1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075
Head of School
Jay has led the vision and mission of High Meadows in his role as Head of School since 2010. A principled leader in our professional, institutional and educational progress, Jay works closely with the board of trustees to define and uphold the high standards and ethical behavior in all areas of school operations. He is equally comfortable on the playground and the boardroom, and is often seen joining students in active learning and educational play around the High Meadows campus.
Beyond our school, Jay is a leader within the independent school community. He was awarded a fully-funded fellowship to the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership’s 2017 Heads of Schools Program at Columbia University, an honor granted to just 20 heads of schools annually. He serves on the executive committee of the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools (AAAIS), on the board of the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and is a member of the Country Day School Headmasters Association. His ideas and commentary have been published and quoted in publications including IB World Magazine, Independent School Magazine, Innovate My School (UK), USA Today and Education Talk Radio.
Jay has over 20 years of experience in education across multiple grade levels, holding positions as diverse as public middle school vice principal and adult English language instructor in Ecuador. He moved to the Atlanta area from Santa Fe, NM, where he was the Head of the Rio Grande School for five years. He holds a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Rutgers University and a bachelors degree in English from Guilford College. Jay and his wife, Maureen, have two daughters who are High Meadows graduates.
Associate Head of School and Lower Years Principal
A seasoned educator and independent school leader, Margaret is the Associate Head of School and Lower Years Principal at High Meadows. She expertly upholds the progressive learning practices foundational to our school, while championing the advancement of curriculum and teacher development that defines our long history of student achievement. More than any place else, you can find Margaret in each of the classrooms, continually assessing and shaping the academic direction for faculty and students.
Her more than three decades of teaching experience includes elementary grades and university teacher preparation courses. During her 10-year tenure at Georgia State University, Margaret co-directed the Collaborative Master’s Program, an innovative approach to in-service teacher education emphasizing learner-centered and democratic educational practices. She has consulted with many schools and organizations around issues of constructivist teaching and teacher education, including the Neighborhood Charter School, where she spearheaded the creation of the integrated curriculum maps for kindergarten through fifth grades. Margaret served as Curriculum Coordinator for five years at the Neighborhood Charter School, an urban charter school in downtown Atlanta. Prior to joining High Meadows, she served as the Lower School Head at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, SC from 2008 to 2015.
Margaret earned her M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Elementary Education from Indiana University, with Curriculum Theory as her focus of study. She has been published in The Journal of the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators, The Journal of Teacher Education, IB World Magazine, Independent School Magazine, Innovate My School (UK), and Education Talk Radio. Margaret’s husband, Jonathan, works in marketing and communications for the University of South Carolina Alumni Association. Her daughter, Allison, is a recent graduate of New York University in film production and animation. Beyond her school day, Margaret enjoys making jewelry, taking walks in the woods, and reading a great book.
he governing body of High Meadows School is the board of trustees. The board is a self-perpetuating group of volunteer parents, past parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends, all committed to setting the course for the school’s long-term success.
The board identifies and studies issues that will impact the school’s future. Through standing committees as well as strategic task forces, it focuses on governance and mission-centered areas of interest. Stewardship of High Meadows’ resources is a primary duty of the board, not the daily function of the school.
Lisa Tilt, Vice Chair
President, Full Tilt Consulting
Holli Hutson, Member At Large
Principal, H+H Content Marketing
Javier Estrella, Member At Large
Teacher, Coach & Founder at Estrella Group
Chris Rogers, Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
CEO/President, Rogers Electric
Jay Underwood, Head of School
President, Gabriel Holdings
High Meadows Alumni
Chair, Enrollment & Marketing
Marcia Prewitt Spiller
Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Vice President, Supply Chain
Co-Founder, High Meadows School
Chair, Campus Planning Task Force
Partner, Windsong Properties
Partner, Alston & Bird
Counselor and Director of Support Services
Associate Camp Director
Director of Camp and After School Programs
Front Office Manager
Director of Development and Communications
Associate Head of School and Lower Years Principal
Lower Years Assistant Principal
Director of Educational Advancement and Director of the Center for Progressive Learning
Human Resource Manager
Director of Admission & Enrollment
Director of Technology
Executive Assistant to the Head of School
Head of School
Enrollment Coordinator and Data Base Manager
Middle Years Principal
n a school setting, there are few people more important than the faculty who inspire, guide, and mentor students every day. We have more than 80 teachers at High Meadows School, 70% of whom hold a master’s or other advanced degree. Their commitment to exceptional academic preparation and individualized learning through engagement and connection is unparalleled. Every one of them models lifelong learning for students, frequently collaborating with colleagues on project-based initiatives to enrich our teaching methods.
Our unique teaching model places two lead teachers in every class from pre-k through fifth grade. Our Middle Years teachers are subject matter experts who teach specific courses to sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Small class sizes allow students to develop relationships with a consistent group of teachers throughout these three pivotal learning years.
High Meadows’ commitment to professional development for faculty touches on many areas of learning and education, often focused on studying different viewpoints and techniques to enhance our current programming. These experienced educators are regularly recognized at the national level for innovations in instruction and exceptional student outcomes.
Animal Care Manager
Director of Extended Care & Pre-K Nature Classes
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