preschool-3 – eighth grade independent preparatory school 

New Head of School Announcement

About the Incoming Head of School

Following a nationwide search, the Board of Trustees selected Meshea Matthews to serve as the next Head of School, effective July 1, 2019.

Meshea Matthews’ arrival signals an important chapter for St. John’s. With a keen sense of the Dallas independent school community and deep appreciation for the unique attributes our school offers, Meshea is drawn to our mission and intent on amplifying St. John’s story across the city. Most significantly, she embodies the ethos of the institution and the attributes we uphold for our graduates: a love of learning, character marked by integrity and tenacity; and the ability to connect, collaborate and communicate authentically. Meshea is uniquely suited to lead our school into the future.

“From our first interview with Meshea, we were impressed,” Head of School Search Committee Chair Melissa Eakes observed. “Throughout the process, it became clear that she is student-centered, guided by grace and feels called to St. John’s and our mission. We found that to be very compelling.”

Meshea served in a wide range of roles during her 19-year career at The Hockaday School: classroom teacher, department chair, Dean of Students, and ultimately as Director of Resident Life and Global Outreach for the school’s 106-year-old boarding program. Throughout, she distinguished herself to students, parents and peers. 

“In my more than 50 years in education, I have never met a more capable, truly authentic and ethical person than Meshea Matthews,” noted Karen A. Drawz, former Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs at The Hockaday School. “In my opinion, she is a born leader.”

“Something very special happens at 848 Harter Road, so I am incredibly honored to accept this call to lead St. John’s and to carry forward the mission, message and momentum of this great school,” said Matthews. “My visits to the campus revealed an active community with remarkable teachers, talented staff, dedicated parents and most importantly, bright young minds, ready to learn and grow. I am counting the days until I can welcome the students back to campus in August 2019!”


Message from Meshea 11/16/18



On November 16, 2018, the Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, announced the unanimous selection and appointment of Meshea Matthews as our next Head of School, effective July 1, 2019. View the video to hear Meshea's message to the St. John's community.






New Head of School Search

In February 2018, the Board of Trustees announced the search for St. John's next Head of School. Please find details about the process, the Search Committee, frequently asked questions, and letters to the community below.