Head of School

John Turner Head of School John is the Head of School, coming to Heronfield with 26 years experience working with middle school students. John earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Dartmouth College, and he also holds a Master of Education in Educational Administration. He began his teaching career at Severn School near Annapolis,…

Director of Music

Rob Thomas Director of Music Rob (stage name RC Thomas) joined Heronfield Academy in 2019 with over 20 years of performing and teaching music. He is a NH native and certified music teacher.  Rob earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education with honors from New York University in 2001. He is also an accomplished…

TEA & Science Teacher

Jo Slavitz TEA & Science Teacher Jo teaches sixth-grade art and science. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, and joined our faculty in 2017. She has 24 years experience with teaching middle school in 4 different states, including sixth- and eighth-grade science at Glen Urquhart School, and fifth- and sixth-grade math and science at…

Director of Enrollment

Kari Schmitz Director of Enrollment Kari joined the staff in 2019 as our second Director of Enrollment. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Simmons College. She has held positions at Harvard College, Polaroid Corporation, and, most recently, at ReMax Rising Tide. Kari is a proud…

English Teacher

Ron King English Teacher “The most important work I do is to put books into the hands of children.” Ron has taught middle- and high-school English for over 30 years. A published author of a middle-grade novel (The Quantum July, Random House 2007), Ron brings abundant experience in creative writing and YA literature to both…

Director of Athletics

Arin Jordan Director of Athletics “I chose to teach Physical Education in hopes to share the joy of moving and playing that I found in my own school experiences” Arin is our physical education and health teacher, as well as our Director of Athletics. He has been on the faculty of Heronfield Academy since 2008.…

Spanish Teacher

Kirsten Johnson Spanish Teacher Kirsten teaches sixth- and eighth-grade Spanish and is our Director of Special Programs. She has over 25 years’ experience working with middle schoolers and their families as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and Dean, the bulk of which she earned at The Meadowbrook School, an independent K-8 school in Weston, Massachusetts. Kirsten…

Math Teacher

Deborah Hobbs Math Teacher Debbie is our math teacher and a founding faculty member at Heronfield Academy. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education, and has taught mathematics and computer science at the high school and middle school level. After five years of teaching, she…

English & Humanities Teacher

Meggie Donovan English & Humanities Teacher “My greatest hope is that my students walk away from my class with a deeper love of literature, history and a thirst for knowledge.” Meggie teaches sixth-grade English and humanities, and also helps coach the cross country and track teams. She joined the faculty in the fall of 2019.…

TEA Teacher

Jeff Demers TEA Teacher Jeff is delighted to be a member of the Heronfield faculty as the seventh and eighth-grade TEA instructor. He joined the faculty in 2019 with over 25 years of professional experience as an accomplished architectural designer. Jeff played an integral role in the launch of Heronfield Academy’s innovation studio and promotes…