Fully certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Jim has coached a dozen Heads of School as well as a division head and a grade-level dean. He believes the coach-client relationship offers school leaders greater self-awareness, valuable time and space to reflect and reframe, and the opportunity to align their values and beliefs with their actions.
Jim Leonard served 21 years as Head of School at Santa Fe Prep, retiring in 2020. During his tenure, Prep launched Breakthrough Santa Fe, developed the Davis New Mexico Scholars program, completed three successful capital campaigns totaling $26 million, was selected as a Malone Family Scholars school, and established the Edward E Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium with an Educational Leadership Grant from the EE Ford Foundation. Jim also coached boys’ varsity soccer for eleven years and taught a senior English class each spring. He has served on the boards of United World College in Montezuma, New Mexico, The Independent Schools Association of the Southwest (ISAS,) and The Santa Fe Conservation Trust.
Prior to joining the Prep community in 1999, Jim was the Assistant Director and an English teacher for seven years at The Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vershire, VT. He and Story began their teaching, coaching, and residential life careers at Pomfret School in 1986.
Jim is a 1982 graduate of Williams College and received his Master’s degree in English literature in 1991 from the Bread Loaf School of Middlebury College. He and Story have three daughters, all graduates of Santa Fe Prep: Kelsey ‘11, Molly ‘12, and Campbell ‘20.