5th & 6th Computer Science Teacher
Prior to joining the NACS family, Rachael taught math and computer science as a Teach For America corps member at Creek Bridge Middle/High School in Marion, SC. She developed a love for binary, and started the inaugural computer science class in her district. Rachael is passionate about expanding access to higher education, and the #CSforAll movement. A native of Jacksonville, FL, she graduated magna cum laude from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Art History and Business Administration.
7th Computer Science Teacher
Katie previously worked as an Algebra 1 teacher in Hammond, Indiana. She was a Teach For America Chicago corps member at Morton High School, where she was honored as top first-year teacher. During her time working for Teach For America, Katie was involved in fundraising and welcoming new corps members. Katie graduated summa cum laude from Auburn University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Business.
5th History Teacher
As an undergraduate student, Kimberly served as President of the Student Philanthropy Council and Vice President of Member Development of her sorority. She spent a year studying abroad in Lausanne, Switzerland and traveling all across Europe. Kimberly also interned in Washington, D.C. for the National Network for Youth, a non-profit dedicated to advocating at the federal level and educating the public and policymakers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth. Kimberly graduated from Pepperdine University cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science and a Certificate in Conflict Management from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
6th English Teacher
Holland spent the last year teaching English in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a 2015 Teach For America corps member and extremely excited to return to her elementary roots and teach at NACS. Her greatest passion is education, and she strongly supports RePublic's mission to provide its students with equal and exceptional opportunities. Holland received her B.A. in Education and minor in Theatre from Auburn University.
Mary Kathryn Cooch
7th English Teacher
Mary Kathryn grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Before joining the NACS team, she taught Kindergarten at the Islamic Academy of Alabama. During this time, she learned how to embrace and foster the learning of children from very different cultural and religious backgrounds. Mary Kathryn graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama.
Dean of Students
Halim is a Teach For America Eastern North Carolina corps alumni where he taught 8th grade Social Studies at Bertie Middle School. At Bertie Middle, Halim served as chair of the social studies department and member of the school improvement team. Halim graduated from the University of Pittsburgh where he received a B.A. in Africana studies and Political Science. Halim’s favorite quote is, “You can't teach what you don’t know and you can't lead where you won’t go.”
5th English Teacher
Before joining the NACS team, Sarah taught 5th grade English and Social Studies as a Teach For America corps member in Muskogee, Oklahoma. During her time at Creek Elementary School, she enjoyed establishing an after-school robotics program with her students. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Sociology and Advertising. As an undergraduate, she was able to work with an alternative breaks program that stoked her love for social justice and passion for educational equality.
7th English Teacher
Savannah studied English and History during her four years at Syracuse University, working for the Syracuse University Literacy Corps. After graduating, Savannah served in a charter school in Rhode Island, teaching small reading groups. When she ended her year of service, Savannah was accepted into the Nashville Teaching Fellows program. In addition to her passion for education, Savannah is a huge country music and New England sports fan, as well as an avid dog lover.
Student Supports Teacher
Remington attended Vanderbilt University, where he double majored in Elementary Education and Child Development with a minor in Organizational Leadership. His love for student supports was born out of his first job in college at a preschool for students with developmental disabilities. Remington aspires to close the culture gap in education through high-quality instruction, culturally responsive pedagogy, and by educating teachers about the importance of cultural responsiveness both in and out of the classroom.
5th Math Teacher
Maynard has six years teaching experience in the United States, and three more years of international teaching experience in the Middle East. Prior to joining the RePublic family, he taught Math to local 6th grade boys in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This unique opportunity enabled him to embrace a culture very different from his own in order to better serve the students he taught. Maynard is a native of Huntsville, Alabama where he also taught 6th grade Math at a performing arts magnet school. He graduated from Athens State University in Athens, Alabama with a B.S. in Education.
7th Science Teacher
Ben has a background in journalism and spent several years on the regulatory side of the insurance industry. After moving to Nashville, Ben chose to change career paths and joined the Nashville Teaching Fellows program. He spent his first year in education as the Founding Computer Science Teacher at Nashville Academy of Computer Science. Ben studied journalism at Ohio University.
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.
Director of Operations
Stacey returns to Nashville after serving as the Program Manager of a STEAM-focused after-school program, leading 22 staff members in the service of 75 elementary and middle school students. In her previous career, Stacey worked as a medical equipment and transition planner for the Nashville-based consulting firm Balfour Resource Group where she managed the planning and procurement of over $100M of medical equipment. Stacey received her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and her M.A.T. from the University of Southern California.
7th History Teacher
Kendall served her community in Healthcare for 14 years before moving into education. She is an ESOL Tutor and Instructor working with agencies such as the National Literacy Council and Literacy Board of Central Tennessee. Kendall comes to the RePublic team from Birmingham, AL, where she spent many years working on a college campus as Lead Instructor, Associate College Dean, and Academic Department Director. While working in the post-secondary education role, she won the STAR award for serving her students with academic excellence. Kendall earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Public Health from South University and she is currently completing her Doctorate in Education degree from Ashford University.
Susan previously worked as a teaching assistant for Kingman Elementary School District in Arizona for eight years. Volunteer work and children have been key focal points for much of Susan’s life. She coached youth soccer as well as served on the board of directors for the Northern Arizona Youth Soccer League. Susan has a passion for reaching children whose lives have been affected by incarceration, mental illness, and substance abuse. Susan attended Ashford University and obtained her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child Development.
Student Supports Teacher
Before joining the NACS team, Juliana worked as a tutor at a small company in Philadelphia. During college, she also worked as a counselor at two different summer camps, including one specifically for children and adults with autism. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education, followed by receiving a Master's in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.
6th Math Teacher
Monica first fell in love with math in her native Romania. She joins the Nashville Academy of Computer Science determined to share that love with a new community of learners. In addition to math, Monica has a passion for literature, foreign languages, and carpentry. Ask her to show you a picture of her dining-table, and she'll rush to tell you how she built it. Monica graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Comparative Literature, and is about to finish her PhD in French and English literature at the University of Chicago.
6th History Teacher
Annie is United States Air Force Veteran and graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. As an undergraduate, she was a member of Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity and served as its Vice President. Annie organized the first Wounded Warrior fundraiser on campus. She traveled the world during her military service and experienced many different cultures that became a catalyst for her decision to major in History with a minor in English.
6th English Teacher
A recent transplant to Nashville, Kate is no stranger to a suitcase. Over the last four years, she has taught English in South Korea and Taiwan and travelled to more than 15 different countries. Her experiences working with children abroad sparked a passion for education, and she is excited to be working with the Relay Graduate School of Education this school year. Her interest in social justice began in college where she served as a literacy tutor in a local elementary school, an assistant writing teacher for first year students, and president of Students Against Sexism in Society. She graduated from Knox College with a B.A. in History and Political Science.
Most recently, Hannah served as the Assistant Principal and English teacher for the NACS RAMs. Hannah arrived in Nashville via the Mississippi Delta, where she taught high school art as a Teach For America corps member in Belzoni, MS. A native of Huntersville, North Carolina, Hannah received her B.A. in German and International Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate student, Hannah was involved with the UNC Dance Marathon, fundraising for families and patients of the NC Children’s Hospital.
Director of Behavior Supports
Prior to joining the Nashville Academy of Computer Science, Kelly was a behavior specialist for Rutherford County Schools in Murfreesboro, TN. She previously served as a site director and program coordinator for a special recreation association in the suburbs of Chicago. In this position, Kelly assisted children and adults with special needs access public recreation through existing community programs and helped develop new programs when one didn't already exist in the community. Kelly earned a BME in Music Education/Instrumental Music from Illinois State University and a Master's in Child and Adolescent Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She is certified to teach music and comprehensive special education. Kelly completed behavior coursework through the Florida Institute of Technology and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Associate Dean of Students
Before Joining Nashville Academy of Computer Science, Sean was the co-founder of a non-profit organization B.R.O.S (Beyond Relying On Society). On Chicago’s south side, this program inspired the youth in the community to attend four-year colleges and universities. Sean has coached and mentored middle school students in the Nashville metropolitan area through the national project "Go To High School, Go to College," a program that members of Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity Incorporated lead across the country. Upon his arrival to Nashville, Sean attended Tennessee State University, where he received his B.A. in Criminal Justice.