High School Principal

Joe Koch
A native of New Jersey, Joseph earned his undergraduate degree from The Johns Hopkins University and his master’s degree from Wagner College where he was also a Graduate Assistant with the football program. Following a stint on the football staff at Lehigh University, Joseph worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator at The Westminster Schools and The Savannah Country Day School. Joseph arrived at Wesleyan in 2013, serving as a member of the High School Social Sciences Department, teaching World and United States History, serving as the Assistant Dean of Students, and working as an assistant coach with the varsity football program and the middle school swim team. The following year, Joseph moved into the role of High School Dean of Students while spearheading the effort to bring the AP Capstone program to Wesleyan, ultimately being named that program’s Department Chair. Over the last five years, Joseph has continued to distinguish himself as a teacher, coach, and dean, forging meaningful relationships with students, colleagues, and parents while establishing the AP Capstone program, co-chairing the committee on reforming the high school schedule, serving on both the Admissions Committee and an SAIS Re-Accreditation Committee, and revising the Family Handbook. Joseph and his wife Elissa, as well as their four children (Lawson ’25, Wiley ’26, Jocelyn ’29, and Finn) attend Northpoint Community Church where they volunteer in Waumba Land.

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