High Meadows School

770.993.2940

info@highmeadows.org

1055 Willeo Road

Roswell, Georgia 30075

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High Meadows School

770.993.2940

info@highmeadows.org

1055 Willeo Road

Roswell, Georgia 30075

Our People


High Meadows School

Address
1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075

Contact Info
770.993.2940
info@highmeadows.org

School Hours
Monday – Friday
8:25am – 3:15pm

Jay Underwood

Jay Underwood

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.

Margaret Jones

Margaret Pritchett Jones

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.

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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.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Steve Shlansky, Chair
CEO, GO! Experience Design
steve.shlansky@xdagency.com

Erica Davis, Secretary
Strategic  Lead Tech/ Telco, Yahoo

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

MEMBERS

David Boatright
President, Gabriel Holdings

Dana Meyer
High Meadows Alumni

Mark Sedgley
Chair, Enrollment & Marketing
President/CEO,  MemberClicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat Boren
Community Volunteer

Jon Ramsey

Marcia Prewitt Spiller
Vice President for Academic Affairs,
Woodward Academy

Kirk Waldrop
Vice President, Supply Chain
Chainalytics

 

 

 

 

Jody Holden
Co-Founder, High Meadows School

Steve Romeyn
Chair, Campus Planning Task Force
Partner, Windsong Properties

Rob Stone
Partner, Alston & Bird

 

 

Sue Amacker

Sue Amacker

Counselor and Director of Support Services

John Dovic

John Dovic

Director of Camp and After School Programs

Consuela Harris

Front Office Manager

Melissa Harrison

Melissa Harrison

Director of Development and Communications

Michelle Hines

Director of Finance and Operations 

Margaret Jones

Margaret Jones

Associate Head of School and Lower Years Principal

Lori Kennedy

Lori Kennedy

Lower Years Assistant Principal

Angela Lockard

Development Manager

Kathryn McElvaney

Kate McElvaney

Director of Educational Advancement and Director of the Center for Progressive Learning

Laura Nicholson

Director of Admission & Enrollment

Michael Rhodes

Michael Rhodes

Director of Technology & Facilities

Judi Vargas-Prada

Judi Vargas-Prada

Executive Assistant to the Head of School

Jay Underwood

Jay Underwood

Head of School

Peggy Volrath

Peggy Volrath

Enrollment Coordinator and Data Base Manager

NOT PICTURED

Pat Wolf

Middle Years Principal

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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.

Gail Albert

Pre-K/Preschool Teacher

Karen Allen

Physical Education Teacher

Tasha Babiar

Middle Years Math Teacher

Lisa Backalenick

Librarian

Debby Bechman

Second/Third Grade Teacher

Melissa Begley

Support Teacher

Holly Berg

Technology Integration Specialist

Deanna Bussard

Pre-K Specials Teacher  and Before & After School Care

Melissa Casorio

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher

Yvette Cupid

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

Rebecca Drage

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

David Engbritson

Middle Years Science Teacher

Kirsten Fournier

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher

Jenifer Friedman

Pre-K / Preschool Teacher

John Garcia

Lower Years Spanish Teacher

Sheryl Garrett

Support Teacher

Carolyn Higgins

After School Care

Shannon Hostetler

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

Katie Huffner

First/Second Grade Teacher

Jean Hunter

Middle Years English Teacher

Andrea Ianzito

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

Kerri Irwin

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher

Roshni Ismail

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher

Brian Ivey

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

Walt Knapp

Afterschool Care

Amanda Korell

Technology Intergration Specialist

Christina Lababidi

Second/Third Grade Teacher

Nanci Levine

Animal Care Manager

Shannon Lindsay

Theatre Arts Teacher

Jennifer Lott

Director of Extended Care & Pre-K Nature Classes

Anne Lovatt

Middle Years Social Studies Teacher

Brenda Major

Visual Arts Teacher

Libby McCutchen

Pre-K/Preschool Teacher

Carrie Newman

Second/Third Grade Teacher

Zandra Oatis-Bell

Support Teacher

Kim Platnick

Librarian

Vivien Rosa-Vaccarelli

Middle Years Spanish Teacher

Kara Saiz

Environmental Education Teacher

Sallie Samuels

Middle Years Math Teacher

Yori Scott

Middle Years Counselor

Nancy Smith

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher

Vanda Spinola

Middle Years Spanish Teacher

Robert Stalker

Middle Years English Teacher

Allison Stanley

Support Teacher

Andy Stephens

Middle Years Science Teacher

Kate Stoessel

Second/Third Grade Teacher

Annie Swanlaw

Second/Third Grade Teacher

Beth Thompson

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

Liz Thompson

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

Martha Lee Thwaite

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher

Sarah Topper

Middle Years Math Teacher

Jimmy West

Music Teacher

Lynn Williams

Visual Arts Teacher

Paula Williams

Music Teacher

Linda Wise

Pre-K/Preschool Teacher

Isaac Wolf

Middle Years Social Studies Teacher

Danielle Wright

Theatre Arts Teacher

Tiara Wynn

Kindergarten/First Grade Teacher

Melissa Zampattie

School Nurse

Carol Zboreak

Support Teacher