Head of School

August 2022


Jay Chandler grew up in Manchester NH and graduated from Central High School. He attended Keene State College as a music major but didn’t complete a degree at that time.  In 1975 he married Judy Jenkins and moved to Charlestown, NH.  They have four grown children and six grandchildren.  Both Jay and Judy are saved Christians.  Jay got saved in a youth meeting just before going to college.  Judy was saved as a little girl.

In 1976 Mr. Chandler began as an independent distributor for Thomas English Muffins.  What began as one single route grew ultimately to eight routes covering a large part of New Hampshire and Vermont. In 1990 he was elected to the Fall Mount Regional School District School Board and served for many years. This led him to get into education.  He sold his business in 2002, completed his BA in Music Theory/Composition, and completed a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  He has held teaching positions in four schools and was encouraged to begin a degree toward a doctorate in education in Teacher Leadership. Mr. Chandler is a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Following his last teaching position, he returned to business and has continued in the bread business with the company that has evolved to become the largest commercial baker in the world, Bimbo Bakeries USA, part of Groupo Bimbo.

When the Chandlers first moved to the area years ago, they were members of Calvary Baptist Church and were members when CCA was created.  Last year Jay and Judy moved back to the Claremont area and “coincidentally” Jay was asked to teach an elective class in music for the fall.  This exposure made him see the many changes that have become the current CCA.

Mr. Groos, the Head of School and Mr. Chandler worked together as he taught the elective class.  In the spring Mr. Groos shared that he had given his notice and would be leaving.  He asked Mr. Chandler to pray about it but to apply for the Head of School position.  While a major change from being an independent businessman to an employee of a ministry, the Chandlers felt God’s leading.

The School Board and Elder Board both conducted interviews and Mr. Chandler was given the position as the new Head of School.

The most precious opportunity today is to reach a young life!

Yours in Christ,

Jay Chandler, M.Ed.


"Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 

Philippians 3:13-14

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