Head of School, Boulder
As Head of School for Mackintosh Academy, Boulder, JJ Morrow brings 21 years of experience as an administrator, teacher, and coach from nationally renowned independent schools. Most recently, JJ spent five years as the Lower School Director at The Roeper School, a progressive school for gifted learners, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He holds an Ed.M. and M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education, where he studied progressive curriculum & pedagogy and educational leadership. He earned his BA from the University of Notre Dame. In addition to his years as Lower School Director at The Roeper School, JJ was also the Assistant Head of Lower School and a fifth grade teacher at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon. Prior to that he was an art teacher and founder of the Communication and Technology Center at Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich, Connecticut. JJ is also a graduate of the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads Program.
3rd Grade Lead Teacher
Melody realized her passion for working in education while interning at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. as an undergraduate; two years later, she graduated from the Friends‘ School Teacher Preparation Program and found her home at Mackintosh working with children who challenge her to grow as a learner and teacher, question everything, and to see the world through many different lenses. She holds a bachelor’s degree in digital journalism from Arizona State University and is pursuing her master‘s degree in Educational Psychology at the University of Colorado, Denver. Some of Melody’s favorite things about her Mack students are their excitement and intensity while deeply exploring subjects and themes, and the unique ways in which they communicate and share their understanding of and feelings about the world around them. She believes in the whole-child approach to education and enjoys cultivating thinkers who are prepared to interact with the world in meaningful ways.