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.

Susan Cobb

Susan Cobb

Titles: Interim Head of School, Assistant Head of School for Academics
Degrees: B.A. Davidson College, NC
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Susan holds a B.A. from Davidson College and came to St. Paul in 2009 after having taught in Buffalo, NY and staying at home with her three children, all St. Paul graduates from the Classes of 2010, 2012, and 2016. Susan serves as our interim head of school, as well as the assistant head of school for academics. As assistant head of school for academics, she oversees all aspects of St. Paul’s academic program. This includes curriculum, educational philosophy, and standardized testing for all grades.

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.

Julie Dilworth

Julie Dilworth

Titles: Interim Co-Director of Enrollment Management, Sixth Grade Girls' Bible Study Leader
Degrees: B.A. Furman University, SC
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Julie attended Furman University and graduated with a B.S. in education. Julie began working in the Admission Office of St. Paul in 2002, moving into the role of director of admission soon after, and holding that position until her retirement in 2014. Following her retirement, she continued to serve St. Paul with passion as the sixth grade girls’ Bible study leader. Julie has two sons, both St. Paul graduates from the Classes of 2001 and 2005. Over the last two decades, she has guided hundreds of families as they prepared their children for success at St. Paul. As the current interim co-director of enrollment management, she and Kay Herring will oversee all areas of enrollment management.

Kay Herring

Kay Herring

Titles: Interim Co-Director of Enrollment Management
Degrees: B.S. University of Oklahoma, OK
M.Ed. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN
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Kay attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a B.S. in elementary education. She continued her studies at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, receiving her M.Ed. in school guidance. After spending a number of years teaching in Oklahoma and Chattanooga, Kay joined the St. Paul Admission Office in 2002. She continued her work in the school in roles ranging from placement counselor to leadership teacher. All three of her children started at St. Paul in junior kindergarten and graduated in the Classes of 2004, 2005, and 2011. Over the last two decades, Kay has partnered with hundreds of families as they have graduated from St. Paul and moved to next-level schools in Nashville. As the current interim co-director of enrollment management, she and Julie Dilworth will oversee all areas of enrollment management.

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 (J4-2), Interim Upper School Division Head (3-6)
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.