Head of School Search

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Welcome to the Whitefield Academy Head of School Search page. This is where up-to-date information will be posted for prospective candidates as well as the Whitefield community concerning the progress of our search for our permanent Head of School, to start in the 2023/2024 school year. Thank you for your support of this crucial aspect of the future of Whitefield Academy. Please send any questions concerning the search to John Hutson at [email protected].

Head of School Opportunity Profile

Head of School Application

About Our School

The History of Whitefield Academy

Whitefield Academy is the premier classical Christian school in Kansas City, MO. Read more about our twenty-seven year history.

Our Vision and Mission

We are a Christ-centered community. Read more about our vision and mission.

Our Statement of Faith

We believe that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Read our whole Statement of Faith.

Our Student Honor Code

Whitefield Academy is a learning and worshipping community where the love of learning and desire of God are united. I pledge cheerfully to abide by the policies of the school and to have as a rule of thought, conduct, and conversation a desire to engage in those things that are true, good, and beautiful.

Our City

Whitefield Academy is uniquely situated in Kansas City, MO right on the state line. As the premiere classical Christian school in Kansas City, we draw families from 56 different zip codes in both Kansas and Missouri and over 60 churches. Whitefield sits just outside the urban center of the city, making downtown’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art just as easily accessible for field trips as rural Johnson Family Farms. Some of our families’ favorite attractions about Kansas City are the historical sites such as the National World War I Museum, the Mahaffie Stagecoach-Stop Farm, Union Station, and the Arabia Steamboat Museum. During the summers, Whitefield families are sure to be seen at Kauffman Stadium cheering on the Royals, and in January, every Friday is Red Friday for our beloved Chiefs. Kansas City is known for being a really big small town; it has all the perks of a big city like the symphony, the opera, the museums, and the sports, but it has the small town feel of running into someone you know everywhere you go.


Whitefield Community

Pray With Us

  • For our school, as we seek the Lord’s will for our leadership; trusting in His providence and wisdom rather than in the skill of any human leader
  • For our board, search committee, administration, faculty, and staff, that they would be strengthened during this time of transition and that they would rely on the Lord’s wisdom for guidance 
  • For candidates, that the Lord would guide them to schools where their gifts may be used in His service most effectively, and that they would lead those schools with excellence, humility, and love for the families, faculty, and staff in their charge


The Search Committee considers it an honor to serve the Whitefield Community. Important updates from the committee will be posted here.

Summer 2022

The Search Committee continues to meet as applications are received. Candidates begin the process with a phone screening.

May 9, 2022

The Head of School Search Committee published the Head of School Opportunity Profile and the Head of School Application. An email was sent Whitefield parents and staff with these documents as well as ways to pray for the process.

February 19, 2022

The Head of School Search Committee met to pray, outline the process of identifying key characteristics in candidates, and discuss the search process.

February 4, 2022

The Board of Trustees appointed the following individuals to form a committee to recommend candidates for the permanent Head of School position, starting in the 2023/2024 school year.

John Hutson, Co-Chair, Trustee, Parent ’30, ’32

Shelley Perkins, Co-Chair, Trustee, Parent ’28, ’31

Matt Weeks, Trustee, Parent ’19, ’21, ’24

Phil Veltkamp, Trustee, Parent ’10, ’12, ’14, ’17, ’24

James Laney, Family Outreach Educator

Jim Selby, Humanities and Rhetoric Teacher

Katie Metcalf, Pre-K Teacher, Parent ’27, ’28, ’30

Keesha Tolentino, Parent ’24, ’34

Rev. Mark Carrington, Parent ’26, ’27, ’30, ’31, ’34


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