Whether you are a current or prospective parent or employee, an alumnus of the school, or a friend in the community -- thank you for taking time to learn more about our extraordinary elementary school.
Since its founding in 1929, JTD has stayed true to the Mission of our founders, Cathryn and John Dye, to provide “a program of academic excellence, one both traditional and dynamic.” There are core elements of education that are timeless, and yet the tools and strategies we use to deliver on that education must emulate the world our children will occupy as adults. We take pride in upholding traditions that bridge the many generations of JTD graduates together, whether it is the recitation of the Salutation of the Dawn every morning or the Candle Lighting Ceremony at the holidays. We also know that we have a responsibility to prepare our children to be contributing members of their community in the future, and as such, we emphasize 21st century skills, character education, and service learning.
The vibrant, child-centered spirit of the Dye family, as well as long-time Head of School Ray Michaud, continues to shape the School today. Through the 5C’s - Caring, Common Sense, Consideration, Cooperation, and Courtesy - our students develop a sense of how they should be in this world as an individual and as a community member. While the world seems an increasingly more complex place to raise children, JTD offers a values-centered education where we celebrate childhood and the lessons that can be found through joyful, purposeful learning. Opportunities for leadership and public speaking, competitive athletics and physical education, experiential learning, and the teaching of values are integral to our program and complement the rigorous study of language arts, history, mathematics, science, technology, and the visual and performing arts. JTD students love coming to school because they are challenged and yet supported in all that they do.
Although I’m in my fourth year as Head of School, it is actually my sixth year at JTD, having taught fifth grade English in the early/mid-2000s. When I left the school in 2005 to follow my husband Peter to the Bay Area, I hoped one day to return to the community I cherished. At that time, I also began my journey toward school leadership at The Hamlin School, where I previously served as Middle School Division Head. In my role as Head of School of The John Thomas Dye School, I blend a deep-rooted appreciation for what makes JTD so special with a collaborative, child-centered, and research-based approach to education. What is more, I am also a parent in the school, and I bring that lens to my leadership.
I am deeply grateful to represent the JTD community and to lead it into this next chapter. I hope you will visit our beautiful campus in person to see for yourself the magic of our school on the hill.
Rose E. Helm
Head of School