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Carlos and Johnson Honored with Named Chairs

SAS teachers Malia Carlos and Neal Johnson have been honored with appointments to named chairs at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School.

Malia Carlos was recently named to the Fort Chair in Writing. Malia, a 1987 graduate of SAS, returned to the school in 2013 as Learning Resources Coordinator. She soon joined the English department staff and has since served as English department chair and directed the SAS Summer Creative Writing Camp. Carlos was recently named co-chair of the humanities department. In addition to teaching, she advises the school’s Be the Change Club and is a member of the Cum Laude Society. Carlos formerly advised the Race Awareness and Dialogues Club and led the Writing Center. She formerly taught English at Amherst Regional High School and Northampton Center for Children and Families in Massachusetts. She is involved in numerous creative community endeavors including the Sewanee Praise Gospel Choir and Sewanee Spoken Word. A model of lifelong learning, Carlos holds an MFA from New England College, an MEd from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BA from Tufts University, and has participated in numerous theater and art workshops.

The Fort Chair was established in 1995 in appreciation of a major gift from Dudley Clark Fort, Sr., in honor of his daughter-in-law, Priscilla Carter Fort, and is awarded to an outstanding faculty member. The gift provides a stipend to the recipient as well as funds for professional development for the faculty in the area of writing. Past recipients include Susan Core, Phil White, Mark Brunton, Tom Gladstone, Tracy Randolph, and Geoffrey Smith.

Newly appointed mathematics department chair Neal Johnson was recently named to the Cissy Patterson Chair in Mathematics. Johnson joined the mathematics faculty at SAS in 2018. He teaches middle school and upper school classes including Math 7, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Calculus. A residential faculty member, Johnson has also served as a coach in track and field, cross country, football, and basketball. He recently served on the COVID Planning Committee for Teaching and Learning and on the mathematics hiring committee. A 2015 graduate of the University of the South, Johnson was previously Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the university where he worked closely with the athletic department to assist with donor strategy and retention, managed senior class giving opportunities, and helped to orchestrate Sewanee’s annual giving days. As a student, he was a member of the varsity football team and was twice named to Southern Athletic Association Honor Roll.

Named or endowed chairs are a long-held tradition in education, dating back to Athens, Greece in AD 176. The first endowed chair in America was established at Harvard University in 1721.

Interested in continuing the tradition of philanthropic support for education at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School? Contact Director of Advancement Lesley Cole.