About

A Vision for the Future

St. Andrew's Visioning Day

Friends and members of the St. Andrew’s community are encouraged to join us from 8:00 to noon on January 26 for Visioning Day, the culminating step in our visioning for the future. The process will be facilitated by Christina Drouin, founder and president of the Center for Strategic Planning. As a result of this visioning journey, we will move St. Andrew’s forward just as those who came before us have done. 

Visioning Day Registration

Kindly register for our school-wide visioning day as space is limited.

Please note that while upper school students are welcome, lower and middle school students may not attend.

We will see you in The Arc on the north campus in Ridgeland at 8:00 am on January 26.

St. Andrew's Vision Statement

During the 2018-19 school year, St. Andrew’s will undertake a collaborative process to refine, reaffirm, and clarify our vision for the future. Drawing upon a future expressed in our 2011 Vision Narrative, our 2016 Strategic Objectives, and our Forward Saints campaign, the visioning process will unfold over the course of the fall and winter with opportunities for all constituents to share their vision for St. Andrew’s with Head of School Tom Sheppard. This process culminates with a St. Andrew’s Visioning Day on January 26, 2019. The Vision Statement will be forwarded to the Board of Trustees for their consideration in early 2019.

As you think about the future of St. Andrew's, consider how you would answer these three questions:

  • What is the most compelling aspect of St. Andrew's that resonates with you emotionally?
  • If family and school are the two biggest influencers on children's development, what is the most important contribution St. Andrew’s can make to a student's development by the time they reach middle school? What is the most important contribution by the time they graduate?
  • At 71 years, St. Andrew's is the oldest independent school in Mississippi, but in school years we are actually quite young – perhaps we are a young adult, still growing and developing. Over the next 3-5 years, how will we grow in a way that leaves you feeling we are developing appropriately?

Below are events that are included in this process. This page will be updated throughout the fall as details are finalized.

Board of Trustees
Through several board gatherings and a dedicated visioning session this fall, as well as in individual meetings, Head of School Tom Sheppard will have the opportunity to listen to the vision for St. Andrew’s from the board of trustees.
  • December 6: Board of trustees visioning session

Parent Coffees
Thanks to the generous support of our St. Andrew’s Parents’ Association, all parents have been invited to parent coffees to share their vision for St. Andrew’s.
  • August 23, 8:00 AM: 1st and 2nd grade parents
  • August 28, 8:00 AM: 3rd and 4th grade parents
  • August 29, 8:00 AM: Early childhood parents
  • September 5, 8:00 AM: 5th and 6th grade parents
  • September 6, 8:00 AM: 7th and 8th grade parents
  • September 24, 8:00 AM: Upper school parents

Student Listening Lunches
Over the course of the fall, Listening Lunches with upper school student leaders focused on a variety of topics central to their educational experiences so that students could share their vision for St. Andrew’s with Head of School Tom Sheppard.
  • October 29
  • November 5
  • November 26

Alumni Listening Opportunities
Head of School Tom Sheppard will create several opportunities for alumni to share their vision for St. Andrew’s. In addition, Mr. Sheppard will be meeting with alumni individually both in the greater Jackson area and across the country during the course of his travels this fall.
  • September 24, 6:00 PM in the CPA lobby for current and former alumni board members 
  • December 22, 10:00 AM in the ARC lakeside lobby for all alumni

Faculty and Administrators
Over the course of two separate sessions the faculty and administrators will provide important feedback about their experiences at St. Andrew’s as well as their hopes for St. Andrew’s in the years ahead.
  • October 9
  • November 7

St. Andrew's Visioning Day – January 26, 2019
All Saints are invited – students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and parents of graduates.

Vision Writing Committee

List of 18 members.

  • Mr. Tim Alford 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of Middle School
    Vanderbilt University - Peabody School - MA
    Harvard School of Theology - MA
    University of the South - BA
  • Mrs. Julia Chadwick 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of Upper School
    Jackson State University - MEd
    Belhaven College - BA
  • Mr. DeWayne Cupples 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of Athletics
    Mississippi College - MEd
    Mississippi State University - BS
  • Mr. Colin Dunnigan 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of College Counseling, Head Middle School Lacrosse Coach
    Western Carolina University - MSA
    Austin College - BA
  • The Rev. Annie Elliott 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Chaplain, Director of Diversity, Director of Service Learning
    Virginia Theological Seminary - MDiv
    Vanderbilt University - BA
  • Mrs. Stephanie Garriga 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of Institutional Advancement
    University of Arizona - BA
  • Mr. Jason Greener 92

    Stribling Equipment, Inc
    University of Mississippi
  • Dr. Chris Harth 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Provost
    University of Pennsylvania - PhD
    University of Pennsylvania - MA
    Hobart College - BA
  • The Rev. Kirk LaFon 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Chaplain, Head Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach
    School of Theology at Sewanee - M.Div.
    Virginia Theological Seminary - MTS
    University of Virginia - BA
  • Mr. Kevin Lewis 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Associate Head of School, Chief Financial Officer
    Vanderbilt University - MEd
    Mississippi State University - MPA
    Mississippi State University - BACC
  • Mrs. Judy Menist 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    1st Grade Classroom Teacher
    Mississippi State University - EdS
    William Carey College - MEd
    Mississippi College - BS
  • Mrs. Corissa Newburger 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    7th Grade History Teacher, Assistant Girls Soccer Coach
    Millsaps College - BA
  • Mr. Jay Philpott 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Director of Admission and Financial Aid
    University of Memphis - MS
    Presbyterian College - BA
  • Mr. Ravi Raju 88

    Davidson College
  • Mr. Tom Sheppard 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of School
    Lehigh University - MEd
    Washington and Lee University - BA
  • Mrs. Seetha Srinivasan 

    University Press of MS
    Editor
  • Mrs. Vangela Wade 

    The Wade Law Firm
    pres / consultant
  • Mrs. Dawn Wilson 

    St. Andrew's Episcopal School
    Head of Lower School
    Clark University - MA
    Clark University - BA

South Campus | PK-3 to Grade 4

4120 Old Canton Road | Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Tel 601.987.9300 | Fax 601.987.9324

North Campus | Grades 5 to 12

370 Old Agency Road | Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Tel 601.853.6000 | Fax 601.853.6001