Hi! I am Carolyn Brown and I have taught English literature and writing on several levels for over 30 years: high school, college, and adult continuing education. I am originally from North Carolina, where I attended Duke University and then graduate school at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, earning both my master’s and doctorate. I moved to Jackson, Mississippi, 15 years ago, and in Mississippi, I have published four biographies on Mississippi women. And it is in Mississippi that I also rediscovered my love for Jane Austen, teaching classes on Austen at both Millsaps College and St. Andrew’s as well as founding the Jane Austen Society of North America Mississippi Region and publishing articles on the author. When I am not reading Jane Austen, or watching a Jane Austen movie, I love to spend time with my husband and two sons, walk my dachshund Oscar, and zoom with three different book clubs. So please join me in reading Jane Austen, one of the most popular writers in the world, in order to attempt to understand her enduring popularity.
Hi, I'm Jim Foley, and I have been teaching at both the high school and college levels for 25 years. My roots lie in New York, but I have lived in Virginia, Maryland, and Mississippi, the latter state for 25 years. As a historian of the United States, I find it is important to listen to the voices from the past to help us make sense of the present. What still gives me intellectual energy, as well as a great deal of humility, is the realization that there is so much to learn. One never reaches the point of knowing everything about American history. I see my job as helping students develop an interest in learning more about American history and culture, and at the same time, learning about themselves, whether they were born in this country or it is their adopted home. In addition, I think we learn to develop a sense of empathy and understanding of others through our study of history. We learn to appreciate others by learning about their lived experiences.
Hi, I'm Scott Albert Johnson, and you probably know me as the associate director of college counseling at St. Andrew's. I also have another life as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (especially known for my harmonica playing). I'm really looking forward to sharing my passion for great songs and songwriting with the students in this class. A little about my music career: I was a featured guest artist with the Boston Pops in 2017 (an amazing experience), and I won a $4,500 Performing Arts Fellowship from the Mississippi Arts Commission in 2013. I was named "Best Local Musician" in the Jackson Free Press readers' poll twice and have been a finalist 12 times. My two albums--Going Somewhere (2015) and Umbrella Man (2007)--received great reviews worldwide, and my latest single "Float" is currently receiving airplay on more than 40 radio stations in the U.S. and Canada. A reviewer from Rootstime (Belgium) wrote about me: "Scott Albert Johnson is a great songwriter. He writes about man's journey: who we are, where we stand and where our lives take us. His musings about life are cast in clever melodies, sung by a voice that seemingly knows no limitations."
Hello! I’m Ibby Joseph. I’ve taught High School Mathematics, everything from Pre-Algebra to Advanced Placement Calculus AB, for forty-five years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Tulane University and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans. I taught at St. Joseph Catholic School for twenty-six years and served as the Assistant Principal for twenty-four of those years. I then taught at St. Andrew’s for seven years. I retired from St. Andrew’s in May, 2018, but returned in August, 2021, to teach Geometry and Honors Geometry. I live in Brandon with my husband. I have a son and two grandchildren. In addition to being a math geek, I love teaching Personal Finance. It’s one of the most practical courses offered on the high school level. If I had taken a course like this in high school, I could have avoided some serious financial problems.
I’m Lara Kees, and I love words! My bachelor’s degree is in English and French, and my first post-college job was in a rare book store in Boston--a job which taught me a great deal about the artistry involved in making the physical book, in addition to the artistry required for each book’s words. I earned my master’s and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My husband and I met and started our family there, moving to Mississippi in 2005. I have taught English locally at Millsaps and Mississippi College, and I taught online for UNC-Chapel Hill for 17 years. I have taught English at all levels, including elementary and middle-school classes. Although my degrees focused on 19th- and 20th-century British literature, I have taught a range of works, from Homer to Jhumpa Lahiri. I am most interested in how artists create meaning--why they chose the words they did in the order they did and why their choices continue to affect us in the way they do.
Hi, I’m the Rev. CJ Meaders. I’m currently serving as Rector of St. Columb’s Episcopal Church, which is fancy talk for saying I’m a priest. I live in Ridgeland, MS, with my wife Becca who you may know as Mrs. Meaders. We have three kiddos who all attend St. Andrew’s Lower School. I formerly worked at Trinity Episcopal School in Natchez with the incomparable Linda Rodriguez. At Trinity, I served as Chaplain and taught a middle school Character Building class as well as Ethics and World Religion in high school. I am an alumnus of the University of Mississippi with degrees in Religion and Art. I also received my Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, TX. I’m super excited to get back to teaching in a school setting!
Hello! My name is Emily Philpott and I live in MS with my husband, two children, and dog. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a Master’s in Teaching, I have spent the past 18 years in the classroom. This will be my third year at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where I serve as Associate Director of Global Studies along with teaching history and science courses. Through the years I have been a department chair, tennis coach, Model UN advisor, and international trip leader. I am a National Geographic Certified Educator, a Peace Teacher with the United States Institute of Peace, a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow, a Transatlantic Outreach Fellow and an AP Reader. I am passionate about global education and hope that students leave my courses with a greater understanding and appreciation of the world and the skills and confidence to create positive change. In addition, I am fascinated by cognitive science and its application to teaching and learning. I am thrilled to be a Virtual Saints teacher!
Hi! I'm Linda Rodriguez. I enjoy cooking, watching Disney+, and spending time with my family, 3 cats, and an ill behaved dog. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Classical Antiquities, a Master’s degree in Educational Policy: Global Studies and I’ve been teaching for 27 years. As a St. Andrew's teacher, my mission is to challenge each of my students to think. I believe that everyone's story is important and, by learning about social justice both here at home and around the world, we can learn to value each other's journey. I am excited to be teaching in the Virtual Saints program and I know it will be a transformative experience for all of us!
Hi! I’m Wesley Saylor. I’ve been teaching for a total of 8 years, 3 years at the collegiate level and 5 years here at St. Andrew’s. As a St. Andrew’s teacher, my goal is to help inspire my students to find the beauty in learning a new language, culture, and even a new way to think! It is my mission to help support young minds to be strong global citizens. Studying French and the Francophone world isn’t just about learning a new language, it’s about discovering a world that has old connections and influences to ours!
I am new to both St. Andrew’s and Mississippi. I love to read, but not the reading glasses I now need to see the pages! I entered education after working in the arts at the Smithsonian and Christie’s. This is my twentieth year working in schools most of which I spent grading English papers into the wee hours of the night. I come from a long line of southern storytellers, and if my grandmother taught me anything, it is that everyone has a story to share which is why I love teaching memoir writing.
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