Health and Safety

Students in Masks and Gloves 2019
I have never encountered a school environment for teenagers that understands so completely and holistically the task at hand. SAS 'gets it'. They care about each individual student and work to help that student thrive. The academics are top-notch, but the care of the whole person is what matters to me more as a parent. I can't think of a better school anywhere for my child and would wholeheartedly recommend it to any other family

Current Parent, 2019 SAIS Survey

Health Center

The school's Health Center is staffed by a registered nurse. Our nurse is focused on preventative care, including annual flu vaccine administration but is available to distribute prescription medications when needed and to care for students who are not feeling well. When necessary, students will be referred to a local doctor, and transportation can be arranged. The closest hospital is less than a five-minute drive from campus and maintains a 24-hour emergency room and emergency air lift to Chattanooga and Nashville hospitals.

Mental Well-Being

Teenagers seem to be under more stress than ever. At SAS, our care for students begins with relieving many of the things that create stress. Research shows that teenagers do better when they can sleep later, so we start class at 8:45 a.m. We know that time outdoors and exercise are great stress relievers, so we make sure that students have plenty of both. We provide learning support to help students manage their coursework before it becomes overwhelming. We know that supportive relationships with multiple adults are important to mental well-being, so we make sure your child has a team of adults that they can count on. We also know that sometimes all of this is not enough. When needed, our School Mental Health Counselor, nurse, and Chaplain will work with families to find a professional counselor who meets your child's needs.

Thank you so much for all of your support. I can not begin to tell you of the stress and worry that I can let go. I actually spoke to Katie for the first time since she left and I’m not sure if she was happy, excited, surprised or had just run a marathon. I’m so glad that there’s the support system there that she needs. I’m truly glad we made the decision to be there. 

Joy Taylor, CURRENT PARENT

Safety & Security

St. Andrew's-Sewanee School is fortunate to be located in a rural and rather bucolic setting. Sewanee maintains its own police, fire, and emergency medical services, including a wilderness rescue team, but the Sewanee police blotter rarely includes much beyond a loose dog or a stolen bicycle. Visitors to campus are required to sign in. We regularly conduct fire and lockdown drills. The campus siren is tested every Saturday at noon. Students are required to check out when leaving campus either with the receptionist during the week or the teacher in charge on the weekends. On weekends, boarding students check in at lunch, dinner, and for floor reports at night.

Pastoral Care

As an Episcopal school, SAS offers pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff to help support their emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. While the chaplain provides pastoral care grounded in the particularity of the Episcopal tradition, Chaplain Molly Short offers spiritual and emotional support to students of all faith backgrounds or no faith tradition. Pastoral care includes grief support, conflict mediation, encouragement and support to students, and faith exploration. 

Health & Safety Staff

Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith

Titles: Dean of Students, Humanities Department Co-Chair, Varsity Boys' Soccer (Head), AOC (Sunday), SHOW
Degrees: B.A. History, The University of the South
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.463.2134
Sarah Brehm

Sarah Brehm

Class of 2000
Titles: Nurse, Residential Faculty
Degrees: A.A., Nursing, Chattanooga State Community College
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Jennifer Dillon

Jennifer Dillon

Class of 1982
Titles: Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Degrees: A.A., Accounting, New River Community College
B.A., Public Relations, Otterbein College
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Robert Ferry

Robert Ferry

Titles: School Mental Health Counselor, Wellness Programming Coordinator
Degrees: B.S.W., Social Work, Middle Tennessee State University
M.S.W., Social Work, Western Kentucky University
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Melissa Gilliam

Melissa Gilliam

Titles: Director of the Health Clinic, Nurse, Residential Faculty
Degrees: ASN, Nursing, Chattanooga State Community College
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Molly Short

Molly Short

Titles: Chaplain, Residential Faculty, AOC (Thursday), Religion & Ethics
Degrees: B.S. Earth and Environmental Studies, Furman University
M.Div., Duke Divinity School
D.A.S., The School of Theology, The University of the South
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.463.2140
Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Amanda Skrzeczkoski

Titles: Athletic Trainer, Adventure Education, Physical Education, Substitute Teacher
Degrees: B.S., Athletic Training, University of Wisconsin La Crosse
M.S., Exercise Science, California University of Pennsylvania
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Phone Numbers:
School: 931.598.5651 ext. 3328
Robert Ferry

Robert Ferry

School Mental Health Counselor, Wellness Programming Coordinator
B.S.W., Social Work, Middle Tennessee State University
M.S.W., Social Work, Western Kentucky University

Robert Ferry provides group counseling, one-on-one counseling, and wellness programming for our student body and is a member of the Student Wellness Committee. Mr. Ferry has a decade of experience in providing individual and group therapy for adolescents dealing with substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and trauma. He currently has a private practice in Murfreesboro. He formerly served as a therapist, specialist, and supervisor with Children and Family Services in Nashville and an intensive outpatient therapist (IOP) with TrustPoint Hospital.