Southern Wake Academy Adds Arts-Savvy Educator to the Leadership Team.

Southern Wake Academy Adds Arts-Savvy Educator to the Leadership Team

Southern Wake Academy has added seasoned school leader Dr. John Schultz as the Head of School as they continue to strengthen instructional practices and fully implement their dynamic mission for students in grade 6-12. 


Holly Springs, NC, September 24, 2020 ~ The Board of Directors for Southern Wake Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. John Schultz has been hired as the Head of School. A veteran school leader, Dr. Schultz brings not only a wealth of experience and skills as a leader of high achieving schools, but he also brings his career-long expertise and experience in the fields of theatre and the arts. Dr. Schultz has deep knowledge and a rich history of success in building a community-based school that meets the unique needs of all children. 


Dr. Schultz comes to North Carolina via Connecticut, where he served as Dean of The Franklin Academy. In addition, he brings over a decade of experience as a Superintendent for Education in Erie, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Gannon University (Erie, PA); a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Saint Bonaventure University (Olean, NY); and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). He also has earned a degree in Sacred Theology and a Master’s in Divinity from Saint Mary’s University (Baltimore, MD). 


Additionally, Dr. Schultz has served as Head of School in Pennsylvania, has built a school in Puerto Rico, served for eight years on the Advisory Board for the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges in Philadelphia, and has acted in, directed, and conducted over 160 theater productions.


Dr. Schultz founded two theater companies in Pennsylvania, Performing Arts Center in Bradford, PA and Lake Effect Theater in Erie, PA, and for 25 years, he worked as a high school and college football referee. He loves to play the piano, travel, bake, read and watch classic movies. He is working on finishing his first novel. (Maybe the setting will be reworked to take place in North Carolina!)


“I am anxiously excited to work with the Southern Wake Academy staff to fulfill the needs of all the stakeholders to allow the school to thrive in a prosperous way,” said Dr. Schultz. 


Robin Henderson, SWA’s Board Chair shared, “I was impressed by John the first time I met him. His confidence and experience in developing strong schools that educate the whole child speaks for itself. I’m honored that he is joining the team as our Head of School. I am extremely confident that SWA will be the top public school of choice in the area before we know it.”


Southern Wake Academy is a public charter school serving students in grades 6-12 from the town of Holly Springs and surrounding areas with a unique education model that is a synthesis of community, service learning, technology, and the arts.  


Contact Information:

Southern Wake Academy

5108 Old Powell Road

Holly Springs, NC 27540

(919) 567-9955

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