Dr. John Austin was named headmaster of King’s Academy in 2010, bringing with him over 25 years of experience as a teacher and residential school administrator. In September of this year, Deerfield Academy appointed John as its next Head of School beginning 2019-2020.
John graduated from Williams College in 1987, where he majored in English and played on the varsity soccer team, spending his junior year at Exeter College Oxford to study literature and political economy. He received a master’s degree in English literature from Middlebury College in 1991 and a master of Philosophy and Ph.D. in English and comparative literature from Columbia University in 2000.
John’s career began at St. Andrew’s School where he was a teacher, advisor, coach, and dorm parent. He went on to serve as class advisor, department chair, Dean of Students, and Academic Dean. He has also written about a range of educational issues for Independent School magazine and presented at the National Association of Independent Schools and at the Association of Boarding Schools.
John’s wife, Monica Matouk ’84, grew up in the Middle East, first in Beirut and then in Cairo. She holds degrees from Middlebury College and Columbia University and has taught both French and English. They have three children, Maia, Alexander ’21, and Isabel ’18.