Josh Clark has served as Head of School at The Schenck School in Atlanta, Georgia, since 2016. Regarded as one of the top independent elementary schools serving dyslexic learners, The Schenck School focuses on the accelerated remediation of dyslexia using a highly diagnostic and prescriptive application of the Orton-Gillingham Approach. Prior to this role, Josh served as Head of School at Bodine School in Memphis, Tennessee. Sharing a mission and vision very similar to that of The Schenck School, Bodine experienced a 35% increase in enrollment in its target demographic of first through sixth grade elementary students and an overall enrollment growth exceeding 20% during Josh’s tenure. Josh began his career at Lausanne Collegiate School, an International Baccalaureate World School in Memphis, where he served as Assistant Head of Middle School and a middle school English teacher for seven years. Josh is involved with several professional organizations and currently serves as a Trustee with the Southern Association of Independent Schools and with the International Dyslexia Association. He co-chaired the 2017 and 2018 International Dyslexia Association Conferences. Josh is very interested in promoting the science behind reading as a vehicle for education reform and social good.
Through The Schenck School’s outreach organization, The Dyslexia Resource, Josh gives presentations throughout the region on dyslexia and the “Reading Brain” and partners with many initiatives designed to raise first through third grade literacy rates in public schools. Presently, through The Dyslexia Resource, Josh is working with Made By Dyslexia, the global nonprofit co-founded by Richard Branson, and Microsoft to create a series of online training modules for teachers and parents.
Josh holds a master of arts degree in American literature from the University of the South – Sewanee and a bachelor of science degree in secondary education from Indiana University, Bloomington. In 2016, Josh completed the HBX CORe: Credential of Readiness, a pre-MBA program through Harvard Business School. When away from his professional duties, Josh enjoys spending time with his family and exercise, with eleven marathons and two triathlons completed to date. Josh’s wife, Melanie, is a part-time early childhood teacher and full-time CEO of their household. Josh and Melanie both take enormous pride in their son Rigby (9) and daughter Dalloway (6).