Janet has over twenty years of teaching experience and thirteen years experience as a House Director at Northfield Mount Hermon. At NMH, she became the Chair of Modern Languages Department, the Director of International Programs, and eventually Dean of Curriculum. During her time as Dean of Curriculum, she was responsible for re-engineering the entire academic program for the school of eleven hundred students. Before NMH Janet had lived and studied in France, and she and her husband, John, lived in and worked in the Congo, after which they spent a year traveling the world.
When the Founders of Sonoma Academy found Janet, they tasked her with bringing the vision and mission of the twelve founding families into reality. Sonoma Academy's compelling mission
provided an exciting roadmap for her as she set out on this grand adventure. She began working with the founders in the summer of 2000 to recruit faculty and begin developing the school's curriculum, enroll the first students, and find a temporary site and renovate it. The school opened in September of 2001.
Throughout the school’s development, she has been a stalwart proponent of an educational environment and methodology that maximizes the transformative time of adolescence. Under her leadership, Sonoma Academy has become the premier independent and college preparatory high school in Sonoma County—shepherding students through their teen years, matching each individual student’s talents and potentials with unique opportunities for growth, exploration, challenge, and support.
Read Janet’s weekly blog, The View From Here
, to learn more about her perspective and for a window into daily life here at Sonoma Academy.