SAS new faculty and staff

St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School welcomes several new faculty and staff members, including four alumni of the school, as they begin the 2020-2021 school year.

SAS is a private, co-educational, Episcopal, boarding and day college preparatory school serving 250 students in grades 6-12.

The following people have recently joined the SAS staff.

Haley Chelsvig is an experienced science and outdoor education instructor with an interest in promoting leadership development, social justice, and environmental stewardship through experiential education.

She graduated from Drake University with a degree in biology and psychology.

Ashley Close, assistant director of admission and career education administrator, holds a bachelor's degree in marketing of higher education and a master's degree in education from Elmira College and a certificate in college counseling from UCLA.

Jennifer Dillon a member of the SAS class of ‘82, is the new chief financial and operations officer.

 Lisa Garner, mental health counselor, comes to SAS from Holy Trinity High School in Chicago. where she was director of counseling.

Taylor Lee joins SAS as a Spanish teacher and international student coordinator.

Brian Mazur joins SAS as an experienced mathematics teacher having taught at Franklin County High School, Lakeview Centennial High School (Texas), Dallas CAN! Academy and Horizon Science Academy. He will teach algebra and math 7.

Jasmine “Jazz” Render returns to SAS as an admission counselor. She is a graduate of the University of West Georgia with a major in mass communications and a concentration in digital media and telecommunications.

Paul Schutz, IT support coordinator, joined SAS earlier this summer after serving as the director of marketing for the continuing education unit of the School of Theology at the University of the South.

Thomas Simerville, a 2016 graduate of SAS and a recent graduate in history from the University of the South, joins the school as a Father Flye fellow with special skills and responsibilities in outdoor education.

Margaret Wilson, who has been serving as the interim farmer at the SAS Farm, joins the school fulltime as farm educator and art teacher. A 2020 graduate of Warren Wilson College, Wilson majored in psychology and minored in art (ceramics) and expressive arts therapy.

Shomari Todd, a senior at the University of the South, joins the college counseling office this year as an intern.

Other summer transitions include: Interim Dean of Students Geoffrey Smith moving into the more permanent role of dean of students, school nurse Melissa Gilliam assuming the title of director of the health clinic and history teacher and residential faculty member Chris Monahan taking on additional responsibilities as residential life coordinator and director of college counseling,

Dan Monahan will be continuing in his role as COVID coordinator, and school store manager Jana Barnett has moved into the position of academic administrative assistant. Auxiliary Program Director Lizzie Duncan will take on the responsibility for the school store.