Middlebury College - B.A., M.A.
Harvard University - M.Ed.
When Jon Downs graduated from Millbrook in 1998, he knew that he wanted to become an educator. He says, “It was the sense of community at Millbrook – the profound sense of respect, the encouraged curiosity, the collective concern with service and stewardship, and the deep integrity of the institution” that inspired him to want to teach. Now, Jon says, “I am doubly fortunate to have the opportunity to be a colleague of so many people that I have admired for so many years. It’s great to be back.”
After graduating from Millbrook, Jon went on to graduate from Middlebury ’02, Bread Loaf ’06, and Harvard ’08. An eternal student, Jon did this while teaching English, coaching baseball and cross-country, and working in admissions at Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ. After leaving Newark, Jon became the Dean of Students at Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC. He returned to his alma mater as Director of Admission in 2010.
More than anything, Jon is proudest of his wife, Erin, who chairs the English Department at Millbrook and coaches volleyball. Jon and Erin are also adoring parents of two young children, Atticus and Aurora.