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WCDS office will be open Monday-Thursday 9am -2pm and Friday 9am-12pm. The office will be closed the week of July 4th (July 1st-July 5th).
Voice Recognition

Head of School

WCDS Head of School Matt Jacobs

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Our new Head of School has a track record of creating programs that help students understand their capabilities and reach their potential.   During his eighteen years of university and independent school experience, Mr. Jacobs has served as teacher, coach, advisor, and administrator.  He has engineered a comprehensive professional development plan, redesigned the curriculum with more robust horizontal and vertical alignment, implemented technology, established cross-divisional educational philosophy, and united the school community to the school’s mission and vision.

A 2002 graduate of Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in History, Mr. Jacobs earned an M.A. in History from University of New Hampshire and and M.S. in Education from University of New England.  He is currently working on his Doctorate Degree in Education at Northeastern University.

Mr. Jacobs, and his wife, Bethany, are the parents of Connor and Genevieve.

Before he began his tenure at The O'Neal School, Mr. Jacobs held several different positions as teaching assistant, History teacher, High School Head, and director of student activities at Washington & Lee University, Woodberry Forest School, University of New Hampshire, Bishop Guertin High School, and The Berkeley Preparatory School.  In addition to teaching, he has coached baseball, football, ice hockey and wrestling.  He has also been the faculty sponsor for many clubs and activities such as camps, debate club, Model U.N., quiz bowl, student government, Honor Council, and other service-oriented clubs.  During his tenure as a student, he played Football, Club Ice Hockey, and was on W & L's wrestling team.

Mr. Jacobs is a leader with a lifelong passion for education, learning, encouraging students, and providing development opportunities to staff.  Mr. Jacobs will bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm, along with his resume of accomplishments, which are an embodiment of our school's mission and values.