School News

Our Newest Team Members

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School recently welcomed new staff members in advancement, counseling, and coaching.

​Cassie Allen joined the school’s Advancement Team in August as Advancement Service Coordinator. Allen has held a variety of positions in the insurance, arts, education, fitness, real estate, and hospitality industries utilizing her computer, administrative, and data management skills.

Robert Ferry joined the SAS community as part-time School Mental Health Counselor and Wellness Programming Coordinator. He will provide group counseling, one-on-one counseling, and wellness programming for the student body and will join our Dean of Students, School Nurses, and Chaplain on the Student Wellness Committee. Ferry holds a BSW from Middle Tennessee State University and an MSW from Western Kentucky University. He has a decade of experience in providing individual and group therapy for adolescents dealing with anxiety, depression, trauma, and substance abuse. Ferry has a private practice in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and formerly served as a therapist, specialist, and supervisor with Children and Family Services in Nashville and an intensive outpatient therapist (IOP) with TrustPoint Hospital.

Matt Sparacio joins the SAS athletics department as head coach of the highly successful SAS wrestling program. Sparacio was a college wrestler and cross country runner at Roger Williams University and a coach and teacher in New Jersey before moving to Tracy City in 2015 to farm. He will be assisted by returning coach Michael Schaerer ’16 and teacher Haley Chelsvig. During the team’s last full season, Verena Pate '23 & Iliana Pate '22 placed 2nd and 4th at states in their given weight classes and both wrestlers were named to the Tennessee All-State Wrestling Team. Five members of the team, Charlie Barron '22, Riley Burnette '22, Iliana Pate '22, Verena Pate '23, and Jiaying Yang '20 were named Scholar All-Americans by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

Rufus Van Horn is the school’s newest chaplain intern. A second-year student at Sewanee's School of Theology, Van Horn is a former monk with the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Boston, and was a banker in Tupelo, He joins school chaplain, The Rev. Molly Short, and chaplain intern Gabriel Perkins-Lawrence in leading the school’s worship services.

SAS continues to seek applications for a full-time School Counselor and full-time Facilities Team members. The school’s generous benefits package includes substantial tuition support for dependent children attending SAS. More information may be found at