Head of School

Meet Head of School Craig Jones

Welcome to Phelps,

I will never forget my first visit to this beautiful campus in Pennsylvania. What I saw was a diverse, close-knit collection of boys and their caring mentors. I’ve enjoyed independent-school life as a student, teacher, coach, principal, head of school, and consultant. I appreciate what makes schools great. What I have seen at Phelps — the school family’s commitment to helping each boy become the best he can be, to nurturing young men’s hearts as well as their minds — convinced me to join in this mission.  It’s a tremendous honor to serve here.

Phelps as a small school making a huge impact.  The sense of community and camaraderie is real.  Boys become brothers.  Together, they find new paths to bright futures.  It’s gratifying to see.

Come see for yourself.

Go, Lions!

Craig Jones, Head of School

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About Craig Jones:

Craig grew up on the campus of Norfolk Academy, a leading Virginia independent school. He earned a degree in English at the Virginia Military Institute, along with such honors as an NCAA Scholar-Athlete Award, Academic All-America Football Team recognition, VMI Sports Hall of Fame induction, and awards for leadership in co-curricular programs (baseball, football, glee club, FCA, and newspaper).  After an unsuccessful shot as an NFL placekicker, he taught math and English and coached baseball and football at both the high school and collegiate levels before accepting a scholarship to law school at the University of Virginia.

Practicing in commercial litigation for a large corporate firm was intriguing and rewarding in many ways, but it could not replace Craig’s calling: working with young people. In 1990 he joined the faculty at Fork Union Military Academy and served eventually as Director of Admissions and Assistant to the President. From there, he accepted leadership positions as upper school head at Augusta Preparatory Day School (GA), head of school at Southampton Academy (VA), interim principal at Saint James School (AL), and head of school at Massanutten Military Academy (VA).  In 2013, he joined Southern Teachers Agency, helping over 600 independent schools recruit and hire talented teachers and leaders.  That work brought him to The Phelps School.

Craig’s adult son and daughter are now educators as well, as are his older brother, two sisters, a brother-in-law, a niece, and two nephews – at schools in four different states. Wife Tammy currently teaches classes online for a classical Christian school to students across the country and around the world. For the Joneses, school life means family.

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