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Head of School Search

Sister Rogers’ charism of the mission and commitment to the work has made a lasting reality of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s vision. The legacy of these formidable women is ours to experience, to protect, and to grow.
                                                                                         -Maura T. Murphy ’99, Board Chair

Following an involved search process, Newton Country Day’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept the Search Committee’s recommendation for the next Head of School. Jessica Hooper has accepted and will serve as the next Head of School at Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart beginning July 1, 2024.
Jessica Hooper is a proven Catholic educator and leader who builds community by making meaningful connections. A University of San Diego alumna, she initially started her journey as a middle school teacher and expanded her skill set through a Master's in Educational Administration. Over the years, she has held a multitude of roles within schools, from teaching in the classroom to program development, enrollment management, and advancement. For almost a decade, Mrs. Hooper served as the Assistant Head of School at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace, a Catholic, all-girls high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Most recently, she has served as President of Nativity Prep in San Diego— an independent, all-scholarship Catholic middle school and college prep program.
Mrs. Hooper is a devoted advocate for all-girls education, a committed believer in the transformative power of integrating faith into the academic landscape, and an unyielding optimist in the boundless potential of each individual. The example of Christ's love, as understood through her Catholic faith, is the foundation of her leadership. Mrs. Hooper works diligently to foster school cultures that promote and support all students. 

Search Committee

  • Elizabeth Morey Blecharczyk ’01 – Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee

  • Ellen M. Harrington ’77 – Search Committee Co-Chair, Trustee

  • Enuma Menkiti '97 – Trustee

  • Maura T. Murphy ’99 – Board Chair

  • J. Terence Carleton P '99 – Past Board Chair

  • Peter Folan P ’27 – Trustee

  • Kathryn Hinderhofer P ’07 ’10 – Newton College of the Sacred Heart ’73 – Past Trustee

  • Sister Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ – Trustee