School Leadership

The team that provides administrative leadership for the school is made up of lifelong educators and those for whom education is a personal and professional priority. SPA's Head of School works closely with the school's academic and administrative leadership on all aspects of the SPA experience, from academics and student life; to athletics, admission, financial aid, and fundraising. The Board of Trustees is the school's governing body and is comprised of SPA alumni/ae and current and former parents.  The Board advises the Head of School on broad issues related to organizational management, facilities, and the school's finances.

SPA's leadership team is guided in its work by the school's Strategic Plan. The Plan outlines the school's path as it looks ahead to 2025, and points to an invigorating and promising future. It focuses on the ways in which SPA will cultivate the habits and qualities that SPA graduates will need in a world characterized by rapid and unpredictable change. Read the Strategic Plan.

Head of School

Bryn S. Roberts has been a teacher and academic leader in independent schools and at the university level for more than thirty years.  He became Head of School at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2006 after serving as the Head of School at St. Gregory College Preparatory School in Tucson, Arizona, from 2002-06. A Canadian by birth, Mr. Roberts is an historian with a specialty in eighteenth-century American history. He completed his undergraduate work at Mt. Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, and holds an M.A. in history from the University of Western Ontario.

Board of Trustees, 2019-20

Timothy A. Welsh, President
William M. Beadie ‘58, Secretary
Elizabeth Driscoll Hlavka, Treasurer

Mark W. Addicks
John W. Cosgriff ‘93
Litton E. S. Field, Jr. ‘75
Anne Larsen Hooley
David W. Kansas ‘85
Allan W. Klein ‘64
David A. Kristal
Amanda Kay Liu
Scot W. Malloy
Philip McKoy
Barbara L. Naramore
Tim O’Brien ‘77
Thomas H. Patterson ‘57
J.P. Peltier

Academic Leadership

Dr. Cindy Richter is the Assistant Head of School for Academic Programs. Cindy works closely with the Head of School and the Principals on all matters related to the K-12 curriculum.  Learn more about the curriculum and classroom experience at SPA.

Dr. Jill Romans is the Assistant Head of School for Student Development and Community Engagement. Jill oversees programming related to students' social and emotional experiences at SPA, including counseling, diversity, wellness, athletics, and learning differences. Learn more about student development and community engagement.

Holly Fidler is the Principal of the Lower School and oversees the faculty, curriculum, and student life for students in Grades K-5, and works closely with Beth Nelson, the Assistant Principal of the Lower School. Learn more about the Lower School.

Virginia Andres is the Principal of the Middle School and oversees the faculty, curriculum, and student life for students in Grades 6-8, and works closely with Paul Magee, the Assistant Principal of the Middle School. Learn more about the Middle School.

Max Delgado is the Principal of the Upper School and oversees the faculty, curriculum, and co-curricular activities for students in Grades 9-12. Learn more about the Upper School.

Tom Anderson is the Upper School Academic Dean and supports student academic development and faculty professional development. Learn more about Academic Life in the Upper School.

Chantal Thornberry is the Upper School Dean of Students, and oversees all aspects of student life outside the classroom in the Upper School. Learn more about Student Life in the Upper School.

Dr. Naomi Taylor is the Director of Intercultural Life. Naomi oversees K-12 academic and co-curricular programming and policies related to diversity, inclusion, and access.  Learn more about diversity at SPA.

Karen Rassmussen is the Director of the K-12 Center for Learning and Teaching. Karen oversees the school's programming for academic support, teacher development, and students with learning differences. Learn more about the Center for Learning and Teaching.

Mary Hill is the Director of College Counseling and Academic Planning.  She is one of three full-time college counselors, all of whom work with Upper School students and families throughout the college search process. Learn more about College Counseling.

Administrative Leadership

Heather Ploen is the Director of Admission and Financial Aid. Heather works with families in all three divisions throughout the admission and financial aid process. Email Heather or learn more about admission and financial aid.

Dawn Wickstrum is the Director of Athletics and oversees all athletics programming, teams, and coaches. Learn more about athletics.

Dorothy Goldie is the Director of Institutional Advancement and oversees the school's fundraising and alumni/ae relations initiatives. Learn more about giving at SPA.

Ami Berger is the Director of Communications and oversees the school's marketing, publications, and internal communications programs. Ami serves as the school's spokesperson and handles all media inquiries

Courtney Barker is Director of Human Resources and oversees hiring at SPA. If you are interested in employment, please visit our online employment listings.

Garry Clum is the Director of Information Technology and manages the school's technology infrastructure.

Chelsea Kimpton is the Director of Finance, and oversees the school's budgeting and finances.

Mark Dickinson is the Director of Operations and Security, overseeing the physical plant and safety and security programs on both campuses.

1150 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Goodrich front desk: 651-696-1560 
Goodrich attendance line: 651-696-1414
1712 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul MN 55105
Main school line: 651-698-2451
Randolph attendance line: 651-696-1410
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