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FACULTY

St. Andrew’s faculty are some of the best and brightest around. Learn more about each one below or click on his/her name to send a direct email.

adam young

LS Physical Education & Aftercare Director

Adam Young is a competitive thistle sailor, outdoor enthusiast, and devoted family man. Adam was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Physical Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has taught in private Montessori schools for the last 13 years. His approach to Physical…

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alexis watts

MS English

Alexis Watts is the Middle School Dean of Students and teaches 8th grade English. She graduated with her B.A. in English and French and certification in secondary education from the University of Michigan and earned her M.A. in Liberal Studies at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She has taught middle school students in independent schools…

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amanda wehner

US Science

Amanda Wehner grew up in a small city in Northeast Tennessee, nestled among the Appalachian Mountains. She earned her BS in biochemistry with minors in chemistry, psychology, and secondary science education, followed by an MS in teacher education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. After completing her Master’s, she taught chemistry and physics in the public school…

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US Math

Amy Abbott grew up in Akron, Ohio. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Kent State University and a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University. She has taught middle school, high school, and college level courses. In 2017, Amy and her husband relocated to Savannah. They have two sons and are on…

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anne fleming

Kindergarten

Anne Fleming has been co-teaching Kindergarten at St. Andrew’s since 2008. She received her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University in 2000. She holds a T4 Georgia Teaching Certificate in levels K-5 and a Montessori Teaching Certificate with ages 6-9 from NAMC (North American Montessori Center). Prior to teaching Kindergarten at St.…

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ben dombrowski

Benjamin Dombroski holds BA degrees in history and English from the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Additionally, he received an MFA in Creative Writing, Poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he interned for the online literary magazine Blackbird, and served both as a writing center tutor and instructor of composition and introduction to…

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beth adams

1st Grade

Elizabeth Adams loves teaching first grade math, science and social studies. Elizabeth has a BA in Animal Sciences from Berry College and a MEd in Science Education from the University of Georgia.  A native Savannahian, she worked in the field of biology before she followed the advice of her major professor, Phillip Greer, who always…

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brittany toledo

MS Spanish

Brittany Toledo holds a B.S. in Music Business and Songwriting from Middle Tennessee State University and a M.A.S. in TESOL from Missouri Western State University. Before joining St. Andrew’s, she taught English and Spanish both in the U.S. and Chile in a multitude of different environments including K-12 and college in both public and private…

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Chloe Campbell

US English

Chloe Campbell, originally from a small town in Southeastern Ohio, earned BAs in English and Creative Writing from Columbia University in New York in 2012, where she was also awarded the Woodberry and Academy of American Poets prizes. She moved to North Carolina in 2012 to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University…

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chris morrow

US Mathematics | STEM

Chris Morrow received his BS in mathematics and his Masters in secondary mathematics both from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an exercise enthusiast and has mastered the art of Karate, holding a black belt. His teaching experience is at the high school level, and he especially enjoys making a positive impact in the classroom.

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US History

David Kelly, a native of Savannah, Georgia, teaches European history, Economics, and Theory of Knowledge (junior year) in the Upper School division and also sponsors the Upper School Quiz Bowl team.  Mr. Kelly earned a BA in History and English (minor) from Tulane University in 1991 and a MED in Social Science Education from the…

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deb doscher

MS Mathematics

Deb Doscher has been transplanted all the way from the mountains and lakes of New England. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with a Language Arts concentration. She fell in love with the teaching of math nearly twenty years ago when she began her career as…

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emily kiene

2nd Grade

Emily Kiene graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and received her Masters in 2012.  She also holds a Reading Endorsement Certification from AASU. She began teaching 2nd Grade at St. Andrew’s in 2007 so she could share her love of learning with children.  One of…

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MS Athletic Director

Emily Rochefort is a Savannah native and lifetime athlete. In high school, she was the 2009 Savannah Volleyball Player of the Year and the 2010 Lawton Calhoun Award Winner which recognizes the Savannah area athlete of the year.

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erika schmitt

US Science

ERIKA SCHMITT grew up in the mountains of Virginia but loves anything to do with the ocean. She has a BA in Biology with minors in environmental studies and German from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a MS in Marine Science from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William &…

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Fred Devyakin

Fred Devyatkin is the orchestra director and string teacher at St. Andrew’s for all ages. Beginning his violin studies at the age of six, Fred attended the Manhattan School of Music as a violin performance major, where he studied with Erick Friedman. He continued his violin studies with NY Philharmonic concertmaster, David Nadien, until 1982,…

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geoff byrne

Geoff Byrne has been teaching art since 1994. Geoff has a BFA with a concentration in photography and graphic design from Alfred University in Alfred, New York and an MFA with a concentration in photography and graphic design from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Born and raised in Rhode Island he enjoys traveling, swimming,…

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grace sotomayer

MS Spanish

Grace Sotomayor grew up speaking both Spanish and English in the home. Born on the island of Puerto Rico where her family origins begin, she moved to the States at a young age where her education was in English while her home life embraced the Spanish language as a means of communication. Most of her…

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helene miller

US French

Hélène Miller grew up in the Southern French Alps and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1990. She attended UCLA and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies. She lived in California for ten years working in development and fundraising at the UCLA/Armand Hammer Museum of Art. Hélène moved to…

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jeff miller

Fitness | Weight Training

Jeff Miller is a 2nd generation teacher and coach at St. Andrew’s. He played college football at both the University of Alabama for Paul Bear Bryant and Jacksonville State University. He received his Master of Education at Georgia Southwestern College, where he started his coaching career. He retired from the public school system in 2017…

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jen standing

1st Grade

Jen Standing holds a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education from the Bank Street College of Education in New York and an undergraduate degree in history from Kenyon College.  She has worked with elementary children of many ages, having years of experience as a head teacher for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade.  She has also led…

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jennifer schable

JENNIFER SCHWALBE (Pre-K 3) is originally from Charleston, South Carolina but has made Savannah her home for the past 20 years. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Hospitality Administration. Prior to joining the St. Andrew’s team, she worked at Wilmington Island Presbyterian Pre-School for 7 years. She and her…

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judi griffin

Judi Griffin loves teaching science, technology, engineering, and math. As a native Savannahian, Judi has earned a BS degree in Elementary Ed. and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with Science Concentration both from Armstrong State University. She developed an early love for science and has enjoyed teaching and learning about science every day.  Judi…

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4th Grade

Kara Moore holds an early childhood education degree from UGA, having graduated with high honors.  She is the oldest of ten siblings in her family and has always enjoyed children.  Kara has worked in a variety of educational settings.  Kara’s energy and enthusiasm in the classroom keeps students engaged and excited to learn.

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kelly tucker

Kelly Tucker is a graduate of Wofford College (go Terriers!) and holds a BA in English. A few favorite authors include Faulkner, Shakespeare, Conroy, Silverstein, and Willems. She grew up in North Augusta, SC and attended local public school until 10th grade when she transferred to Augusta Preparatory Day School across the Savannah River in…

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maggie hart

Dramatics, Theatre Foundations, IB Theatre

Maggie Hart holds a MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BFA in Musical Theatre with a Minor in Dance from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis, MO. From 2012-14, she was Co-Director of The Savannah Children’s Theatre (SCT) Creative Dramatics II class and was an instructor with the Field…

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marie arnsten

Marie Arntsen earned her Bachelor in Music Education from Baldwin-Wallace College in 2009, and her Master of Music from University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2016. In the years prior to coming to St. Andrew’s, Marie taught K-5 general music in Cleveland and then directed choirs for grades 6-12 in Cincinnati. She has worked…

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mary dahlin

Mary Katherine Dahlin joins the St. Andrew’s community with musical teaching experience at all grade levels. Since receiving her Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Music from the University of Georgia, Ms. Dahlin has taught music and band at the Pre-K through Grade 8 level in Chicago as well as…

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Mel Abrams

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 professionally overseas in several European countries and Venezuela. Mel authentically…

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melissa rasplicka

Melissa Rasplicka loves teaching Pre-K4 math, science and social studies.  Melissa has a Bachelor of Science Ed from The University of Georgia and is Montessori certified. She was born and raised in Savannah. She worked at St. Andrew’s from 2013-2015. She then took a year off to help her husband with their roofing business and rejoined the St. Andrew’s…

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mike barefield

Michael Barefield attended two very different colleges for his education – Augusta State University, small and traditional, and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), giant and progressive. It is this duality of experience that informs the core of Michael’s teaching sensibility and his own artwork. At St. Andrew’s, Michael appreciates the balance of traditions and…

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mike bennet

MS History

Michael Bennet earned his BA from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a T-4 Teaching Certification. Michael got into teaching in 1997 at Rambam Day School in Savannah. After 3 years there, he joined the St. Andrew’s team and has taught Middle School History at St. Andrew’s for many years.

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michael howell

US History

Michael Howell teaches European and American history in the Upper School. Originally from Louisiana, Michael has a BA in history from Tulane University and a MA and PhD in history from the University of Georgia. In between undergraduate and graduate school, he served in the Navy. Before joining St. Andrew’s, Michael lived in Germany where he conducted research, edited…

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mike klenke

MS Mathematics

Mike Klenke earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University. Before coming to St. Andrew’s, he worked at the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island teaching Coastal Ecology to students from all over the United States. His experience in the classroom comes from his time in Yuma, Arizona at Kofa High School where he taught…

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miki duvall

Miki Duval earned her BFA in Art Education from Michigan State University. Before coming to St. Andrew’s School, she was a VISTA and AmeriCorps Member and Director working to provide after school programs for youth in Miami following hurricane Andrew. After moving to Savannah, she continued her non-profit career with the Coastal Empire Council of the…

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US Science & Spanish

Monica Baussan is from San Juan, Puerto Rico but grew up between Puerto Rico and Haiti due to her dad’s job which led her to be trilingual (Spanish, French and English). Monica graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez campus with a degree in chemical engineering and worked as a supervisor in manufacturing for Cordis,…

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morgan odell

US Science

Morgan O’Dell received her bachelors in Biology at Mercer University where she met her husband. After moving to Savannah, she then pursued her Master of Arts in teaching Secondary Science at Armstrong University and began working at St. Andrew’s School. She loves her school community and is thankful to be able to teach at a great…

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nancy beckmann

2nd Grade

Nancy Beckmann holds her BA degree in History and Sociology from Brenau College.  She began her 33 years of teaching in the Bibb County School System as a special education teacher and later moved home to Savannah where she continued as a special education educator with the Chatham County School System.  Nancy began teaching 2nd Grade…

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nancy morgan

Kindergarten

Nancy Morgan loves teaching elementary children – especially Kindergarten. Nancy has her MEd and EdS in Early Childhood Education from Georgia Southern University. She has her Gifted certification as well as her Reading endorsement from Georgia Southern University. A native Savannahian, she worked in the public school system for 30+ years. She joined the St.…

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nancy pashman

Nancy Pashman is very excited to be a part of the Pre-K 4 team. She comes to Savannah from teaching 4 and 5-year olds in New York City.  Nancy graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Kean University.  Her teaching experience has been concentrated in Pre-K, Kindergarten, and Gifted…

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neil anderson

US Spanish

Neil Anderson joined the St. Andrew’s faculty in 2016. Neil has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Maine, an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is particularly interested in the language and culture of Galicia, a region in northwestern Spain, and has published translations of Galician…

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nick broom

US Math Department Chair

NICHOLAS (NICK) BROOM (US Math Department Chair) is originally from Chattanooga. Nick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He spent three years working for AmSouth Bank as an assistant branch manager before moving overseas. After spending four months on a mission trip in San Jose, Belize, he…

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nicole breton

MS | US English

Nicole Breton hails from the Volunteer state and holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. from the University of Tennessee. Following a year student teaching in the mountains of Tennessee, she made her way to Savannah and began teaching middle and high school English at St. Andrew’s in 2000. After four years, she left…

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Mandarin

Qiwei Sun graduated from Northeastern Normal University with a BA degree. In China, he was a Teaching Assistant in an engineering institute. Starting in1986, he taught English as a Teaching Lecturer in the tourist department in Nankai University, Tianjin City, China. Qiwei came to America in 1991 working in two different banks for 7 years.…

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rusty perry

US History

Rusty Perry graduated from St. Andrew’s School in 1998. He received a bachelor of arts in history from Valdosta State University and his teacher certification from Armstrong State University. Rusty has been recognized by the Professional Association of Georgia Educators as a STAR Teacher. In addition to teaching, he serves as the Defensive Coordinator for…

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stacey young

Stacey Young-Caudell holds a B.A. in English and a M.Ed. in Education from Indiana University, where she served as captain and later graduate assistant coach of the Division I women’s rowing team. A native of southern Indiana, she moved to Savannah in 2010 and started her St. Andrew’s journey working with the aftercare program and…

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Tricia Yates

3rd Grade

Tricia Yates is an experienced early childhood educator who relocated several years ago to the area with her family from Missouri. Tricia holds her undergraduate degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education as well as a Masters of Science in Reading.  She has 17 years of experience in elementary schools, most recently serving as District…

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virginia smircic

Virginia Smircic has been teaching for over twenty years. She holds a B.S. from the University of Tampa and a M.S. from Appalachian State University. The majority of Virginia’s teaching experiences have been in independent schools. Virginia and her husband Frank have one daughter, Shirley. She loves spending her spare time hiking and kayaking in the…

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