Kate Ankumah

Kate Ankumah

Assistant Principal, Lower Middle School

Kate started her career in education teaching special education at Achievement First Apollo Elementary Charter School in Brooklyn, New York, where she also served as the first grade team leader. Before joining the Nashville Prep team, she spent time on staff for Teach For America Alabama. Kate graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development and later received her Master's in Childhood Special Education from Hunter College in New York.

Allison Arth

Allison Arth

7th & 8th Computer Science Teacher

Prior to joining Nashville Prep as a computer science teacher, Allison was an Algebra I teacher at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. Before teaching, Allison worked as a Graphic Designer in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she graduated summa cum laude from Marian University with a B.A. in Graphic Design and a B.S. in Sport Management. Allison was a Teach For America corps member in St. Louis, Missouri, and received her Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Eric Austin

Eric Austin

Assistant Principal, Culture

Eric graduated cum laude from Auburn University with a B.A. in Political Science. At Auburn, he held editorial positions with the campus newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, and was a Collegiate Correspondent for USA TODAY College. His passion for writing led him to become a tutor and the publicity intern with the Miller Writing Center. He also completed a Senior Honors Thesis on political economy from a Catholic perspective. In addition to his campus achievements, Eric has worked and interned with the Tennessee Democratic Party, the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, and Amnesty International USA in New York City. He attended Metro Nashville Public Schools and graduated from Hume-Fogg High School.

Alison Beale

Alison Beale

7th Math Teacher

Originally from the Washington D.C. area, Alison moved to Nashville to attend college and pursue a career in the music industry. While volunteering with CASA as a court appointed advocate for abused and neglected children, she not only fell in love with children in the Nashville community, but also realized that high quality education and effective teachers are critical to the trajectory of a child's life. With her passion for working with children stronger than ever, she began her teaching career through Nashville Teaching Fellows. Alison graduated summa cum laude from Belmont University with a B.A. in Business Administration.

Jonathan Brocco

Jonathan Brocco

8th History Teacher

While completing his education, Jonathan spent seven years volunteering and working in educational community outreach at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His programs were focused on postsecondary awareness and behavioral support. Other than education, writing music is his greatest passion. Jonathan grew up in the Nashville area, and completed both his B.S. and M. Ed. in Secondary Education with a concentration in History at UTC.

Ivory Brown

Ivory Brown

7th English Teacher

Ivory is a native of the Washington, D.C. area and the sixth of seven children. She is now an honorary Nashvillian due to her undergraduate career being spent at the historic Fisk University, where she obtained her B.A in Psychology. She was the president of multiple organizations during her time at Fisk. She is a lover of music and you will frequently find her singing when she thinks no one is listening.

Dylan Burrows

Dylan Burrows

8th Math Teacher

Dylan developed a passion for math education during his undergraduate experience at the University at Buffalo. While in college, he spent four years as a teaching assistant in the Buffalo Public School District. During this experience, he was introduced to the issues of educational inequity that he is committed to fight against. Dylan graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo with a B.A. in mathematics and economics.

Amanda Cassar

Amanda Cassar

Student Supports Teacher

Spending the last two years in Haiti, Amanda was ready to return back to the U.S. with a love and passion for Education. She is a Long Island native, and ready to make Nashville her home. Amanda is a proud Teach For America corps member and received her B.A. in Religion from Saint Leo University.

Jennifer Colna

Jennifer Colna

7th Science Teacher

Before coming to Nashville, Jennifer spent six years teaching high school science in Philadelphia. She also spent three years as the Science Department Chair. Jennifer was a Teach For America Philadelphia corps member and received her M.Ed from University of Pennsylvania. Jennifer now teaches 7th Grade Science and serves as the 7th Grade Team Lead at Nashville Prep.

Dameion Cowans

Dameion Cowans

5th & 6th Science Teacher

Dameion is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of Tennessee State University. Dameion is passionate about serving students who share his background and working for equity in education.

Matt Dempsey

Matt Dempsey

Principal

Prior to joining the Nashville Prep team, Matt was a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development for Teach For America Alabama living in Selma and serving the rural students, communities and teachers in Perry, Dallas, Lowndes, Montgomery, and Butler counties. Matt was a TFA Alabama corps member and he taught Spanish, ACT prep, and robotics at Selma High School for three years.

Adrian Ford

Adrian Ford

Student Supports Teacher

Adrian is joining RePublic after serving in Indianapolis Public Schools as a sixth grade teacher. Adrian holds a dual licensure in Elementary Education and Special Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Adrian is excited to work with dedicated scholars at Nashville Prep.

Rachel Koval

Rachel Koval

5th English Teacher

Born in Minnesota and raised in the Washington D.C. area, Rachel received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Spanish Language and Literature and English Literature. She later received her M.Ed. from Wake Forest University. She has lived and taught in Spain, D.C., and Istanbul. She strives to infuse her lessons with the cultural competency, diversity, and curiosity she gained abroad. Rachel also champions the "sudden fiction" genre of literature as a gateway to creative reading and writing as well as critical thinking in the next generation.

Alyssa Kuhl

Alyssa Kuhl

6th Math Teacher

Alyssa came to Nashville Prep all the way from Wisconsin. She obtained her B.A. in Education at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater in 2016. Alyssa enjoys spending her time coming up with fun and creative ways to teach math, and hopes to instill that same excitement into her scholars.

Noelle Kurtz

Noelle Kurtz

8th English Teacher

Before joining the Nashville Prep team, Noelle worked as a tutor, assisting Houston high school students in numerous subjects including English, US History, Spanish, and college essay writing. She studied Rhetoric and Composition at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas, before graduating with honors from the University of Houston with a B.A. in English Literature. Noelle is currently a Nashville Teaching Fellow.

Robert Lemon

Robert Lemon

Dean of Students

Prior to joining the RePublic team, Robert worked for a pharmacy as a Senior Representative at Accredo Health Group. As a native of St. Petersburg, Florida, Robert relocated to Tennessee as a student athlete at Austin Peay State University. After completing a long Football career and working with kids on a yearly basis, Robert grew a strong love for developing young minds. Robert received his B.S. Degree in Health Education with a minor in Education.

Courtney Lewis

Courtney Lewis

5th Math Teacher

Courtney is from the Midwest and after moving to Nashville to attend Tennessee State University, Courtney worked as the State Academic Counseling Manager for a large university. She holds a B.S. in Business Management and an M.Ed. She is a current Nashville Teaching Fellow and is so excited to be teaching at Nashville Prep.

Vivian McBride

Vivian McBride

5th English Teacher

Vivian graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English Literature. During her time at Vanderbilt, she worked for the Schuler Scholar Program, an educational nonprofit designed to provide resources to low-income, first generation high school students in northern Illinois. It was there that she discovered her passion for education, particularly in urban areas. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt, Vivian joined the Teach For America Nashville team as a corps member and fifth grade science teacher.

Alexis Morris

Alexis Morris

6th History Teacher

Alexis joined the RePublic family through the Associate Teacher Program at Liberty Collegiate. While at Liberty, Alexis was given the opportunity to become a lead 6th grade History teacher at Nashville Prep. Alexis is a native of Birmingham, AL. She graduated from Tennessee State University and she is currently enrolled in Relay Graduate School of Education pursuing her M.Ed..

Chelby Newbern

Chelby Newbern

5th History Teacher

Prior to joining the RePublic team, Chelby was a teacher in Indianapolis, IN. A native of Louisville, KY, Chelby moved to Indianapolis to pursue her M.A. in Teaching from Marian University. Chelby cultivated her passion for empowering youth while obtaining her Bachelors from the University of Kentucky.

Corinn O'Brien

Corinn O'Brien

Assistant Principal, Upper Middle School

Born and raised in Louisiana, Corinn began her career in education teaching 8th grade math in New Orleans as a Teach For America corps member. She later became a Founding Teacher at a K-8 turnaround school, John Dibert Community School. At JDCS, Corinn taught middle school math and was the 7th Grade Level Leader, co-founder of the JDCS Outdoor Education program, and girls soccer coach. Corinn attended Louisiana State University, where she earned her B.A. in Economics and recently completed her M.Ed. in Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Kerry O'Brien

Kerry O'Brien

6th English Teacher

A native Michigander, Kerry grew up in Flint, Michigan.  She taught English and Physical Education for three years, where she was a member of the Positive Behavior Support team and a senior class sponsor. After heading south, Kerry taught Senior Reading for two years at Power Center Academy High School in Memphis. Kerry was a Teach For America Memphis corps member. She received her B.A. in Education from Central Michigan University and is working towards her M.A. in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Jordan Price

Jordan Price

5th Math Teacher

Jordan previously taught science and technology at an elementary school in Kentucky. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in Elementary Education.

Danielle Rumbley

Danielle Rumbley

Student Supports Teacher

Danielle joins RePublic from Pelahatchie High School, a small town on the outskirts of Jackson, MS, where she taught 7th and 8th grade English and reading for two years. She was also a member of the technology team for Pelahatchie, as well as coaching their first tennis team. Danielle graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Elementary and Special Education, as well as minors in English and science.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

5th & 6th Computer Science Teacher

Brandon hails from the great state of Texas, but has been wooed away from his native land by the RePublic team and their outstanding vision for education in the South. In Texas, he spent six years working in rural, Title I schools teaching middle school math to underserved communities. Most recently, he was coordinator of the ACE after-school program at Hooks High School. From this position, he was able to ally with local junior colleges to provide both academic and vocational courses to students and their family members in the community. Outside of school, Brandon enjoys making music, woodworking, eating and walking his dog.

Caroline Spall

Caroline Spall

6th English Teacher

Caroline is a native Cape Codder, a Nashville Teaching Fellow, and a graduate of Elon University with a B.A. in International Studies. After earning her TESOL certification (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in Phnom Penh, Caroline taught kindergarten at an international school in Bangkok. As she led classes, an English tutoring program, an afterschool reading program, and several summer school language programs, she found her passion to be working with diverse groups of learners in the classroom. She also taught Pre-K in New York City, where she mentored and worked with local at-risk youth to bring fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods by coordinating and running farmer’s markets with the agricultural nonprofit GrowNYC.

Kate Sundell

Kate Sundell

7th History Teacher

A longtime Nashville resident, Kate previously taught 8th grade in Spring Hill, TN and has also worked for a youth non-profit in the community. Kate loves to bring her passion for education to everything she does — especially instilling a love of learning and reading in others. Her favorite place in the world (besides Nashville) is Vietnam for its amazing history and culture. Kate received her B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS and consequently loves the color purple and sweet tea.

Priyal Taylor

Priyal Taylor

Front Office Receptionist

Hailing from upstate New York, Priyal graduated magna cum laude from Daemen College in Buffalo. She double-majored in History & Government and Political Science, while minoring in Preliminary Law. After graduating, Priyal worked with U.S. Senator Charles Schumer as well as serving as a state Senate campaign manager. She then lived in Denver for several years working as a Community Organizer for Colorado Progressive Coalition.

Laquesha Wilson

Laquesha Wilson

7th English Teacher

Prior to joining RePublic, Laquesha developed a love for children at the University of Tennessee, where she spent her undergraduate years working with non-profits like Upward Bound, Project GRAD, and Tribe One. It was in these programs that specifically cater toward underrepresented students from elementary to high school that her passion for teaching was ignited. She believes strongly in the Jonas Salk quote, “Our greatest responsibility is to be great ancestors.”

Christine Yang

Christine Yang

Director of Student Supports

Christine started her career in education as a teacher resident through Aspire Teacher Residency in Los Angeles, CA. She then moved to Memphis, TN to become a founding teacher at a turnaround elementary school in the Achievement School District. During her time in Memphis, Christine held teacher leader positions as Mentor Teacher, Data Driver, and Math Instructional Driver. Christine earned her B.A. in Economics from UCLA and M.Ed. from the University of the Pacific.