In Jessica Donovan, Chadwick School has found a superior leader who demonstrates all the key qualities that we as a community desire in our next Head of School. She brings a deep commitment to teaching and developing young minds, a stalwart belief in the value of experiential learning, an extensive commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and she embodies and fully embraces our Core Values and our Mission. As a community, we are excited and enthusiastic about the future under Jessica’s leadership. 

Meet Our Head Of School Jessica S. Donovan

Jessica S. Donovan joined Chadwick School in 2023 as Chadwick’s 14th Head of School since it was founded in 1935 by Margaret Lee Chadwick.

Donovan last served as Head of School at Sheridan School, an independent school in Washington, D.C. Donovan has spent more than 25 years working in schools as a teacher and school leader, including roles as Division Director, Assistant Head of School and Head of School. Her work at Sheridan included implementing data-driven curriculum overhauls; leading renovations at both the city and mountain campuses; building a culture of philanthropy; increasing the diversity of faculty, staff and families; and overseeing the strategic plan, while ensuring that all community members have a sense of belonging. 

Donovan sits on the board of the Association of Independent Schools of Greater Washington, where she chairs the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She also serves on the board of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools, where she is the commissioner for accreditation. Donovan has presented at various conferences on integrated project-based learning, mindfulness, curriculum design and differentiation, and hiring and retaining diverse faculty. She serves as a leadership mentor for underrepresented leaders in independent schools. Donovan earned her B.A. in English and American Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and her M.A. in Independent School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. 

A Message From The Head Of School

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