St. John’s Episcopal Welcomes Leading Educator As New Head of School
Dear St. John’s Family,
It is a tremendous honor to be joining St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School as Head of School in July! I am grateful to the Board and Vestry for the opportunity to lead such an outstanding school, to bring my experience and skills to the St. John’s community, and to foster love of learning and innovative teaching by promoting a culture of continuous improvement and thoughtful change.
Over the past twenty-seven years, I have partnered with countless families and students ranging from preschool through grade twelve. I look forward to collaborating with you to serve many generations of St. John’s Eagles and educate them to become independent thinkers, leaders who maintain the dignity of others, and decision-makers guided by kindness, compassion, and respect. In the nine years I spent at Berkeley Preparatory School, I came to know a number of St. John’s families and was impressed by what their children had already achieved and, more importantly, their character and potential. I particularly admire St. John’s commitment to excellence and dedication to Christ-centered values. The School is known and respected regionally for preparing its graduates for success in high school and beyond. St. John’s serves children so effectively because it fosters a balanced education – body, mind, and spirit – as well as its critical partnership with the Reverend Charles Connelly and the Parish.
From my earliest conversations with the Search Committee (and corroborated by my visits to the campuses), it is clear St. John’s is a community blessed with passionate educators, engaged and supportive parents, joyful and enthusiastic students, and trustees that are forward-thinking and energized by the possibilities our work holds. The future is indeed bright!
My family and I are very much looking forward to helping write the next great chapter in the St. John’s story. Even as I continue to honor my commitment and obligations to my current school, I have begun a careful and steady transition to my new role, including conversations with Board members, Fr. Connolly, parents, and school administrators. Additionally, I have made a number of trips to Tampa to begin the foundational step of listening to members of the school community about what makes St. John’s so wonderful and what we can do better. I look forward to meeting all of you and learning about your experiences and perspectives. Together we will achieve great things.
On a personal note, my wife, Danelle, and I are looking forward to our return home to Tampa, reconnecting with family and friends, and meeting new friends as we come to know the inclusiveness and warmth of the St. John’s community.
See you soon and Go Eagles!
Hugh Aidan Robert Jebson is in his twenty-seventh year of service to education, including seventeen years of operational experience as a senior administrator and school leader. Throughout his career, Hugh has retained direct contact with students as a teacher of history, advisor, and coach. A first generation immigrant to the United States, he began his teaching career in England and has served a number of elite day and boarding schools there and in the United States. He is a teaching fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, has been published widely, is a former NCAA Division I student-athlete, and has presented to numerous regional and national independent school conferences on a range of topics, including student safety, independent school finance and tuition assistance, academic leadership, and faculty evaluation.
Reflections From the Board Chair of Mr. Jebson’s Current School
“Hugh’s leadership during his time at All Saints’ has been remarkable and inspiring. In addition to enhancing the children’s experience, he has partnered with the school constituencies to bring to life a number of major campus initiatives that will continue to transform the future of All Saints’ Day School. As a result of his hard work, his ability to engage with different stakeholders and, most importantly, his vision, our school is a better place for his time with us.”
All Saints’ Day School