New Head of School for 2022-2023 School Year

Canterbury School of Florida Welcomes Hollis Amley as the 9th Head School

After completing a national search, we are excited to announce Hollis Amley has been unanimously appointed by the Board of Trustees as our ninth Head of School, effective July 1st, 2022. 

Hollis is currently undergoing an onboarding process to ensure a smooth transition to next July as Mac Hall, current Head of School, prepares to retire. After a 17 year tenure, he has built a legacy at our school and looks forward to Hollis’ future achievements. 

"I am thrilled to pass the torch onto Hollis as she prepares to lead our school,” said Mac. “Her lifetime of experience in education and her commitment to the personal and academic development of our students makes her the perfect person for the role.”

When asked about what drew her to Canterbury, Hollis said, “I am moved by the commitment and high level of respect that Canterbury has for academic excellence, curiosity, and inquiry-based learning.”

Read more about the Head of School transition process and Hollis’ background on our blog. 

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About Hollis Amley

Hollis comes to Canterbury from the St. John’s School in Houston, TX, widely regarded as a top 20 independent school in the United States. As a lifetime independent school student and educator, Hollis learned and worked in a variety of educational settings. 

Raised in St. Petersburg, FL she graduated from Shorecrest Preparatory School in 1991. Hollis received a B.A. in History from Davidson College in 1995, an M.A. in History from North Carolina State University in 2005, and an M.A. in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2011.

Her teaching career began at St. David’s School, an Episcopal day school in Raleigh, NC where she progressed from teacher to Department Chair while also serving as Head Coach of the school’s inaugural swim team. Later Hollis took her talents to The Browning School, an all-boys school in NYC, where she served as a History teacher and a Student Advisor. In 2011, she returned to St. David’s School where she gained experience as Dean of Faculty and Assistant Headmaster of Academics and Student Life. Since 2014, Hollis has been responsible for day-to-day operations for the Upper Division at St. John’s School. 

Hollis’ intellect, integrity, confidence, humility, and sense of humor are a unique combination. When combined with her local roots, these traits make her the perfect choice to be Canterbury’s Head of School. At her core, Hollis identifies as a teacher who is committed to academic excellence and the student experience. She recognizes that a student is more than a GPA or test score and the importance spirituality plays in the development of the whole child. She seeks to bring out the best in others by investing heartily in their development and helping them realize their full potential. Put most simply, Hollis is a special leader with the vision and skillset to confidently lead Canterbury into the future. 

Read more about Hollis’ personal statement and leadership philosophy below. 

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portrait of head of school

Hollis Amley,
9th Head of School


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