A Letter from Prentice Stabler, Head of School

Prentice Stabler
Welcome to Ensworth!
One of the first things you will notice at Ensworth is that our school is a joyful place. Whether you are walking our halls, having a meal around a table, watching a class discussion, or attending an event after school, you will find students and faculty who greet you warmly and who welcome you into our school, one that is characterized both by its pursuit of excellence and its inclusive culture.

Our vision statement describes “a school where a deep sense of community and belonging pervades all aspects of school life, where all members participate in a broad array of diverse activities both in and out of the classroom, and where collaboration, integration, and tradition thrive.” Ensworth lives into this vision. Our dynamic faculty and staff develop the whole child through robust academic, artistic, and athletic offerings in a community built upon strong relationships and partnerships with families. Our skills-based pedagogy and commitment to discussion and collaboration in the classroom produce confident students who communicate well, both as active listeners and as articulate contributors. 
“Our people are the heart of our school, and the relationships formed here provide the foundation for excellence inside and outside the classroom.”
Ensworth is a place for students to grow in their abilities and pursue their passions, as they are empowered to be involved in all aspects of community life and lead our school. Our artistic, athletic, and co-curricular programs are some of the finest in the region, and our students benefit from state-of-the-art facilities and talented and committed teachers, coaches, and staff. Our people are the heart of our school, and the relationships formed here provide the foundation for excellence inside and outside the classroom.
After exploring our website, I hope you will find time to schedule a visit to our campuses and see Ensworth in action. We are a dynamic, active place, and I am confident you will leave your visit invigorated and excited about what Ensworth can offer your family.
We look forward to welcoming you.  
Prentice Stabler
Head of School

Ensworth Leadership Team

List of 13 members.

  • Photo of Caleb Stabler

    Prentice Stabler 

    Head of School
    (615) 250-8920
    Princeton University - A.B.
    Columbia University - Teachers College - M.A.
    Vanderbilt University - Owen Graduate School of Management - M.B.A.
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    Ricky Bowers 

    Assistant Head of School; Director of Athletics
    (615) 301-5415
    Samford University
    Lipscomb University - B.A.
    Tennessee State University - M.A.
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  • Photo of Heather Caponi

    Dr. Heather Caponi 

    Associate Head of School
    (615) 301-5374
    Colby College - B.A.
    University of San Diego - M.Ed.
    Arizona State University - Ed.D.
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  • Photo of Rebekah Armstrong

    Rebekah Armstrong 

    Director of Enrollment Management
    (615) 301-5348
    University of Tennessee - B.A.
    Vanderbilt University - M.Ed.
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  • Photo of Angela Claxton

    Angela Claxton 

    Director of Marketing and Communications
    (615) 301-5347
    DePauw University - B.A.
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  • Photo of Nowell Hesse

    Nowell Hesse 

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

    Jason Hiett 

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

    Bedell James 

    Lynchburg College - B.A.
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  • Photo of Douglas Magee

    Dr. Doug Magee 

    Head of Middle School
    (615) 301-5391
    Cairn University - B.S.
    Cairn University - M.S.
    University of Pennsylvania - M.S.
    Vanderbilt University - Ed.D.
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  • Photo of Bobby Mirzaie

    Dr. Bobby Mirzaie 

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

    Kristian Noden 

    Interim Head of Lower School
    (615) 250-8937
    Victoria University - B.A.
    University of Melbourne - M.Ed.
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  • Photo of Elizabeth Pollard

    Beth Pollard 

    (615) 301-5367
    Clemson University - B.S.
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  • 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.
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Board of Trustees

Brock Kidd, President
Jennifer Frist, Vice-President
Jim Bowen, Treasurer
Kathryn Brown, Secretary
John Jacobson, Counsel
Bruce Moore, Inman Trustee
Rob McCabe, Inman Trustee 
Gerard Bullock
Daphne Butler
Raja Clark
Shervin Eftekhari
Amanda Farnsworth
Frank Gordon 
Chad Greer
Kailey Hand
Emily Kurtz
Deb McDermott
Don Orr 
Tree Paine
Neal Patel
Yvonne Ralsky
Alex Ryerson
Rebecca Shah
Louis Upkins
Stephaine Walker
Prentice Stabler, Ex officio - Head of School
Katie Porterfield, Ex officio - President, Ensworth Parent Association
Roochita Mathur, Ex officio - President-Elect, Ensworth Parent Association
Christopher Coode, Ex officio - President, Ensworth Alumni Council 
Lauren Ingram, Ex officio – Chair, National Advisory Council