Faculty & Staff

Photo: Shana Schnur Photography,LLC

Teaching and Support Staff

GJA is home to 26 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.  For nine years, he was the 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.

Cafeteria Staff 

B.A. Spanish Language and Music

Colgate University, 2001

Math Teacher

B.S. of Edu-SUNY Cortland

Math Teacher

Maintenance Staff

A.B. Law, Letters, and Society; French Language and Literature, The University of Chicago

M.A. Religion, Yale Divinity School

Language Arts, Writing and Social Studies Teacher 

B.A. Evolutionary Biology, Harvard College, 2013

Science Teacher

Spanish Teacher

M.Ed in Social Studies Education from Rutgers University.

Language Arts, Social Studies, Writing, Science and Global Scholars Teacher

Portland State University, College of the Arts in Art History and Black Studies.

M.A. Concentration: Pedagogy for Social Justice, Intersectional Privilege from NYU

M.A. Arts + Education from NYU

Art Teacher

Physical Education Teacher

Percussion Teacher

Lehman College, CUNY

Office Manager

Operations Manager

B.A. Anthropology, New York University, 2009

M.A. Independent School Leadership, Columbia University

Language Arts, Writing and Social Studies Teacher


Business Manager

B.A. Classics | Minor Creative Writing (Poetry), Princeton University

Latin Teacher

B.A, English Literature, University of Notre Dame

Language Arts, Writing and Social Studies Teacher

Technology Teacher

Cafeteria Staff

Senior Leadership Team

Title Name Qualifications
Head of School Jay Underwood B.A., M.A.
Academic Dean Nicole McCabe B.A., M.S.
Director of High School Placement and Alumni Relations Bernadette Sarlo B.A., Certificate (College Counseling)
Director of Admissions and Enrollment Larissa Floy B.A.
Director of Development Carrie Tatum B.A., M.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.