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From the Head of School


At Valley School, we believe that children are capable, creative, and courageous. That’s why we aren’t afraid to give them a challenge. We know that growth is fostered by extending beyond our comfort zones, and that the gift of high expectations enables children to reach their maximum potential.

We encourage our students to set ambitious goals—whether intellectual, social, physical, emotional, or moral—devise strategies for achievement, set milestone markers, and stretch themselves toward success. We also teach them to connect with trusted adults and peers, and to advocate for themselves when in need of support. We help students celebrate their achievements, become resilient in the face of disappointment, and view mistakes as opportunities to learn. 

Those who work hard, should play hard. So, alongside the rigor of high expectations, Valley School provides time throughout each day for our students to get outside and play. While children may think that recess and other “breaks” are only a matter of fun, we know they are crucial to cognitive growth. We appreciate the fact that play bestows many benefits—stress relief, improved brain function, emotional regulation, positive social development, creative expression, physical fitness, independence, and greater literacy. Additionally, time spent playing helps children to rest, recalibrate, and reenter their classrooms curious and ready to learn.

At Valley School, our students—who they are today, and who they will become tomorrow—are at the heart of everything we do. I invite you to explore this website, visit our social media, call to chat with our Admissions Director, and to schedule a visit to learn more about our people, programs, purpose, and the many wonderful opportunities Valley School can offer for your family.

Warmest Regards,

Dr. Jonathan P. Strecker
Dr. Jonathan P. Strecker is the fifth Head of School at Valley School of Ligonier, and has been serving in the position since 2017.


B.A. in Education
Ohio State University

M.A. in Education
Ohio State University

Sam Houston State University

At Valley School

Dr. Strecker is known for his fairness, allegorical storytelling, appreciation of diverse perspectives, fondness for numbers, and love of Hot Cocoa Days and Rice Krispie treats. Also, his incorrigible optimism… the only thing that can explain his unwavering devotion to the Cleveland Browns.

Outside of School

Dr. Strecker is a member of St. Michael’s of the Valley Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Rotary Club of Ligonier. He is the author of a science fiction novel entitled Shimmers. He spends as much of his spare time as possible with his family on Lake Erie.

Valley School of Ligonier

Address: 153 Lupine Lane, Rector PA 15677
Mail: PO Box 616 Ligonier, PA 15658
Phone: (724) 238-6652  Fax: (724) 238-6838
In an environment that is safe, challenging, nurturing, and disciplined, Valley School provides a balanced and strong program of study for a diverse group of children. Our goal is to stimulate in each young person lifelong habits of moral behavior, seeking wisdom, and doing good works for others.
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