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Liberty Collegiate

 

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3515 Gallatin Pike,
Nashville, TN, 37216
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By the numbers

2011

Founded

5-8

Grades

450

Scholars

 

OUR SCHOOL LEADER

  Macy Bennett

Macy Bennett

 

For our Families

 

Policies & Forms

Liberty Collegiate does not follow the same inclement weather policy as MNPS. In the event school is cancelled or delayed due to weather, every family will receive a phone call. Current information will also be posted on our Facebook and office voicemail.

 
 

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Liberty Collegiate does not follow the same calendar as MNPS.

Our Team

Macy Bennett

Macy Bennett

Principal

Prior to joining Liberty, Macy taught Secondary ELA in Indianapolis as an Indianapolis Teach For America corps member. During her two years teaching, she became especially passionate about adolescent literacy. To create a culture of reading, she worked to build classroom libraries, create systems to have data chats with students, and integrated literacy skills across the curriculum. Prior to teaching, Macy received her B.A. in Political Science and American Foreign Policy at DePauw University.

Taylor Bruner

Taylor Bruner

Teacher

Taylor began her education career with Teach For America Mississippi where she taught 9th and 10th grade English Language Arts. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin where she received her B.S. in Human Development and Family Science and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University. She loves traveling, reading, and watching old Barbra Streisand movies.

Shaina Cardwell

Shaina Cardwell

Teacher

Anna Paden Carson

Anna Paden Carson

Teacher

A Virginia native, Anna-Paden joins the Liger team as a 7th-grade Literacy teacher. In her role as a Fulbright scholar, Anna-Paden taught English in Colombia and worked with undocumented immigrants to help them navigate the legal system. She's passionate about the outdoors, studying Spanish, and baking desserts. Anna-Paden graduated from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Spanish and Poverty Studies.

Melissa Cobb

Melissa Cobb

Teacher

Before joining the Liberty family, Melissa taught 8th grade science as a Teach For America corps member at Darlington Middle School in Darlington, SC. Melissa attended DePauw University in Greencastle, IN where she studied Biology. Melissa fell in love with science in the 3rd grade in Carmel, IN when her teacher, Mr. Hunter, provided hands-on activities and real world applications. She has had a true passion for science ever since and strives to ignite the spark of love for STEM in her students.

Kristen Collier

Kristen Collier

Resident Teacher

Alison Cowart

Alison Cowart

Teacher

Naomi Ekundayo

Naomi Ekundayo

Resident Teacher

Alyssa Erny

Alyssa Erny

Teacher

Alyssa came to Liberty after two years of teaching at McMurray Middle School in Nashville, TN. While at McMurray, she taught students entering Metro Nashville’s Newcomer Academy. Alyssa discovered her passion for teaching while volunteering at local organizations to help teach adults how to read. She then graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.A. in English. Upon graduation, Alyssa became a Nashville Teaching Fellow and remains committed to contributing to the Nashville community.

Thalia Franco

Thalia Franco

Teacher

Originally from Southern California, Thalia graduated from the University of California Riverside with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. During her time at UC Riverside, she had the opportunity to learn from great professors who had a passion for equal opportunity and access to education and gave her the opportunity not only to understand others but ensure that every child, regardless of their background, gets an equal opportunity and access to education.

Shelby Goodfriend

Shelby Goodfriend

Dean of Students

Prior to joining the Liberty team, Shelby taught Secondary Art as a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta. She received her B.A. from George Washington University in Interior Architecture and Design and is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Johns Hopkins University. Shelby loves to travel, read, cook, create art, and go to concerts.

Darren Gray

Darren Gray

Assistant Principal

Darren comes to Liberty by way of the Mississippi Delta, where he taught 8th Grade English Language Arts at Simmons Junior-Senior High School. During this time he also worked as a Content Leader for Teach For America Mississippi, leading professional development for teachers across the state. Darren loves reading, writing, and contemplating the vastness of the cosmos. He is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Darren graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History.

Lauren Half

Lauren Half

Teacher

Lauren came to Nashville from Lake Village, Arkansas, where she taught eighth grade math for two years as a Teach For America Arkansas corps member. She is working towards her M.Ed. at Johns Hopkins University and received her B.S. in Management and Marketing with a certification in International Business from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Amy Howard

Amy Howard

Teacher

Amy is stepping into a teaching role after completing a year as an Operations Fellow at LCA. Prior to joining the Liger family, she served as an English teacher and soccer coach for refugee youth in Kampala, Uganda. She then joined the 2014 Teach for America corps, where she taught 3rd grade for two years in the Eastern North Carolina region. Amy graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and is currently working on her Master's degree in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt University. In her free time, Amy loves to hike, reread Harry Potter, and eat ice cream.

Halima Labi

Halima Labi

Teacher

Halima joins Liberty Collegiate after four years of service with the State of Tennessee as a lead eligibility counselor at the Department of Human Services and subsequently a supervisor for the Bureau of TennCare. Halima attended Vanderbilt University for her undergraduate studies and eventually earned an M.P.A. and M.P.H from Tennessee State University. She volunteers in her community for Safe Haven, the Equity Alliance, and the Metro Public Health Department Community Advisory Board.

Bri Leeper

Bri Leeper

Teacher

Born in northeast Tennessee and raised in Amarillo, Texas, Bri graduated from West Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Broadcasting and a minor in Spanish, which she partially completed in Barcelona, Spain. She has experience teaching English abroad in Spain and Italy and is incredibly excited to work with students learning English at LCA. A three-time outdoor track All-American, she still enjoys running, and in her free time, learning new languages, searching for the best pizza and burgers in Nashville, traveling and reading mystery novels.

Liz Mattarazzo

Liz Mattarazzo

Teacher

Lori McCaskill

Lori McCaskill

Teacher

Tom McGrath

Tom McGrath

Teacher

Originally from Chicago, Tom joins the Republic team after recently completing his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University. While studying the intersection between film and social change, he realized that meaningful and lasting change starts in the classroom. Regardless of background, every child deserves the opportunity for an equal education. For this reason, he joined the Nashville Teaching Fellows program that specializes in improving educational quality in low-income areas and is thrilled to spend his first year teaching at RePublic. Tom received his B.A. in Cinema & Media Arts and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.

Kimberlee McQueen

Kimberlee McQueen

Teacher

Kimberlee joins RePublic from Huntsville, Alabama. She graduated from The University of Alabama, where she earned a B.A. in Secondary Education. Kimberlee has spent a number of years at various institutions working with and educating children in the past. Her passion for education stems from her desire to see equity in the classroom and across school systems.

Gabrielle Nordone

Gabrielle Nordone

Teacher

Eno Richardson

Eno Richardson

Assistant Principal

Eno previously served as a 6th grade English, English Language Learners, and Social Studies teacher at Apollo Middle Prep in Nashville, TN. She was a Nashville Teaching Fellow and taught ELL at Overton High School. She was awarded as the District 12 Coach of the Year for Cross Country at Overton after she led her team through an undefeated season. At Apollo, Eno served as co-chair of the Academic Excellence Committee where she helped to organize programs that encouraged and recognized the academic achievements of students. She also served as the Project Expo Liaison where she worked with students and teachers on project based curriculum. Eno graduated from Vanderbilt University where she received her B.S. in Child Development and Medicine, Health, and Society. She recently received her M.Ed. in Urban Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Chelsea Rogers

Chelsea Rogers

Teacher

Prior to joining the Liberty team, Chelsea taught 2nd grade in Alabama, Louisiana, and Tennessee. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Athens State University. She has 5 years of experience working in education, serving inner-city students and their community. Chelsea loves to play with her two children, cook with her husband, and travel the country following the Dave Matthews Band tour.

Taylor Roman

Taylor Roman

Teacher

Taylor previously taught in a public high school in Tennessee for two years. She also coached volleyball at the Junior Varsity and club level. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Mathematics and Secondary Education. Taylor loves to play volleyball and spend time with friends.

Jeff Scanlon

Jeff Scanlon

Teacher

Prior to joining Liberty, Jeffrey taught high school biology and chemistry in Mississippi, where his students surpassed the district proficiency goals. Jeffrey received his B.A. in Biology at Pepperdine University, and loves to read about and research science topics in his spare time. He also loves outdoor activities such as hiking and snowboarding. It is his hope that students will fall in love with the science classroom, feel empowered to ask brave questions, and be equipped with the skills necessary to begin answering their own questions.

Graham Scott

Graham Scott

Teacher

Kathy Stroud

Kathy Stroud

Teacher

Rachel Usry

Rachel Usry

Director of Operations

Rachel is a Virginia native who started her teaching career in Mississippi after graduating from Virginia Tech. She loves working in school operations because she still gets to be around kids every day. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys going to the dog park with her dog, going to yoga, or riding her bike around East Nashville.

Heidi Vestal

Heidi Vestal

Teacher

Prior to joining the Liberty team, Heidi spent five years of her professional career in the financial industry coaching and leading bankers. She enjoys spending her afternoons in the sun, getting lost in fiction books, and hosting guests. Heidi is a graduate of Framingham State University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and Interdisciplinary in Social Sciences.

Amber Vinson

Amber Vinson

Teacher

Erin Wolf

Erin Wolf

Teacher

Erin is a Los Angeles native who has called Nashville home for 15 years. She taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for two years before joining the Liger team as an Associate Teacher.  Erin earned her B.S. in Elementary Education from Tennessee State University.

Raymond Yu

Raymond Yu

Resident Teacher