7th and 8th Grade Principal Named

Linda Churchwell-Varga will join the JBS community as principal of 7th and 8th grades, effective July 1. Currently, Churchwell-Varge is a faculty member at New City School, where she has taught for more than 20 years. She is the 6th-grade teacher and advisor but has also been tapped for schoolwide leadership roles, serving on New City’s head-of-school search committee, ISACS accreditations and DEI programming.

With degrees from Spelman College and Wayne State University; time spent in France, Israel and China; experience in public and independent schools; and career-defining dedication to diversity, equity and belonging, she says, “The combination of people and places in my life have left me believing in hard work, open-mindedness, information-seeking, forbearance, graciousness and gratitude, and believing in the good intent of others…. As an educator, I believe that our purpose is to change the world for the better.”

For years, Churchwell-Varge taught at Aim High St. Louis on the JBS campus, and she has taught hundreds of Burroughs grads who came from New City.