Meet the Faculty

Leadership Team

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  • Carolyn Brown

    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.
  • Price Chadwick

    My name is Price Chadwick and I have taught physics and coding at St. Andrew's for 13 years.  After graduating from the US Naval Academy in 2000 with a BS in physics, I was in submarines for 5 years where I was involved in reactor operations. As well as teaching physics and robotics at St. Andrew's, I am the boys' cross country coach for 7th - 12th grade.  I also coached track and field for 12 years. My wife and I have a son going into 6th grade as well as a dog and 2 cats. I believe that a basic level of understanding of coding is necessary for anyone wanting to be involved in any technical field.
  • Jim Foley

    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.
  • Scott Albert Johnson

    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."
  • Matt Luter

    I’m Matt Luter. I’m in my 11th year of full time teaching and my 5th at SA. I’m originally from Laurel, MS and earned my BA in English at Millsaps College and my MA and PhD in English at the University of North Carolina. I primarily teach and study American fiction, and I’m an active scholar and writer: my first book, Understanding Jonathan Lethem came out in 2015, and a co-edited volume, Conversations with Steve Erickson, will be published in summer 2021. My teaching and writing consistently bring literature into contact with other forms of media, especially music and film. I look forward to sharing my love of cinema with students in this course as we explore together a variety of ways to approach (and write about) film analytically and enthusiastically.
  • Trish Martin

    Hi, I’m Trish Martin. I have been in education for over 25 years and still find it exciting. I worked in Virginia and Texas before moving to the great state of Mississippi almost two years ago with my two wonderful little Chihuahuas, Tank and Bella. I am excited to be offering the Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles (APCSP) course. I was invited to train with faculty from UT--Austin as they developed a curriculum under the supervision of the College Board when they launched this course in the fall of 2016. APCSP is an inclusive course designed for all students to explore programming, computational thinking, and the impacts of computing in our lives. It is an engaging, project-based course for students to develop skills and explore projects that are meaningful to their lives. I am thrilled to offer this course and look forward to having you in class.
  • Marks McWhorter

    Hi, I’m Marks McWhorter, science enthusiast, teacher, and science department chair at St. Andrew’s. Currently, I teach biology, environmental science, zoology at St. Andrew’s, and have taught various other science classes over the years (e.g. comparative ecosystems, mammalogy, arachnid biology). My love for studying science began very early, as I began volunteering and later working at the Jackson Zoo for over a decade with my work in education now spanning over 20 years. Those years were some of the most impactful of my life, as I learned how to work with people of all ages and how to work with wildlife. That also has adapted my teaching style, as I believe that informal education methods can serve as a valuable tool in formal education practices. That’s why I now want to introduce mammalogy within the fabulous curriculum in Virtual Saints. Outside of school, I love spending time with my wife and two dogs, and catching up with friends and family. If you’re a Disney or lego fan, we’ll always have something to talk about!
  • The Rev. CJ Meaders

    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! 
  • Donna Patrick

    I am Donna Patrick.  I am so excited about returning to St. Andrew’s to teach Advanced Placement Human Geography. After a 39-year teaching career (the last 26 at St. Andrew’s), I retired in the spring of 2019. I have an undergraduate degree from Sewanee: The University of the South and a master’s degree from The University of Alabama. My hobbies include baking and knitting. My husband and I moved to the Dallas area last year to be nearer our children and grandchildren. It is wonderful to be here, but I have missed the St. Andrew’s community. I am excited about the opportunity to reconnect.
  • Emily Philpott

    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!
  • Nancy Rivas

    Hello! I’m Nancy Rivas. I’m a native Colombian who’s been teaching foreign languages for 21 years, 15 of which at St. Andrew’s. Before even realizing I wanted to become a teacher I developed a lifelong love for languages, a passion I wish to inspire in others. I’m always excited to share knowledge of my native language as I promote understanding of different cultures where Spanish is spoken. For me, appreciation of cultural differences and similarities is fundamental as we become acquainted with the languages we learn. Equally important in this pursuit is how we contribute positively to our local and global communities.
  • Linda Rodriguez

    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!
  • Wesley Saylor

    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!
  • Emmi Sprayberry

    Hello! I’m Emmi Sprayberry.  I teach visual art, whether it's hand fabricated or digitally created. I have a bachelor's degree in Painting and Photography.  I'm a practicing artist, photographer, and repeat offender of rescuing small dogs  and naming them after food (currently we have 3 - Jellybean, Oreo, and Biscuit). Storytelling, Hand-painted signs ( if you haven’t watched a video of someone hand-painting some lettering it is immensely satisfying), Doctor Who, and creative problem-solving make my heart happy.  I believe each student has a unique voice that is full of value and worth. My desire as a St. Andrew's teacher is to not just teach art skills and practices but to empower my students to use their creative talents to share their unique voice. Through digital art,  students will learn how to express themselves through a new art medium, problem solving skills, and practices that they can take into any career. I'm excited to share my artistic passions through Virtual Saints.
  • Jenn Whitt

    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.
  • Kim Widdig

    My name is Kimberly (Kim) Widdig. I have a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. I also have a master’s degree in Mathematics. I am completing my 19th year of teaching this year and can’t wait to start a new decade at St. Andrew’s. I have taught pretty much every math subject on the middle and high school levels. I have an amazing husband, three beautiful daughters and three awesome grandchildren. I love the Lord and feel that He has led me to this amazing school. I look forward to meeting you and showing you how fun math can be!!

South Campus | PK-3 to Grade 4

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North Campus | Grades 5 to 12

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