Mission

Since our foundation in 2012, we have partnered with parents to educate children not simply to one day gain admittance to the best college, but to equip them for life, helping them discover who God made them to be. We work continually to restore the humanity of each child entrusted to us, as God works to restore his creation. Thus, our mission is partnering with God as His servants in seeking the restoration of His image in our students through education.

Vision

The Habersham vision is based on the time-honored tradition of Classical education, where students are taught to question, to investigate, and to dialogue, combined with an unapologetic commitment to the truth of Christ. Habersham emphasizes the great works of literature, the great discoveries of math and science, and the great ideas and figures of Western civilization, combined with a disciplined study of classical languages, thereby training students how to learn so they retain their love of learning.

We recognize the years of school life of children are a humbling opportunity to make a profound impact. Not only are students developing cognitively and physically, but they are forming lifelong spiritual and character habits as well. Their view of the world, their answers to life’s questions, and their view of the good life all take shape during these formative years at school. We seek to mold and shape both academic and spiritual formation in an integrated way. Cultivating a love of learning, equipping students to learn well, and grounding instruction in Christian orthodoxy and devotion.

“A Christian boy or girl can learn mathematics, for example, from a teacher who is not a Christian; and truth is truth however learned. But while truth is truth however learned, the bearing of truth, the meaning of truth, the purpose of truth, even in the sphere of mathematics, seem entirely different to the Christian from that which they seem to the non-Christian; and that is why a truly Christian education is possible only when Christian conviction underlies not a part, but all, of the curriculum of the school.”

-J. GRESHAM MACHEN, EDUCATION, CHRISTIANITY

Board, Staff & Faculty

Board of Governors

Glenn Burnsed

Dr. Brian Kornblatt

Dr. Byron Colley

Casey Reeves

Dr. Brad Durham

Bobby Welch

Carol Dusek

Staff

Chip Welch

Chip Welch

President

Since 2012 BA, History, Mercer University BA, Religion, Mercer University MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary

Angie Copetillo

Angie Copetillo

Head of School

Since 2012 BA, Journalism, University of Georgia Graduate Studies, Oak Brook College of Law and Government Policy Certificate in School Management and Leadership (in progress), Harvard School of Education and Business School

Patrick Mitchell

Patrick Mitchell

Academic Dean

Since 2018 BA, History, Milligan College MA, Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary MEd, Regent University

Lauren Key

Lauren Key

Executive to External Relations

Since 2013
Undergraduate Studies, Belhaven University

Chase McGarity

Chase McGarity

Athletic Director

Since 2018 BA, Spanish, Armstrong State University

Chaston Hart

Chaston Hart

Director of Advancement

Since 2015 BA, Interdisciplinary Studies, Covenant College

Lindsey Mitchell

Lindsey Mitchell

Director of Business Operations, Academic Advising

Since 2018 BS, Communications, Milligan College MAT, Early Childhood, Armstrong State University

Upper School Faculty and Staff

Connie Bayliss

Connie Bayliss

Humanities

Since 2014 BA, English and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Washington and Lee University MA, English, Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English

Toph Beach

Toph Beach

Upper School Humanities

Since 2019 BA, Philosophy, Trinity Western University MA, History, San Jose State Univeristy

Brent Beaumont

Brent Beaumont

Humanities Chair

BS, Engineering, University of Arkansas
MA, Liberal Arts, St. John’s College
MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary
Justin Blakey

Justin Blakey

Upper and Middle School Mathematics

Since 2015 BA, Mathematics, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Jennifer Edwards

Jennifer Edwards

Geometry

Since 2018 BS, West Point MBA, University of Masshachusetts-Amherst

Mary Leece

Mary Leece

Upper School Science and Mathematics

Since 2019 BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Baylor University

Jason Manley

Jason Manley

Upper School Science and Math Chair

Since 2015

BS, Chemistry, Michigan State University
MA, Science and Religion, Biola University
Sharon Mays

Sharon Mays

Latin & Choir

Since 2016 BM, Sacred Music, Samford University MMus, Choral Music, Selwyn College, Cambridge University MA (in progress), Liberal Arts, St. John’s College

Jason Mehl

Jason Mehl

Upper School Humanities

Since 2015 BS, Journalism, Toccoa Falls College MFA, Creative Writing, Columbia College Chicago

Effie Mydell

Effie Mydell

Strings, Latin, Arts Coordinator

Since 2016 BA, Music, Goldsmiths College, University of London MA, Music Education, Kingston University

Jared Seff

Jared Seff

Visual Arts

Since 2012 BFA, Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design MFA (in progress), Illustration, SCAD

Braelyn Snow

Braelyn Snow

Visual Arts, Graphic Design

Since 2017 BS, Indiana Wesleyan University MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design

Sarah Traut

Sarah Traut

Upper School Latin

BA, Classical Studies, University of Georgia
MA, Classical Languages, University of Georgia

Anastasia Tucker

Anastasia Tucker

External Affairs and Admissions Assistant

Since 2019 BA, SCAD

Hilary Tucker

Hilary Tucker

Latin Chair

Since 2015 BA, History, Boston University BS, Journalism, Boston University

Kate Welch

Kate Welch

Assistant Athletic Director, House Coordinator

Since 2017 BA, Biology, Mercer University MS, Physical Therapy, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Middle School Faculty and Staff

Max Belz

Max Belz

Middle School Division Director, Strategic Communication

Since 2019 BA, History, Covenant College MA, Education, Loyola Marymount University

Jay Carpenter

Jay Carpenter

7th and 8th Grade, First Form Latin

Since 2018 BS, Elementary Education, Bryan College MA, Curriculum Implementation

Christine Darulla

Christine Darulla

Middle School Science

Since 2017 BS, Nursing, Bob Jones University

Kathy Delk

Kathy Delk

College Office and Habersham Hall Administrative Assistant

Since 2013 BS, Business Administration, Salisbury State University

Casey Fields

Casey Fields

Director of Hospitality and Academics Coordinator

Since 2013 BA, History, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Carin Hining

Carin Hining

6th Grade

Since 2015 BS, Family and Community Services, Berry College

Cameron Hunt

Cameron Hunt

PE, Mathematics

Since 2017 BS, Erskine University

Millie Hoover

Millie Hoover

7th and 8th Humanities

Since 2018 BA, English, Armstrong State University

Becky Locke

Becky Locke

Middle School Mathematics

 

Louise Mehl

Louise Mehl

Gould Cottage Receptionist

 

Kriste Sanders

Kriste Sanders

5th Grade

Since 2019 BA, Journalism, University of Georgia

Tony Scott

Tony Scott

7th Grade Christian Studies, Grounds

Since 2019

Lower School Faculty and Staff

Kim Batts

Kim Batts

Kathy Beaty

Kathy Beaty

2nd Grade, Director of Lower School

Since 2012 BA, Psychology, Monmouth University

Melissa Bebelos

Melissa Bebelos

Pre K 3

Since 2013 BS, Wheelock College

Andrea Benton

Andrea Benton

Taylor Ellen

Taylor Ellen

Ballet

Since 2018 BFA, Dance, Belhaven University

Mary Ann Kavanagh

Mary Ann Kavanagh

1st Grade

Since 2015 BA, English, University of Maryland, European Division

Carlin Labuzan

Carlin Labuzan

Kindergarten

Since 2019 BA, Early Education, Covenant College

Nancy Peavy

Nancy Peavy

3rd Grade

Since 2017 BA, General Studies

Nancy Thornock

Nancy Thornock

Since 2019 PreK3, Choir, Theater

Hannah Van Puffelen

Hannah Van Puffelen

Pre K 4

Since 2014 Undergraduate Studies in Early Childhood Education

Meg Welch

Meg Welch

4th Grade

Since 2019 BS, Early Education, Berry College

Facilities

Built in 1887, Habersham Hall served as the Chatham County Jail for nearly a century. Recognizable for its Moorish Revival style tower, the building is located in the heart of Savannah’s historic district. The three-story building which originally served as the jailer’s quarters currently houses The Habersham School’s upper school, while the former cell blocks now line a spacious courtyard, which the school uses for chapel, outdoor classes, and other community events.

Gould Cottage, located in the beautiful Ardsley Park neighborhood, was built in the early 1930s by millionaire Edwin “Jay” Gould of New York City and his Gould Foundation for Children to be used as a children’s nursery. The two-story Tudor-style building eventually developed from a nursery into a home for boys and girls in need. After nearly ten years of vacancy, The Habersham School purchased and restored the structure in 2014. The halls of this quaint cottage are once again filled with children, as Gould Cottage now houses Habersham’s lower school.

For the past 90 years, the Jenkins Athletic Club has served the Savannah community by providing a space for athletics and recreation. The JAC’s basketball facilities are home to The Habersham School’s JV and varsity basketball and volleyball teams

Hull Park was developed in the early twentieth century as a part of the Chatham Crescent neighborhood. The diamond-shaped park offers the neighborhood a playground, baseball field, and outdoor meeting space. Adjacent to Gould Cottage, the park provides a shaded area for outdoor lunches and classes, as well as recreational space for recess and P.E.

The Savannah Theater opened its doors to the public in 1818. Despite significant hardships throughout its first few decades, including fires, changing ownership, and financial strife, the theater became a staple of arts and culture in Savannah. Notable performers such as Oscar Wilde, Lillian Fields, and W.C. Fields have taken the stage at the Savannah Theater.  After a fire in 1948, the theater was redesigned with its notable art deco facade and converted into a movie house. The Savannah Theater graciously partners with The Habersham School to offer a whimsical and dynamic environment for theater productions, summer camps, ballet performances, and recitals.

Employment

Openings

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year.

How to Apply

1. Please review our website and our school mission.

2. Complete appropriate application.

Teacher Application

Substitute Teacher Application

3. Submit a resume, cover letter, and completed application to humanresources@thehabershamschool.org.

After reviewing your resume and cover letter, we will invite prospective candidates to apply, sending them an official application at that time. Qualified candidates will be scheduled for an interview. Please note: We are always in search of exceptional teachers to shepherd our students. Even if there is no specific job that currently matches your background, please feel free to send us your resume with a cover letter.

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