Administrative Team

Sarah Blair

Sarah Blair

Titles: Assistant Head of School for Business and Operations
Degrees: B.B.A. Belmont University, TN
M.Acc. Belmont University, TN
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Sarah holds both a B.B.A. and M.Acc. from Belmont University, and came to St. Paul in 2016 after serving for 11 years in nonprofit leadership. As the assistant head of school for business and operations, Sarah directs all aspects of St. Paul’s financial management, physical plant needs, and day-to-day operations. Her goal is to ensure that each student, family, and faculty member has the resources and support needed to flourish in the St. Paul community.

Mitchell Despot

Mitchell Despot

Titles: Director of Marketing and Communications
Degrees: B.A. Lipscomb University, TN
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Mitchell attended Lipscomb University and graduated with a degree in communications and a minor in political science. He started his career at McNeely, Pigott & Fox Public Relations and was Lipscomb Academy's Director of Communications for five years. As director of marketing and communications, Mitchell serves the communications and marketing needs of all areas of the school from admission and advancement to athletics, spiritual formation, arts, academics, after-school programming, and the office of the head of school. He is a father of one, a current student of St. Paul expected to graduate in the Class of 2028.

Kristen Jones

Kristen Jones

Titles: Academic Support Coordinator
Degrees: B.S.N. Samford University, AL
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Ashley Larmer

Ashley Larmer

Titles: Director of Development, Alumni Relations
Degrees: B.A. Vanderbilt University, TN
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Ashley holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University and joined St. Paul in 2017 after serving in a variety of development roles in the political, higher education, and independent school arenas over the last fifteen years. As director of development, Ashley leads St. Paul's development efforts to secure vital financial resources, which help the school thrive, and oversees the alumni relations program, which strengthens relationships between the school and the alumni community. Ashley’s goal is to advance St. Paul’s mission by connecting and partnering with those who share a passion for St. Paul.

Amy Nickels

Amy Nickels

Titles: Lower School Division Head (JK-2)
Degrees: B.S. Carthage College, WI
M.Ed. Trevecca Nazarene University, TN
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Amy holds a B.A. from Carthage College and an M.Ed. from Trevecca Nazarene University. She came to St. Paul in 2002 as a kindergarten teacher, worked in the Office of Admission for a year, and in 2012 transitioned to her role as the lower school division head. As lower school division head, she oversees all the faculty and students from junior kindergarten through second grade. She also serves as the interim upper school division head, overseeing all the faculty and students in third through sixth grades. Amy is the mother of three St. Paul graduates from the Classes of 2007, 2011, and 2013.

Nikki Raymond

Nikki Raymond

Titles: Director of Admission
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Nikki holds a master’s of education from the University of Virginia and a master’s in teaching from Louisiana State University. She joined St. Paul in the spring of 2021, after previously working in admissions at St. Cecelia Academy in Nashville and collegiate admissions at Louisiana State University. As the director of admissions, she is the point of contact for families interested in joining St. Paul, overseeing all areas of admissions. She and her husband have a son named George.