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Joan Hester

Director of Admission

Joan Hester is in her second stint at St. James' Episcopal School as Director of Admission after leaving in 2016 to work as Admission Director at Seoul Foreign School in Korea. Joan comes to St. James' with over 20 years experience in education. Before her first tenure at St. James' from 2012-2016, Joan worked Associate Director of Admission at St. Margaret's Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, California. Prior to that she taught fourth grade and Kindergarten at the Viewpoint School in Calabasas, California. Joan began her career as a music teacher in New York City at the Cathedral School of St. John the Divine. In her off hours, Joan spends time with her husband, Jeff and labradoodle, Lucy. Avid hikers and backpackers, Joan and her husband can often be found hiking trails throughout Southern California and beyond.