A Letter from David Braemer, Head of School

David Braemer
Welcome to Ensworth.

Ensworth is a coeducational school where students in kindergarten through twelfth grades are nurtured and respected as individuals, challenged to become life-long learners, and inspired to be active contributors to any community of which they are a part.

This is clearly the case at Ensworth. Whether it is through our challenging curriculum, our diverse fine arts offerings or our robust athletic program, students and teachers engage in a learning process that is second to none.
At the heart of every great school is an exceptional faculty committed to guiding students as they explore their potential in a broad range of contexts.
By virtue of being an independent school, Ensworth has the freedom to provide a curriculum based on current best practices in education and to assess student performance in authentic, meaningful ways, which prepares our students exceptionally well for success in college and beyond.  

I invite you to explore Ensworth: learn about our Mission and Vision; meet our Faculty and Staff; learn about student opportunities in Academics, the Arts and Athleticssee where our graduates are admitted to college; then plan your visit to our two campuses where you will be able to experience firsthand what makes Ensworth such a vibrant, dynamic school community.

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David J. Braemer
Head of School

Ensworth Leadership Team

List of 11 members.

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    David Braemer 

    Head of School
    (615) 250-8920
    Amherst College - B.A.
    Boston College - M.Ed.
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    Ricky Bowers 

    Associate Head of School; Director of Athletics; Head Boys Basketball Coach-HS
    (615) 301-5425
    Samford University
    Lipscomb University - B.A.
    Tennessee State University - M.A.
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    Dr. Sarah Buchanan 

    Associate Head of School; Director of Enrollment Management
    (615) 250-8934
    Vanderbilt University - B.A.
    Vanderbilt University - Peabody College - M.A.
    Vanderbilt University - Peabody College - Ed.D.
  • Photo of Heather Caponi

    Heather Caponi 

    Head of Lower School
    Colby College - B.A.
    University of San Diego - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Chandler Gammill

    Chan Gammill 

    Head of Middle School; Life Teacher-MS
    (615) 301-8938
    Hamilton College - B.A.
    Dartmouth College - M.A.L.S.
    Syracuse University - M.B.A.
  • Photo of Nowell Hesse

    Nowell Hesse 

    Head of High School
    (615) 250-8913
    University of Georgia - B.S.
    Vanderbilt University - M.Ed.
  • Photo of Jason Hiett

    Jason Hiett 

    Director of Technology
    (615) 250-8921
    Tennessee Technological University - B.S.
  • Photo of Edward James

    Bedell James 

    Director of Institutional Advancement
    (615) 250-8919
    Lynchburg College - B.A.
  • Photo of Whitney Johnson

    Whitney Johnson 

    Director of Finance and Operations
    (615) 301-5367
    University of Central Arkansas - B.B.A.
    University of Arkansas - M.Acc.
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    Dr. Bobby Mirzaie 

    Director of Curriculum & Instruction; History Teacher-HS; Head Boys Cross Country Coach-HS
    (615) 301-8939
    University of Oklahoma - B.A.
    Arizona State University - M.L.S.
    Northeastern University - Ed.D.
  • Photo of David Whitfield

    David Whitfield 

    Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion; English, History and Seminar Teacher-HS
    (615) 301-5378
    Tennessee State University - B.A.
    University of Chicago - M.A.
    Vanderbilt University - M.L.A.S.

Board of Trustees

Will Morrow, President
Jennifer Frist, Vice-President
Jim Bowen, Secretary
Bruce Crosby, Treasurer
John Jacobson, Counsel
Bruce Moore, Special Advisor

Kathryn Brown
Stuart Brunson
Gerard Bullock
Amy Christiansen
Beth Courtney
Amanda Farnsworth
Ben Freeland
Trish Frist*
Craig Goguen
Chad Greer
Emily Kurtz
Deb McDermott
Neal Patel
Yvonne Ralsky
Josephine Smithwick
Jamee Thompson

T.J. Wilt, Ex officio - Past Board Chair
David Braemer, Ex officio - Head of School
Elizabeth Gerken, Ex officio - President, Ensworth Parent Association
Kirsten Crosby, Ex officio - President-Elect, Ensworth Parent Association
Anna Russell Kelly Friedman, Ex officio - President, Ensworth Alumni Council

*Indicates Permanent Trustee