Board of Directors

St. Johns Classical Academy's Board of Directors uphold and support the mission, vision and virtues of the school. The Board is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the school. All decisions will be made in light of the mission, virtues, goals and objectives of SJCA as stated in the Charter Application. The Board of Directors is accountable for the governance of all aspects of the school and each director fully recognizes and accepts his or her responsibility for the academic performance of our scholars and the sustainability of SJCA. The Board must ensure the provision of its quality educational program to all scholars and every decision or action taken by the Board must be made in the best interest of all scholars.


Diane Hutchings

Founding President
Tel: (904) 710-1469

Mrs. Hutchings is a certified financial planner professional. Mrs. Hutchings began her career in financial services at Barnett Bank and in 2001 transitioned into the investment side by joining Salomon Smith Barney. In 2003, she decided to open her own financial planning firm under the corporate partner, Prudential Financial and was later recruited to join First Florida Investment Services in 2009. She is the Managing Director of Investment Services for First Florida Credit Union.

In addition to her professional career, Mrs. Hutchings has served in a wide variety of volunteer, appointed and elected positions representing Clay County. As a Clay County School District volunteer, she has served on the Clay County Health Advisory Council, the District Advisory Council and Green Cove Springs Jr. High School Advisory Council. She has served appointments on the Clay County Tourism Committee, the Clay County Transportation Committee, she is currently a member of the Orange Park Medical Center Board of Trustees and the Vice Chair for the Transportation Planning Organization of Northeast Florida. Her elected positions include council member and Mayor on the Green Cove Springs City Council 1993-1999. She was re-elected to a second term as Commissioner for District 3 on the Clay County Board of Commissioners. During her 5 year tenure she has served one year as Budget and Finance Chair, two years as vice-chair and two years as the Chairman for the Commission.

Mrs. Hutchings resides in Clay County with her husband, Brett, and their two adult children, daughter Ashley Gilhousen (Adam) and their three sons Aiden, Brantley and Caleb, and son Kyle, (Tiffaney) and their daughters Raegan and Claire. The family attends Hibernia Baptist Church and enjoys serving in the preschool ministry.


Amy Miller

​Founding Treasurer

Mrs. Miller is a licensed, professional engineer in the state of Florida. As a lifelong Clay County resident, she graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor of science degree in environmental engineering. She later completed a master of business administration also from the University of Florida. Her work experience began doing civil engineering and lead to working for a construction materials company as a key account manager. She currently serves as the national director for a construction trade association.

​Mrs. Miller helped form the Northeast Florida Structural Engineers Association along with a division in Tampa and Tallahassee. She also served in various positions on the state executive board of the Florida Structural Engineers Association including state president. She served as a voting member of the American Concrete Institute 522 and 330 Committees. She has also served as a Guardian ad Litem in Clay County.
Mrs. Miller resides in Fleming Island with her husband, Troy, and their three children Parker, Brock and Adaira.


Alexandra Compere

Board Member

Ms. Compere is a trial attorney practicing in Downtown, Jacksonville. She focuses primarily in personal injury law. In 2017, she received her Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law and was admitted into the Florida Bar. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from the University of North Florida in 2014.

During her time at Florida Coastal School of Law, Ms. Compere earned a position on the Moot Court Honor Board through her display of exemplary oral advocacy and writing skills. The Honor Board travels nationally to compete at the highest levels of appellate advocacy. She represented the institution on five competitions from Seattle, Washington to Orlando, Florida. Her peers selected her to represent Florida Coastal at the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship.

Ms. Compere has always lived in Clay County. She attends church at MorningStar Family Church where she enjoys serving as a worship leader and Bible study teacher.