Head of School Joy McGrath ’92 announced and welcomed the new faculty who will join St. Andrew's in the 2023-24 school year. The school is grateful to Emily Pressman, Ana Ramírez, and the many department chairs and faculty members who engaged in the faculty hiring process this year.
Anabel Barnett joins St. Andrew’s as a teaching fellow in Spanish. Anabel graduated from Kenyon College in 2023 magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature (emphasis Creative Writing) and Spanish Literature and Language. In May 2023, Anabel received Kenyon’s annual Spanish Award for excellence in the study of Spanish literature. While at Kenyon, Anabel worked both as a Writing Center consultant and a foreign language assistant tutor. She was also an editor for Sunset Press, Kenyon’s student-run publishing house. Her own work has appeared in Spires Literary Magazine and she was a finalist for Driftwood Press’s Short Story Prize in Spring 2023.
Prior to joining St. Andrew’s, Anabel worked in Gredos, Spain, as an English-Spanish liaison at Equiberia, an equine tourism business. An avid equestrian, Anabel competed in multiple national equitation finals as a junior rider. She is a six-time 4H state champion and qualified for the North American League Junior Jumper Finals in her final year as a junior rider. Last summer, Anabel worked as an editorial intern at The Chronicle of the Horse, and she continues to cover and provide commentary for The Chronicle during national equitation finals.
In her free time, Anabel enjoys reading, writing, riding, and leading a writing workshop of fellow Kenyon Creative Writing alumni.
Amelia Browne joins St. Andrew’s as an English teacher and head volleyball coach. She graduated from Yale University in 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a concentration in creative writing. While at Yale, Amelia worked as a reader for two literary magazines, The Common and The Yale Review, and served as a board member for the Yale Film Festival. She has studied with novelist and screenwriter Derek Green, who served as her advisor for her senior thesis, and the playwright Donald Margulies; has read scripts for Heyday Films; and participated in United Talent Agency’s summer extern program.
In addition to her affinity for writing and literature, Amelia is an athlete at heart. She played Division 1 volleyball at Yale, where her team captured two Ivy League Championship titles and appeared once in the NCAA Tournament. Pre-college, Amelia’s club volleyball team won a gold medal at USA Volleyball Nationals in 2017, and she led her high school to two North Coast Section Championships as a captain. She has coached volleyball across the West Coast, including at Vision Volleyball Club and Santa Barbara Volleyball Club.
During her free time, Amelia loves to hike with her two dogs, Roxy and Lulu.
Connor Doughty joins St. Andrew’s as a teaching fellow in religion and philosophy, who will coach lacrosse and soccer. He is originally from Northbrook, Illinois. Connor graduated from Kenyon College in 2023 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, focusing on the philosophy of religion. His particular area of study centered on how the language describing faith and belief affects the accessibility of religion.
Throughout his four years at Kenyon, Connor was a member of the men’s lacrosse team, helping bring the Owls to three consecutive conference championship finals and their first NCAA appearance since 2012. He spent his college summers working as an assistant defensive and face-off specialist coach with his high school’s lacrosse program, and helped coach the school to its sectional championship victory in the 2021 season.
James Garrett joins St. Andrew’s as an English and art teacher who will coach football and baseball. Originally from Sacramento, California, James attended the University of California Riverside, where he majored in sociology. After graduating in 2013, he pursued an Americorps placement with City Year Sacramento, followed by a placement at his former high school via Teach for America. In 2020, James received a master’s from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
James has experience teaching high school English and middle school social studies, and has coached and mentored students in athletic programs and community organizations. He is a reading, writing, and literacy scholar and a multimedia artist. He is passionate about student-centered teaching, coaching, and mentorship that supports students to become their most actualized selves.
Before coming to St. Andrew’s, James, his wife Janay, their three children, Joie, James II and Janai, and their dog, King, and cats, Bas and Pebbles, have called California, Philadelphia, and Connecticut home. In his down time, James enjoys spontaneous family road trips, finding waterfalls and hiking trails, playing or making music, and cooking for the family.
Alec Hill ’12 joins St. Andrew’s as a teaching fellow in English who will coach cross-country and crew. At St. Andrew’s, Alec ran cross-country, wrestled, and rowed, and contributed to The Cardinal and The Andrean.
Alec graduated summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a bachelor’s degree in English and forestry. He ran track at Sewanee, earning two conference championship medals in the 800 meters. He was also president of the Order of the Gown, the local academic honor society. After college, Alec joined the staff of the Sewanee Review, one of the most prestigious literary magazines in America, serving first as an assistant, and later as managing editor, and editing fiction, poetry, and essays.
For the past three summers, Alec has served on a wildland firefighting crew. He has fought wildland fires across the American West, spending time on both a helitack and a hotshot crew, and using the winter season to write fiction and train for ultramarathons. In his free time, Alec likes to (no surprise) write and run, as well as practice meditation.
Alex Horgan ’18 joins St. Andrew’s as a teaching fellow in science, and will teach biology and environmental science, and coach cross-country and crew. He is originally from Wilmington, Delaware, and graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a minor in English. While at University of Delaware, Alex served as a captain of the club cross-country and track and field teams, and worked as a research assistant on a project collecting the oral histories of the Lenape Tribe in Cheswold, Delaware. Prior to returning to SAS, Alex was a natural lands fellow at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, where he conducted forestry work and invasive species removals in the meadows and woodlands. In his free time, he enjoys running, cycling, and cooking.
Ben Kang ’13 joins St. Andrew’s as a math teacher, who will coach football and lacrosse. Born in Philadelphia and raised in Seoul, South Korea, Ben has always called St. Andrew’s his true home ever since he graduated in 2013. Ben attended Haverford College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. At Haverford, Ben was a member of the men’s lacrosse team for two seasons and also competed for the Korean National Lacrosse Team during the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship in Denver. He recently received a master’s degree in teacher leadership from Mount Holyoke College; his capstone project focused on supporting and retaining teachers of color in independent schools.
Ben has taught math at Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, where he also served as a dorm head and student advisor and coached lacrosse and football, and has taught seventh and eighth grade math at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia, where he was also the Korean language instructor, a member of the DEI Committee, and an AAPI Affinity Group leader.
Aside from teaching, Ben is an avid fan of horror movies and Korean TV shows. He is a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles fan.
Bradley Skeen joins St. Andrew’s as a history teacher and a coach of soccer and basketball. Bradley attended the University of Virginia, where he received bachelor’s degrees in political philosophy, policy and law, and Africana studies. He completed an honors thesis exploring hate speech jurisprudence in the United States and South Africa, conducting a comparative analysis informed by his experience studying in Durban, South Africa, as an undergraduate. He recently earned a master’s degree from the Relay Graduate School of Education in New York, New York.
Prior to joining St. Andrew’s, Bradley lived in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a public interest consultant and taught social studies. In addition to reading and spending time with family and friends, Bradley enjoys biking, traveling, hiking, and playing a wide variety of sports.