Placement Counselor

George Andrews

George received both his BFA and MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. He is an artist, art historian, and educator. He lectures at the University of Virginia, and has joined STA as a placement counselor after seven years of teaching in Virginia independent schools.

Placement Counselor

Chris Asquith

Chris grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee where he graduated from Maryville College with a B.A. in biology. He then further pursued his love of biology by earning his M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University studying the ecology of Central American tree frogs. After his time at VCU, Chris and his wife spent a year in Fairbanks, Alaska where he taught Alaska Natural History at a two-year tribal college. Following five years of teaching biology and environmental science at summer camps, community colleges, and independent schools, Chris joined STA as a placement counselor in 2015.

Director of Administrative Placement

Jamie Estes

Jamie attended St. Anne's-Belfield School here in Charlottesville and then graduated from Washington & Lee University. After a decade working in independent schools in Virginia and North Carolina, Jamie joined STA in 2007. He serves as our lead search consultant and has conducted over 50 retained searches for heads of school and a wide variety of other administrative roles.

Director of Teacher Placement

Lorri Freitas

Lorri worked as a Latin teacher and administrator for 18 years at Broadwater Academy on Virginia's Eastern Shore. In both 2006 and 2007, the College Board recognized her AP Latin program as the best in the world among small schools. Having designed and led many student tours throughout Europe, she has spoken to teacher organizations in the U.S., Italy, France, and England on the development of educational travel programs. An alumna of the University of Virginia, Lorri joined STA in 2007 and serves as our director of teacher placement.


Carey Goodman

Carey became the director of Southern Teachers in 1997 after fifteen years of affiliation with the agency. He graduated from Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, VA, earned a B.A. from Davidson College, an M.A. from the University of Richmond, and a Ph.D. in European history from the University of Virginia. Along the way, he studied at two universities in Germany and received a Fulbright for research and teaching in Vienna, Austria. Carey taught in independent schools and at the college level, was the Virginia Prep League's soccer coach of the year in 1981, and is a past president of the National Association of Teachers' Agencies.

College Recruiter

Margaret Grissom

In her twenty years at Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC, Margaret Grissom taught English, chaired the English Department and Language and Literature Division, and served as Associate Head and Dean of Academics. Earlier she taught and held administrative positions in colleges and an independent school in California, Kentucky, Virginia, and Alabama. She holds an A.B. degree in American Studies from the University of Alabama and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Louisville. She combines an interest in the next generation of teachers and her own independent school experience in recruiting college students in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Recruitment Coordinator

Abby Hall

After high school, Abby went to England for two years where she studied Stage Management and Technical Theatre at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She then spent five years sailing the world and entertaining passengers on cruise ships before pursuing a degree in anthropology from Sweet Briar College, where she subsequently worked for four years in the admission office. She joined STA in 2015 and loves Charlottesville!

Placement Counselor

Holly Heller

After graduating from Friends School of Baltimore, Holly attended Gettysburg College where she studied English and Elementary Education. After college she taught at a charter school in Washington, DC, as a learning specialist and second grade teacher. While teaching, Holly got her master’s in Special Education in order to better serve her students' diverse needs. Holly loves to sail and taught sailing in the British Virgin Islands for many summers. She moved to Charlottesville in the summer of 2016 to work at Southern Teachers!

Director of Christian School Services

Craig Jones

Craig is an independent school lifer. He grew up on Norfolk Academy’s campus before earning academic and sports accolades at VMI and a scholarship to law school at UVA. After a brief stint as a corporate attorney, he returned to his calling. At seven schools in Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama—day and boarding, coed and all-boys, military and civilian—he taught English and math; coached and officiated football, baseball, soccer, and basketball; and served as admissions director, upper school principal, president’s assistant, and head of school. He now enjoys wide-ranging duties as a liaison to STA member schools.

Office Manager

Chrissy McDaniel

Chrissy grew up in Richmond, VA, before moving to Fredericksburg to attend Mary Washington College for its Education program. She taught English and coached swimming for seven years and advised yearbook for five years, earning Certified Journalism Educator status. After her son was born, she left teaching to work as a yearbook representative for nine years, where she was able to share her love of photography, print, fonts, and design with yearbook staffs across central Virginia. Marriage brought her to Charlottesville, and she joined Southern Teachers in 2015.

College Recruiter

Carol Morris

After more than 40 years in independent education, most of which were spent at Charlotte Country Day School, Carol joined STA as a college recruiter in 2010. Her wide variety of experience—as a classroom teacher in lower and middle school, an administrator, in curriculum development, and as a supervisor of student teachers—has provided her with exceptional insights into independent schools. Helping young adults explore teaching opportunities in these schools is exciting and rewarding.

College Recruiter

Ralph Nesbit

A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ralph attended St. Christopher’s School, then earned a B.A. from St. Andrews College and an M.Ed from the University of Richmond. From 1972-79, he taught history and coached soccer at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond and was thrice named Coach of the Year by the Virginia Soccer League. Ralph then joined Dillard Paper Company and ultimately became vice-president. After retiring in 2005, Ralph returned to teaching, this time at Forsyth Country Day School in Winston-Salem. Another retirement (in 2015) allowed him to join Southern Teachers as a college recruiter.

Placement Counselor

Adam Peichert

Adam is a graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys in Brooklandville, MD. After completing his undergraduate degree at Wake Forest University, he went on to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at American University. Adam serves as a placement counselor for administrative candidates and acts as our liaison with independent schools in Maryland, Delaware, and Washington, DC. Adam joined STA in 2008.

Placement Counselor

Liz Savage

Since Kindergarten, Liz knew that she wanted to be a teacher. Raised in Rochester, NY, she received her degree in Childhood Education from SUNY Fredonia and then began her teaching career in 4th grade in Southern Maryland. While there, she earned her MA in Instructional Design from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Liz and her husband moved to Charlottesville to be closer to the mountains, and they love raising their two young children here. After three years teaching 2nd and 3rd grade at Free Union Country School, she joined STA in 2014 as a placement counselor.

Placement Counselor

Jason Wise

Jason has a long background with independent schools. After attending preschool at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC, he spent his next fourteen years at Georgetown Day School. Jason graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006, double majoring in history and archaeology, while earning a Master’s of Teaching. After graduation, Jason embarked on a ten year career as a teacher and coach at Southampton Academy, Trinity School of Midland, and Cannon School. Jason was excited to return to central Virginia in 2016 to join Southern Teachers.