Faculty and Staff
Episcopal School of Nashville is an independent co-educational Pre-K through elementary school, serving students of diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. Valuing the education of the whole child, the school encourages students to engage their minds, bodies and spirits as they grow in confidence and communion with others.
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Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Katie Donald

Director of Early Childhood Programs
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. Katie joined Episcopal School of Nashville in the fall of 2017.

 

katie.donald@esnashville.org

Mary Carter

Kindergarten Teacher

Mary Carter is from Decatur, Illinois, home of the “original Chicago Bears.” She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Elementary Education. Mary relocated from the golden fields of corn to the sandy beaches of 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 the last 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. She loves seeing the visible growth made in the early years of learning and is excited to facilitate this growth and love of learning with her Kindergartners at the Episcopal School of Nashville. Mary lives in East Nashville with her husband, Brian; son, Miles; daughter, Sadie; and their Westie dog, Winston.

 

mary.carter@esnashville.org

Mary Dolan

First Grade Teacher

Mary Dolan holds a B.A. from Whitman College and a Masters of Education from Vanderbilt University. She comes to us after many years teaching first grade in Williamson County schools. She has also taught in Reunion Island and Burns, Tennessee.

 

mary.dolan@esnashville.org

Liz Luciano-Ramirez

Second Grade Teacher

During her four years as an undergraduate student at St. Lawrence University, Liz worked in a myriad of teaching positions at the local rural schools. She earned her NYS license in Art and Art History Education prior to graduating in 2011. She began working at the Pike School in Andover, MA during the fall of 2011, while earning her Masters in Elementary Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. For the last three years, she has been teaching in NYC at Saint David’s School. From the early days as a swim instructor during her teenage years in the early 2000’s, Liz’s main objective as an educator was to build trust and cultivate an inclusive learning environment. This is a characteristic she plans to bring into her daily-doings in her classroom.

 

liz.ramirez@esnashville.org

Dallas McGurgan

Third & Fourth Grade Teacher

Episcopal School of Nashville welcomed Dallas McGurgan as the founding Fourth Grade teacher for the 2018-2019 school year. She now moves into the role of our third & fourth grade 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.

 

Jamaal Haywood

Fifth Grade Teacher

Jamaal Haywood’s career has spanned over a decade. In that time he has dedicated his career to addressing problems afflicting African American culture in the public education sector, 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.

Haywood’s educational journey has led him to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to receive a BS in 2003. Despite formal training in business, he has always been fascinated—and disappointed—by the educational system for students in urban areas. Jamaal completed his Masters of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2009, inspired to implement change.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 hopes to bring this standard of excellence to Episcopal School. Jamaal is committed to the success of each and every young person under his care as well as improving the education system as a whole.  Jamaal looks forward to the opportunity to be a role model, and a leader to guide young people to have a love for learning. Education is the passport to our future, and for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

 

jamaal.haywood@esnashville.org

Blythe Cate

Fifth Grade Language Arts

Episcopal School hired Blythe Cate to teach first grade in 2018. This year, she moves into our Intermediate School joining our fifth grade teaching team. 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.cate@esnashville.org

Tasia Lewis

Early Childhood Support
Aftercare Director

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.

 

tasia.lewis@esnashville.org

Carol Stix

Visual Arts

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!

 

carol.stix@esnashville.org

Gareth McGurgan

Performing Arts

Gareth McGurgan emigrated from Northern Ireland in 2016. After attending University of Ulster Belfast Northern Ireland, he spent many years doing music therapy, private guitar lessons, and running his own recording studio as well as being a regular performing artist. Over his 20+ year career, he has become a seasoned performer and recording engineer and producer. He came to Episcopal School of Nashville in 2018 as a private guitar teacher for individual and group instruction during Aftercare. This year he joins us as a music teacher for grades PK-5.

He brings his passion for music into lessons by teaching students through artists and genres they know and love. His teaching methods make learning fun and easily understood. Gareth instills a deep appreciation of music by meeting students at their interest level.

 

gareth.mcgurgan@esnashville.org

Tyree Jordan

Science

Tyree was found one spring nearly forty years ago in a hollow cypress deep in the Everglades by a pair of loving public school teachers who had gotten lost on their way to a picnic. They took him to the island of Key Largo and raised him in a saltwater aquarium under the bleachers in the gym. Tyree’s fierce love of learning and ambivalence towards institutionalized education have been linked by some biographers to this early environmental influence. He was soon joined by another strange creature of unknown origin and together they embarked as brothers on a lifelong quest to abolish normal. In time he outgrew the aquarium under the bleachers and was relocated north to the Florida panhandle where he was allowed to roam the woods until he found himself with a B.A. in Philosophy and the best wife ever. The happy couple moved west along the coast to New Orleans where Tyree spent several years absorbing the complex, funky terroir that city is well known for and continued his vocation to learn cool stuff and share it with people. The couple, still happy, then moved east across the Atlantic to the city of Luanda in the country of Angola on the continent of Africa where Tyree again spent several years teaching and learning in a global afrofuturist context. The couple, now deliriously happy, returned to Florida after coming across a mysterious creature of their own who they would go on to raise into a purple martin. Tyree spent the next several years there enjoying teaching “math” in “middle school.” The transcendently happy trio has spent the last several years in Nashville where they became a quartet after being followed home by a bear cub while hiking in the woods one day. Tyree has one more class to complete at Peabody and then he will have an M.Ed. in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies which he will use to facilitate learning about, with, and for social justice through the STEM disciplines. He loves lots of stuff including reading, cooking, and Jesus.

 

tyree.jordan@esnashville.org

Angel Funk

Librarian

Profile coming soon.

 

angel.funk@esnashville.org

Hanna Rose

Social Studies

Hanna is joining Episcopal School of Nashville after a recent move 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 and is so excited to join the Episcopal community. She lives in East Nashville with her husband, Michael, two daughters, Esme and Cordelia, dog, Winston, and three chickens, Lily, Dandy, and Ruby.

 

hanna.rose@esnashville.org

Staff

Heather M. Galloway

Director of Development

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.

 

heather.galloway@esnashville.org

LaTerra Davis

Admissions Coordinator
Student Registrar
Special Events

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.

 

laterra.davis@esnashville.org

admissions@esnashville.org

Rachel Czechura

Lower School Coordinator

Rachel Czechura moved to Nashville two summers ago to become Episcopal School of Nashville’s founding third grade teacher. She has now moved into our Lower School Coordinator role. 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

 

rachel.czechura@esnashville.org

Michelle Andrade

Communications Director
Special School Programs Coordinator

Michelle Andrade founded the Communications Department at Episcopal School of Nashville in 2018. 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 into the mission of the school. She lives in East Nashville with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She loves yoga, cooking, hiking, and just about anything active.

 

michelle.andrade@esnashville.org