Facilitators at Springdale Preparatory School are hired to guide students to learn through inquiry and experience. They are not traditional teachers; they facilitate the learning process, offering direction, supervision, resources and experience to help students find their way and build on each and every educational and experiential encounter.
Our facilitators enable students to teach themselves, a skill that will guide them throughout their lifetime of learning. They learn to take an opportunity and build on it, to find value in every success and failure and use those lessons to take their study to the next level.
We hire gifted experts in industry, language, the arts and education, individuals who will propel Springdale students to think critically and innovatively in their studies. Additionally, they will encourage mindfulness, an integral part of the educational landscape at Springdale. Our students are well rounded and well prepared to be valued members of the workforce following their study at Springdale and wherever their future path leads.
An experienced educational leader, Johnny Graham joined Springdale Preparatory School in July 2016 as its founding head of school. His diligent efforts are focused on building one of the area’s top boarding schools known around the globe for academic excellence and life preparedness. A boarding school alum himself, Mr. Graham has spent over 20 years immersed in independent school education with roles ranging from Residential Life Director, Summer Programs Director, Varsity Head Basketball Coach and History Department Chair to Dean of Students, Associate Head of School, and Head of School during his service at Christ School (Arden, NC), McCallie School (Chattanooga, TN), The Westminster Schools (Atlanta, GA) and Brandon Hall School (Atlanta, GA). At Springdale Preparatory School, Mr. Graham aims to provide a setting where students will demonstrate growth in academic environments, interpersonal communications, and life skills.
Thomas Marechek is an experienced administrator, having supervised and coordinated athletic programs for professional sports clubs, private schools and summer sports camps. Marechek also has an extensive professional and collegiate lacrosse background. He is a member of the Baltimore, National and Canadian National Lacrosse Halls of Fame, a four-time NCAA All-American with Syracuse University and winner of 11 National Championships (collegiate and professional). His jersey (#42) was retired from the Philadelphia Wings National Lacrosse League franchise after being named All Pro for nine seasons. He also played for the Baltimore Bayhawks (four time All Pro), Team Toyota of the United States Club Lacrosse Association (six-time All Club) and the All World Team. Following his playing career, he has coached collegiate and high school athletes during competitions and training programs.