At St. John’s, we meet students where they are and take them as far as they can go. To help us on the journey, we have a Student Support Team (SST) focused on students’ learning, social and emotional, and spiritual needs. Each division has an SST consisting of the Director of Student Formation and counselor, learning specialist, and division head. The chaplains, dean of students, and nursing staff may also consult with the SST. When teachers or parents have concerns about a student, they can make a referral to the SST. A member of the team will typically observe the student, and the team will meet with the referring teacher to determine the best course of action. The outcome may be a parent meeting, a recommendation for a psychoeducational assessment, tutoring, counseling, a behavior plan or checklist, or simply monitoring the student closely. The SST also presents and coordinates outside professionals to speak to teachers and parents on social, emotional, and learning topics.
Director of Student Formation & Counselor
Our Interim Director of Student Formation & Counselor, Ms. Jane Hensley, LPC, helps us maintain a healthy social and emotional environment at school. Her role includes student support, crisis intervention, providing classroom guidance lessons, and coordinating social emotional learning and wellness events for students. Jane participates in both the lower and middle school student support team. She acts as a resource for faculty members and parents by providing guidance on managing students’ particular issues of behavior, emotions, and mental health. Lastly, she functions as a liaison between the school and any mental health professional, and she serves as a referral source for outside professionals.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please contact Jane Hensley.
St. John’s enrolls diverse learners, including some with diagnosed learning differences. We have an Academic Support Coordinator, as well as a Learning Specialist to support these students and others who may need extra academic support. Nancy Shaw, our Academic Support Coordinator and Amy Fulmer, our Learning Specialist focus on helping faculty identify lower school students at-risk for learning differences and ensures middle school students with documented learning differences receive the in-class accommodations they need to be most successful. Both Nancy and Amy participate in divisional student support teams, assist families with accessing appropriate support systems, coordinate on-campus tutors and therapists, and provide support and information to teachers. If you have academic or learning concerns about your child, or are interested in seeking a psycho-educational assessment, please contact Amy Fulmer:
Mrs. Shannon Newsom and Mr. David Porcheddu guide us in the fulfillment of our spiritual mission to educate students in a Christian, Episcopal environment. We worship together as a community (first through eighth grade) each Monday and Wednesday. On Wednesdays and Fridays, Mrs. Newsom leads chapel for our early childhood students. On their non-chapel days, students work with their homeroom teachers (Lower School) or advisors (Middle School) on small-group social emotional learning lessons that focus on character development.
Mrs. Newsom also teaches the seventh and eighth grade religion elective and coordinates the school’s Episcopal Schools Sunday, Christmas, Easter and other celebrations.
Through their work, Mrs. Newsom and Mr. Porcheddu embody the five tenets of Episcopal education to which we, as a school, are committed:
- Academic excellence
- Corporate worship (Episcopal/Christian chapel)
- Religious studies based on basic Biblical content
- Meaningful and integrated community service and service-learning projects
- An inclusive community where the dignity of every human being is respected.