. Michael Pratt recently announced his plans to retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. The Succession Committee, led by former School Committee chair Patty Cyr, has hired Bob Fricker from Carney Sandoe and Associates to lead us in our search for a new Head of School. Other members of the committee include Fr. Christopher Potter (co-chair); Celia Coulter (School Committee Chair); Allen McNamee (School Committee Secretary); Dirksen Lehman (School Committee Member); Monica Barnum (Elementary Division Principal); Tim England ( Bishop's Warden).

Please see updates below, and feel free to reach out with questions or concerns by emailing search@stjohns-es.org.

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Dear Friends,

The Succession Committee has been hard at work, under the guidance of Bob Fricker from Carney, Sandoe and Associataes, identifying candidates to become our Head of School in July 2019. While we can never replace Dr. Pratt, we are seeking another strong leader to continue our tradition of balancing innovation and tradition as the school delivers an outstanding education to our children with a focus on guiding them to become good people. We have been seeking candidates who understand that relationships and community are at the core of St. John’s and who value the Episcopal identity we have cultivated over the years.

To this end, we are excited to invite all of you to participate in the process by meeting the candidates who have passed through our screening process thus far. Before we select our next Head of School, we want to make sure that our faculty, staff, parents and other community members have the opportunity to interact and have any questions answered.

Candidate visits are as follows:

  • May 9 – Candidate #1 – MPR 8:00 a.m.
  • May 16 – Candidate #2 – MPR 8:00 a.m.

Thank you in advance for your participation and commitment to St. John’s.


Succession Committee Chair

Dear St. John’s Parents,

As you all now know, Dr. Pratt will be retiring from St. John’s at the conclusion of the 2018 – 2019 school year. We are so grateful for his years of service and all that we have accomplished during his tenure. Over the past five years, under his leadership, we led the movement among local schools to develop the STEAM approach to teaching and learning, and our faculty are now considered experts in that field. We developed a robust arts program under the A in STEAM, giving each child the opportunity to find a place to shine. We completed a capital campaign to build the Johnson STEAM Center and the Konrad A. Reuland Memorial field, which our students enjoy at recess and during interscholastic competitions. With Dr. Pratt’s guidance, the School is enjoying a period of enrollment growth guided by the current Strategic Plan, and started an I-20 program to diversify our student body. At the same time, we stayed true to our mission to develop the whole child, to treat each child as an individual, and to focus on character as a necessary foundation of any Episcopal education. We look forward to continuing to work together through the 2018-19 school year as Dr. Pratt completes his final year at St. John’s and upgrades our library into a Learning Commons appropriate for the 21st century education St. John’s offers.

To assist us in our search for a talented replacement, we have retained the recruiting firm of Carney, Sandoe and Associates, who helped bring Dr. Pratt to campus five years ago. We have also established a Succession Committee, led by former School Committee Chair Patty Cyr, who will be in touch over the coming weeks and months as we move forward in our search activities.

Please feel free to forward any questions or concerns to search@stjohns-es.org.

Best regards,

Celia Coulter

School Committee Chair

Dear Friends,

It is with profound bittersweet emotion that I share with you that I will retire at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Susan and I very much look forward to returning fulltime to our home in Napa, but I shall miss this wonderful school.

The very first time I stepped onto the campus—it happened to be on a Cardinella Wednesday—the warmth of the community was palpable, and that has not changed. This is a place where children not only learn, but also a where their hearts are full of joy. That is only possible where there are teachers who love to teach and who love their students. This is the essence of St. John’s.

I have been privileged to work with a dedicated and talented faculty and administration, as well as with the School Committee, which has been a faithful steward of the School. The same can be said for the many wonderful volunteers in the PTF, who have devoted countless hours to enrich the experience of every student.

I will leave the School knowing that its future is bright: a worthy mission grounded in the relationship with the Church; an innovative program based on STEAM; a beautiful campus with quality facilities; a world class faculty, staff, and administration; dedicated volunteers; and students eager to learn. Every ingredient is present for the School to continue to grow and flourish well into the future. With deep gratitude for the time I have been privileged to lead the School, I look forward to working closely with the School Committee to ensure a smooth and successful transition to new leadership. Until then, I will cherish my time with you.


Michael D. Pratt, Ph.D.

Head of School