Head of School
An exceptionally accomplished educational leader and mentor, Mr. Cannon is currently in his fifth year as Head of the Ramaz School in New York City. In this role, he has overseen exciting educational innovations, most recently leading an unprecedented mission of 500 high school students to Israel.
Mr. Cannon has played a pivotal role in Jewish Day Schools for 30 years and has held the role of Head of School for 23 years, including spending 12 years as Head of Charles E. Smith, a kindergarten through 12th grade Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland, on two campuses, with 1,200 students. He stepped down from that position in 2011 to start his education consulting practice, EduCannon Consulting, in which capacity he leads a program for Jewish Day School leaders in partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Legacy Heritage Foundation. He has worked with over 60 schools on managing change, and understanding school culture. He has coached 12 heads of school, as well as advised boards and leadership teams during periods of transition or crisis.
Prior to joining Charles E. Smith, Jonathan Cannon was Head of School at Carmel School in Hong Kong, where he expanded the program from a N-1 to N-8 school. He was also an Assistant Head of School at Carmel College in Oxfordshire, UK (grades 7-12). Mr. Cannon is frequently sought out as a conference keynote speaker and professional development facilitator, particularly in the areas of integrating 21st Century learning techniques into Judaic Studies, leading change as a collaborative process, and underscoring the role of communications and customer service in Day Schools. Jonathan Cannon frequently publishes articles on education, including Using Innovative Educational Methodologies to Improve Jewish Studies and Strengthening Jewish Leadership Dispositions.
Mr. Cannon has published numerous articles on education, including the following:
- Using Innovative Educational Methodologies to Improve Jewish Studies
HaYidion, Spring 2017
- Strengthening Jewish Leadership Dispositions
HaYidion, Winter 2018