John Brian Heath holds an undergraduate degree in music education from East Carolina University, a master’s degree in music education from Appalachian State University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he holds a degree in theology from Ambassador University and has completed coursework in school administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
He began his career in education in 1997, and has served as both a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, including one year on the faculty of an early college high school.
Outside of the public school setting, he has participated in Kiwanis International and has held various leadership roles in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, including nine years as a trustee of the Sinfonia Educational Foundation. He currently serves on the social and outreach committee for a non-profit community sports league in the Raleigh area. Past involvement with the Public School Forum includes serving on regional screening teams and as a small group facilitator and presenter for summer conferences of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program and serving on the Committee on Trauma & Learning for Study Group XVI on Educational Opportunity (2015-2016 school year).
Areas of professional interest include diversity and inclusion, arts education advocacy, public education advocacy, and youth leadership development/civic engagement.