Meshea Matthews. Photo courtesy of Liz Hamilton.

St. John’s Episcopal has appointed 19-year Dallas educator Meshea Matthews as its next head of the school, according to a news release from the board of trustees.

Matthews began her career at The Hockaday School, where she served as coach, teacher and director of residence life and global outreach.

“I have come to know St. John’s, and I found the students to be prepared and capable scholars, but more importantly, to be students of great character and moral courage,” Matthews said in a statement. “I am honored to join and lead a community that is so clearly dedicated to the preparation of its students and fulfilling its mission.”

Matthews will start July 1. She will take over for outgoing head Mark Crotty, who is leaving to serve as the executive director of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools in Seattle.

Her appointment comes nine months after the start of a nationwide search, according to the release.

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