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Mrs. Snowden is our Dean of Academics for the Lower School. Her experience in education and enrollment will assist us in taking on the challenges associated with
better supporting our students and parents while our school is growing. 

Mrs. Snowden has served as a teacher and educational leader for more than forty years, mostly in three successful private schools in the Washington, D.C., area. She and her husband are recognized by educators in our community as an effective team that excels in establishing, building and managing highly successful private Christian schools.

After starting her career in the late 1960’s as a teacher at Gold Coast Christian School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the Snowdens relocated to the D.C. area in 1973. The Snowdens devoted themselves to the creation and running of Riverdale Baptist School in Riverdale, Maryland. In 1982, Mrs. Snowden accepted the position of principal at the newly established National Christian Academy in Ft. Washington, Maryland,where she presided over the growth of the school for 15 years.   


In 1997, the Snowdens were commissioned to establish the Virginia Academy in Sterling, Virginia.  Starting with 24 students, they oversaw the creation of a new modern campus, achieved regional accreditation, opened the school to foreign markets and brought the new campus to its 800 student capacity by 2014. After retiring from Virginia Academy, Mrs. Snowden built an educational consultancy partnered with Cultiva Global that focuses on opportunities in China. Join us in welcoming Mrs. Judith Snowden to our school.