Dr. Barnett joined St. Edmund’s Academy as its seventh Head of School in 2014. This year marks the start of his third decade in education. During that time, he has been an English teacher, a basketball coach, a dormitory parent, a Director of Admissions, the Head of School at two NAIS member schools, and a board member with the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools. He has personally led, taught, and coached students and teachers at every level from Preschool to graduate school. Dr. Barnett is a graduate of Bethany College with a Master of Arts from West Virginia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
 
“From the rigorous academic standards of our core curriculum, to the expectation of Core Values guiding behavior throughout our school, a hallmark of the St. Edmund’s Academy experience begins with the belief that children will rise to the standard we set.  Concurrently we recognize that individual attention for each student makes those standards achievable.  Generations of alumni provide living proof not only that a strong academic foundation leads to success in life, but that there is dignity in hard work, personal responsibility, and respect for others."
 
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