Welcome to Indian Springs!

This story appeared in the Spring 2022 issue of Indian Springs Magazine.

New Faculty/Staff for the 2021-2022 school year: 

Jean Bassene, French teacher, was born in Senegal. He worked in Paris, France, designing cars and motorcycles before moving to Philadephia, where he taught at a charter school.

Sabrina Cuadra is teaching AP U.S. history while Dr. Davis is on sabbatical. She recently completed her master’s degree in secondary education at Samford University. 

Kristi Culpepper, admission assistant, attended Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was a counselor at the University of Montevallo.

Taylor Docking, director of enrollment management, comes from Cranbrook Kingswood School in Michigan. He studied at the University of Chicago and Washington University.

Tristan Hendrix, Fertile Minds Learning Garden caretaker, majored in agribusiness at Mississippi State University and taught at the McDowell Environmental Center.

Pedro Mayor, Spanish teacher, was born in Cuba. He studied at Huntington College and the Manhattan School of Music, made a career as a jazz pianist, and taught in Montgomery.

Erica Richie, communications associate and editorial assistant for Indian Springs Magazine, worked in banking and sales before graduating recently from the University of Alabama.

Mike Rowlett, assistant director of admission for boarding enrollment, comes from Hillside School in Massachusetts. He studied at Colorado State University and Ohio University.

Dr. Jeffrey Sides ’91 P ’24, biology teacher, attended Tulane University and the University of Alabama. He was a scientist and lab manager at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

Hunter Wolfe, dean of students for grades 8-10 and economics teacher, comes from John Carroll High School. He went to Huntington College and Auburn University at Montgomery.

New members of the board of governors for 2021-2022:

Martin Damsky ’68 returns to Indian Springs to serve on the Board. He is a member of the Advancement and Finance Committees. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania and is the retired president of Damsky Paper Company. He is the father of Annie Damsky ’98, president of the Alumni Council from 2017 to 2019.

Elizabeth Goodrich returns to the Board after serving as president of the Parents Association from 2019 to 2020 and is a member of the Advancement Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree from Trinity University and her Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary and is a co-owner of Thank You Books. She is the mother of Catherine ’20 and Gibson ’23, wife of Mike ’90, daughter-in-law of Mike ’63, and sister-in-law of Braxton ’93 and Charles ’94.

Starr Turner Drum ’02 is serving as president of the Alumni Council from 2021 to 2023. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Emory University and her Juris Doctor at the University of Alabama and is a shareholder at Maynard, Cooper & Gale. She is the sister of Bentley Schoening ’04.

Heidi Falconer is serving as president of the Parents Association from 2021 to 2022. She is the mother of Liam Falconer ’22.

Special thanks to our outgoing board members:

Dr. John Simmons ’65 served on the board for 14 years and was a member of the Advancement and Planning Committees. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and his medical degree from Tulane University. He is a retired ear, nose, and throat doctor. He is the father of Sarah Simmons-Ames ’96.

Callen Bair Thistle ’01 was president of the Alumni Council from 2019 to 2021 and served on the Advancement and Head of School Search Committees. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Princeton University and her Juris Doctor at Emory University. She is a law clerk to a federal magistrate judge in the Northern District of Alabama. She is the sister of Lauren Bair ’04.

Rhonda Nabors was president of the Parents Association from 2020 to 2021. She received her bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama and is an attorney at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart. She is the mother of Jackson ’22 and Thomas ’24.
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Indian Springs School, an independent school recognized nationally as a leader in boarding and day education for grades 8-12, serves a talented and diverse student body and offers admission to qualified students regardless of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Located in Indian Springs, Alabama, just south of Birmingham, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.