About our Head of School

Mr. Ross Peters is the Head of School at St. George’s Independent School, a position he’s held since 2015. He moved with his family to Memphis from Atlanta, where he was Head of Upper School at The Westminster Schools.

Inspired by the school’s distinctive mission, Mr. Peters jumped at the opportunity to solidify the St. George’s reputation as the place where active, experiential learning is commonplace, collaborative work is seen at all grade levels, and teachers push the boundaries of traditional learning in order to advance fresh methods. “This rare school is uniquely positioned to help students become the adults who will contribute to and lead an exciting and challenging global society,” says Mr. Peters.

Mr. Peters has a deep appreciation for the St. George’s culture, including the delicate balance between vigorous academics and strong athletics. As a coach for more than 20 years, Mr. Peters knows all too well the important role athletics and team sports play in the life of a great school. “I’m extraordinarily proud of the remarkably high percentage of our students who participate in our athletic program.”

As an educator, Mr. Peters excels in high-level strategic thinking, which has resulted in an enhanced educational experience for our students. Under his leadership, St. George’s formed an exclusive partnership with City Leadership and Serve901, two important advocacy groups in our community, to provide deep dive learning experiences in the heart of Memphis. In addition, Mr. Peters has worked to elevate the St. George’s Great Outdoors (SGGO) program, which seeks to develop student leadership through environmental responsibility.

Previously at Hawken School in Cleveland, Ohio and Asheville School in Asheville, North Carolina, he began his career as an English teacher and a tennis and lacrosse coach at Providence Day School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Ever the educator, one of Mr. Peters’ most cherished professional accomplishments was being nominated by a former student for the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) award, the highest honor a teacher can receive in the state of Georgia.

Mr. Peters and his wife, Katie, live in Collierville and have one daughter, Eleanor ’22.

J. Ross Peters,

Head of School

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About J. Ross Peters
Head of School


The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia  •  M.Ed. English Education, 1995

The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee  •  B.A., English, 1987

St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, Virginia, 1983



July 2011 – June 2015
Head of the Upper School; The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia

July 2007 – June 2011
Upper School Director; Hawken School, Gates Mills, Ohio

July 1997 – June 2007
Assistant Head for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, and Humanities Department Chair; Asheville School, Asheville, North Carolina

July 1988 – July 1997
English Teacher; Providence Day School, Charlotte, North Carolina

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