John Liggett joined The Country Day School as Head of School in 2011. He began his teaching career in the 1990s at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in the Toronto District School Board, before moving into the independent school system.
In between, Mr. Liggett spent a few years in the private sector managing a confectionary manufacturing company, so he knows more about jelly beans than your average candy connoisseur!
Prior to coming to CDS, he worked at St. Michaels University School as Director of Academics where he played a key role in curriculum development and was at the forefront of developing and leading collaborative school-wide initiatives in the areas of curriculum planning, faculty evaluation, professional growth and student assessment. Mr. Liggett was also pivotal in developing the Advanced Placement (AP) program at SMUS. Before moving out west, he spent four years at St. Clement’s School as Head of Social Science.
Mr. Liggett has dedicated his career to education because he has a passion for engaging young people in the possibilities of the future. He believes that great schools exist, not only by maintaining strong academic standards, but also by broadening the sights of education, by meeting the needs of a variety of learners, and by engaging the whole student. Excellence takes many shapes!
He holds an Honours B.A. and a B.Ed. from York University, as well as an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. Mr. Liggett and his wife Teresa live in Aurora and are proud CDS parents of Joshua (Class of 2015) and Aiden (Grade 10).