Age as of Jan. 1: 35
Title: Assistant head of school for Academic Affairs, Lower School head
Company: St. Andrew’s School
Savannah neighborhood: Tybee Island/Guyton
Q: What are your top three business growth accomplishments?
A: Leading the transition and authorization for St. Andrew’s to become an IB World School in 2008.
A: Developing and helping lead a capital campaign to create a Lower School STEM iLab and classroom.
A: Leading the effort to bring Horizons Savannah to St. Andrew’s School beginning in 2014.
Q: What are your top three business awards/accolades?
A: Generation NEXT 2016
A: TAG Excalibur award finalist for adopting an adaptive math program in Lower School to personalize mathematics instruction
A: St. Andrew’s being named an Apple Distinguished School
Q: What are your top three philanthropic leadership roles?
A: Teach the Future Fellowship
A: Horizons Savannah Board Member
A: Sunday School teacher at Bethesda United Methodist Church
Q: How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?
A: I think the organizational structure of schools will change radically in the next decade. This won’t look the same for every school, and you will see increasing diversity in school models and types to meet the demands of a changing world. This comes out of an acknowledgement that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach that serves students well. At St. Andrew’s, we are looking to a global landscape in which our students will be called upon to be creators, innovators and problem solvers. St. Andrew’s is building a school environment and curriculum to meet that need but doing it in a way in which we can personalize that learning experience to best serve each student.
Q: What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?
A: Through Teach the Future Fellowship, I have made great connections in the tech community with some very creative folks. I am interested to see how the advances in computer programming, 3D printing, and virtual reality impact student work and empower creative enterprises.
Q: What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?
A: Our blending of old and new. There is a strong heritage that gives Savannah a deep-rooted sense of purpose and place but more and more talented leaders are looking outside Savannah to see how we can build on that to move forward while not displacing that important sense of history and culture.
Q: What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?
A: I am excited by the growing energy and presence of tech start-ups in Savannah as well as businesses that complement SCAD’s creative influence, such as design and culinary ventures.
Q: What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?
A: I think the actual degree will be less important than the life skills and capacities that young adults can bring with those degrees – passion, real-life experience, problem-solving skills, risk-taking, creativity, principled character.
They don’t give degrees in those, but through the study of something a student is passionate about, we can hope that those skills and dispositions can be developed over time in PK-12 education as well as at the college and university levels.
At St. Andrew’s, we focus on helping students capitalize on their passions and go deep in their studies through the IB program so they are prepared to find success in college and life.
Q: What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?
A: Connect with like minded individuals and find places of synergy to move your ideas and projects forward.
Q: What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?
A: My hope would be that Teach the Future Fellowship finds strong roots over the next year and our fellows remain involved and connected so there is an upward spiral around the potential for schools and students in Savannah — that we empower teachers to elevate the dialogue in the community of what education can and should be and create an ongoing dialogue with innovators in the community to help in this endeavor.