Head of School - Don Roe
Don Roe has been a passionate educator for over thirty years and currently serves as Head of School. His educational philosophy is that at every level of education, simply stated, the goal is to develop people. To grow people, they must be loved, engaged, and challenged consistently.
Over the past two decades, through his efforts in the classroom as a teacher, lead administrator, and now Head of School, he has dealt with such issues as day-to-day operations, long-range strategic planning, accreditation, faculty compensation and evaluation, curriculum development, and fundraising. He served as a Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) Accreditation team member, chaired USJ's Strategic Planning Committee, and was the 2011 Teacher of the Year for Madison Academic Magnet High School. Don was appointed by Governor Haslam as a member of the Tennessee Historical Commission, served as a Board member for the Tennessee Academic Decathlon and the Tennessee Council for History Education, and was a member of the Madison County Superintendent's Committee on Cultural Diversity.
Before his time with USJ, Don taught with Jackson-Madison County Schools for eighteen years. He also worked as an adjunct professor for UT Martin, Lambuth, and Union University during this time. He completed his education with a Master of Arts in History at the University of Memphis.