Dallas Academy Welcomes New Head of School

Dallas Academy is honored to announce that Dr. John Hill has been named the seventh Head of School at Dallas Academy. Dr. Hill will begin his tenure at Dallas Academy on July 1st in time for the 2017/18 academic year.

On October 20th, Dallas Academy headmaster Jim Richardson announced his retirement at the end of the academic year. Mr. Richardson served the Dallas Academy community as Head of School tirelessly for 34 years and helped the school reach numerous milestones including a campus expansion in 2005 and the school’s fiftieth anniversary last spring. Mr. Richardson has made a positive impact on the lives of thousands of students with diagnosed learning differences during his career in education. Dr. Hill looks forward to continuing the momentum that Mr. Richardson created as well as setting new goals for Dallas Academy’s future.

Terry Welch, Chairman of the Dallas Academy Board of Trustees, shared with the school community details of the rigorous search process for a new Head of School. The Search Committee received dozens of inquiries into the position from across the nation. After an in-depth interview process, Dr. John Hill was offered, and accepted, the position as Head of School. Mr. Welch writes, “Perhaps the single biggest goal in the search process was finding a person with a “heart” for our kids. While an administrator can learn many of the technical aspects about being an administrator, it is impossible to teach someone to care. So, first and foremost, the “heart” issue was the Search Committee’s primary requirement. Following that, the candidate needed to have both a strong background in special education and an understanding of the many issues that confront our kids. When the search process began, we were confident that we would be able to select an individual who had both the heart and educational credentials to fill the position. We are now certain that John is that person.”

Dr. Hill joins the Dallas Academy community with twelve years of experience in education, both in the classroom as well as school administrator. After serving in the United States Air Force, Dr. Hill began his teaching career in west Texas. While in the classroom, Dr. Hill quickly discovered his passion for working with students with learning differences. He pursued two masters’ degrees, including a Masters in Special Education and a Masters in Educational Leadership, from Texas Tech University. Dr. Hill then pursued his Doctorate in Special Education and became a certified academic diagnostician. In 2012, Dr. Hill relocated to the Dallas area where he accepted a position in Arlington ISD as an assistant principal. Dr. Hill then became the principal of Lummus Intermediate School in Ennis ISD. In addition to his administrative work, Dr. Hill currently serves as an adjunct professor at Grand Canyon University in their School of Education. His interest of research and teaching includes Special Education Law, Professional, Ethical and Legal Practices and Policies in Special Education, Assessment and Eligibility in Special Education, and Instructional and Transitional Planning for Students. More than credentials, Dr. Hill has demonstrated a clear passion and desire to work with students with learning differences. Dr. Hill shares that his goal is to work in a community which values shared leadership, strong relationships between schools, families, and community, and always puts students first. Dr. Hill is joined in the Dallas Academy community with his wife of eighteen years, Lori, and daughter, Jade. 

Please join us in welcoming Dr. John Hill to Dallas Academy!