When St. Andrew's-Sewanee School begins classes on August 22, students will welcome several new faculty and staff members, including new Head of School Karl J. Sjolund.
Head of School Karl J. Sjolund, who began work on July 1, 2016, was formerly Head of School at Salem Academy, an all-girls' boarding school in Winston-Salem, N.C. A boarding school graduate himself, Sjolund has devoted his career to living and working in boarding schools. During a 20-year career at his alma mater, Virginia Episcopal School, Sjolund served in a wide range of administrative positions, taught, and coached. Sjolund earned an M.A. in Private School Leadership through Columbia University's prestigious Klingenstein Fellows program. He received his B.A. in Economics at Virginia Military Institute, which he attended on a Division-I baseball scholarship. Sjolund will be formally installed as Head of School on Friday, September 23 at 1:30 p.m. in a ceremony open to the whole community.
Dean of Students Laura Clay is a career teacher with experience in diverse academic environments. She previously taught AP World History, Honors World History, Non-Western History, Civic and Economics, and middle school social studies at Ronald W. Reagan High School, Salem Academy, Atkins Middle School, and Clemmons Middle School, all in Winston-Salem, N.C. She received several teacher of the year awards. Clay has also coached college and high school varsity field hockey, high school lacrosse, middle school volleyball and track, and was named North Carolina Field Hockey High School Association Central Conference Coach of the Year in 2015. She will coach middle school girls' basketball at SAS. Clay holds a MLS from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a BA in History and Social Studies Education from Pfeiffer University.
English and ELL Teacher Heather Cooper holds a BA in English Literature from Tufts University and an MA in English Language Learning from Western Governors University. She has taught ELL at all levels and all subjects in 5th grade. She will teach ELL, American Literature, and British Literature and help coach track at SAS. Cooper is a graduate of Germantown Friends School.
Biology Teacher Jake Miller comes to SAS from Darlington School in Rome, Ga. where he was a biology and physics teacher, dorm parent, tutor, and cross country coach. He was previously head counselor and waterfront director at Camp Moosilauke in New Hampshire. Miller is a graduate of Colorado State University where he studied Natural Resources Management and Conservation Biology. In addition to teaching biology, Miller will coach swimming and track and assist with the farm afternoon program.
Middle School Science and Technology Teacher Dr. Viva Reynolds was formerly Director of Undergraduate GIS and Graduate GIST certificate programs and teaching Assistant Professor at East Carolina University and an instructor in math and academic skills at Pitt Community College in Winterville, N.C. She holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Geography from California State University, University of Wyoming, and University of Kentucky, respectively. She is the author of numerous articles on academic support and natural resources education.
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid Anneke Skidmore is a 2005 graduate of St. Andrew's-Sewanee School and has remained active with the school as a member of the Alumni Council. Since her graduation from Dickinson College, where she studied History and Military Science, Skidmore had served in numerous leadership positions in boarding school admissions, international student counseling, and summer programming. Her experience at The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pa., Oldfields School in Sparks Glencoe, Md., The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass., and Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Wilbraham, Mass. will provide SAS with a vast range of information from which to draw.
New staff include Marin Miller, Academic Administrative Assistant; Sarah Sells, Business Office Assistant; and Sam Montgomery, Security.
Additional new head coaches include: Nancy Ladd, Golf; Sam Montgomery, Varsity Wrestling; Raymond Val, Middle School Wrestling;
Faculty and staff with new titles or responsibilities include: Kelley Black, Head of Upper School; Mary Blount, Director of Development Services; Andrea Booher, Assistant to the Head of School; Jaime Cleek, Technology Coordinator; Burki Gladstone, Afternoon Programs Coordinator; Osei Hill, Head Coach Varsity Girls' Basketball; Julie Jones, Art Gallery and Visiting Artist Coordinator; Marion Knoll, Head of Middle School; Stephanie Layne, Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer; Sarah Lodge, Chief Financial Officer; Shawna Midgett, Assistant to the Academic Administrators; and Eva Sun, International Student Coordinator.