Lisa DeJarnette, Ed.D., Education Director
High School Program
Dr. Lisa DeJarnette has over 20 years of experience in education. She earned a B. A. in English from Longwood College (now Longwood University), an M. Ed. in Special Education, an M. Ed. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed. D. in Leadership Studies, all from Lynchburg College (now University of Lynchburg).
In 2000, Dr. DeJarnette joined the faculty of New Vistas School as a language arts and reading teacher. Prior to coming to NVS, she taught in both public schools and in a residential facility. In 2006, Dr. DeJarnette became Assistant Head of School and served three years as Head of School. During her tenure at NVS, Dr. DeJarnette worked to strengthen the school’s writing curriculum, build partnerships with community organizations, and increase awareness of the school’s mission and program.
Dr. DeJarnette has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the education departments of University of Lynchburg, Randolph College, and Sweet Briar College. She has presented workshops for the Virginia Association of Independent Schools on working with students with anxiety disorders, the specific needs of teenage girls with learning differences, and serving as the head of school for a special education school. Additionally, Dr. DeJarnette served as the Chair of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools Southwest Region Heads of School and as Board Secretary for the New Covenant School Board of Trustees.