Today we introduce you to a woman who not only is an Ensworth parent, but also has the great responsibility and privilege of putting together our high school student body, Admissions Director Ann West.
I ran into Sarah Buchanan at our voting precinct on election day. She put the thought in my ear and then I discussed and got the nod from Jake, Wilson and Margaret (her children). Prior to that I was an independent travel agent for (cough) years and a limited partner at Belle Meade Vacations. The idea of working at Ensworth was definitely appealing, but a mid-life career change and leaving clients that I loved helping was a little scary. I vividly remember sitting in my home office staring at the email I had composed to my clients with a knot in my stomach. I pushed send around 9:30 p.m. and instantly received a very nice return message from Mrs.Trish Frist. I took that as a sign and never looked back.
With so many private school options in the Nashville area, what do you think makes Ensworth so special?
When someone asks me this about our high school campus I give them the top five. Faculty, Harkness tables, options, community and facilities. These five things make Ensworth a great school and give our students a great experience. Come take a tour and we’ll show you and explain in detail. Our beautiful setting at Devon Farm and next to the Warner Parks is icing on the cake.
Decision week. You get pretty close to a lot of applicants and applicant families. It’s hard when it doesn’t work out one way or the other. Our goal is to reach the outside community and introduce them to Ensworth and to make sure they gain a full understanding of our academic program and extra-curricular options. Jessica Chan and Miles Asafo-Adjei who work with me in Admissions are a tremendous help and I think we make a great team. The easy part of my job is representing a school community I’m proud of and working with people that I genuinely like and respect. The other hard part for me is getting dressed (“hair and make up”) and out the door many mornings at 6:45am . . .and breaking in shoes for touring.
What is your favorite lunch day in the cafeteria?
True confession. I usually bring something small from home and eat at my desk. Crazy, I know, since our school lunches are terrific and so are our lunch ladies. If I had to pick, it would be taco day and I will always make my way to an E-cookie when available.
Actually there are several. I like seeing Mr. Morgan hold up an award or trophy at Assembly and having the students explode in applause and cheering. I like hearing Coach Bowers on the curb vigorously greeting students as they arrive on campus on Monday mornings. The surprise cookout and afternoon of fun that Dean Perkinson arranges is wonderful. Watching Kate McGlasson try to keep it together (not cry) at Awards Assembly is turning into a tradition and makes me as proud of our students as she is. “Mr. Morgan Says” – I love that too – he’s good.
Who is a faculty/staff member at the lower school that you would like to see featured next?
Cleve Harris. According to Miles, “everyone knows Cleve”, and I’d like to know more about him!