With over 30 years of experience in Connecticut independent schools, Jon Deveaux began his tenure as the 11th Head of School for Fairfield Country Day School in July. Jon is considered a knowledgeable leader and expert in the field of enrollment management. He presents regularly at conferences across the country on the topic of admissions and recently served as a trustee for six years on the Board of the Enrollment Management Association (formerly the Secondary School Admissions Test Board). In September, Jon was awarded the William B. Bretnall Award for his significant contributions to the field of admission at the Annual EMA (Enrollment Management Association) conference.
Jon launched his career in education at Cheshire Academy as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, and admission and financial aid officer. During his five years at Cheshire, he focused increasingly on his admissions responsibilities and served as the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. Jon continued his admissions career at Westminster School for the subsequent 25 years, serving as Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management for 22 years. During his final year at Westminster, Jon utilized his countless relationships with alumni and parents as the Senior Advancement Director. In addition to Jon’s senior leadership roles at Westminster, he also coached the boys’ varsity soccer team, supervised a dormitory, taught AP Psychology, and served as an advisor.
Jon graduated from Williams College where he majored in psychology. He was a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, serving as captain during his senior year and earning most valuable player and All-New England honors. He completed his graduate studies in the prestigious Leadership Academy Program at the Klingenstein Center of Teachers College, Columbia University.
He is married to a talented independent school educator, Sara Metzger-Deveaux, who is the Director of the Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching at Loomis Chaffee School. Jon and Sara are the proud parents of two daughters who are both graduates of Westminster School.
Education should produce people who are equipped to do well in life… and inclined to do good throughout their lives. This simple but powerful notion is the foundation of both my approach to life and of my educational philosophy. I believe education must provide students with a comprehensive toolkit of academic and intellectual skills and competencies to enable them to succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in the community. However, these lessons alone would fall woefully short of a complete education. Of equal importance is the inculcation of character traits and values that create a solid base upon which students can build happy, purposeful and productive lives while contributing meaningfully to society.
Schools, or more precisely the teachers and administrators within school communities, have the awesome responsibility to develop within their students a set of academic skills, competencies and proficiencies to prepare them for success in the 21st Century. These include the ability to think critically and creatively; to read with accuracy and comprehension; to write coherently and articulately; to operate with mathematical fluency; to have a facility with technology; to be able to question, analyze, investigate, debate and deduce; and to communicate effectively across a diverse spectrum of people and through multiple modes of communication. By giving students room to explore, take risks and make mistakes; challenging them with real life, hands-on projects to create and problems to solve; and providing them with positive reinforcement and instilling in them a growth mindset, educators can mold their charges into curious, engaged lifelong learners with the necessary skills, intelligence and adaptability for the fast-paced and quickly changing future they will face.
Equally important, teachers should, through their words and actions, strive to encourage strong character traits and values within their students. While imparting their knowledge and wisdom, educators need to remain conscious of the fact that they are also serving as role models and guides for their students. How they teach and how they treat others can be as significant as what they teach. It is incumbent on teachers to carry high expectations for each and every student, to demonstrate passion and compassion, demand kindness and respectfulness, display honesty and fairness, exhibit loyalty and trustworthiness, encourage resilience and perseverance, reward courage and risk-taking, and exhibit commitment and selflessness. Teachers’ aims should be to produce not only well-prepared, successful students, but also humble, responsible, globally and environmentally aware citizens.
A few of his favorite things:
- Favorite sports team: Boston Bruins
- Favorite classic novel: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Favorite children’s book: Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
- Favorite place to hike (or golf or any of your other hobbies): Williamstown, MA (Mt. Greylock for hiking, Taconic Golf Course for golf, and all over NW Massachusetts, Southern Vermont and Eastern NY for cycling)
- Favorite vacation spot: Paris, France
- Favorite school lunch: Chicken Nuggets
- Favorite movie: Apollo 13; Miracle; Crazy, Stupid Love
- Favorite pastime: Playing soccer
- Favorite thing about FCDS!: Too many to count (the mission, the motto, the faculty, family style lunches, blue slips, the Blue Door, blue blazers, link days, the art program, the playing fields, the auditorium, the learning commons, the science classrooms/labs, the rink, the public speaking program, the choir and the bell choir, Mr. Paige...)
Fun Fact: Traveled to 19 different countries and 39 states (plus Washington DC)