Katie Donald is our Pre-Kindergarten teacher. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Human Development and English, Katie jumped immediately into her teaching career. She has gained broad experience working with preschool-aged children, most notably the eighteen years that she spent as a head kindergarten teacher at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis.
Katie began her teaching career as a part of the Teach for America program, teaching first grade in Louisiana. She’s also taught preschool in Honolulu and Nashville, in addition to her kindergarten time in Memphis.
Felicia Holst brings more than twenty-four years of teaching experience to the Episcopal School of Nashville. Felicia came to us from Rivermont Collegiate School in Bettendorf, Iowa where she taught Kindergarten. Prior to working at Rivermont Collegiate, Felicia spent seventeen years on the faculty of Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina where she was a Pre-Primary lead teacher in the Early Childhood Center, a First Grade teacher and team leader, a Second Grade teacher and team leader, the Lower School Literacy Coordinator and the school’s Librarian.
Felicia holds a B.A. from Columbia College and Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina. When asked about why she chose to join the Episcopal School of Nashville faculty, Felicia responded, “The Episcopal School of Nashville’s mission and vision are nothing short of inspiring. It is exciting to join this amazing team of visionaries, leaders, and educators as we shape the future through touching the lives of children. I feel blessed to be part of the journey.”
Episcopal School is delighted to announce the hiring of Blythe Cate to teach First Grade for the 2018-2019 school year! Blythe is a native Nashvillian and brings extensive school experience having worked at Harding Academy, Bellevue Middle School, and, Nashville Classical Charter School. She attended both Harding Academy and Harpeth Hall School.
She earned a B.A. in English from Hendrix College and her Master of Education in K-6 Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University. Blythe is a life-long member of Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral.
“Blythe has made an amazing impression upon all who have met her, and we welcome the strengths she brings to this position.” – Felicia Holst
Rachel Czechura moved to Nashville last summer to become Episcopal School of Nashville’s founding Third Grade teacher in 2017. Rachel graduated with a BA in English from Centre College in Danville Kentucky and has a Master’s of Education from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. Rachel came to us from Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, Kentucky.
“My visit to ESN was nothing but empowering. I’m looking forward to having a tangible impact on children’s academic success by being surrounded by inspiring and encouraging educators, and by setting goals and seeing them come to fruition as ESN is building a future.” – Rachel Czechura
Episcopal School of Nashville welcomes Dallas McGurgan as the founding Fourth Grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. Dallas is a 2003 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. She is an experienced Lower School teacher, having spent twelve of her thirteen years teaching Third Grade at Liberty Elementary School in Franklin. Raised in New York and Tennessee, Dallas started singing as a child. She now performs professionally in and around Nashville. She brings her love of music and movement into the daily classroom routine.
“In Dallas’ cover letter to us, she stated that in her teaching career, she has shown a commitment to three things: teaching the whole child, encouraging students to become life-long learners, and inspiring them to be upstanding members of the community. During her guest teaching lesson with our current third grade students, Dallas immediately communicated her passion, enthusiasm, and professionalism. She connected seamlessly with our students and impressed each person who met her. We are indeed fortunate to have such a talented educator joining our faculty.” – Felicia Holst
LaTerra Davis, a Nashville native, has worked and served in the childcare industry for seven years. She has a passion for children and loves to teach children new games. She has been an East Nashville nanny, were she has cared for children six weeks to 13 years old. In 2013 she was a YMCA afterschool counselor at Smyrna Elementary. At Smynra Elementary, LaTerra worked with children in kindergarten through fourth grade. In 2014 she began working at the Margret Maddox YMCA were she alternated between Yplay, the teen center, and the preschool.
LaTerra began working at the Episcopal School of Nashville in October 2012. She started off as the director the afterschool program, where she made sure the children had fun in a safe environment. The following school year she became the Pre-K Assistant, working alongside Katie Donald. LaTerra is currently Director of Front Office, Admissions Coordinator, and Director of Aftercare.
Eric Dozier is a music educator, cultural activist and professional musician who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. A graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, Eric is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Tasmania researching the effects of Black Gospel Music on communities outside of the Black Church. His most recent project, The Young People’s Freedom Song Initiative, is a grassroots music education program designed to educate, elevate, and assist young people in finding and lending their voice to the ever-emerging story of humanity. Eric has served as the musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir and the award winning Children’s Theatre Company of New York City.
Head of School Harrison Stuart comments, “I am really excited for what Eric will bring to the Episcopal School experience. His passion for music is clear, but his mindfulness for the community at large is what captured me. We are excited to welcome Eric to the Episcopal School.“
Mia is an artist, working primarily in sculpture and video installation. Mia’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions, including shows for Nashville’s Momo Art Collective and the David Winton Bell Gallery in Providence, RI. Mia has work within the collection of Brown University and the collection of the Granoff Center for the Arts in Providence, RI.
She has received numerous awards and grants including the Brown Arts Initiative Grant and the Joslin Award for Excellence in Art. In 2016, Rollins published her first children’s book, Imperfectly Elsa, which was followed by her second book, Snuggleupagus in 2018. In 2017, Rollins graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University, receiving B.A.s in both Visual Arts and Modern Culture and Media.
Mia was born and raised in Nashville, TN. Besides doing all forms of visual art, Mia loves reading, running, yoga, and baking yummy treats!
Lara Wiggins initially moved to Nashville in 2006 to serve as Youth Minister to Christ Church Cathedral. Lara recently completed a Chaplain Residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt in August 2018 and an M.Div. at Vanderbilt Divinity School in August 2017. She holds a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Development from Auburn University.
As a Seminarian, Lara served as Chaplain Assistant at St. Augustine’s Chapel to Canterbury Circle and Chaplain and Director to Camp Gailor Maxon at DuBose Conference Center in Monteagle, TN for three summers. She continues to serve as a PRN Chaplain to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Children’s Hospital; and works with Oasis Center’s Street Outreach Program, serving young adults experiencing homelessness and struggling to have their basic needs met.
Lara lives in East Nashville, loves dogs and horses, hopes to continue serving Episcopal communities and dreams of facilitating equine-assisted programs, offering pastoral and spiritual care alongside horses.
Heather Galloway joined the administrative team in September of 2016, the school’s founding year. She came to Episcopal School from Beaches Episcopal School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, where she served as the Director of Development and Director of Admission for 10 years. Heather handled admissions, fundraising, special events, and worked closely with the Parent Support Organization (PSO).
Heather is originally from Georgia, born and raised in Savannah. She, husband Patrick and their daughter relocated to Nashville in July of 2015 to be closer to family and their farm in Kentucky. Heather enjoys spending time with her family while camping, hiking with their dogs, and playing tennis.
Michelle Andrade is the founding Communications Coordinator. Michelle was born and raised in Nashville and is a graduate of Harpeth Hall and Belmont University. She holds a BBA with a focus in Marketing. She brings a love of this city with experience helping to create community-driven for-profits and volunteering and coordinating with nonprofits. She offers vision, promotion, and creativity.
Community and communication are two of her greatest passions. She works with Nonviolent Communications Nashville and has community involvements that offer her insight to the mission of the school. She lives in East Nashville with her husband, two daughters, and their dog. She loves yoga, cooking, hiking, and just about anything active.
Tasia Lewis, a Nashville native, has worked and served in the childcare industry for six years and has always appreciated working with children. She came on as the Aftercare Assistant for the 2017/2018 school year. She is currently our Kindergarten and Aftercare Assistant.
Tasia began her career with New Life Learning Academy in 2012, serving in the role of directing the preschool activities and assisting with providing daycare instruction to ensure full compliance with state policies and procedures. She was also afforded the opportunity of working in the Welcome Center for the YMCA, where she enjoyed greeting and interacting with children of all ages.