Adrienne Ardoin

Adrienne Ardoin

9th Grade History Teacher

Adrienne, a Louisiana native, has always had a deep passion for learning. It is no surprise that she has made a career out of education. She completed her undergraduate studies in Political Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She began her teaching career as a DC Teaching Fellow in Washington, D.C. While there, she earned a Master of Arts in Teaching at American University. Adrienne previously served as the Dean of Academics for Algiers Charter School Association in New Orleans, LA. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education Administration and Leadership. Adrienne is super excited to be a part of the RHS family and truly enjoys the life she has created as a servant to the next generation of scholars.

Kim Berry

Kim Berry

Director of Student Supports

Prior to joining the RePublic High School team, Kim worked in Oakland, California, as a middle school student supports teacher. Before that, she taught in Ethiopia for three years, first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and then as an international school teacher. Kim graduated magna cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace University with a B.S. Ed in Mild/Moderate Educational Needs.

Mehreen Butt

Mehreen Butt

Computer Science Teacher

Mehreen was a 2013 Teach For America Mississippi corps member, where she taught physical science at Terry High School, a rural school outside of Jackson. During her time there, she helped organize the first KidsCode MS civic hackathon for high schoolers in the state. She joined RePublic as a computer science coordinator, helping to plan and facilitate hackathons for middle school scholars in Jackson. Mehreen is passionate about digital literacy and breaking the stereotypes that surround the technology industry. She is fueled every day by RePublic's vision of computer science education for all kids. Mehreen received her B.A. in both Biology and German from the University of Rochester.

Stephen Castaneda

Stephen Castaneda

Choir Teacher

Stephen received a degree in Piano Performance from Hampton University. While attending Hampton, he developed a love for teaching and served as the Music Director for the university's premiere gospel ensemble, HIS CHOSEN SOUNDS. He went on to get his Master's in Music Education from Westminster Choir College. While attending Westminster, Stephen had the opportunity to participate in the Westminster Symphonic Choir. This granted him the opportunity to perform in historic venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center.

Bethany Copeland

Bethany Copeland

Dean of Community Life & Athletic Director

Bethany previously worked at an education-focused nonprofit called City Year in Miami and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. During her time as a Peace Corps volunteer, Bethany coordinated two national youth initiatives, a volleyball camp for adolescent girls and a youth empowerment camp for boys, in addition to the various programs she led for fifty youth in her community. Bethany is a fluent Spanish speaker, and graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.A. in Spanish.

Meagan Covino

Meagan Covino

Director of Operations

Meagan previously served as an Impact Manager at City Year Philadelphia where she led teams of Americorps members in effectively implementing Tier 2 interventions to high needs students. She also taught English Language Arts as a Teach For America corps member in Baton Rouge. She is a graduate of Clark University with a B.A. in Geography and International Development.

Hannah Feutz

Hannah Feutz

10th Grade History Teacher

Hannah previously taught US History at the High School for Health Professions in Orangeburg, SC where she led amazing 11th graders to the highest score in the district on their end of course exam. She also taught 8th grade US History at KIPP Columbus Middle School in Columbus, Ohio. Hannah was a South Carolina Teach For America corps member. She graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign with a B.A. in History and earned her M.Ed in Instructional Accommodations from Francis Marion University.

Clint Hartzell

Clint Hartzell

Latin Teacher

Clint came to RePublic High School from his home state of Maine where he taught Latin for three years. He holds a BS in theoretical linguistics from Syracuse University, where he also studied Latin, Japanese, and Hindi.  He holds an MA in theoretical linguistics from UMass, Amherst where he taught and assisted in undergraduate courses for three years, and became interested in coding and speech perception.

Tiffany Hennings

Tiffany Hennings

Student Supports Teacher

Tiffany was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and always had a passion for education and achieving high standards. She left Chicago to attend Rust College in Holly Springs, MS, where she received her B.A. in English and Liberal Arts. Soon after, she relocated to Memphis, TN and went on to receive an M.S. in Psychology. Tiffany also worked as an AmeriCorps member, serving as a technology liaison at Horn Lake High School in Horn Lake, MS.

John Hill

John Hill

Associate Dean of Students

John developed his passion for education through his work with the Nashville based non-profit organization, the Martha O’Bryan Center, while completing his undergraduate studies. This was developed further as he studied the Spanish language and Latin American culture abroad in Costa Rica. He most recently served the students of his hometown while working for Chicago Public Schools. As an alumnus of Tennessee State University with a B.A. in History, he is excited about impacting change in the lives of students that brought him to the field of education in the Greater Nashville Area.

Fallon Holmes

Fallon Holmes

9th Grade English Teacher

Emily Lamb

Emily Lamb

10th Grade English Teacher

Emily hails from an area known as "Amish Country" in southeastern Pennsylvania. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Ursinus College with a B.A. in English. During her undergraduate years, Emily served as captain of the cross country and track and field teams. After graduation, Emily worked as an admissions associate, cross country coach, and dorm supervisor at a boarding school in Maryland. Having moved to Nashville to join Teach For America and further directly pursue her passion for education, Emily enjoys going to the Farmer's Market, running on the various greenways, and becoming friends with anyone who likes Philadelphia sports.

Brianna Lawrence

Brianna Lawrence

Front Office Receptionist

Adrian Lee

Adrian Lee

Physical Education Teacher

Prior to joining the RePublic team, Adrian served as a youth director for the YMCA Fun Company Program. His passion for working with youth came from the example that was set growing up. Adrian's father taught school for over 25 years. At Tennessee State University, Adrian learned the content as well as the requisite skills to be a successful educator. Adrian is currently working on obtaining a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership in hopes of reaching his goal to lead a school.

Patrick Lindsey

Patrick Lindsey

Algebra I Teacher

Patrick joined the RePublic team after spending five years teaching geometry and pre-calculus at Mastery Charter School - Shoemaker Campus in Philadelphia. Prior to that, he spent two years providing academic, attendance and behavioral support to students as a City Year corps member at two schools in Philadelphia. His work with those students sparked a passion for education, and he is excited to continue pursuing this passion in Nashville. Patrick graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and later earned a Master's of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Namita Manohar

Namita Manohar

Computer Science Teacher

Namita is a Teach For America Eastern North Carolina corps alumni where she taught math and ACT prep at Weldon High School in Weldon, NC. Namita received her B.S. in Chemistry and a minor in Biology and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Namita was brought to this work by seeing the injustices in education by volunteering in her mother's kindergarten classroom at a Title 1 school and by her work with an after school program that focused on at risk youth called Communiversity organized by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at UNC Chapel Hill.

Marion Michieka

Marion Michieka

Biology Teacher

Marion comes to RHS from Harvard University. During her time in college, Marion volunteered with Support For International Change (a HIV/AIDS Prevention public health education program in Tanzania), Boston Peer Health Exchange (a health education non-profit), and Mission Hill After School Program for K-8 students in the Boston community. Her work with those organizations sparked a desire to combine her love for biology and her newfound passion for teaching. Marion pursued this dream by joining the Nashville Teach For America corps and the RHS team.

Moira Moynihan

Moira Moynihan

10th Grade English Teacher

Moira joins the RePublic High School team after teaching English at Nashville Prep for two years. During this time, she guided her grade scholars to 76% proficiency on the TCAP and more than 1.5 years in reading growth. Moira attended Washington University in St. Louis, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with majors in English Literature and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. During her undergraduate career, Moira served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Wash U Political Review, was Vice President of Delta Gamma Fraternity, and conducted research for her honors thesis in Toulouse, France, studying responses to intimate partner violence within immigrant communities. Moira received her M. Ed in Instructional Practice from Lipscomb University.

Claire Neely

Claire Neely

Geometry & Algebra II Teacher

Claire found her way into education as an assistant teacher in Charleston, South Carolina. After working with middle school students for a year and loving every minute of it, she decided to come to Nashville to join Nashville Teaching Fellows and RePublic Schools to join in the fight for educational equity. Claire is passionate about social justice and loves to spend as much time as possible outdoors. This is her first year teaching, and she is so excited to inspire future mathematicians!

Patrick Newton

Patrick Newton

Dean of Students

While studying at Purdue University, Patrick worked as a middle and high school church youth counselor, a YMCA summer camp counselor, and an ambassador for the College of Education. Patrick joins the RHS team from Nashville Prep, where he taught eighth grade history. Previously, Patrick taught for two years in Mississippi as a Teach For America corps member. Patrick graduated with academic honors from Purdue University with a B.A. in History and a B.A. in Social Studies Education.

Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson

Assistant Principal, STEM

Jeff teaches precalculus at RePublic High School and serves as the math department chair, where he focuses on extending membership into the metaphorical math club to all students. Over the next three years, as RHS adds grade levels, Jeff intends to build out one of the most engaging AP Calculus programs in the state, with intense focus on opening inroads to the top-tier universities that require calculus for admission. Prior to working with RePublic, Jeff taught high school English and math in Phoenix at his Teach For America placement school for four years; his precalculus students were the top performing cohort in the district. Jeff earned his B.A. at Baylor University with a dual emphasis in English and Neuroscience, and his M.Ed. From Arizona State University.

Amanda Roberts

Amanda Roberts

Latin Department Chair

Amanda joins RePublic High School as a Latin teacher from Indianapolis, where she taught Latin at a high-performing classical liberal arts charter school before becoming Dean of Student Development. As a teacher, Amanda was able to help at-risk and underperforming students by building several programs, including a two-year foundational Latin course and also a summer course for Math and English. She also challenged students in after-school programs by bringing academic super bowl teams and spell bowl teams to her school. Her greatest accomplishment is co-authoring a skills-based, data-driven revolutionary Latin curriculum to meet the needs of her diverse students. Amanda received her B.A. in Language Arts Education and Latin from Ball State University. She is dual licensed in English and Latin.

Alex Roberts

Alex Roberts

Latin Teacher

Alexander Roberts came to work in Nashville, TN, having taught in Indiana since 2013. Trained in speaking and writing the Latin language, his lessons aim to bring together rigor and creativity. While the languages of Greece and Rome are widely learned to improve test scores, there is still more that has been passed down from posterity. In meeting ancient authors, we must think differently. We include ourselves in the five-hundred year tradition of Humanities. Alex received an AB in Classical Studies from the University of Chicago, an M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and is most proud to be working at RePublic High School.

Sarah Savage

Sarah Savage

Assistant Principal, Humanities

Sarah started her career in Eastern North Carolina, where she taught 9th, 11th, and 12th grade English as a Teach For America corps member. She later served on the founding team of Excel Academy - Orient Heights in East Boston, where she taught 5th grade English, coordinated literacy testing, and served as a grade level content chair. Sarah has supported teachers and school leaders as an instructional coach with Match Education and as an adjunct instructor with Building Excellent Schools. Sarah graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and earned a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Andrew Stevenson

Andrew Stevenson

9th Grade English Teacher

Andrew joined the RePublic team after teaching high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland through Teach For America. He has a bachelor's degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University and is finishing up his master’s degree in education from Johns Hopkins University. While at George Mason, Andrew worked as managing editor of the student newspaper and music director for the radio station. He especially enjoys teaching persuasion and rhetoric.

Justin Wellum

Justin Wellum

Chemistry Teacher

Justin Wellum is a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Western Kentucky University. During his time at WKU, Justin was able to spend a semester at Harlaxton College in England, received a grant to perform Biochemistry research at National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, and traveled to Kenya to write his honors thesis on the Kenyan health care system. After graduating, Justin served as a Teach For America Phoenix corps member where he taught Chemistry, coached cross country, and initiated an ACT prep program. During that time, he completed his M.Ed. from Arizona State University. In his free time, Justin likes to explore national parks, run competitively, and enjoys finding excellent local coffee shops and restaurants.

Ryan York

Ryan York

Proud Principal

After spending three years running a non-profit youth arts organization, Ryan obtained his teaching license and began teaching math at Apollo Middle School in Nashville. During this time, Ryan began developing instructional software that helps teachers create individualized learning plans for their students. After two years at Apollo, he took over as the school’s math coach and simultaneously led workshops and after-school clubs teaching computer programming. Ryan joined the RePublic team in the Summer of 2014 and is now working to develop a curriculum that can be implemented across the country to teach the skills and core principles of computer programming. Ryan received his B.S. in Audio Engineering from Middle Tennessee State University.