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. Katie joined Episcopal School of Nashville in the fall of 2017.
Grace Stansell graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2016 with a B.A. in Educational Studies. She began her career teaching at a preschool in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She later relocated to Boston, Massachusetts where she taught at a Montessori school for three years. Grace relocated to Nashville in the summer of 2020 and recently worked with Preston Taylor Ministries as a reading teacher for kindergarten through 2nd grade students. Grace is passionate about working with children and helping them develop. Grace lives in East Nashville with her husband and dog, Eloise.
Mary Carter graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Mary relocated from Decatur, Illinois to Fort Myers, Florida, for her first years of teaching. In the summer of 2008, she relocated to Nashville to pursue her M.Ed in Applied Child Studies from Vanderbilt University, focusing on curriculum design in free-choice learning environments in settings like the Nashville Zoo and the Adventure Science Center. She was a research assistant for a mathematical research intervention with noted educational researchers at Vanderbilt and enjoyed working for Vanderbilt Programs for Talented Youth focusing on gifted elementary students. Mary was a faculty member at Oak Hill School for seven years and spent two years as Assistant Director of the First Presbyterian Early Preschool. Overall, she has taught for a decade in a wide range of age groups spanning from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade. Mary lives in East Nashville with her husband, two children, and their Westie dog.
KK Slatten joins Episcopal School of Nashville as a Kindergarten teacher. KK joins us from Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis. There she taught second grade and was an active participant on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Prior to that, she was a first grade teacher for two years at St. George’s Episcopal School in Memphis. KK received a B.A. in Psychology from Rhodes College and strongly believes in fostering deep relationships with children and their families. She is passionate about social and emotional learning and has seen the benefits it can have on student behavior as well as relationships. During her free time, she enjoys traveling, photography and snuggling with her rescue cat, Smoky.
Shalen Espinoza graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a BFA, double-majoring in Dramatic Arts and Commercial Music. She is a Virginia native but has been a Nashville resident for about a decade. Taking the stage at just the age of three, acting and singing were her two prime passions. After having two siblings join her musical family, childcare quickly became a third. Starting in 2015, she began her career in childcare, nannying for multiple families. In 2018, she began teaching the 2 and under class at First Presbyterian Church Nashville Preschool where she has been for the last three years, earning NAEYC and TECTA accreditations. This summer she has taken on the role of Assistant Director of Oak Hill Day Camp. She now resides in East Nashville where she spends time with her husband, two dogs, and hairless cat.
Mary Douglas is originally from Norfolk, Virginia. She studied Environmental Arts and Humanities at Sewanee: The University of the South. During her time at Sewanee, she tutored children at the local elementary school. She has also taught preschool in Green Hills. She enjoys spending time outside and teaching children about the environment – specifically climate change. In her free time, she enjoys exercising with her roommates and exploring Nashville.
Renee Norris joins Episcopal School of Nashville as our second grade teacher. For the past two years she has worked at Oak Hill School as a second grade teacher. Prior to that, she worked at Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal school as both a first grade teacher and senior kindergarten assistant. In both roles, she carefully managed a classroom of children with varying levels, which afforded her the opportunity to dive deeper into various teaching methods and curriculums. Her educational experiences has brought her the skills necessary to individualize and differentiate instruction, facilitate innovative activities, and nurture the students as a whole. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys being on the lake, practicing yoga, and traveling with family and friends.
Bridget Kling holds Master of Arts degrees in Teaching for Early Childhood and in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans. She served as an associate teacher in Kindergarten and First Grade at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in New Orleans. She loves the Episcopal School approach and enjoys working with children who are curious to help them discover their own strengths and learning styles. She spent many professional years in public media before focusing on early childhood education. A native of New Orleans, Bridget has also lived in San Diego and San Francisco. She enjoys traveling, flea markets, libraries, and spending time with family, friends, and her pup, Grace.
Becca Moll comes to Episcopal School of Nashville as our third grade teacher. Becca joins us from KIPP Kirkpatrick, where she was a part of the founding team. Previously, she was a founding first grade teacher in an inclusion classroom at KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy, bringing growth and support to her students. She also was an instructional coach at KIPP STRIVE Primary in Atlanta, GA where she developed literacy curriculum and coached teachers. She holds a masters in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis in Gifted Education. She strongly believes in providing students with meaningful and engaging experiences that provide clarity, increase vocabulary, and encourage students to make connections as they grow as learners. She is drawn to community schools that engage in authentic learning experiences as an avenue to promote student awareness of the world around.
Tasia Lewis, a Nashville native, has worked and served in the childcare industry for seven years and has always appreciated working with children. 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. Tasia acted as our Kindergarten and Aftercare Assistant for the 2018/2019 school year. This year she joins our Early Childhood support team and is our Aftercare Director.
Lauren Nathanson, a seven-year resident of East Nashville, has been teaching for six years. Most recently she taught fifth grade at St. Joseph School in Madison, TN and Gifted Education in the Tuscaloosa County Schools. Lauren has a Master’s in Gifted Education from the University of Alabama and also holds a degree in Elementary Education from Louisiana State University. Lauren believes her job as a teacher is to provide students with skills to successfully explore areas of personal interest within the topics studied so that they may form a deeper connection to their learning. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, snuggling her cats and dogs, visiting local farms, and serving on the Vanderbilt Bereavement Committee.
Hanna moved from Denver, Colorado where she taught third, fourth, and fifth graders in a multi-age classroom at Stanley British Primary School. She is passionate about cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, inquiry-based education that celebrates the diverse gifts of each individual, encourages problem-solving and looks at events through a variety of perspectives. Hanna has a deep love of culture and history and has had invaluable experiences both in and out of school, from her graduate study in International Affairs to living and teaching in rural Nepal, to leading a group of middle schoolers to Uganda for a cultural exchange program. Hanna understands the power that education can have in shaping our future. She lives in East Nashville with her husband, two daughters, dog, and three chickens.
Jamaal Haywood has worked to address problems afflicting African American culture in the public education sector for more than a decade, working primarily as a math teacher and liaison to families navigating the education system. The main thrust of his work has been directed toward improving education and helping young people realize their potential. Jamaal received a BS from University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2003. Despite formal training in business, he has always been drawn to the educational system for students in urban areas. Jamaal completed his Masters of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2009. With a twelve-year educational background with his most recent position held at Valor Collegiate Academy, Jamaal has consistently improved student performance throughout his tenure as an educator. He brings a standard of excellence to Episcopal School and is committed to the success of each and every young person under his care.
Tyree Jordan is from Florida. He obtained a B.A. in Philosophy at FSU. He has lived in North Florida, New Orleans and Luanda, Angola and has been a teacher for 12 years. Tyree is working on an M.Ed. in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies at Peabody here in Nashville. Tyree and his wife have two children. He loves many things including reading, cooking, and Jesus.
Episcopal School of Nashville welcomed Dallas McGurgan as the founding Fourth Grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. She now moves into our Intermediate School as Language Arts teacher. 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.
Stacy Glavin joins Episcopal School of Nashville as our Learning Specialist for the 2020-2021 school year. For more than two decades, Stacy has served as an educator and curriculum coordinator committed to data-driven instruction, developing meaningful and productive relationships with students and colleagues, and her own professional growth. Prior to coming to ESN, Stacy was an Exceptional Education Teacher at Chadwell Elementary School. She previously held the role of Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator at St. Catherine of Siena School. She also was a classroom teacher and held instructional leadership roles at Saint Thomas More. She is passionate about envisioning and nurturing systems that promote a positive school culture and provide for the unique learning needs of every individual student. Stacy holds an Undergraduate degree in English and a Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, as well as, Student Support Team Coordinator endorsement, and is Orton-Gillingham Phonics certified, and S.P.I.R.E. trained.
Angel Funk received her Masters of Science in Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee in December 2018. A resident of East Nashville for fifteen years, she brings a passion for children’s literature and extensive experience in school libraries to the ESN community.
Carol Netter Stix has over twenty years of experience teaching art to children (grades K-8) in her own studio and at Saint Peter’s Parochial School in Olney, Maryland, where she developed an art program that was praised and recognized when the school received its first National Blue Ribbon Award. Carol has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Maryland. A versatile artist, Carol co-founded and developed a successful after-school art and summer camp program. She has a passion for pen and ink drawing, mixed media, and acrylic painting.
Carol has lived in Pittsburgh, Paris, San Francisco, and the Maryland/DC area; she moved to Nashville in July 2018 to be closer to her children, who have lived in the area for many years. This summer, Carol is teaching several workshops at Cheekwood. She loves encouraging children to explore the visual arts and different mediums as a means to discovering individual creative interests and talent. Carol is looking forward to being part of ESN’s continued growth and building an exciting integrated art curriculum!
Sarah Bronchetti, originally from Dallas, TX, graduated from Vanderbilt University in May of 2020, earning her M.Ed. in Secondary Education in Music. She also earned her B.M. in Voice Performance from Vanderbilt in May 2019. During her collegiate experience, Sarah held many leadership roles in organizations, such as Vanderbilt Choirs, Blair Children’s Chorus, and Sigma Alpha Iota. As president of Sigma Alpha Iota, Sarah volunteered much of her time and efforts to benefit community organizations, including W.O. Smith Community Music School and the Nashville Rescue Mission. Sarah served as the Assistant Music Director at Blakemore UMC from 2018-2019, where she taught the children’s and adult choirs. In addition to ensemble experience, Sarah has been teaching private voice and piano lessons for over 7 years.
Sarah is passionate about developing skills and confidence of young musicians. She believes students can explore, create, and collaborate in a nurturing environment. Much of her music education philosophy is focused on valuing the diverse musical and cultural backgrounds of students in the classroom. Sarah is thrilled to be joining the ESN community for the 2020-2021 school year.
Though a recent graduate of the Audio Engineering Technology program at Belmont, Ben decided that his heart was fully invested in working in the Episcopal Church. Starting his MDiv in Chaplaincy this coming fall at Vanderbilt Divinity School, Ben hopes to utilize what he will learn at Vanderbilt to create meaningful connections with students and faculty alike. Ben Jones joined Episcopal School of Nashville in 2019 in Aftercare. In 2020, he began teaching piano lessons to Episcopal School students.
Brandon L. Wooley was born and raised in Austin, Texas where he received his elementary through high school education. He then furthered his studies to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology from Wiley College, “Home of the Great Debaters” in Marshall, Texas. During his collegiate experience, Brandon served in many leadership positions such as Campus Class President, Residential Life President, a Student Ambassador, a Wiley College Pathway Pastoral Intern, a Presidential and Dean Scholastic Scholar, a member of the world-renown A Capella Choir, President of “Y.D.C” (Young Disciples for Christ) Campus Ministry, and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He also served honorably as the very FIRST Mister Wiley College since its founding in 1873. Currently, he is a candidate for a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Black Religion and Cultural Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Brandon says what keeps him going is Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord, “plans to prosper and not harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”
LaTerra Davis, a Nashville native, has worked and served in the childcare industry for more than seven years. She has a passion for children. She has been an East Nashville nanny, were she cared for children six weeks to 13 years old. In 2013 she was a YMCA after-school counselor at Smyrna Elementary. She has worked at the Margret Maddox YMCA in Yplay, the teen center, and the preschool. LaTerra came to Episcopal School of Nashville in October 2012. She began as the Director of Afterschool Programs, where she made sure the children had fun in a safe environment. The following school year she became the Pre-K Assistant.
Alice Coke is a native Nashvillian and a lifelong Episcopalian. In 2003, Alice began to work with the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at Christ Church Cathedral and became a Level I certified Catechist in 2007. In 2008, she moved to Mobile, Alabama where she started Catechesis at Trinity Episcopal Church. She became a Level II certified Catechist in 2009. From 2009 to 2011, she was the Coordinator of the Trinity Children’s Center (Mother’s Day out and 2 and 3 year old preschool program) and was the teacher for the 2 year old class. In 2011, she moved to Summit, New Jersey where she introduced and ran Catechesis at Calvary Episcopal Church, and she received her certificate as a Level III Catechist in that year. She became a certified Formation Leader by CGSUSA in Level I in 2015 and Level II in 2018. Alice returned to Nashville in August 2019. She is a catechist for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at Episcopal School as well as Christ Church Cathedral.