St. Johns Welcomes Eighth Head of School

St. Johns Country Day School, founded in 1953, a founding member of the Florida Council of Independent Schools, and one of the top independent schools in Northeast Florida, is thrilled to welcome Mrs. Valorie Baker as its eighth Head of School. Mrs. Baker joined the School effective July 1, 2020.

"The Board of Trustees is delighted to welcome Mrs. Baker to the St. Johns community as our Eighth Head of School,” said President of the Board of Trustees Rick Gregson, “and we are confident that she will use her knowledge, breadth of experience, passion and spirit of teamwork to lead our School firmly and smoothly into the future."

"Moving back to Jacksonville, and to St. Johns, feels like coming home,” said Baker, “and I am honored to be able to call the St. Johns community ‘family.’" Mrs. Baker returns to the Jacksonville area after previously working at other First Coast private schools. 

Mrs. Baker joins St. Johns from the Webb School of Knoxville, Tennessee, where, for the past three years she has served as Head of Middle School, directing all aspects of a division of 300 students and 40 faculty and staff. Prior to the Webb School, Mrs. Baker served at Miami’s Palmer Trinity School as Director of Auxiliary Programs, at Louisville Collegiate as Director of Community Relations, and at two First Coast schools—the Episcopal School of Jacksonville as Director of Counseling and Student Services, and The Bolles School as a College Counselor.