The First Independent STEAM School in Orange County, CA
Serving Early Childhood to 8th Grade

Head of School Transition

Dear friends and colleagues,

I am beyond thrilled to announce that Patrick McHonett has enthusiastically accepted our invitation to be the next Head of School at St. John’s.

Mr. McHonett will be joining us after twelve years’ experience at Phoenix Country Day School, where he is currently the Associate Head of School and has served in a variety of roles, including Admissions, Marketing, Communications, Fundraising, Counseling, and Program Development. He was one of fifty rising stars nationwide selected to participate in the National Association of Independent Schools’ Fellowship for Aspiring Heads and has been preparing for his new role since.

After his visit to campus, our community found Mr. McHonett to be “very personable while still demonstrating vast knowledge and expertise in all school aspects.” We were impressed by his “creative and innovative approach to learning,” and value that “he has the right past experience, current energy and vision to take our school to tremendous heights, future growth and innovation.” It also is important to St. John’s that he is dedicated to merging “the spiritual along with the academic areas of our school.”

Mr. McHonett has a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Legal Studies from Claremont McKenna College and a master’s degree in Education, Leadership and Supervision from Arizona State. He enjoys reading, photography, yoga, and coaching, particularly middle school flag football and volleyball. Patrick and his wife Jessica are looking forward to joining our community next summer, and their two children are excited to become Cardinals starting the 2019-2020 school year.

In the meantime, the School Committee and Dr. Pratt will work closely together to ensure that Mr. McHonett’s transition is smooth and that he arrives ready to hit the ground running on July 1, 2019.

Thank you to all of the members of our community who took part in the interview process. Please join us in welcoming the McHonett family if you see them on campus over the coming months.


Patty Cyr signature

Succession Committee Chair