John Leistler joined King's Academy in 2007 as head of the Department of History and Social Studies. He was awarded the Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa Distinguished Chair in the Theory and Practice of Knowledge in 2009, and in 2011 he was appointed dean of curriculum and instruction before taking on the position of dean of faculty in 2012.
Mr. Leistler received his Bachelor's degree in history and music from Denison University and went on to earn two Master's degrees, one in history from Brown University and one in arts education and private school leadership from Columbia University. He has taught diverse subjects in history and art history for over 22 years and received the prestigious Klingenstein Fellowship from Columbia University, as well as six summer fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
As head of the history department at The Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, he was awarded the Chair for Distinguished Teaching and was selected by the Class of 2000 for the Kimmelman Award, recognizing "the teacher who best prepared that class for its college experience."
Directing over 50 student and community theater productions has allowed Mr. Leistler to pursue his avid interest in drama, while singing in semi-professional choruses and studying both piano and organ have given him an outlet for his love of music.