Dear Episcopal School of Jacksonville Community,
I am very pleased to share with you several exciting leadership appointments which will support the growth and culture of excellence of our school. All of these individuals are committed educators and experienced administrators who are dedicated to our great school’s mission. Most importantly, their love for, and commitment to our students guides all that they do.
Natalie Herford – Head of Upper School, Munnerlyn Campus
Natalie has two decades of teaching experience, with almost half of those in Episcopal’s history department. She has served as the History Department Chair since 2015 and currently serves as the Curriculum Committee Chair. Natalie chaired the school’s Portrait of a Graduate committee last year. She was the 2016 recipient of the Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Prior to teaching at Episcopal, Natalie taught at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, SC; Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, MO; and The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA, among others. Natalie is currently completing her certificate in School Management & Leadership at Harvard University, Graduate School of Education/Harvard Business School. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Boston University’s School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Boston University as well. She has been very involved in the College Board’s AP programs, serving on the leadership teams for the organization.
Beville Anderson – Head of Lower School, St. Mark’s Campus
Beville’s many years of experience in education — 16 of them on the St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (SMEDS) campus — make her an ideal candidate for this position. Beville most recently served St. Mark’s as the Dean of Faculty. She served as the Assistant Head of School at SMEDS for four years prior to that; as the Director of Christian Education; and as a guidance counselor and service learning coordinator from 2008-2014. She also taught at SMEDS for three years.
Beville graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in communications. Her graduate studies are extensive and include the fields of education, counseling and theology: she has earned an M.S. Ed. in Counseling Education from Duquesne University; completed graduate hours in counseling psychology from the University of North Florida; and completed graduate studies at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. She also has earned certification for the State of Florida Department of Education Certificate for Guidance and Counseling (PreK – Grade 12) through 2021. She is a recipient of the SMEDS Nancy N. Wood Excellence in Education award (2013).
Jennifer Ketchum – Head of Lower School, Beaches Campus
Jennifer currently serves as the Interim Head of School for Beaches Episcopal School. Most recently she served as Episcopal’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and as the merger transition coordinator. Before joining the ESJ family, Jennifer spent nine years as the Principal at St. Peter School, Pre-K4-Grade 8, on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Because of her leadership, the school also earned the prestigious National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award. Jennifer also taught at the elementary and middle school levels for more than ten years.
Jennifer received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ, and a Master of Arts in Teaching, Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore, MD. She also received a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from The University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.
All new appointments are effective July 1, 2020; however, Natalie, Beville, and Jennifer are already transitioning into their new roles. They will work closely with the administration teams on the BES campus, the SMEDS campus, and Episcopal’s Munnerlyn campus as we continue toward merging our schools in preparation for the 2020-2021 school year.
Following these new appointments becoming effective, Keesy Goebertus will continue his strong leadership as our Associate Head of School, and Paige McGee will remain Episcopal’s outstanding Head of Middle School.
I could not be more excited about the future of Episcopal School of Jacksonville with these fine professionals in leadership roles, and I know you will find working with them as inspiring as I do.
I wish you the happiest of Thanksgiving breaks as you celebrate with your families and loved ones,
The Rev. Adam S. Greene
Head of School
Episcopal School of Jacksonville