Jeff McConaghy, Ed.D.
Jeff McConaghy joined the founding faculty of Sierra Canyon School in 2005 with one clear charge: to design and build one of the most engaging and rigorous academic programs in the city of Los Angeles. After the school’s first year, Jeff became the inaugural Upper School Director. In that role, he led the development of curriculum, designed the school’s core values, composed many of the essential policies, helped craft a vibrant school culture, and hired nearly 50 faculty members to join the endeavor. He next moved into the role of Associate Head of School, where he led academic and day-to-day operations of the EK-12 school, consisting of 950 students and 110 faculty members.
A graduate of Harvard School and Stanford University, Jeff holds his Doctorate of Education from UCLA’s Educational Leadership Program. His doctoral dissertation focused on the founding of independent schools, and he went on to author Starting an Independent School: A Founder’s Handbook for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Through his research, the publication of his handbook, ongoing consultation, and the founding of Sierra Canyon, Jeff has had the unique opportunity to become expert in the starting of schools.
Jeff has taught or administrated at five different independent schools and has twice founded outdoor education programs. An experienced traveler, outdoorsman, and waterman, he has undertaken wilderness adventures around the world and has led students on expeditions throughout the West.
Now, Jeff endeavors to start a new school, one that harnesses the most innovative approaches to 21st Century Learning in order to fully engage its students in a lifelong educational journey and prepare them as leaders of a new generation.
Jessie Barrie – Executive Director, Independent Schools Experiential Education Network
Robert Benson – Design Principal & Architectural Innovator, Cannon Design
Stuart Brodsky – SVP & K-12 Education Practice Leader, Cannon Design
Tommy Davis – Ocean School Board Chair; Expert in Public, Media, and Government Relations
Tom Ford – Executive Director, The Bay Foundation
Brian Garrett – Co-Founder & Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures
David Hertz – Leading Environmental Architect & Design Innovator
Nathan Iverson – EVP & Head of Design, Deutsch Advertising
Frederic Kerrest – Silicon Valley Entrepreneur; Co-Founder and COO, Okta
Rob Levin – Longtime CFO, Harvard-Westlake School
Scott Looney – Head, Hawken School; Founder & Chair, Mastery Transcript Consortium
Pat McCabe – Successful Businessman; School Founder; Non-Profit Consultant
Rick Newman – President of Lowe Enterprises Real Estate
Sean Raymond – Asst. Head, York School; Board Member, Independent Curriculum Group
Todd Richmond – Director of Advanced Prototypes, USC Institute for Creative Technologies
Michael Segal – Successful Businessman; Prolific Non-Profit Board Member