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Wanders Hired as New Director of Intermediate Division and Curriculum


After an extensive search, Jonathan Wanders has been hired as Old Trail School's new Intermediate School Director and Curriculum Director. Head of School Sarah Johnston shared the announcement with the OTS community on May 3.

Jon comes to Old Trail from Gilmour Academy, where he has served as the director of the upper school, English department chair, athletic coach, and AP English teacher since 2010. 

"Jon is a wonderful listener, a collaborative leader and full of positive energy," Johnston said. "I am excited to add Jon to the school’s administrative team and his thoughtful approach to our strategic discussions about the future of Old Trail School."

With 17 years of experience in education, Jon has distinguished himself as a master instructor and experienced leader. A graduate of Western Reserve Academy and a lifelong learner, he obtained a master’s degree in education from the prestigious Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and brings a keen understanding of curriculum design, independent school pedagogy and leading professional development for faculty and staff. 

Jon lives in Hudson with his wife, Emily, who teaches third grade in the Hudson School District, and his two daughters Charlie, 13, and Molly, 10, and son, George, 4. Jon’s first day at Old Trail will be July 1.

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