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TJ Board of Trustees Announces New Head of School

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(From L to R):  Fletcher, Benjamin, Sylvie, Katie (From L to R): Fletcher, Benjamin, Sylvie, Katie
JOPLIN, MISSOURI -

In an announcement to the Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School community Friday, the chair of TJs Board of Trustees announced that the board's comprehensive, nationwide search is complete, and that Benjamin Parsons will be the next Head of School effective for the academic year beginning July 1, 2015.

Parsons, who lives in Barrington, R.I., brings with him nearly 15 years of experience as a teacher, advisor, coach, and senior leadership administrator in independent schools. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for Education Innovation (CEI) at Friends Academy in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where he has led the Friends Academy outreach program for pedagogical improvement and technological professional development for teachers in the New Bedford schools. Prior to his work at CEI, Parsons served 10 years at Falmouth Academy in Falmouth, Massachusetts, a 7th - 12th grade college preparatory school, where he was a member of the administrative team as Dean of Students.

He earned his A.B. (magna cum laude) at Bowdoin College with a double major in French and English, and was a Columbia University Klingenstein Summer Fellow before going on to earn his Masters in Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College. He expects to complete his Ph.D. during 2015 in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.

Ben and his wife Katie have two children, six year old son Fletcher and four year old daughter Sylvie, and we also look forward to welcoming them to Joplin and to the TJ community in the summer.

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