LORI MEREDITH currently serves as St. Johns Classical Academy’s Headmaster. She strongly believes that the development of School Choice coupled with the propagation of The Hillsdale Mission with its Barney School Initiative Program intertwines a perfect opportunity to provide a classical educational option in Clay County. Ms. Meredith who has been following Hillsdale for many years is passionate about and thrilled to partake in the opportunity to be a part of Hillsdale’s vision.
Residing in Clay County for much of her life, she has had first-hand experience with the Clay County Public School System. She graduated Cum Laude from Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Ms. Meredith is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ with 35 years of experience, which includes working with a team specializing in managing investment portfolios of foundations, insurance groups, and financial institutions. One of the highlights of her career was her relationship with the George and Mary Kremer Foundation. This $80 million foundation helped provide scholarships to students who sought access to a classical education through parochial schools in their community.
Ms. Meredith finds that her appreciation for classical education and her experience in the financial sphere provide the necessary tools to make a lasting contribution to education.
ASHLEY O'NEAL has worked in the public school system for over thirteen years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Special Education/Exceptional Student Education from Saint Leo University. After serving in numerous leadership roles, she attended the University of Florida to obtain a Specialist of Educational Leadership Degree (Ed.S). Her leadership experience has equipped her with a plethora of knowledge in the management of successful educational organizations. Her Florida Teaching Certificate includes Educational Leadership, English 6-12, Mathematics 5-9, Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education, English for Speakers of Other Languages, and an endorsement in Next Generation Content Area Reading (NG CAR-PD). Mrs. ONeal’s extensive knowledge of and experience with Special Education and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act proves a crucial asset in fostering student success and maintaining school compliance.
Mrs. O’Neal was formerly the Area Director for Bright Minds Youth Development, which consisted of more than thirteen locations with more than 3,000 students. Within this role, she developed curriculum for Kindergarten through 9thgrade students. During her time as a classroom teacher, she was a member of the Clay County School District’s Foundations Team, the School Based Leadership Team, and the Clay County Leadership Lesson Study Group. Additionally, she was recognized as St. Johns Classical Academy’s Teacher of the Year in 2017. Mrs. O’Neal joined SJCA because she believes that its classical curriculum is unmatched in cultivating moral and intellectual virtues in its students, and effectively prepares them to be independent thinkers, noble citizens, and successful adults.
MAEGEN SATCHER is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in History. Mrs. Satcher is a dedicated student of the classical curriculum. She began her career in education as a junior high school teacher then later moved to an elementary school where she taught kindergarten, first, and second grade and held the position of Department Chair for several years. She possesses 13 years of extensive knowledge and expertise in an Orton-based literacy program, a pivotal basis of the trivium model encompassed in the Barney Charter School Initiative. Mrs. Satcher was named Teacher of the Year in 2010 at a former school and again in 2018 at SJCA as a first-grade teacher.
Using this model, Mrs. Satcher saw significant gains by her students in literacy with an increase of multiple grade levels in orthography. She has personally witnessed her students’ intellectual gains provided only by using the classical model and Literacy Essentials. Furthermore, she has seen the importance of a teacher’s role in utilizing this curriculum to develop scholars to be lifelong lovers of education who seek the good, the true, and the beautiful. She looks forward to continuing to see this transformation as the newly-appointed Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. Her new role will enable her to serve as a mentoring and instructional support to SJCA teachers. She believes mentoring and developing educators fosters their ability to become master teachers.