SAS Welcomes New Faculty


We are thrilled to welcome four new faces to the SAS team in the fall! 

Our newest addition in the Science Department is Mr. Joe Mahler, our new Physics teacher. Mr. Mahler, who will also be the Head Coach of Cross Country, has more than 20 years of teaching experience ranging from middle school to university classrooms. The schools at which he has taught include James Madison University, St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA, Providence Day School in Charlotte, NC, and most recently at Sayre School in Lexington, KY. Joe is a graduate of UNC Charlotte, and he earned his Master of Education from Walden University. Mr. Mahler has been the recipient of the Short Award for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science at Sayre School, and he also earned the Outstanding Physics Teacher distinction from The Virginia Association of Science Teachers. He was a Division I athlete in college, and he has coached cross country and track at both the middle and high school levels. Mr. Mahler and his family have spent a lot of time in Sewanee over the years…his mother-in-law is Mary Priestley, curator of the Sewanee Herbarium…and we are thrilled that he’s bringing his many gifts and incredible experience to the Mountain this fall. 

Mr. Tim Wallace is both a new member of the SAS Humanities Department and our new Girls' Varsity Soccer head coach. Mr. Wallace has more than 25 years of experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator at Grace St. Luke’s School, Harpeth Hall, and most recently at The Ensworth School where he has spent the past 20 years serving as a History, English, Art, and Speech teacher, Chair of the History Department, Head of the Middle School, and a very successful coach at various levels in soccer, track, and basketball. He did his undergraduate work at Kenyon College, and he earned his master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Wallace is a great school man, and he is bringing a wealth of experience to SAS!

Scott Bennett is our new Technology Coordinator. He will also teach English, lead Strength & Conditioning in the fall, and assist with tennis in the spring. Scott is an experienced and accomplished educator, having served as Faculty Technology Coordinator at Sewanee:The University of the South, Language and Literature teacher in Hillsboro High School’s I.B. Diploma Programme, and Language Arts teacher at J.T. Moore Middle School in Nashville. In addition, Scott was the assistant men’s cross country and track coach at Belmont University and the assistant women’s cross country and track coach at Bates College. Scott earned his B.A. in English from West Virginia Wesleyan College, his M.A. in Teaching from Belmont University, and his M.S. Ed. in Digital-Age Learning and Instructional Technology from Johns Hopkins University. He was honored as Educator of the Year in 2018 and is a five-time District Cross Country Coach of the Year. Scott is a fitness enthusiast, having summited Mount Kilimanjaro, cycled across the Kingdom of Bhutan, and placed 11th in the Havana, Cuba Marathon. We are excited to have Scott on board at SAS!

And our new Dean of Students is Mr. John Phillips. Mr. Phillips earned his B.A. in History from Wake Forest University, an M.A. in History from the University of Florida, and an M.Phil. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in International Relations and Economics. For the past four years, Mr. Phillips has served as the Associate Head of School at The Phelps School in Malvern, PA. He has also been the Dean of Academics and the Director of Residential Life at San Domenico School in San Anselmo, CA, the Director of Middle and Upper Schools at New York Military Academy in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY, the Dean of Students at Westtown School in Westtown, PA, the Dean of Students at The Kinkaid School in Houston, TX, and a History teacher at Poughkeepsie Day School in Poughkeepsie, NY. Mr. Phillips has also spent the past 23 years teaching a 6-week American Constitutional Law Summer Seminar at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He too is an outstanding school man, and we are looking forward to him being a part of this wonderful community!