St. George's Admission Staff

Our admission team is available to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us!

Olivia Buffington Hammond
Director of Admission
Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville campuses

A graduate of Mississippi State, Olivia began her career in admission work as the university’s first regional admission representative in Tennessee. The role proved a perfect way to blend Olivia’s intuitive and organizational strengths to help families and students navigate what can be a daunting admission process. After five years, Olivia accepted a position as the director of college advising for the University School of Jackson. She moved back to Memphis in 2013 to serve as the director of admission at Christian Brothers High School, before coming to St. George’s as director of admission in 2015. Eager to share the wonders of St. George’s with all of Memphis, Olivia welcomes your phone call, email, or visit as you consider the right educational opportunity for your child.

St George’s is the perfect blend of foundational academics, delivered through a variety of contemporary methods. Today’s classroom doesn’t look like the one I was educated in – desks in rows and lots of worksheets! Instead, our students design golf courses to more deeply understand physics, go to the river to see how they might mitigate pollution, and collaborate in groups to wrestle with issues facing the world today. We invite you to see for yourself, how St. George’s drives active learning through agile methods for learning that lasts a lifetime.

Jessica Johnston
Assistant Director
Collierville Campus

Hailing from Northern California, Jessica graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in child and family development. She moved to Nashville to work with Teach for America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving low income communities and working to strengthen the movement for giving all kids access to a great education. Working with elementary and middle school families inspired Jessica to obtain a master’s degree in instructional leadership from Lipscomb University, which set her on a path toward working in admission for independent schools. Previously at Ensworth School in Nashville and now at St. George’s, Jessica has a passion for finding right-fit families and creating a supportive school community. Contact Jessica to learn more about agile teaching and active learning in grades 6-12.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to join St. George’s as the assistant director of admission for the Collierville campus. I chose St. George’s for many reasons, but two particularly poignant aspects that deeply resonate with me are the quality of the instructors and the warmth of the school community. On my first visit to St. George’s, I was immediately drawn in by the passion our teachers have for their students. They love what they do and they have a limitless – and uncommon – energy that emanates from within, which is as infectious as it is inspirational.

Tricia Thomas
Assistant Director
Memphis Campus

Tricia has been the assistant director of admission for the St. George’s Memphis campus since 2012. Prior to St. George’s, Tricia served in various positions for other nonprofits and schools in the greater Memphis area. Her diverse background helps her assist families in finding the best educational choice for their child. Tricia received a B.A. in communication from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Memphis. As a lifelong Memphian, she is particularly proud of St. George’s three-campus model and the work the school is doing to bring a top-notch education to students from nearly 50 different zip codes in the Mid-South.

I can’t wait to introduce you to St. George’s and show you all that we have to offer. I get such joy out of watching our younger students embrace the extraordinary experiences at St. George’s and ultimately, transforming into graduates who are risk-takers, fence-menders, and dream-chasers. I would love the opportunity to discuss St. George’s with you in greater detail.

Jody Graddy
Admission Associate
Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville campuses

Jody officially joined St. George’s as the admission associate in 2016, but she has been an integral part of the St. George’s family – as a parent and volunteer – for 11 years. Prior to her position at St. George’s, Jody was an attorney in Baltimore and Atlanta. She received an A.B. in economics from Dartmouth and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law. Although she is an attorney by trade, she is a tireless St. George’s advocate. She served in various capacities for the parents association, most recently as the president of the executive board. Although she has received many accolades throughout her career, one of her proudest moments was receiving the St. George’s Medal for her extraordinary service. Jody is ready to help you navigate the admission process and answer any questions you may have.

I’ve done many things in my life, but I cannot think of anything I would rather do than share my love for St. George’s with others. I’ve come full circle. I’ve gone through the admission process as a prospective parent, volunteered at admission events as an active member of the parents association, and now, serving as a member of the admission team. When I decided to rejoin the workplace, I knew in an instant that St. George’s was my dream employment opportunity. I know you and your children will come to love this community as much as I do!


Rebecca Smith
Assistant to the Director of Early Learning

Rebecca is the assistant to the director of early learning and the admissions contact for the Little Georgies Infant and Early Learning program. She began her career in corporate human resources in Toronto, Canada, where she specialized in organizational development and management information systems. After taking time off to raise her four children, Rebecca returned to the workforce in 2016 as a teacher at Little Georgies, the school's infant and early learning program. She has a bachelor of arts in psychology from McMaster University in Toronto, Canada and received a post-graduate diploma in human resource management from Sheridan College, also in Toronto. Rebecca became a U.S. citizen in August 2015 and holds dual citizenship with the U.S. and Canada.

As a mother of three St. George’s students and one alumna [Annie ‘17, Maggie ‘18, Jack ‘21, and Kate ‘24], I have looked at St. George’s through the lens of a parent and volunteer for the last eight years, and through this lens I have gained an appreciation for hard-working, genuine teachers and administrators who work with my children. I have seen first-hand the strength of St. George’s faculty who engage with students and work to better the student experience every day. I look forward to sharing my perspective and experience with everyone who walks through our doors!

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