Additional Testimonials


“During his last eight years of leadership, John guided the Academy through successive capital campaigns at North and South Campus…From 2000- 2008 the school invested nearly $ 30 million in new construction and renovation much of it made possible though gifts raised by John and the Office of Development.” (Gayle Gilreath – Minnehaha Academy Office of Development)

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“John is a solid classroom teacher; he is knowledgeable about teaching methodologies and curricula. The resume reveals varied administrative experience at several different levels, timely promotions, and plenty of fortitude with handling difficult challenges. He knows the role of a well-balance athletic program, and understands the vital importance of providing moral direction and instruction for our young people.”    (Mr. A. Frederick Weissbach – Head of School, Franklin Academy)

“Seoul Foreign School has benefitted-greatly form the ‘vision’ and wealth of  ‘experiences’ Dr. Engstrom has brought to the school…Dr. Engstrom’s strength is his strong and clear vision, enthusiasm and commitment to pursue a stand of ‘excellence.’ He empowers his colleagues and provides support as would be appropriate. His concern and interest in what is happening in the classrooms has always high-lighted his desire to be fully engaged with the School’s day-to-day operations, while assuming his role and leadership from a higher level.” (Ms. June Kang – Director of Communications and Development, Seoul Foreign School)

“I am delighted to write this letter of recommendation for Dr. John Engstrom.  I have know John for the last five years not only as a board member at Portsmouth Christian Academy, but also as a good friend.  John’s achievements and ability to effectively lead as an administrator are well documented. His warmth and stability allow him to effectively lead while maintaining a professional and self-confident leadership style.

Dr. Engstrom seeks to be a team player while maintaining strongly help principles.  His hallmark of leadership is unrelenting optimism and a servant’s heart. He is kind and professional.  John is keenly aware of current theory and practice in education. He is well read, and a sought-after speaker at educational forums. 

Trust is a commodity that is sometimes elusive and fragile.  This is not the case with John Engstrom.  His integrity and honor are important to him and to others whom his serves.  He has a servant’s heart, and an ability to see not only the good in others, but also to celebrate diversity.” (Mary Meroff – Board Member, Portsmouth Christian Academy)

Clients Previously Served

  • Daytona Beach Christian School, Daytona Beach, Florida
  • International School of Berne, Switzerland
  • Stony Brook School, Stony Brook, NY
  • International Christian School, Zolotonosha, Ukraine
  • Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines
  • Antananarivo International School, Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Kodaikanal School, Kodaikanal, India
  • Association of Christian Schools International, Kobe, Japan
  • Foreign Language School of Shijiazhuang, China
  • National Association of Independent Schools, Washington, DC