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High Meadows School

Address
1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

Contact Info
770.993.2940
info@highmeadows.org

School Hours
Monday – Friday
8:25 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lisa Baker

Head of School & Camp

Lisa Baker joins High Meadows as the Head of School & Camp starting with the 2020-21 school year. As Head of School & Camp, Lisa will lead planning and programming, community building, financial management, attracting and developing faculty and staff, stewardship of our campus, and carrying out our mission.

Lisa joins us after serving as Head of Upper School at Bancroft School in Worchester, Mass where she was a visionary and charismatic leader. Recently she co-chaired on the Strategic Planning Team and launched the Social Justice and Equity Task Force. Additionally, she has collaborated closely with the Board. Baker began her career in education as a middle school teacher and coach and did the practicum for her counseling degree in a middle school setting. She began her path to educational leadership as the Camp Director at Camp Greenway at The Madeira School in McLean, Va.

“When we embarked on the journey to find a new head of school and camp, we asked the High Meadows community for input about the kind of leader we were looking for, and the feedback we received was very thoughtful and consistent,” says Javier Estrella, chair of the head of school search committee and board chair of the High Meadows Board of Trustees. “Lisa Baker is an experienced independent school leader who identifies as an educator and celebrates childhood and child-centered learning, both highly-regarded values of High Meadows. We believe she embodies our values and are confident she will lead our faculty, staff, and entire school and camp community to a bright future.”

 

 

 

 

Margaret Pritchett Jones

Associate Head of School

A seasoned educator and independent school leader, Margaret is the Associate Head of School and Middle 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.

 

The 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.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Javier Estrella, Chair
Partner, Co-Creation Partners

Amy Jewett, Secretary
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Erica Davis, Vice Chair
Director of Content Strategy, Epsilon

Geoff Knapp, Member At Large
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Lisa Baker, Head of School & Camp

Chris Rogers, Treasurer
Chair, Finance Committee
CEO/President, Rogers Electric

Lisa Tilt, Member At Large
President, Full Tilt Consulting

MEMBERS

Joe Crowley
Global Head of Learning, BlackRock

Katie Johnson
Senior Consultant, The Redwoods Group

Theresa Robison
Director of Information Security, InVision App

Gary Denning
Crossville Veterinary Hospital

Tony Khan
Equifax

Mark Sedgley
President/CEO, MemberClicks

Audrey Hines
Managing Partner, Dillard Hines & Associates

Mital Patel
Optometrist/Owner, Classic Vision Care

Steve Shlansky
President/CEO,
The XD Agency

Jody Holden
Lifetime Trustee

Kate Pearson
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

BOARD BIOS

Javier Estrella - Chair

Javier EstrellaJavier Estrella serves as the Chair of the Board for High Meadows School & Camp. His family has been a part of the High Meadows community for the past five years with Isabel entering 4th grade and Ariana 2nd grade. Before becoming Chair of the Board, Javier was Co-chair of the Head of School & Camp Search Committee.

Javier is a facilitator, consultant, and coach with a passion for helping individuals and organizations achieve their full potential. He is a Partner at Co-Creation Partners (CCP). Prior to joining CCP, he worked with Accenture and spent a decade at McKinsey & Company.

Javier was born and raised in Puerto Rico and holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives with his family in Marietta.

Erica Davis - Vice Chair

Erica DavisErica Davis currently serves as the Vice Chair and is in her 5th year as a Trustee. She has 2 children who enjoy both High Meadows School and Camp. They are entering the 3rd and 5th grades for the 2020-21 school year. Erica is a content strategist at Epsilon, and has worked in digital marketing and strategy for 20 years. Her husband, Luke, works in Finance and during their COVID-19 quarantine, they became really dorky and tried to teach their kids pivot tables in excel. (It unfortunately didn’t catch.)

In her spare time, she likes to coach soccer and basketball through the Roswell Recreational leagues. She is an avid reader, and has been known to run a fantastic book fair for the school to benefit the library and the overall love of reading for the children. She grew up in Kentucky (GO CATS!) and graduated from Miami University (in Ohio).

Chris Rogers - Treasurer

Chris RogersChris Rogers currently serves as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance Committee at High Meadows School. His family has been an active part of the High Meadows community for the last five years. His children Hayden and Grace, are entering the 6th and the 4th grades this upcoming school year. Chris serves as the Vice Chairman of a large family run business, Rogers Electric. He also serves as President of John Rogers Renovations leading their marketing and operations divisions.

Chris grew up in the Atlanta area, attending high school at Greater Atlanta Christian School in Norcross, then attending Auburn University, graduating with a degree in Finance. He also holds an MBA from the University of Georgia. Chris and his wife Jennifer, and their children Hayden and Grace currently live in Roswell, GA.

Amy Jewett - Secretary

Amy JewettAmy Jewett currently serves as the Secretary, Chair of the COVID-19 Task Force, and member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Her family has been a part of the High Meadows community since 2004. Her 3 daughters are High Meadows School alumni, who attended from preschool through 8th grade.

Amy is an Epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and since 2009 has worked in Viral Hepatitis, Global Migration and Quarantine, Injury Prevention, and Reproductive Health. Prior to joining the CDC, Amy was a social worker, commercial real estate appraiser, and owned and operated a reproductive clinic.

Amy currently lives in Roswell and is a Georgia native. She has bachelor’s degrees in social work and biology, and a master’s degree in public health from Georgia State University.

Geoff Knapp - Member at Large

Geoff KnappGeoff Knapp currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees Executive and Finance committees. His family has been a part of the High Meadows community for seven years. He has one child entering 4th grade and a recent graduate entering 9th grade. Geoff is the General Manager of the Payments Division at 2checkout where he has worked for the past three years. Prior to joining the company in 2017, Geoff spent 14 years in various positions with Fiserv.

Geoff grew up near Ft. Lauderdale, FL and graduated from Florida State University. He also has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Geoff and his family currently reside in Roswel.

Lisa Tilt - Member at Large

Lisa TiltLisa Tilt is past Board chair and currenty serves on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee. She is a High Meadows camp alum with a younger brother and sister who attended both school and camp. She rejoined the High Meadows community in 2011 with her husband Mike and two daughters.

Lisa is CEO of Full Tilt Consulting, a marketing communications firm she founded in 2006. She also sits on the boards of Public Relations Society of America (Georgia chapter) and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Lisa is an Atlanta native and graduated from Florida State University. She and her family currently reside in Historic Roswell.

Lisa Baker - Head of School & Camp

Lisa BakerLisa Baker joins High Meadows as the Head of School & Camp starting with the 2020-21 school year. As Head of School & Camp, Lisa will lead planning and programming, community building, financial management, attracting and developing faculty and staff, stewardship of our campus, and carrying out our mission.

Lisa joins us after serving as Head of Upper School at Bancroft School in Worchester, Mass where she was a visionary and charismatic leader. Recently she co-chaired on the Strategic Planning Team and launched the Social Justice and Equity Task Force. Additionally, she has collaborated closely with the Board. Baker began her career in education as a middle school teacher and coach and did the practicum for her counseling degree in a middle school setting. She began her path to educational leadership as the Camp Director at Camp Greenway at The Madeira School in McLean, Va.

Joe Crowley

Joe CrowleyJoe Crowley currently serves as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees. The Crowley-Mack family joined the High Meadows community in 2019 when they relocated back home to Sandy Springs from Hong Kong. Joe and his husband Phil have one daughter who is in the 1st grade. Joe is the Global Head of Learning and Head of HR for the Atlanta Innovation Hub at BlackRock where he’s worked for over 12 years. In this capacity, Joe leads the Learning team, with responsibilities for the strategy, governance, and execution of the BlackRock Academies, Instructional Design, and Professional Development for the firm. As Head of HR for the Atlanta iHub, Joe is responsible for embedding BlackRock’s culture and driving the firm’s talent and diversity agenda.

Joe grew up in Sandy Springs and earned BA degrees in Economics and Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University.

Gary Denning

Gary DenningGary was a 4/5 teacher at High Meadows for six years. Previously he had teaching experience at public elementary and middle schools. He also has had long-term sub experience at a private high school, led corporate training classes and has been a guest lecturer in MBA classes. Prior to joining High Meadows, he completed his MAT at Emory University with certifications in middle school math and social studies. Prior to becoming a trustee, Gary was on the School Governance Council at Crabapple Middle School when it became a charter school.

Prior to becoming a teacher, Gary spent 17 years in investment banking focused on mergers & acquisition. Then he became a consultant on strategy and growth projects. He helped his wife launch Crossville Veterinary Hospital in Roswell and served as CFO and CMO for two years. After leaving his role as a teacher at High Meadows, Gary returned to the corporate world as a senior executive in charge of corporate development at Axiall Corporation. After Axiall was acquired, he has spent the most recent three years focused on M&A, strategy and capital raising consulting for major companies.

Audrey Hines

Audrey HinesAudrey Hines serves as Co-chair of the HMS Board’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee. In 2004, Audrey formed Dillard Hines & Associates, a human resources and DEI consulting business. Prior to forming Dillard Hines & Associates, Audrey was a Corporate HR professional with experience as a strategic member of the management leadership team. Her strong business background was developed through line and staff positions in various industries: consumer packaged goods, banking, economic research, and medical diagnostic imaging. Some of the companies are Mars, Incorporated, PepsiCo, Picker International (now Siemens), and the American Bankers Association. This experience provides a solid foundation for Audrey’s success as a management consultant, facilitator/trainer and management coach.

Audrey became associated with High Meadows as a DEI consultant in 2018. She received a BS degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and an MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. She and her husband, Ernie live in Roswell, GA.

Jody Holden

Jody Holden is a member of the original four who incorporated High Meadows Camp and School in 1973. She was responsible for the establishment of a preschool and kindergarten which, over time, grew to include the primary and early elementary years of school. She continued in that position until 1993 when the school was sold to a Non-profit board of parents and friends. In 2001, Jody began thirteen years of teaching with the City Schools of Decatur and is now retired.

Jody completed undergraduate work at Duke University and a Master of Education at Georgia State University.

Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson is the mom of a High Meadows Day Camper. Katie currently serves as a Senior Consultant for The Redwoods Group. In this role, she provides risk management services and guidance for youth serving organizations such as YMCAs, Camps, Boys & Girls Clubs, and Jewish Community Centers. Prior to joining Redwoods 4 years ago, Katie worked at the American Camp Association for 8 years. Before this, Katie worked at resident and day camps as a director throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.

Katie grew up in Oregon and has a heart for the outdoors, youth development, and keeping kids and families safe in organized settings. She has a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a M.S. from Aurora University. Katie lives in East Cobb with her family and a houseful of pets.

Tony Khan

Tony KhanTony Khan currently serves as the Chair of the Committee on Trustees. His family has been a part of the High Meadows community for four years and has children entering the 3rd and 6th grades. Tony is a Strategy and Execution Leader with Equifax where he has worked for the past five years. Prior to joining the company in 2015, Tony held various positions with the Coca Cola Company and spent over five years in the financial services practice of a management consulting firm.

Tony grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated with a BA from Franklin & Marshall College. He also has an MBA from William & Mary. Tony and his family currently reside in Marietta.

Mital Patel

Mital Patel was born and raised in Mississippi. She went to Louisiana State University for her bachelor of science, then moved to Chicago to complete her doctorate in optometry from Illinois College of Optometry. She moved to Atlanta where she finished a residency program in ocular disease. Mital bought her first practice in 2012 and has grown to 3 different locations. Being an entrepreneur has kept Mital on her feet and always learning and growing from new challenges.

Mital currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. Her family has been a part of High Meadows since 2018. Her son is a rising first grader and her daughter in preschool. She enjoys outdoor yoga, riding on her Peloton, traveling, and hiking with their dog (named ODi a goldendoodle). Her favorite guilty pleasure is chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Mital and her husband enjoy the High Meadows approach to learning and the loving atmosphere.

Kate Pearson

Kate PearsonKate Pearson is a member of the Board of Trustees and she currently serves on the COVID-19 Task Force. Her family has been part of the High Meadows community for three years, with son Andrew (5) entering kindergarten this year and daughter Eleanor (2) looking forward to being a future student. Kate is a Health Policy Analyst at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where she gets to help Congress understand the importance of public health. She has served in various leadership roles on CDC’s COVID-19 Emergency Response since January 2020.

Kate is an avid distance runner, Disney fanatic, and beer drinker. She’s happiest when these three things are combined and would be happy to talk to you at length about any of them. She loves to spend time with her family and to explore new places. Kate holds a Masters Degree in International Development from the University of Denver and Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Berry College. She resides in Alpharetta with her husband Ben, their children, and four cats.

Theresa Robison

Theresa RobisonTheresa Robison serves as a member at large on the Board of Trustees. Her family is embarking on their fifth year as part of the High Meadows community, with children entering preschool, 2nd grade, and 4th grade. Theresa is currently the Security Officer at InVision App, where she leads Information Security, Compliance, and Risk. Prior to joining InVision App last year, Theresa served as the Security Officer at Liaison Technologies, where she assisted in the due diligence process and transition planning post acquisition of the company.

Theresa graduated from Virginia Tech with BS and MS degrees in Computer Engineering, with an emphasis on networks and network security. Additionally, Theresa is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and HealthCare Information Security and Privacy Professional (HCISPP). She resides in Sandy Springs with her husband and children.

Mark Sedgley

Mark SedgleyMark Sedgley is serving his 5th (that’s 35 in High Meadow Board years) year as a member of the High Meadows Board of Trustees. The Sedgley family has been part of the High Meadows community for the last 8 years. All three of Mark and Dorota’s children attend High Meadows. Jake (7th), Ashton (5th), and Kaia (K). Mark and Dorota have been together since High School and are committed (read as raving) fans of the High Meadows School.

In his free time, Mark is the CEO of MemberClicks. MemberClicks is a mission management software designed to empower mission-based organizations to thrive through refreshing technology and a heart for service. Obligatory note about Mark’s education: He attended Wake Forest where he double majored in English and East Asian Studies and graduated with honors in 3.5 years. Yep, you guessed it, he has done absolutely nothing with his major since.

Steve Shlansky

This is Steve Shlansky’s eighth year serving as a High Meadows Trustee. In the past Steve has served as Finance Committee Chair and Board Chair. Steve’s tenure with the Board started when his youngest Daughter, Emma enrolled into the 4th grade. Emma is in college now but Steve continues to serve because he believes in the High Meadows mission, values and our style of progressive education.

Steve is currently semi-retired after running the company he founded for 20 years.

Lisa Baker

Head of School & Camp

Chad Brinker

Associate Camp Director

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Laura Calvert

Business Manager

James Cox

Safety & Facilities Manager

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Darlene Coyne

Co-Nurse

John Dovic

Director of Camp & After School Programs

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Michelle Epstein

Educational Administrative Assistant

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Deanna Fetsch

Co-Nurse

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Bill Hamby

Facilities

Consuela Harris

Consuela Harris

Front Office Manager

Margaret Jones

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Associate Head of School

Lori Kennedy

Lower Years Principal

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Russell Knudsen

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Angela Lockard

Associate Director of Development & Communication

Jane Murphy

Payroll, Benefits & HR Manager

 

Laura Nicholson

Director of Admission & Enrollment

Matt Nuttall

Middle Years & Connections Principal

Michael Rhodes

Director of Technology

Anne Verville

Controller

Peggy Volrath

Enrollment & Database Manager

Our faculty 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.

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