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O’Neal Announces New Head of Upper School

O’Neal is pleased to announce Matthew Jacobs as head of Upper School beginning school year 2017-2018.
The position is currently held by Will Rhem, who announced early in the school year of his desire to seek international opportunities. Matthew is currently the director of student life at Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, FL.  He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and received a Master of Arts degree in history from the University of New Hampshire. Currently he is in the process of earning his Master of Science in education from the University of New England.  Matthew began his teaching career as an intern at Woodberry Forest School and then served as teacher and department head at Bishop Guertin High School before Berkeley Prep.  He, his wife Bethany and their two children are excited to join the O’Neal community in July.
“I’m looking forward to having Matt onboard,” says Head of School John Elmore. “His track record in making the school environment a fulfilling, memorable experience for students coupled with his focus on curriculum and love of teaching makes him a great fit for our Upper School.”
An independent, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten age 3 through grade 12, The O’Neal School is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students. O’Neal prides itself on having 100% of its graduates receive acceptances to colleges and universities throughout the nation.  O’Neal is dually accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools(SACSCASI). The School is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, contact Olivia Webb, director of admissions at (910) 692-6920 or go to The O’Neal School webpage.

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