Harbor Christian Academy Names John Bryant Next Head of School

JobfitMatters Executive Search, together with the Harbor Christian Academy Board of Directors, is pleased to share that John Bryant has been appointed as their next Head of School, beginning July 1, 2024.

Bryant joins HCA from New Hope Academy in Franklin, Tennessee, where he has served in multiple capacities, most recently as Academic Director. He is deeply passionate about Christian education and is excited to bring his experience to serve and lead HCA.

Bryant is a lifelong educator, beginning with coaching and teaching for Metro Nashville Public Schools. He later served Carlisle Congregational Church as a youth discipleship leader before returning to Tennessee to teach for Williamson County Schools. Bryant then served as President/Lead Instructor with eXtracurricular, LLC, focusing on STEM curriculum for grades K-8. In 2016, Bryant began working for New Hope Academy as a teacher and member of the Instructional Leadership Team before advancing to the role of Assistant Academic Director. In 2021, Bryant was promoted to the role of Academic Director. Bryant earned the elite rank of Highly Qualified Status for Educators in the state of Tennessee and the distinction of being a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

Bryant was selected from an exceptional pool of candidates in a nationwide search conducted by Laura Coverstone and Ed Poff of JobfitMatters and the HCA Search Committee. The HCA Search Committee and Board of Trustees voted unanimously to invite Bryant to become HCA’s next Head of School. Regarding the JobfitMatters search process, HCA Search Committee Chair David McDowell commented:

JFM was a fantastic partner during the search process. Their network is vast, their process proven, and Ed and Laura were relentless in working to truly understand Harbor Christian Academy, our culture, and our needs. Without their help, we never would have found Mr. Bryant.

Bryant earned a Master’s in Education from Boston College and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and Social Studies from Vanderbilt University. Bryant and his wife of 16 years, Julie, are the parents of three children, Henry, Arthur, and Gwendolyn. Regarding the upcoming transition, Bryant commented:

” My family and I are excited to join the Harbor Christian Academy community. The missional work they are doing by providing an excellent Christ-centered classical education to underserved populations is extraordinary, and one that is very close to my heart.”

Harbor Christian Academy exists to glorify God by providing classical education to students of varied backgrounds.