Head of School
Welcome to The White Mountain School!
Are you looking to join a school community that is committed to equity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability? A place that is not just discussing but actively pursuing new approaches to education? A place with a small enough scale that the word community can have profound meaning? If the answer is "yes" to any and, hopefully, all of these, I hope you will come to visit us to see for yourself all the good things happening here. I am thrilled to be leading a school with these qualities.
White Mountain offers you the opportunity to search for and build common ground with your peers while pursuing an education that feels relevant to you. The opportunities and challenges that you'll experience in the coming years will almost certainly require bravery and kindness as much as intellectual accomplishment. White Mountain will help you grow those qualities—the main reason I wanted to come to the School.
School communities don't simply exist by habit or tradition, however. Our School's connection to its heritage is essential. Communities are created each day, each new year, through the efforts of the students and adults working together. In that sense, institutions like White Mountain are both strong and fragile—they require constant effort and care and stand for something meaningful and positive when they deliver on their mission. That's something worth being part of.
So, come see all that is going on here. See a school where you can pursue projects you design, get outside in a beautiful place surrounded by nature to try some new activities, and where you can work with others who are excited and curious to learn more about themselves and the world. White Mountain is a school of inquiry and engagement, and we want you to ask questions and become involved.
John A. Drew
Head of School
About Head of School John Drew
A career-long environmental science teacher and track coach, John began serving as Head of School at White Mountain in summer 2019 after serving as the former assistant head at Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts. There he worked with the leadership team to secure endowed support of academic innovation, was involved in two campus sustainability projects, revamped academic support, and worked to provide access to educational testing for any student who needed it. He held varied roles at Concord Academy, teaching science, coaching cross country and girls' varsity basketball, and serving as a house faculty member.
John began his teaching career at the Field School in Washington, D.C., where he worked with the science department to offer one of D.C.'s first high school HIV/AIDS education programs. He then taught and coached at the Potomac School in McLean, Virginia, where he directed the summer academic program and served as a founding advisor for the school's first multicultural affinity group.
John earned his master's degree at Smith College, and while there, coached cross country, indoor and outdoor track. He then served as a health educator and coach of cross country and track and field at Penn State Behrend before moving to Concord Academy.
John lives on campus in Dickey House with his wife, Gianna, a family nurse practitioner. Gianna served as a nurse in Concord Academy's health center before returning to school. They have two children, Sophie and Nate, and two cats.