FPD Head of School

Dr. John Patterson

Dr. John Patterson began his tenure as the Head of School at First Presbyterian Day School in June 2020.

He is a servant leader who believes in leading by example, listening, and rallying a team to accomplish its mission. He seeks to enhance the Christ-centered culture of encouragement and strong academic rigor that are the foundation of FPD. One thing is for sure, when you encounter Dr. Patterson, you are likely to receive a word of encouragement, and a “Go Vikings” as he departs.

Dr. Patterson has served in education for 20 years and has been married to his wife, Cindy, for 25 years.  Cindy is also an educator. The Patterson’s have a daughter, Gracie, who attends Samford University.

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Board of Trustees 2023-2024

Mr. John Kitchens
Mr. JD Miller
Mr. Jeremy Johnson
Mr. Bob Johnson
Mr. Joey Brumbelow
Mr. Silas Peed ’02
Mr. Ben McElreath
Mr. Calder Willingham
Rev. Elliott Everitt (Ex Officio)
Mrs. Krystal Reeves
Mrs. Terri Harper (Chair)
Mrs. Katie White
Lt. Col. Phillips Jones ’00 (Vice Chair)


Administrative Team

Elizabeth Leslein

Chief Operations Officer, Center for Discovery Director, Assistant Athletic Director,

Charlie Parrish

Chief Financial Officer

Kristen Kreutner

Director of Innovation, Instruction & Curriculum

Greg Moore

Athletic Director, Baseball Coach

Andrew Strickland

Director of Fine Arts, Theatre Director, and Prop Dance Coach

Kathy Tolbert

Director of Advancement

Kris Vaughn

Director of Admissions

Matt Kitchell

High School Principal

Kristy Alvarez

Middle School Principal

Shannon Bryant

Lower School Principal

Brad Thompson

Director of College Counseling

Brittiny Johnson

Director of Marketing and Communications

Stephen Jordan

Director of Spiritual Life