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
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.”
Heather Galloway joined the administrative team in September and is the school’s Development and Admission Coordinator. Heather comes to us from Beaches Episcopal School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida where she served as the Director of Development and Admission for 10 years. Heather handled the school’s fundraising, special events, and she worked closely with the Parent Support Organization (PSO).
Heather and her husband Patrick, have one daughter. They relocated to Nashville in July 2015 and Heather is thrilled to once again be a part of an Episcopal school, especially in its founding year.
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.