Chevy Chase, DC – On Feb. 5, St. John’s announced the appointment of Christopher Themistos as the school’s next principal.

His appointment came after several months of deliberation and review by the St. John’s Search Committee, culminating in a unanimous recommendation by the Board of Trustees and approval from Bro. Dennis Malloy, FSC, provincial of the District of Eastern North America.

In October, Bro. Michael Andrejko, FSC, announced his decision to resign as St. John’s principal at the end of the 2015-2016 school year. He has held that role for the last six years, and he will conclude his second term at the school in June. “Bro. Mike has faithfully served the St. John’s community in the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and he will be missed deeply,” said President Jeff Mancabelli.

Themistos joined St. John’s faculty in 2001 as a member of the Social Studies Department, and during his tenure he developed curricula for three courses. He also taught in the English Department for two years. In addition to teaching each year, he has served as St. John’s director of admissions and academic dean. As academic dean, he led the internal coordination of the school’s successful Middle States re-accreditation.

Since 2013, he has served as assistant principal for academic affairs. In this role, Themistos led the school’s transition to a 1:1 educational technology curriculum and the launch of the new Entrepreneurial Center for Innovation and Leadership. As one of the architects and chief administrators of the 1:1 iPad initiative, he played an integral role in designing many program elements and continues to spearhead the development of practical and theoretical goals to improve the school’s use of instructional technology. Furthermore, he serves as advisor to St. John’s president and the director of the new Entrepreneurial Center, helping to shape the program’s direction and curriculum.

“I have a deep respect for his character and integrity, and I look forward to his expert leadership and collaboration in fulfilling the vision of the school,” Mancabelli said.

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