Head of School

Shannon Harris officially began her tenure as Head of Antilles School on July 1, 2021. Founded in 1950 with Deborah Finch at the helm, Shannon is one of the few women – and the first person of color – to hold this position in the School’s more than 70-year history.

Shannon began at Antilles School in 2006 as the Director of Admission and, over the course of 15 years, held progressively responsible positions in both operational and academic roles, from Advancement Director and Chief Academic Officer to, most recently, Assistant Head of School.

Shannon has led re-accreditation efforts,  was an integral part of developing Antilles’ Strategic Plan, and helped spearhead the implementation of responsive COVID-19 protocols and practices that enabled safe in-person learning throughout the pandemic. 

A New Jersey native with Caribbean roots, Shannon began her career in education as a classroom teacher and consultant with expertise in whole-school reform efforts before moving to St. Thomas in 2002 as a visiting instructor of Spanish at the University of the Virgin Islands.

“Shannon’s commitment to best practices – in child development, academic pedagogy, financial management, and diversity, equity, inclusion – placed her at the forefront of a crowded applicant field, and Antilles’ trustees unanimously confirmed her appointment,” said Claire Starkey, President of the Antilles School Board of Trustees. “We are fortunate to have had such a talented and well-respected independent school professional already in our school community, and we are confident that under Shannon’s leadership, we will further realize Antilles’ mission.”

Photo by Mikki K. Harris

“When I started at Antilles School, I had no idea that this is where I would be today. Even when I decided I wanted to pursue a headship, I didn’t imagine that it would be here - I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the school that I am so passionate about in the community that I love.”