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Laura Baxter
2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher

University of New England

Ms. Baxter is a 2005 graduate of the University of New England where she studied Elementary Education. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and most recently from West Palm Beach, Florida, Ms. Baxter moved to Nashville in 2015. Ms. Baxter is most excited to grow as a teacher and meet the scholars at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Molly Blackburn
Director of Instruction

Clemson University

Ms. Blackburn is a 2013 graduate of Clemson where she studied Elementary Education and Vocal Music. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Blackburn moved to Nashville in 2013 to pursue her Master's Degree from Lipscomb University in Teaching, Leading, and Learning with emphasis on Special Education! Ms. Blackburn is most excited to help teachers at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Lauren Catalano
3rd Grade Associate Teacher

Virginia Tech University

Ms. Catalano is a 2014 graduate from Virginia Tech where she studied Human Development. Originally from Virginia, Ms. Catalano moved to Nashville in 2016. Ms. Catalano is most excited to grow as a teacher with a team that truly believes all students can achieve their academic goals in 2016–2017.

 
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Blythe Cate
Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Hendrix College

Ms. Cate is a 2013 graduate of Hendrix College where she studied English and Creative Writing. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in K-6 Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University. Originally from Nashville, Ms. Cate is excited to teach in her hometown. Ms. Cate is most excited to share her joy and passion for learning with scholars at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Erskine Collins
Behavior Support Coordinator

University of Tennessee

Mr. Collins is a graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he majored Psychology with a minor in Education. Originally from Chattanooga, he moved to Nashville exploring opportunities to implement behavior modification programing in schools, churches and social service agencies. Mr. Collins is most excited about helping scholars reach their dreams by becoming more disciplined in 2016–2017.

 
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Emma Colonna
2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Vanderbilt University
Lipscomb University

Ms. Colonna received her B.S. in Human & Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in 2014 and her M.Ed. in K-6 Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University in 2015. Originally from Port Washington, NY, Ms. Colonna moved to Nashville in 2010. Ms. Colonna is most excited to work with the NCCS scholars, staff, and families to help create the founding 2nd grade in 2016–2017!

 
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Kathleen Cucci
2nd Grade Associate Teacher

Boston College

Ms. Cucci is a 2014 graduate of Boston College where she studied Elementary Education and Psychology. Originally from Denver, Colorado, Ms. Cucci moved to Nashville in 2016. Ms. Cucci is most excited to meet the scholars and encourage them to work hard and try their best at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Marisa Frank
Music Teacher

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ms. Frank is a 2006 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied Classical Piano Performance and Music Education, later earning her M.Ed. in Behavior Analysis. Originally from a small, dairy-farming community in northern Wisconsin, Marisa moved to Nashville to be part of our vibrant growing city. She has spent her career inspiring young musicians as well as working as a Behavior Specialist in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Ms. Frank is most excited to help grow a rigorous and enriching music program here at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 

Charlie Friedman
Founder and Head of School

Yale University

Mr. Friedman is a 2006 graduate of Yale University where he studied English Language and Literature. Originally from New York City, Mr. Friedman moved to Nashville in 2011 to start Nashville Classical. Mr. Friedman is most excited to see scholars make history at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Kana Gaines
Spanish Teacher

Fisk University

Ms. Gaines is a 2009 graduate of Fisk University where she studied English and Spanish. She also received a Master's in English from Tennessee State University. Originally from Houston, Texas, Ms. Gaines moved to Nashville in 2005. Kana is most excited to hear scholars speaking, reading and writing Spanish at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017!

 

Roberta Higgins
Office Manager

Tennessee State University

Ms. Higgins is a 2012 graduate of Tennessee State University where she studied Mass Communication and Psychology. Originally from St. Louis, Mo, she moved to Nashville in 2007. Ms. Higgins is most excited to continue to grow at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Jessie Anne Hinch
Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Middle Tennessee State University

Ms. Hinch is a 2013 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she studied Early Childhood Education. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Ms. Hinch started her career working with Pre-K students in the Nashville Head Start Program as a teacher and later as an Assistant Principal. Ms. Hinch is most excited about immersing herself in the scholarly atmosphere at Nashville Classical and empowering her students to find their strengths and enjoy their pursuit of knowledge in 2016–2017.

 
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Molly Jackson
Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Ms. Jackson is a 2014 graduate of University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh where she studied Elementary Education with minors in Language Arts and Reading. Originally from Antigo, Wisconsin, Ms. Jackson moved to Nashville in 2014 where she began her teaching career as a 4th grade teacher. Ms. Jackson is most excited to make a positive impact on her students in an enriching and rewarding environment at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Brittany Johnk
Operations Coordinator

Vanderbilt University

Ms. Johnk is a 2016 graduate of Vanderbilt University where she earned a M.Ed. in Community Development. Originally from West Virginia, Ms. Johnk moved to Nashville in 2014. Ms. Johnk is most excited to see Nashville Classical grow in 2016–2017.

 
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Ella Junior
Kindergarten Co-Teacher

University of Alabama

Ms. Junior is a 2013 graduate from the University of Alabama where she studied English and Social Welfare. Originally from Nashville, Ms. Junior is excited to teach in her hometown. Ms. Junior is most excited to get to know the scholars and their families and work alongside the wonderful teachers at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Tanya Krisman
1st Grade Homeroom Teacher

University of Southern California

Ms. Krisman is a 2012 graduate of University of Southern California where she graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. Originally from San Diego, California move to Nashville in 2013. Ms. Krisman is most excited to move up with the first grade class and watch them continue to grow in 2016–2017!

 
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Jamie Lopez
1st Grade Co-Teacher

Western Kentucky University

In 2012 Mr. Lopez graduated from Western Kentucky University where he studied Theatre and Creative Writing. Born in Washington State, Mr. Lopez grew up in Kentucky and recently moved to Nashville. Mr. Lopez is most excited to show his scholars how learning can help them grow at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Alissa Ly
3rd Grade Homeroom Teacher

University of Tampa

Ms. Ly is a 2009 graduate of the University of Tampa, where she studied Elementary Education, focusing on teaching English to speakers of other languages. A Nashville native, Ms. Ly is excited to teach in her hometown. Ms. Ly is most excited to encourage her third grade scholars to reach their fullest potential at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Bailey McLeod
Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

Flagler College

Ms. McLeod is a 2011 graduate of Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida where she majored in Elementary Education and minored in Psychology. Originally from Canal Winchester, Ohio, Ms. McLeod moved to Nashville in 2012. Ms. McLeod is most excited to get to know her new Kindergarten scholars and build a great team atmosphere.

 
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Matthew Minner
Interventionist

Middle Tennessee State University

Mr. Minner is a 2014 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where he studied English Literature and Medieval Studies. He is excited to teach in his hometown of Nashville. Mr. Minner is most excited to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge among scholars at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Kayla Notario
2nd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Flagler College

Ms. Notario is a 2014 Graduate of Flagler College where she studied Elementary Education. Originally from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Ms. Notario moved to Nashville in 2015. Ms. Notario is most excited to make a true impact on her students at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Treesa Olickal
1st Grade Homeroom Teacher

University of Illinois at Chicago

Ms. Olickal is a 2015 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where she studied Urban Education. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Olickal moved to Nashville in 2015. Ms. Olickal is most excited to grow in a team that is focused on nurturing students and challenging them to achieve the most they can at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Sarah Paquin
3rd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Florida State University
Christian Brothers University

Ms. Paquin is a 2011 graduate of Florida State University where she studied Interior Design. Ms. Paquin continued her education at Christian Brother's University where she earned her Master's Degree in Education. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Ms. Paquin moved to Tennessee in 2011. Sarah is most excited to lead the 3rd Grade Team at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Jasmine Parker-Gant
Physical Education Instructor

Voorhees College

Coach Parker is a 2015 Graduate of Voorhees College where she studied Health and Recreation. Coach Parker is originally from Nashville and is excited to teach in her hometown. Coach Parker is most excited to teach at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Amber Ravenell
Operations Fellow

Howard University

Ms. Ravenell is a 2013 graduate of Howard University where she studied journalism. Originally from Nashville, she is excited to work in her hometown. Ms. Ravenell is most excited to bring joy to the students and staff at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Kimberly Robinson
Family & Community Coordinator

University of Memphis

Ms. Robinson is a 2009 graduate of The University of Memphis where she studied K-6 Education. Originally from Memphis, Ms. Robinson moved to Nashville in 2009. Ms. Robinson is most excited to promote family and community involvement for the advancement of all scholars.

 
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Janna Roper
School Nurse

Vanderbilt University

Ms. Roper is a 2008 graduate of Vanderbilt University where she earned her Master’s in pediatric nursing. Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville in 2005 after undergrad. She and her husband, Paul, are the proud parents of a NCCS Kindergartener this year! Ms. Roper is most excited about working with NCCS families and fellow staff members for the wellness of our scholars at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Laura Ruscoe
Dean of Instruction

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Ms. Ruscoe is a 2012 graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she studied International Relations and Business. Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Ms. Ruscoe moved to Nashville in 2014. Ms. Ruscoe is most excited to learn and grow from her brilliant scholars and amazing co-workers at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Maddie Ryan
Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

Indiana University

Ms. Ryan is a 2012 graduate of Indiana University, where she studied Elementary Education. Originally from Plymouth, Indiana, she moved to Nashville in the summer of 2015. Ms. Ryan is excited to join a dedicated team and share her passion of creativity in education at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Arshia Saiyed
Director of Growth, Strategy and Talent

Centre College
University of Kentucky

Ms. Saiyed is a 2010 graduate of Centre College and a 2016 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. Originally from Shelbyville, KY, Ms. Saiyed is returning to Nashville after three years away to lead the Growth, Strategy, and Talent team. Ms. Saiyed is most excited to work on behalf of scholars and families at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Elizabeth Speaker
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

The George Washington University

Ms. Speaker is a 2011 graduate of The George Washington University where she studied Communication and Theatre. Ms. Speaker moved to Nashville from Alabama in 2013. Ms. Speaker is most excited to watch both teachers and scholars grow and learn in our new building this year.

 
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Caitlin Talley
Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher

University of Michigan

Ms. Talley is a 2011 graduate of the University of Michigan where she studied Environmental Science with a focus in Environmental Policy. Originally from Michigan, Ms. Talley started her teaching career in Arkansas and moved to Nashville in the summer of 2016 with her husband. Ms. Talley is most excited to see young minds grow and inspire each other, and work alongside a dedicated team at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Sarah Vasile
1st Grade Co-Teacher

Florida State University

Ms. Vasile grew up in Clearwater, Florida. Ms. Vasile earned her B.A. in English and Religion from Florida State University in 2009. Ms. Vasile discovered a passion for education while living in Haiti from 2012-2015 and meeting many children who lacked the opportunity to go to school, despite their desire to learn. Ms. Vasile is most excited to impact young minds and grow as a teacher at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017.

 
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Annalise Wilcox
2nd Grade Co-Teacher

Saint Louis University

Ms. Wilcox is a 2014 graduate of Saint Louis University where she studied Journalism. Originally from Brookfield, Wisconsin, Ms. Wilcox moved to Nashville in 2015. Ms. Wilcox is most excited to see her scholars reach new heights at Nashville Classical in 2016–2017!"

 
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Jacqueline Wong
3rd Grade Homeroom Teacher

Vanderbilt University

Ms. Wong is a 2013 graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she cheered for the Commodores and studied Elementary Education and Natural Science. Ms. Wong moved to Louisiana to teach an urban population following graduation. Ms. Wong returned to Nashville this summer and is excited to work with a team of like-minded educators and be a part of the Nashville Classical community.