Head of School - Dr. John McDonald

A leader with a lifelong passion for education and learning, Dr. McDonald possesses leadership qualities and a strong ability to connect with people. He holds extensive knowledge and experience in almost every facet of education, from independent schools to the public school sector. 

Dr. McDonald holds an undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University, a master’s degree from Northeastern University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Columbia University’s Teachers College.

He began his career at Bayside Academy, an independent school in Alabama with more than 700 students. There he taught history and served as Middle School Head before being named Assistant Head of School. Dr. McDonald then served for 19 years as Superintendent of Schools in the Ticonderoga Central School District. 

McDonald and his wife Andrea, along with their two daughters, live in Berlin and their youngest daughter, Anna,  attends Worcester Prep.  Their oldest daughter Meg is a student at the University of Delaware.  

Worcester Preparatory School

508 South Main Street, Berlin, MD 21811
Phone: 410-641-3575 | Fax: 410-641-3586
Celebrating 50 years, WPS is an independent, college prep day school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Located in Berlin, Maryland, the private school attracts an average of 500 students from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.