Student Supports Teacher
Callison graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.S. 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 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.
Originally from Idaho, Adam spent years working with middle-school youth in a variety of contexts, from summer camps to academic tutoring. His most recent work with scholars was in an after-school program on the South Side of Chicago. Adam has a B.A. in Theology from Whitworth University in Washington State and is excited to be a part of transforming education here in Nashville.
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.
7th ELA 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.
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.
7th ELA 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.
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.
Frederica has joined Republic Schools this year along with being enrolled in the graduate program at Lipscomb University. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Human Services. Teaching children has always been her career and passion in life. Frederica loves any challenges and unknown adventures, so that is why she is drawn to teaching. When she is not studying or teaching, she enjoys attending her children's sports, reading, watching games shows, and hiking.
6th ELA 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.
Front Desk Receptionist
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.
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 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.
Director of Student Supports
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.
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.
5th ELA 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.
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.
6th ELA 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.
6th History Teacher
An Ohio transplant, Kait has spent the last several years familiarizing herself with Nashville and is proud to currently call it home. She attended Bowling Green State University in Northern Ohio for both undergraduate and graduate programs, and holds a M.S. in Ed with a specialization in Social Studies, as well as a Curriculum & Teaching-focused Masters of Education. While new to teaching and to RePublic, Kait has dabbled in tutoring and nannying. She is very much looking forward to sharing both her love of reading and enthusiasm about social studies with RePublic's students.
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.
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.
Daniel previously worked in admissions at Daymar College in Nashville, TN, helping students fulfill their dream of obtaining a college degree and finding a better job upon graduation. Before coming to Nashville, he spent a few years working for Bridgestone and another 8 years in the restaurant and customer service industry. Daniel received his B.A. from the University of Alabama Huntsville dual majoring in International Trade and German. In August of 2016, he also obtained his M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying Teacher Education while concentrating on World Language Education.
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.
Tara moved to Nashville from South Texas for the singular opportunity to teach and learn about the ground-breaking and hugely successful reading and ELA teaching model at Liberty Collegiate. Tara earned a J.D. from St. Mary's University School of Law in San Antonio, and she loves to read for the simple joy of reading. She enjoys inspiring her students to lose themselves in a book or in the words of a song every spare chance they may get.
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.
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.
5th ELA 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.
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.
Ashley previously worked the past four years as an education assistant and youth mentor in Memphis, Nashville, and Murfreesboro, TN. Her passions include coaching basketball, mentoring, reading, and writing. Ashley graduated from Austin Peay State University with a B.S in Communications and a minor in Professional Writing.
A native of Houston TX, Kristin received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Texas and spent her summers in college nerding out at a space and science camp in Southern California. Her love of the mountains, southern hospitality, and bluegrass brought her to Tennessee in 2013.
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.
6th Math 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.
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.
Prior to joining the Liberty team, Sam graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Biology and spent three years conducting biomedical research at Northwestern University in Chicago. During that time he discovered his passion for teaching lab members the basis and techniques for the lab's research. After following his wife to Nashville in 2016, he taught Biology and Chemistry at Gateway Academy in Green Hills. He is currently pursuing his state certification and M.Ed. through Relay Graduate School of Education.
8th ELA 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.
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.
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.
8th ELA 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.
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.
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.
7th & 8th Computer Science Teacher
Andrew made his way into the world of teaching via the scenic route after receiving a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from Grady Valley State University. As an outdoor educator at YMCA Camp Grady Spruce in Graford, TX, he strived to instill his love of nature into his students. Before moving to Nashville, Andrew was an elementary science teacher in Dallas, TX.
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.
Student Support Teacher
Felicia Woods is from the South Side of Chicago, IL. She loves animals and had a house full of them as a kid growing up. Ms. Woods has a B.S. and M.S. from Tennessee State University. She was a Special Education Teacher for 3 years in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
Helen received her B.A. in Biology from SUNY at Buffalo. After college, she taught ESL for three semesters at Beijing Royal School in China. She is currently working towards her Masters in Instructional Practice at Lipscomb University, and she was a lower school assistant teacher at University School of Nashville before joining the team at Liberty. In her free time, Helen enjoys reading, sketching, hiking, and traveling.