Faculty & Staff Directory

Faculty & Staff Directory

The faculty at Ransom Everglades is at the heart of school’s tradition of academic excellence. RE's teachers love the daily challenge of inspiring, engaging and nurturing students; the average length of service for Ransom Everglades faculty is 19 years. Seventy-eight percent of the faculty hold advanced degrees, and one in five holds a doctorate. Faculty members show their dedication by working with students before and after school, serving as club advisors and coaching sports teams.

Leadership Team

List of 12 members.

  • Photo of Stephanie Townsend

    Mrs. Stephanie Penny Townsend 

    Head of School
  • Photo of John King

    Dr. John King Jr. 

    Associate Head of School, History & Social Sciences Teacher
  • Photo of Geoffrey Bennett

    Mr. Geoffrey Geoff Bennett 

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Photo of Terry Giffen

    Mr. Terry Giffen 

    Acting Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Corey Goff

    Mr. Corey Goff 

    Director of Athletics & Physical Education
  • Photo of Wendell Graham

    Mr. Wendell Graham 74

    Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement
  • Photo of Melanie Hoffmann

    Mrs. Melanie Harnett Hoffmann 

    Director of Advancement
  • Photo of Linda Lawrence

    Mrs. Linda Lawrence 

    Chief Technology Officer
  • Photo of Patricia Sasser

    Mrs. Patricia C. A. Sasser 

    Head of the Upper School
  • Photo of Amy Shipley

    Ms. Amy Shipley 

    Director of Communications
  • Photo of Karen Thompson

    Ms. Karen Thompson 

    Interim Head of the Middle School
  • Photo of Amy Zichella

    Mrs. Amy Sayfie Zichella 93

    Director of Admission and Enrollment Management

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  • Faculty

    78% of faculty hold advanced degrees
    18% of faculty hold doctoral degrees

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  • Faculty Tenure

    19 years is the average faculty tenure at Ransom Everglades

Meet the Leaders

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  • Stephanie "Penny" Townsend, Head of School

    Penny Townsend has served as the Head of School at Ransom Everglades since July 2014, bringing a visionary and creative approach to RE's programs and facilities along with core beliefs that emphasize global education, service-driven leadership, environmental stewardship, faculty excellence and community engagement.
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  • John A. King, Jr., Associate Head of School

    John King is Associate Head of School and a faculty member in the History and Social Sciences department. Prior to coming to Ransom Everglades in 1999, he was Assistant Professor of History at Belmont University. At Ransom Everglades, he has held many positions, all the while teaching AP US History, and creating and teaching the AP World History, Latin American Studies Honors, and philosophy honors courses. Dr. King has been the Senior Class Academic Dean, the Senior Class Sponsor, Associate Director of College Counseling, and has coached several teams and served as a guest conductor in the performing arts department. Dr. King has also served as the Accreditation Coordinator for RE’s last two cycles of self-study and reaccreditation. He has served on several committees, including the Technology Committee and the Search Committee for the Head of School.
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Coconut Grove, FL 33133
Middle School2045 South Bayshore DriveTel: 305-250-6850
Upper School3575 Main HighwayTel: 305-460-8800
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.