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Lauren Catalano
4th Grade Homeroom 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
Intervention 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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Marisa Frank
Dean of Culture / 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, Ms. Frank 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 2018–2019.

 
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Charlie Friedman
Founder and Head of School

Yale University

Mr. Friedman is a 2006 honors graduate of Yale University where he studied English and a 2008 Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned distinction for a Master's Degree in Urban Education. Originally from New York City, Mr. Friedman moved to Nashville in 2011 to start Nashville Classical. Mr. Friedman is most excited to deliver on our sacred promises to families at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Mr. Friedman is that he recently took up surfing and attended a surfing school this summer.

 
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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!

 
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Jessie Anne Hinch
2nd Grade Homeroom 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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Alissa Ly
4th Grade Associate 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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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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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
Assistant Principal

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
1st Grade 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
Principal

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
3rd Grade Homeroom 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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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.

 
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Rocquel Hambrick
Office Manager

Daymar College

Ms. Hambrick is a graduate from Daymar College where she studied Business Management. Originally from Nashville,TN, Ms. Hambrick is excited to be a part of the Nashville Classical team and is ready to give her best for 2017-2018 school year.

 
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Lynn Putnam
4th Grade Teacher

Samford University

Ms. Putnam is a 2017 graduate of Samford University where she studied early childhood education, early childhood special education, and elementary education. She is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to Nashville in the summer of 2017. Ms. Putnam is most excited to share her love of learning and watch scholars grow at Nashville Classical in 2017-2018.

 
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Sarah Eddings
2nd Grade Listening & Learning

Oklahoma State University

Ms. Eddings is a 2013 graduate of Oklahoma State University where she studied Strategic Communications. Originally from Sperry, Oklahoma, Ms. Eddings moved to Nashville in 2017. Ms. Eddings is most excited to continue building relationships with her students at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Ms. Eddings is that she sailed around the world with Semester at Sea.

 
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Marcus Maphis
1st Grade Co-Teacher

Virginia Commonwealth University

Mr. Maphis is a 2015 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied Political Science. Originally from Richmond Virginia, Mr. Maphis moved to Nashville in the summer of 2016. He is most excited to start his career is an educator at Nashville Classical in 2017-2018.

 
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Diana Woodward
Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Trinity University

Ms. Woodward is a 2008 graduate of Trinity University where she studied humanities and Elementary Education. Originally from Washington D.C., Ms. Woodward moved to Nashville in 2017. Ms. Woodward is most excited to see her scholars thrive at Nashville Classical in 2017-2018.

 
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Vanessa Leon
Kindergarten Co-Teacher

Middle Tennessee State University

Ms. Leon is a 2014 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. Originally from Ripley TN, she moved to Nashville in 2016. Ms. Leon is most excited to create bonds with the students and staff at Nashville Classical.

 
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Awa-Jane Goodwin
Instructional Leader Fellow

Middlebury College, Lipscomb University

Ms. Goodwin is a graduate of Middlebury College where she studied International Studies and received a Masters of Education degree from Lipscomb University in 2015. Originally from Washington D.C., Ms. Goodwin moved to Nashville in 2014. Ms. Goodwin is most excited to support our founding 4th grade class, as they continue to learn and grow at Nashville Classical in 2017 - 2018! 

 
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Kristen Harris
Associate Teacher

Middle Tennessee State University

Ms. Harris is a 2017 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University where she studied Curriculum and Instruction. Originally from Miamisburg, Ohio, Ms. Harris moved to Nashville in 2014. She is most excited to learn how to be the best teacher she can possibly be at Nashville Classical in 2017-2018.

 
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Ashley Kemper
4th Grade Homeroom Teacher

Tennessee Wesleyan College

Ms. Kemper is a 2007 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College where she studied History. Originally from Washingtonville, NY, Ms. Kemper moved to Nashville in 2011 to teach. She is most excited to watch scholars solve tough problems, explore creative strategies, and master challenging math content at Nashville Classical in 2017-2018.

 
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Acea Baker
Kindergarten

Hanover College

Mrs. Baker is a 2015 Graduate of Hanover College where she studied Elementary Education. Originally from Louisville, KY, Mrs. Baker moved to Nashville in August 2016. Mrs. Baker is most excited to develop relationships with staff and families at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Mrs. Baker is that she loves to experiment in the kitchen!

 
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Laura Baxter

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 read great books with the fourth graders at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Ms. Baxter is that she is an expert in '90s pop music.

 
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Molly Blackburn
Kindergarten

Clemson University

Ms. Blackburn is a 2013 graduate of Clemson University where she studied Elementary Education and Vocal Music. Ms. Blackburn received her Master's Degree from Lipscomb University in Teaching, Leading, and Learning with emphasis on Special Education. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ms. Blackburn moved to Nashville in 2013, transferred to South Carolina in 2015, and decided to move back to Nashville in 2016 because she missed it terribly! Ms. Blackburn is most excited to help teachers at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019.

 
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Chenera Brown
Paraprofessional

University of Phoenix

Ms. Brown is a 2011 graduate of the University of Phoenix where she studied Business Management; she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Education K-6. Originally from Nashville, Ms. Brown is excited to teach in her hometown. Ms. Brown is most excited to assist scholars in making history by achieving their academic goals at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Mrs. Brown is that she loves to dance but admits she is not a good dancer.

 
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Bobbe Chaffin
Special Projects Coordinator

Sewanee

Ms. Chaffin is a 2015 graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South where she studied International Studies and Psychology. Originally from Oklahoma City, Ms. Chaffin moved to Nashville in 2015 and taught Kindergarten for two years while getting her Master’s in Education at Lipscomb University. Ms. Chaffin is most excited to engage with our Nashville Classical scholars and families in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Ms. Chaffin is that she played college soccer.

 
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Clarence Christian
2nd Grade Associate Teacher

Morehouse College

Mr. Christian is a 2015 graduate of Morehouse College where he studied Political Science. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, he has been a resident of Nashville since gladly joining the NCCS team last summer. Mr. Christian had blast during his first year of teaching last year, and this year is most excited to meet his students and help them reach their potential and beyond academically. A fun fact about Mr. Christian is that this summer he drove Lyft so that he could take a trip to Cuba! Él es Cubano ahora.

 
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Erskine Collins
Behavior Support Coordinator

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Mr. Collins is graduate of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where he majored Psychology with a minor in Education. Originally from Chattanooga, he moved to Nashville to explore opportunities to implement behavior modification programing to schools, churches and social service agencies. Mr. Collins is most excited about helping scholars reach their dreams by becoming more disciplined in 2018-19. A fun fact about Mr. Collins is that he is the father of 2 scholars attending Nashville Classical.

 
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Charlotte Cooper
French Teacher

Wofford College

Mme. Cooper is a 1993 graduate of Wofford College where she studied French. Originally from South Carolina, Mme. Cooper moved to Nashville in 2000. Mme. Cooper is most excited to help scholars speak French and love the diversity and beauty of the French-speaking world while at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Mme. Cooper is that her son goes here and that you will probably see her riding her bike to school with him.

 
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Latisha Davis
Paraprofessional

Nashville State Community College

Ms. Davis is a graduate of Nashville State Community College, where she studied Social Work and Early Childhood Development. Originally from New York, Ms. Davis moved to Nashville in the late '90s with her family. Ms. Davis is excited to work at Nashville Classical this year, and a fun fact about her is that she loves working with special needs children.

 
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Ryan Del Casino
5th Grade Associate Teacher

University of Pittsburgh

Mr. Del Casino is a 2015 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where he studied English. Originally from Nashville, Mr. Del Casino is excited to teach in his hometown. Mr. Del Casino is excited to develop great relationships at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Mr. Del Casino is he is a two-time collegiate national champion in Ultimate Frisbee.

 
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Lucy Devereux
3rd Grade Listening & Learning

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

Ms. Devereux is a 2016 graduate of The University of Missouri - Saint Louis where she studied Elementary and Special Education. Originally from Saint Louis, she moved to Nashville in 2018. Ms. Devereux is most excited to make history at Nashville Classical in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Ms. Devereux is each year, she reads the same number of books as the number of years she has been alive!

 
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Megan Duffy
1st Grade

Duke University

Ms. Duffy is a 2015 graduate of Duke University where she studied Biology and Psychology. Originally from Houston, Ms. Duffy moved to Nashville in 2015 for her Masters in Education at Vanderbilt University. Ms. Duffy is most excited to meet all of the Nashville Classical scholars! A fun fact about Ms. Duffy is that she is a dual citizen of America and England.

 

Lizzie Eisen
Principal

George Washington University

Mrs. Eisen is a 2011 graduate of George Washington University where she studied Communication and Theatre. After living in Texas, Georgia, Washington, DC, and Alabama, Mrs. Eisen moved to Nashville in 2013. Mrs. Eisen is most excited to watch Nashville Classical scholars outperform Williamson County on the TNReady in 2018-2019. A fun fact about Mrs. Eisen is that she has run a marathon and is training for another one.

 
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