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    Head of School

    Welcome!

    On behalf of the entire Pegasus School community, we thank you for your interest in our school. Whether you are a new or familiar friend, we think you will find that our website is a wonderful snapshot of our School and what we believe distinguishes us in the independent school community.

    As one of the premier independent schools, Pegasus was founded on the belief that strong intellect and a passion for learning should be nurtured and inspired and that learning is a lifelong process. We are grounded in an authentic commitment to service, embracing the opportunity borne by educating bright, capable students. Pegasus students are encouraged to follow their curiosity, challenged to test their abilities and nurtured throughout their journey. Their commitment to our inquisitive and eager learners, distinguishes our faculty. At Pegasus we have a shared vision that academic ability must be combined with character and integrity to nurture and grow the whole child.

    The school’s exceptionally strong and dedicated teachers, staff and administration, combined with a committed and supportive parent community truly makes Pegasus a safe place where “bright minds can soar.”
    We are diverse, collaborative and vibrant. We have built a program that feeds our students natural love of learning, while also being intentional about building moral character, kindness, generosity, responsibility, perseverance, courage, and compassion. In this, my twenty-sixth year in education, I am thrilled to be at the helm of a school that embraces the responsibility of working with parents to build the foundation that children will rely upon for a life of learning and contributing.

    I encourage you to explore The Pegasus School further and see how our community encourages the growth of our children through a rigorous educational program delivered in a caring environment.

    Sincerely,

    Jason Lopez
    Head of School


    Head's Bio
    Jason Lopez
    Head of School
    Jason arrives at Pegasus following five years as the Associate Head of School at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, in Chicago, Illinois. With 1,875 students in grades Nursery (3-year-olds) through 12, over half of whom have parents on the faculty of the University of Chicago, Lab has a uniquely academically focused population. Founded in 1896 by John Dewey, the Laboratory Schools have built an international reputation as a premier pre-collegiate educational institution. Before joining Lab, Jason worked for 20 years in high achieving public schools in California and Pennsylvania where he served as an economics teacher, middle school principal, high school principal, and assistant superintendent.
     
    Jason received his Bachelor's Degree in economics and sociology from California State University, Fullerton, his original California Teaching Credential from Chapman University, his Masters in Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and completed all coursework toward a Doctorate of Education at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. He is a trustee for the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). In addition to extensive committee work at the University of Chicago (Diversity Leadership Council, University Benefits Committee, Unlawful Complaint Advisor), Jason also completed an executive leadership program at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. Recognized for his integrity, enthusiasm and endless energy, Jason has an impeccable reputation in the education industry.

    Jason’s wife of 25 years, Pernille, enjoyed a successful career in business and currently sits on two corporate boards, as well as both the national and the international board of Save the Children. She is an author who is currently working on the English translation of a book that was released last year in her native country of Denmark. Jason and Pernille have two children, Sine and Sebastian, who are roommates in Los Angeles. Sine graduated last May from Loyola Marymount University and is working as an event coordinator in Santa Monica, and Sebastian moved to California last August to continue his studies to become an elementary school teacher. Interestingly, Sine and Sebastian were both born in California and are excited to have their parents California-bound for this new chapter of their family life.