STAFF

AMANDA GROOVES

Administrative Assistant

Amanda serves as the administrative assistant for the Middle School and to the Head of School. She and her husband are the proud parents of three boys. In addition, Amanda is founder and owner of the life brand, Love Your Kaos.

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anne weisel

Head of the Lower School

Anne Weisel is excited to join the St. Andrew’s community and to share her eclectic educational background. Leaving Connecticut to pursue a Masters Degree in Counseling as a complement to her degrees in Human Development and Early Childhood Education, Anne found the warmth of Savannah refreshing both in temperature and in spirit – and she’s…

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beth brodley

Business Manager

Beth Brodley-Lopez has worked at St. Andrew’s since Oct. 2005. She holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College where she graduated Cum Laude. Beth has thirty-two years of experience working in private accounting. Prior to St. Andrew’s, Beth worked in various positions including the Accounting Manager for the Georgia Ports Authority. In her role as Business…

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Director of Development

Brigitte has vast experience in the fields of public relations, communications, marketing, digital media, community outreach and operations. Brigitte has worked throughout 100 countries managing global, regional and local coordination for BellSouth Europe and A.C. Nielsen. She held the position of Corporate Secretary and Chief Community Relations Officer at E*TRADE during the Tech Bubble in Silicon…

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After Care Director

Candi is a veteran teacher with more than 30 years’ experience in early childhood education. She is a double DAWG with two degrees from UGA, one in early childhood education and one in instructional technology and instructional design. She and her husband are parents of two adult men. They enjoy outdoor activities and their two dogs, Tybee…

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casey awad

Director of Enrollment

Casey Awad is originally from Chicago. She received her BA in English/Secondary Education from Eastern Illinois University and her MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Casey and her husband, Mike, were looking for the right spot to raise a family and moved to Savannah. Their two children attended , Alex ’17 and Tyler…

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christine sap

Administrative Assistant

Christine Sapp moved to Savannah in 2002 and shortly thereafter joined St. Andrew’s in the After Care Program. She has served as the Administrative Assistant to the Head of School and is now the Lower School Assistant. Christine is an avid reader and her favorite topic is history.

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dee demasi

Business Office

Dee Demasi and her family were looking for a less hectic lifestyle and settled on Savannah.  She and her husband, Karl, along with their three children moved here in 1995. Since 2000, Dee has been a part of the St. Andrew’s team. One of the highlights from working at the school, was presenting her daughter, Michelle, a St.…

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donessa gattis

School Nurse

Donessa Gattis graduated from Armstrong University in 2011 with a BSN degree (RN). Prior to joining the St. Andrew’s team, she worked in Women’s Health and Post-Surgical nursing. Donessa received her undergraduate degree in Merchandising and Marketing from the University of Alabama. After college, she lived and worked in NYC designing for Ralph Lauren. She…

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donna krauss

Administrative Assistant

Donna Krauss earned her Bachelor of Science in Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University where she is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. She then began her teaching career with St. Andrew’s in 1999. She then went on to earn her Master of Education in Educational Leadership…

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doug dixon

Athletic Director and Varsity Football Coach

Doug Dixon has served as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Mount Pisgah for the past six years. Prior to that, he was Athletic Director and Head Coach at Riverside Military Academy. At Mount Pisgah, Dixon grew the football program from 48 players on a Varsity and MS team to a football program boasting 160 players,…

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Dr. Kelley Waldron

Head of School

Dr. Kelley Waldron came to St. Andrew’s in 2002 after finishing her Masters Degree at Loyola University and working for a year at Stuart Hall School for Boys in New Orleans. She has held a variety of positions in the school including Upper School Spanish teacher, the Director of Admission, the Director of Studies, and IB…

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elizabeth bush

Elizabeth Bush, a native of South Georgia, earned her BA in English from Sweet Briar College. She went on to earn a MEd in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University and worked as a school counselor across all grades in the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. Elizabeth took time away from work to be at…

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Director of Technology

Ian Sprague holds his BA in Creative Writing from St. Lawrence University and his Master of Fine Arts from the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine. Before coming to St. Andrew’s in 2011, he taught at independent schools for over a decade in Maine, Maryland, and South Carolina, offering a range of courses in…

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jeff wheelock

Physical Education | Technology

Jeffory Wheelock Earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology and his Master’s in Business Administration both from South University. Prior to joining the St. Andrew’s community, he worked as an IT Support Analyst at HunterMaclean, a Law Firm residing in Downtown Savannah. Prior to that, he spent 7 years serving in the United States Army…

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Head of Middle School

Jesse Lazzuri received her BS in Geology and Environmental Studies from Beloit College in 2000; she entered the teaching profession that same year. Jesse joined the St. Andrew’s middle school community in 2005. She loves working with this age group, helping them to think critically about the world around them. At St. Andrew’s, she coaches the Middle School Quiz…

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maria dixon

Director of Media Arts

Maria Dixon, originally from Kentucky, graduated from SCAD with a BFA in Animation. While here, she fell in love with Savannah and never left the charming southern town. Her hobbies range from jiu-jitsu to graphic design. Her day at St. Andrew’s includes spending time in front of a green screen with Middle School students, traveling…

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Dean of Upper School | Equity & Inclusion Coordinator | Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach

Mel Abrams Jr. is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with a minor in Physical Education. As a four year varsity basketball letterman, Mel finished as the school’s fifth all-time leading scorer while earning Academic All-American honors all four years.  Additionally, Mel played…

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Ryan Martin

Head of Upper School

Ryan Martin hails from Claypool, Indiana and has worked in private education since 2001. He has held a variety of staff positions ranging from teaching English and Humanities to coaching athletics alongside diverse administrative positions leading both students and faculty. Ryan came to St. Andrew’s in 2018 from Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, and holds…

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scott searcy

Director of Public Relations

Scott Searcy has a BA in Advertising from the University of Georgia and a MA in Education Administration from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the St. Andrew’s team in 2006, he served as the Director of the Savannah Waterfront Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Past President of the Savannah Advertising…

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Learning Resource Center Coordinator

Stefanie brings extensive experience as a student support specialist and has a background in program planning, curriculum development, and student support and has served in the Delaware school system for the past 9 years. Stefanie holds a Bachelors in Sociology and holds a Masters in Education from Virginia State University. Stefanie enjoys volunteering and mentoring…

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MS Athletic Director

Teri is an All-American Division I full scholarship collegiate volleyball player with a degree in Art History from UC Berkeley. After graduation, she moved to Paris France where she played professional volleyball for the Racing Club de France. She competed in the Euro and French Cups, winning the French Cup with an impressive undefeated season.…

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tiffany phillips

IB Coordinator | Director of Studies

Tiffany Phillips (’02) began her teaching career at St. Andrew’s in 2006. She has held several positions at the school, including IB English instructor, ESOL instructor, writing center coordinator, and now serves as Director of Studies and International Baccalaureate Coordinator. Through these roles, Tiffany supports faculty as they design and implement engaging curriculum and advises…

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wendy sutton

College Guidance

Wendy Sutton joined the St. Andrew’s staff in 2003 after an eleven year career in college admissions at Shorter University where she served as Director of Admission and Director of Enrollment Management. Wendy considers it a privilege to work with each family at St. Andrew’s during the important milestone of college selection. She provides personalized service to…

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windee helle

Admissions and Advancement Assistant

Windee Helle graduated from St. Andrew’s School in 1991. She was thrilled to return to her alma mater in 2007 along with her two children.

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