Meet Our Families
Learn more about life at St. Paul's from families with children currently attending.
Lower School Families
Kyna and Sean Mckenzie came to St. Paul’s when their son, Kannon was 4 and entering Kindergarten, looking for a place where he could learn, grow, and reach his potential in a dynamic and inclusive environment. Today, Kannon is an avid reader who has found his niche in the STEM lab where robotics projects are among his favorite activities. The Mckenzies love seeing their son excited about the academic challenges in the Lower School, and they are delighted with the strong sense of community within the classrooms, on the playground, and as members of the Parent’s Association.
Heidi and Vip Nanavati knew they wanted more for their children when their bright boy no longer loved school. Looking at St. Paul’s, they found excitement for learning, challenge and support, and individualized attention at every level. With the transition from public elementary to St. Paul’s, their son and their daughter are excited about school every day, are discovering their passions, and are growing into all they can be.
Middle SCHOOL FAMILY
The Golden family began their school search when their oldest son, Spencer, was an 8th grader at a local public middle school. Although dad, Phil, attended a large, local independent school, both parents and son were drawn to St. Paul’s School for the small class sizes and athletic opportunities they did not feel their son would receive at the larger schools. They were also drawn to the faith-based aspects of St. Paul’s, as well as the college counseling. Having had such a good experience at St. Paul’s, they decided to move their younger two sons, Brooks and Zach, for their middle school years instead of waiting until upper school. While Spencer, ’13, and Brooks, ’16, are now enrolled at James Madison University and Clemson University, respectively, the Goldens are still an active presence on campus as Zach, ’22, continues his journey here. Phil and Janine can be found on the sidelines of Zach’s soccer games (as well as their dog, Dempsey), or in various parent volunteer positions, with Janine heading up the Parents Association.
Middle/Upper SCHOOL FAMILY
The Kopano family looked toward both the short and long-term school fit for their son, Bomani, when he was in 5th grade. They considered a variety of schools, and ultimately chose St. Paul’s for a variety of reasons. The welcoming environment, mixture of single and co-ed opportunities, as well as the International Baccalaureate program were all appealing. They also appreciated the faith-based foundations of the school, and were particularly pleased to hear from a Jewish family about the inclusive atmosphere. Bomani is now a senior who is active in a variety of activities – varsity baseball, robotics club, and basketball – while also pursuing the IB Diploma. He has also served as president of the Black Awareness Club. Their younger son, Olu, entered SP in 5th grade and is currently in 9th grade. He also enjoys baseball and basketball, while also serving as a Peer Tutor in Japanese and singing in the choir.
Upper SCHOOL FAMILY
The Shelley family joined the St. Paul’s community in the fall of 2016 as Brendan entered the freshmen class after graduating from Calvert School. A well-rounded individual with strong academic capabilities, Brendan visited many schools and had several high school options. As Brendan had made a comprehensive and thoughtful evaluation of his high school options, Pat and Staci allowed him to make his own school choice. Brendan selected St. Paul’s because of its outstanding academics, its breadth of activities, its commitment to community service and he felt the best connection here when visiting and so identified SP as the best fit for him. Brendan followed his heart and mind and made the best choice for him rather than being influenced by external factors, such as where his friends were attending, when making his school selection. Brendan has quickly become part of the St. Paul’s family, excelling academically, becoming involved in many Upper School activities and is having a positive impact on the Community.