Summer – Lower School

Here you will find the information that you need before the beginning of the 2019-20 school year.


 All school uniforms must be purchased at The Saints Shop. 
The Saints Shop is located in the ARC on the north campus, by the south side of the plaza. Here is a map.

The Saints Shop can be reached at (601) 414-0001. Here are their Facebook and Instagram pages. 
The Saints Shop Summer hours are as follows:
June 24-28 – 12:00-5:00 PM
Closed the week of July 4
July 8-12 – 12:00-5:00 PM
July 15-19 – 12:00-5:00 PM
July 22-26 – 12:00-5:00 PM
Saturday, July 27 – 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
July 29-August 2 – 12:00-5:00 PM
Saturday, August 3 – 9:00-2:00 PM 
August 5-9 – 12:00-5:00 PM
Saturday, August 10 – 9:00  AM-2:00 PM
The Saints Shop will resume normal hours – weekdays, 1:00-5:00 PM – on August 12.

About Summer Math

Students entering 1st to 4th grade are required to do summer work on the web-based program IXL Math.  IXL Math is an engaging and individualized system. The use of IXL for the summer marks a shift away from paper packets used in the past. Although we encourage your students to spend as much time this summer away from screens and are thus reluctant to offer screen-based summer assignments, the advantages in this case justify the shift. This program helps move students through concepts and skills more explicitly and reduces the onus on the parents to “teach” the material. Students should very much be able to do this on their own. The program offers explanations when students miss something. IXL also gives reports to teachers that show which skills have been practiced, which will enable a smoother and more targeted start to the upcoming school year.
Logging in: Students who have been at St. Andrew’s for grades 1 through 4 should know their login information. If they do not, please call the lower school office. Students new to St. Andrew’s should contact the office for a username and password. Kindergartners will be receiving their login information.

When students log in, they will click the grade they have just completed (e.g. student who has just finished 1st grade will go to the 1st grade tab). The skill sets to be completed will have a check beside them and are listed on the sheets linked below. Print the applicable sheet to see on paper what skill sets are to be practiced. Students should complete each of the skill sets listed on those sheets to 85% mastery and date the sheet as they work.

New and Changing Faculty and Staff for 2019-20

List of 4 items.

  • Administration

    Greg Buyan will assume additional responsibilities on the South Campus as the Director of South Campus Operations and Assistant Director of Facilities. He has served as the South Campus Maintenance Director since 2017.

    Becca Meaders will assume the new role of Database Administrator and Registrar. She joined the St. Andrew’s staff in 2017 as the Upper School Administrative Assistant and Registrar.

    Joe Ray will shift from the lower school, where he has served as the fitness teacher, to the North Campus, where he will be the Strength and Conditioning Coach. Joe has been a teacher and coach at St. Andrew’s since 2002.

    Julie Rust will serve as the Associate Head of Middle and Upper Schools for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. She has taught middle and high school English. Most recently, Julie was an assistant professor of education and the director of community engaged learning at Millsaps College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English education at Taylor University and her Ph.D. in literacy, culture, and language education with a minor in curriculum studies from Indiana University.

    Sarah Spann will shift from her role last year as part-time Diversity Associate to the full-time Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. Additionally, she will continue to serve as a girls basketball coach.

    Jeremy Stringer will be the Chief Technology Officer. He has 20 years of experience working in both corporate and education information technology. Most recently, Jeremy served as the Director of Information Literacy and Services at The Savannah Country Day School in Georgia. He has extensive experience in innovative curriculum design and integration. He received his Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology from Central Michigan University and his Master of Education in technology from Grand Canyon University.

    Crissie Walker will transition from her role last year as Lower School Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Director of Admission.

    Megan Whitacre will be the North Campus Technology Integration Specialist. She has been a middle school Latin teacher since 2014 and has taken on additional responsibilities over the years related to technology integration.
  • Lower School

    Lisa Boone will transition from a 1st grade teaching assistant to the 2nd grade teaching assistant. She has been a teaching assistant since 2013.

    Shea Egger has been named Associate Head of Lower School for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. Last year, Shea served as the Interim Associate Head of Lower School. She has over 10 years of teaching experience in both public and private elementary schools.

    Hendaya Haggerty will move from the kindergarten classroom to the pre-K3 classroom. Hendaya joined the St. Andrew’s faculty in 2015 as the Lower School Spanish teacher.

    Summer Keane will teach kindergarten. She has 5 years of experience teaching kindergarten in both public and independent schools in Mississippi and Louisiana. Summer earned her early childhood teaching certificate and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies with a minor in history from Louisiana State University.  

    Beth Peterson will shift from 2nd grade teacher to 3rd grade teacher. Beth began her career at St. Andrew’s as a teaching assistant from 1993 to 1996. She then served as a lower school teacher from 1996 to 2007. Beth returned to teaching in 2013.

    Marcia Poole will return as the early childhood catechist. Marcia was previously a lower school teacher and the 2017-18 Interim Head of Lower School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in religion with a minor in art from Mercer University.

    Tyler Scruton will shift from her role last year as a part-time 2nd grade teaching assistant to a part-time 1st grade teaching assistant.

    Crystal Skelton will be the Lower School Administrative Assistant. For the past 8 years, Crystal has been the executive director of MS Metropolitan Ballet and a ballet teacher. Previously, she was the assistant artistic administrator for the USA International Ballet Competition and MS Metropolitan Ballet and director of marketing and box office for the MS Symphony Orchestra. Crystal was this year’s Arts of the Green chair. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet performance from the University of Oklahoma.

    Stacy Sullivan will transition from the Lower School Fitness teaching assistant to the Fitness teacher. She has been a teaching assistant since 2011.

    Sheena Taylor White will teach kindergarten. Previously, she taught at Hinds County Head Start and Ann Smith Elementary School. Most recently, Sheena has served as a graduate assistant and site coordinator at Jackson State University as she pursued her Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education, which she will complete in April 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Science in childcare and family education, Bachelor of Science in elementary education, and Master of Science in reading education from Jackson State University.

    Britney Wolfe will shift from a pre-K4 teacher to the Early Childhood Fitness teacher. Additionally, she will be the assistant dance team coach. Britney joined the St. Andrew’s faculty as a teaching assistant in 2016 and became a teacher in 2017.

    Hannah Woodward will transition from a 1st grade teacher to the Lower School Reading Specialist, focusing on supporting students in 1st to 4th grades. She joined the St. Andrew’s faculty as a 1st grade teacher in 2015 after completing her Master of Education in reading education at Vanderbilt University.
  • Middle School

    Virginia Buchanan will move to the middle school to fill the 6th grade math teacher position.  In most recent years, Virginia has served as the math instructional coach at the lower school and the co-chair of the math department. She also taught 5th grade math for over 20 years and 4th grade math for two years.

    Connie Burke will teach 6th grade science. She has 28 years of experience teaching middle and upper school science, including biology, chemistry, ecology, physical science, and anatomy and physiology. For the past 10 years, Connie has taught at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Georgia, where she was also a leader in STEAM education. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in education from the University of North Georgia.  

    Margaret Clark will be the middle school Latin teacher. While pursuing her Ph.D. in classics from the University of Texas in Austin, which she will complete in August, Margaret has served as an assistant instructor and teaching assistant. An alumna of St. Andrew’s, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in classics from Middlebury College, Master of Studies in classics from the University of Oxford, and Master of Arts in classics from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Clay Elliott joins the St. Andrew’s community as Head of Middle School. He has over 20 years of teaching and administrative experience in independent schools in Massachusetts, Texas, and Alabama. Clay has been a middle school science, math, and history teacher; coach; history department chair; 7th and 8th grade dean; and most recently, Middle School Head. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and mathematics from Williams College and a Master of Arts in private school leadership from Columbia University.

    Karyn Kunzelman will teach 8th grade science. She has taught at both the upper school and university levels and has extensive research experience in bioengineering. Additionally, Karyn was the Director of College Guidance at Valwood School in Georgia. Most recently, she was president of K2 College Consulting. She holds a certificate in independent educational consulting from the University of California. Karyn received her Bachelor of Science in engineering science from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

    Grace Pei will teach middle school Mandarin Chinese in addition to the upper school classes. She has taught Mandarin Chinese at St. Andrew’s since 2007.
  • Upper School

    Susan Margaret Barrett will shift from her role as Assistant Director of Admission, which she has served since 2016, to the Upper School Administrative Assistant.

    Paula Giraldo will teach upper school Spanish. She is a native Spanish speaker and has 13 years of experience in teaching English and Spanish as a foreign and secondary language from elementary through high schools and universities in the U.S. and Colombia. Most recently, she taught international baccalaureate Spanish classes at Jim Hill High School. She earned a Bachelor of Modern Languages and Master of English Didactics at the University of Caldas in Colombia. Paula is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in education from Cuauhtémoc University in Mexico.

    Emily Philpott will serve as the Assistant Director of Global Studies in addition to teaching upper school history. She joined the St. Andrew’s faculty last year and has over 17 years of experience as a teacher in both public and private schools.

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