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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

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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Alejandro (Alex) Del Razo was born in Mexico City where he earned his Bachelor of Marketing. He is very passionate about languages and proud of his Latin American culture and heritage. Alejandro and his family moved to Savannah in 2018 and it reminds him of the city he grew up in. Alejandro loves homeschooling his…

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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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US Science

Alexus Parker, a Savannah native, received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Prairie View A&M University in Texas. While attending college, she played four years of Division I basketball. She was named MVP, Player of the Year, BOXTOROW HBCU All American, and Best Female athlete of the year. In her free time, she loves…

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US Psychology

Allison began her career working at the Georgia General Assembly, and subsequently switched to the field of education. She earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Georgia and a Masters in Education from Georgia State University. She taught high school for ten years and while she began her career with a focus in history…

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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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anne fleming

Kindergarten

Anne Fleming has been a Kindergarten Teacher at St. Andrew’s School since 2008.  Her focus is Math, Social Studies, and Science Instruction.  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…

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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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Music, Theatre

Bethany Lonce, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, graduated from Jacksonville University with a Bachelor in Music Education. Outside of school, she loves relaxing with her cats and listening to podcasts.

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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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Caroline hails from Boston, Massachusetts where she taught IB Theatre and served as Executive Director of Moonstruck Theater Company. She holds degrees from Smith College and the University of Edinburgh.

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 4th Grade

Carrie McGinnis joins us from Fort Smith Arkansas, with a brief stop in Richmond Hill, bringing over 15 years of teaching experience. She received her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies and Masters in Childhood Education both from Old Dominion University. Carrie‘s favorite book is Heaven is for Real, and she enjoys collecting sea shells, traveling, writing,…

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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 high school and university level, and he especially enjoys making a positive impact in the classroom.

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David Kelly

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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LS, Learning Commons Specialist

Donna Bouffard graduated from Georgia State University with a BA in English and a Masters in Library Science from East Carolina University. Her favorite book is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Her favorite part of teaching is the “ah-ha” moment from a student.

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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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erika schmitt

MS 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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US Mathematics & MS Design Technology

Greg most recently comes to us from Berkeley Carroll School where he worked as a math teacher, department chair, and coach of the math team. He started his career in education at Hunter College Elementary School following a career in television advertising sales. His undergraduate degree is from Northwestern University, and he received his Masters…

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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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Mathematics

James Coscia received his B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York College at Cortland.  He has 15 years of independent and private school teaching experience, five of which were in Colombia (S.A.), as well as numerous years of coaching ice hockey, and strength and conditioning, at all levels.  James enjoys spending time…

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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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MS Spanish

Jordan comes most recently from Statesboro, where he has been working on his Masters degree. Jordan has taught Spanish in Chatham County and in Bulloch County Schools, and most recently has served as a graduate teaching assistant at Georgia Southern University. Jordan holds a. Bachelors degree in Spanish and International Studies, a Masters degree in…

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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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katie ruiz

3rd Grade

Katie Ruiz received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2011. Her international teaching career began when she moved from England to Doha, Qatar to teach 2nd grade in a British international school for two years. She then moved to Seoul, South Korea, to become a 1st grade PYP teacher in…

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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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MS Science

Kristin joins us most recently from The Landings Association where she served as the Community Programs Manager, providing environmental education programs. Kristin has also taught Environmental Science at Strayer University, served as executive director of Wilderness Southeast, and worked as an environmental educator at the Burton 4-H Center. She holds a Bachelors in Forestry Resources from…

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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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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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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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MS English | US English

Morgan Ballard graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BA in English and a minor in Writing. In her free time, she loves to read, and her favorite book is Catcher in the Rye. A graduate of St. Andrew’s School, Morgan knew she wanted to return to her alma mater and teach.

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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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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

Nicholas(Nick) Broom (US Math) 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 moved to China…

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4th Grade

Nicole comes to us most recently from Greenville, South Carolina where she was awarded teacher of the year in 2020. She utilized this platform to initiate school-based norms in the area of PBIS (positive behavioral intervention strategies) and Responsive Classroom. Originally from the Northeast, Nicole attended Boston University for her undergrad, St Joseph’s University for…

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Sun

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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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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Stephanie is the third grade English Language Arts teacher. She graduated with her B.A. in English from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and she received her K-6 teaching certificate from St. Peter’s University. She has been teaching since 2011. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys gardening, crocheting, and reading!

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US History

Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and History from the University of Virginia and his Doctor of Jurisprudence from George Mason University School of Law. He has practiced law in Savannah for over twenty years and also taught social studies for five years. Steve ran track in college and competed internationally…

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Tricia Yates

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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Tyler is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Jacksonville University with a B.A. in Music Education. Principally an oboist and saxophonist, Tyler holds relevant percussion, string, wind, and brass technique training and has been playing for or assisting bands from an early age. He has worked and volunteered with several highly rated band and orchestra…

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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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