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About Us

Meet the Co-Founder

Ansel Sanders

Mr. Sanders currently resides in Greenville, SC, with his wife, Helen. After serving as an Assistant Principal at Mauldin Middle School for two years, Mr. Sanders opened a public elementary school in downtown Greenville: A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering. He serves as the school’s Director of Programs. While in Greenville, he also coached the Eastside High School lacrosse team for two years.

For three years at Roland Park Middle School, he taught 8th grade language arts and coached both the soccer and lacrosse teams, helping them to multiple city championships. Mr. Sanders graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He also has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University. While at Washington and Lee, Mr. Sanders played four years of varsity lacrosse, twice captaining the team and twice earning All-American honors as a goalie. He is certified in First Aid and CPR.


Meet the Program Director

Kate Nolan

A native of Virginia, Miss Nolan graduated from Randolph- Macon College, majoring in French and minoring in Elementary Education. She is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Special Education at Towson University. Miss Nolan returns to Athletes and Authors Summer Academy as Program Director. She currently teaches and coaches at St. Paul’s School for Girls. She teaches 5th grade English and 5th and 6th grade learning services classes.

Miss Nolan also has coached field hockey, swimming, basketball, and lacrosse. Miss Nolan has also worked at a residential sailing camp on the Rappahannock River of Virginia. She loves sailing, reading, and traveling!