Faculty & Staff

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Teaching and Support Staff

GJA is home to 20 staff members and countless volunteers, led by Head of School, Jay Underwood. With more than 25 years of experience at independent schools throughout the country, Jay brings to George Jackson a sterling record of leadership in middle school education. Since 2010 he has been Head of School at High Meadows School, Atlanta, Georgia, an independent International Baccalaureate World School that serves 350 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Jay was Head of Rio Grande School in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 2005 to 2010 and before that spent more than a decade at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ, first teaching History and Language Arts in the 6th through 8th grades, and then as Director of Curriculum and Faculty Development. His work at GJA includes leadership in all areas of school life: faculty development, admissions, fundraising, student/family outreach, and academics.

B.A. Spanish Language and Music

Colgate University, 2001

Spanish, Grade 5, 6; Math, Grade 6

B.S. Music Education, Penn State 1993

M.A. Jazz Studies, DePaul University 1997

Band (Instrument), Grades 4-8

B.A. Evolutionary Biology, Harvard College, 2013

Science, Grades 6-8

Lehman College, CUNY

Office Manager

B.A. English, Georgetown University, 2006

M.Div. Harvard University, 2013

Language Arts Grade 6; Public Speaking Grade 7

Operations Manager

B.A. Anthropology, New York University, 2009

M.A. Independent School Leadership, Columbia University

Language Arts and Social Studies, Grade 5

B.A. Mathematics, Queens College, CUNY, 2013

M.A. Mathematics Education, Columbia University, 2016 expected

Mathematics, Grade 7-8

B.S. Sociology, Belmont University, 2015

M.A. Teaching, Belmont University, 2018

Associate Teacher, Grade 5

B.A. History and French, Amherst College, 2009

M.Ed. Teacher Education Program in English Language Arts, Harvard University, 2011

MSt Celtic Studies, Oxford University, 2016

English and Civics, Grade 8

Senior Leadership Team

Title Name Qualifications
Interim Head of School Jay Underwood B.A., M.A.
Academic Dean Nicole McCabe B.A., M.S.
Director of High School Placement Bernadette Sarlo B.A., Certificate (College Counseling)
Alumni Affairs and Recruitment Manager Larissa Floy B.A.


In 5th grade, classes are kept to 19 students or less, in 6th, 7th and 8th classes are kept at 18 students or less.

The best way to contact teachers is via email. Their emails are generally the first letter of their first name followed by their last name @georgejacksonacademy.org.

All GJA students have a thorough advisory system in which each students sees his advisor up to nine times weekly in addition to class time.