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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

440

Scholars

 

OUR SCHOOL LEADER

Macy Bennett

Macy Bennett

 

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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

Heather Flake
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Heather Flake

Front Office Receptionist
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Rachel Usry

Rachel Usry

Director of Operations
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Callison Atkins

Callison Atkins

Student Supports Teacher

Callison graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication Science and Disorders. While in school, Callison volunteered at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford, Mississippi for individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and student taught a life skills class for 7th and 8th grade students at Oxford Middle School. Callison is pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction with an endorsement in Special Education and Emotional Disturbance.

Alex Ball

Alex Ball

Assistant Principal

Alex Ball is a six-year veteran of the classroom. Most recently, she was Liberty’s Founding Dean of Students, where she developed and implemented a comprehensive character education program. Before that, Alex was a Founding 5th Grade Math Teacher at Liberty. She began her teaching career in Clarksdale, Mississippi and has also served as a Curriculum Specialist for Teach For America. Alex graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.A. in African American Studies. Her son Nate attends Nashville Classical, a nearby charter elementary school.

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.

Christopher Carlevato

Christopher Carlevato

8th Math Teacher

Chris teaches 8th grade math at Liberty Collegiate Academy, where he previously taught computer science. He earned his degree in economics and leadership and public policy from the University of Virginia. Chris has a particular passion for closing the American achievement gap in STEM. In his free time, you will find him traveling, reading, or watching live music.

Stacy Clearman

Stacy Clearman

ELL Teacher

Stacy moved to Nashville from South Carolina after teaching ELL overseas in Poland and South Korea. She loves language and culture, and is always looking for another language to learn or a new place to see. She is a Nashville Teaching Fellow and graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.A. in Spanish focused on linguistics.

Melissa Cobb

Melissa Cobb

8th Science 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.

Alyssa Erny

Alyssa Erny

6th English 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.

Heather Flake

Heather Flake

Front Office Receptionist

Chivon Ford

Chivon Ford

Dean of Students

Chivon is a Chicago native, who arrived in Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy. While at Vanderbilt, Chivon served on executive boards for many organizations and continues to give back to the community as a member of Urban League Young Professionals. Over the years, Chivon has worked with children of all ages, as she was a pre-school teacher prior to coming to RePublic. Chivon is also a full time student in the M.Ed. program at Lipscomb University.

Shelby Goodfriend

Shelby Goodfriend

7th & 8th Computer Science Teacher

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

8th English Teacher

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.

Sheeva Halati

Sheeva Halati

Director of Student Supports In Residence

Sheeva began her career in education teaching high school chemistry and environmental science in Clayton County, GA as part of the Teach For America Atlanta corps. While teaching, Sheeva developed a passion for ensuring that the incredible assets and strengths her students had were recognized. After working as a college admission officer, Sheeva enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She recently received her M.Ed in Prevention Science and Practice and her Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling. She also holds a B.A in Psychology from UCLA. She looks forward to building meaningful relationships with students, families, and greater RePublic community.

Lauren Half

Lauren Half

7th Math 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.

Rachel Harley

Rachel Harley

5th English Teacher

Rachel was born and raised in Chicago. She spent her first year as a Teach For America Chicago corps, where she taught elementary writing and social studies in the Roseland neighborhood on the south side. She was a Pilot Lead for the LEAP tech initiative, and worked to integrate new computer platforms in literacy. In her second year, she transitioned to KIPP Create Chicago, where her 6th grade students outperformed the neighboring public school by 10% on the Reading NWEA test.

Josh Hengen

Josh Hengen

5th Math Teacher

Josh joins the Liberty team after working as an outdoor educator in Hong Kong and a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Josh graduated from Davidson College where he served as Teach For America’s Campus Campaign Coordinator for two years and graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies.

Emily Joye

Emily Joye

7th Math Teacher

Emily Joye is a 7th grade math teacher at Liberty Collegiate Academy. She is a 2015 Greater Nashville Teach For America corps member and an advocate of social justice. Emily graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor's degree in International Business. She has a year of experience of teaching English as a Second Language in South Korea. She also taught freshman Algebra I at Pearl Cohn's summer school program.

Rachel Kengeter

Rachel Kengeter

Director of Student Supports

Rachel recently graduated from Vanderbilt’s Peabody College with a Master's in Public Policy. While at Peabody, she worked with the Nashville Promise Neighborhood and Martha O’Bryan Center on research and development. She was previously the Director of After School and Summer Programs at a Tony-award winning theater in Princeton, New Jersey where she developed middle and high school programming. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Drama/Theater for the Young and Children’s Literature.

Michael Kerrigan

Michael Kerrigan

7th History Teacher

A graduate of Tennessee Tech University, Michael received his B.A. in History, with minors in Music and Historical Linguistics. He was a member and Treasurer of the Tennessee Tech chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, and played violin in the University Orchestra. He enjoys whitewater kayaking on the weekends and led whitewater rafting trips on the Ocoee River in Southeast Tennessee during his time as an undergraduate.

Katava King

Katava King

Student Supports Teacher

Katava holds four years of experience working in post-secondary education with Vanderbilt Next Steps, as well as Early Intervention Services with the Ann Campbell Early Learning Center for typical and atypical developing children. During this time, Katava also maintained a position with the Vanderbilt Behavioral Health Hospital, giving her increased versatility in the realm of psychology, counseling and education. Katava holds a B.S. in Psychology as well as an M.Ed. with an emphasis in Special Education and Applied Behavioral Analysis from Middle Tennessee State University.

Michael Macias

Michael Macias

8th History Teacher

Michael joins the Liberty team by way of California. There, he worked as the Director of Operations for a social justice-oriented organization. Wanting to have a positive impact on the community around him, Michael enrolled in the Nashville Teaching Fellows program and is committed to transforming lives and closing the achievement gap.

Maggie Madden

Maggie Madden

5th History Teacher

Maggie is a Teach For America corps member in the Greater Nashville region. She comes to Nashville by way of Chicago and Alabama. She graduated from The University of Alabama, Roll Tide. Maggie loves to travel, cook and read.

Michelle McGonagle

Michelle McGonagle

5th Math Teacher

Michelle is joining Liberty as a math teacher through Nashville Teaching Fellows. Before teaching, Michelle managed budgets and processes for large media projects based in Los Angeles. She moved to Nashville two years ago with her husband and two small boys. Michelle is excited to build students’ practical and abstract mathematical knowledge while simultaneously helping to grow logical thinkers ready for a lifetime of practical problem solving.

Tom McGrath

Tom McGrath

5th & 6th Computer Science 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

6th Math 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.

Darnisha Monson

Darnisha Monson

6th English Teacher

Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, Darnisha knew from an early age that she wanted to be a teacher. She earned her B.A. in English Education from Illinois State University and her M.A. in Education with a Reading Specialist license from Saint Xavier University. She hopes to one day write children's picture books and teen novels.

Kelsey Palmer

Kelsey Palmer

Dean of Community Life

Before joining Liberty, Kelsey taught 3rd grade reading in Clarksdale, Mississippi. During her two years as a Teach For America corps member, she grew very passionate about fighting for educational equity. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2014. Kelsey loves reading, sports, and her dog Penny.

Grace Priest

Grace Priest

Student Supports Teacher

Grace is a current Teach For America Nashville corps member. A native of Columbia, Missouri, she attended college in Tennessee and graduated cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South with a B.A. in Politics and a minor in Economics. Outside of her role in the classroom, Grace is passionate about soccer, hiking, cooking, and art.

Taylor Roman

Taylor Roman

8th Math 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

7th Science 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.

Kindra Schaefer

Kindra Schaefer

8th English Teacher

Kindra hails from Chicago, where she received both her B.A. and her M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Already a published author upon entering her undergraduate experience, Kindra has a passion for literacy and writing that extends beyond the classroom. Prior to joining the Liberty team, Kindra worked with Chicago's Open Books program, helping high school students in underfunded districts bridge the gap to college success. Upon graduation, Kindra joined the Nashville Teaching Fellows. She continues to write fiction stories and maintains a blog dedicated to women's adventure travel.

Eno Sekyere

Eno Sekyere

7th English Teacher

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.

Molly Shanley

Molly Shanley

5th English Teacher

Molly is a Teach For America corps member for the Greater Nashville region. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Decision Science with an additional major in International Relations. Molly loves to explore coffee shops, foreign countries, and live music joints.

Ashley Turnbull

Ashley Turnbull

7th English Teacher

Ashley is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with degrees in Human Development and Family Studies, and Sociology. She has a passion for literature, and enjoys writing music and poetry. Ashley's hobbies include writing, hiking, trying out new restaurants, and binge watching anything Netflix.

Rachel Usry

Rachel Usry

Director of Operations

Heidi Vestal

Heidi Vestal

6th Math 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.

Emily Wojtusik

Emily Wojtusik

Assistant Principal

Emily began her career in education as a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta region. Emily taught 2nd grade for three years in El Dorado, Arkansas at Retta Brown Elementary School. She has worked as a corps member Advisor at Teach For America's summer Institute in Cleveland, Mississippi, and has also served as the K-2 Learning Team Leader in Teach For America's Arkansas region. Currently, Emily is pursuing her Master's Degree in Education Leadership at Columbia University in their Summer Principal's Academy program. Emily graduated from the University of Rhode Island with her B.S. in Sociology and Criminology.

Erin Wolf

Erin Wolf

5th & 6th Science 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.

Jackeline Zelaya

Jackeline Zelaya

6th History Teacher

Jackie is a Teach For America Nashville corps member. She is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Administration and a specialization in Criminology. Jackeline loves to play music, explore, and learn new things!