Lipscomb Academy announces new faculty, administrative hires for 2019-20 academic year
With the beginning of each academic year the Lipscomb Academy community welcomes new students who are starting their educational journeys as Mustangs as well as new faculty, staff and administrators.
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“Over the last few months as the academy has launched some exciting new initiatives to serve more students and as several of our faculty who have been part of this community for decades have retired, we have had the opportunity to hire a number of professionals and leaders in their fields to continue to make the Lipscomb Academy a school that is not only meeting the educational needs of our students, but is intentionally shaping them into godly young men and women who will be leaders when they leave our campus well prepared for their next step in life,” said Greg Glenn, Lipscomb Academy head of school.
“I am extremely pleased at the quality and talent of those who are wanting to be a part of our community and have a calling to transform the lives of young people. It’s a great time to be at Lipscomb Academy.”
Former Tennessee State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has been named an executive-in-residence at Lipscomb Academy and a distinguished professor of education at Lipscomb University. McQueen is the chief executive officer of the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching, a national nonprofit that elevates and supports educator talent. As part of her distinguished faculty appointment at Lipscomb, McQueen will teach and speak periodically as her schedule permits and provide consulting to Lipscomb Academy. Activities she may carry out on campus include training faculty, evaluating processes and helping the Academy move toward its Vision 2028 goals.
Katy Flatt, lower school academic dean. Education: Bachelor of Science in elementary education, Freed-Hardeman University; Master’s in Teaching, Leading and Learning in Education, ELL endorsement, instructional coaching certificate and administration endorsement; Lipscomb University; candidate for doctorate in leadership and professional practice, Trevecca Nazarene University. In her 11 years working in education, Flatt has taught first, second, third, fifth and sixth grades. For the past three years she has served as an instructional school at Hillsboro School (K-8) in Williamson County. In this role she has served as the math RTI coordinator, data analyst for ELA and Math (K-8), professional development leader for Williamson County Schools, faculty advisor and principal designee. She is married to LA alumnus Ethan Flatt.
Amy Jackson, faculty, 2-year-old program. Education: Undergraduate degree in elementary education, Master of Education degree, Lipscomb University. Previous experience includes teaching at Goodpasture Christian School, Nashville Metro Schools and at Brentwood United Methodist Day School.
Kate Jeans, faculty, 3-year-old program. Education: Bachelor of Arts in history, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom; candidate for Master of Education, Lipscomb University. Prior experience includes serving as an instructional aide and reading interventionist in an elementary school in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. She has worked at Lipscomb Academy since 2018 as an instructional assistant. She has three children who are all students at the upper school.
Lyndsie North, faculty, gifted program. Education: Undergraduate degree in elementary education, Union University; master’s degree in teacher leadership, University of Louisville; completed gifted education endorsement at Lipscomb University, where she is enrolled in the Ed.D. program. For the past two years, North taught math enrichment at the lower school. Before coming to Nashville, North taught kindergarten and 1st grade for four years in the Louisville, Kentucky, public school system. She and her husband have one daughter who attends the SEED School.
Lindsey Story, faculty, 1st grade. Education: Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, MTSU. Story has taught first and fourth grades for 11 years in Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has been a grade-level leader at Ruby Major Elementary School for several years.
Janna Woodason, special needs program director. Education: Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Education, Wittenburg University; Ed.D. in learning organization and strategic change, Lipscomb University. Woodason has been a special education teacher for 13 years serving in three different schools. While in Ohio she led and implemented school-wide inclusionary practice, which led to an increase in student achievement for students with special needs. She has extensive expertise in special education.
Christina Eby, faculty, 8th grade physical science. Education: Bachelor’s degree, Harding University; Master’s degree in health promotion, Auburn University; teaching licensure, master’s +30, Lipscomb University. Eby worked as a clinical exercise specialist in cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation at Vanderbilt Medical Center for three years before entering the education field. She has taught in Metro Nashville Public Schools for seven years as an 8th grade science and physical science teacher and an instructional specialist.
Sarah Foster, full-time STARS counselor. Education: Bachelor of Arts in sociology, dual concentration in information analysis and communications, Roanoke College; Master in Marriage and Family Therapy, Trevecca Nazarene University. Foster has been the STARS counselor for five years at Metropolitan Nashville’s DuPont Hadley Middle School and served as an elementary in-school counselor for Centerstone. Prior to working with individuals in schools, she worked with Youth Village in the intercept program for in-home family counseling.
Paige Pope, faculty, 8th grade girls’ Bible. Education: Bachelor’s degree, Freed-Hardeman University; master’s degree in educational psychology with a specialization in learning sciences, Indiana University; completed a two-year program in spiritual direction, Lipscomb University. A veteran middle school teacher, Pope’s educational experience includes serving as a spiritual director, middle school and K-8 principal, and a professional development specialist. Pope and her husband, Tim, have two children, Rivers and Ava, will also be joining the Lipscomb family as 4th and 6th graders this fall.
Kate Ray, faculty, 5th grade social studies. Education: Bachelor’s degree in history teaching, Lipscomb University. Prior to coming to Lipscomb, Ray taught social studies at Glencliff High School in Nashville and worked for Elite Sports Medicine. Her husband, Connor, will begin pharmacy school at Lipscomb University this fall.
Isaac Reeser, director of college counseling. Education: Undergraduate degree, Lipscomb University; master’s degree, Vanderbilt University. Reeser is former special assistant to the vice chancellor of health data science at Duke University who helped shape and create the newly founded Duke Center for Actionable Health Data Science. The director of college counseling is a newly elevated position to enhance the school’s college counseling offerings and to help our students plan and prepare for their next steps after graduation.
Sarah Robinson, faculty, AP social studies. Education: Bachelor of Arts in history education, Lipscomb University; Master of Arts in communications, Liberty University. For the last four years, Robinson has taught AP human geography, AP U.S. history, government, world history and geography at Nashville Christian School. She also coached middle school girls’ basketball and softball, organized global learning trips and was a member of NCS’s diversity and inclusion committee.
Lisa Smith, faculty, upper school science. Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology education, Lipscomb University; master's degree in biology, Mississippi State University. Smith’s career includes 22 years of full-time instruction in both the private and public high school settings during which she taught regular, honors and advanced placement biology. She has also taught human anatomy and physiology at the high school and college levels. For the last few years, Smith has been teaching part-time and working with Lipscomb’s Ignite STEM program.
Allie Ward, faculty, upper school science. Education: Bachelor of Science in biology, education minor, Lipscomb University; candidate for Master of Education, Lipscomb University. For the past year, Ward worked with a non-profit homeless ministry in San Francisco, CA; seeking to intervene in the lives of those in the community there. She also served extensively as a teacher’s aide for eighth graders at San Francisco City Academy.
Kelly Swiggart, director of Equip. Education: Undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology, Belmont University; master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, Trevecca University. Swiggart is a veteran counselor and mental health expert. For the last three years, she has been part of Nolensville High School’s counseling department where, in addition to providing counseling services, she has also worked with students who have learning differences and social and emotional needs that impact learning. In her work, she collaborates with students, parents, teachers, administration and external providers to identify strategies for a student’s academic success. Swiggart and her husband, Will, have four boys who attend Lipscomb Academy.
Brittany T. Paschall, dean of intercultural development. Education: Bachelor of Science in sociology, Grand Canyon University; candidate for Master of Divinity, Lipscomb University. Paschall currently serves as program coordinator for Lipscomb University’s ENGAGE Youth Theology Initiative. She was named a 2017-2018 National ELLA Fellow with the Sadie Nash Leadership Development Project. Her fellowship project: Nashville’s Daughters engages Young Women of Color through mentoring (femtoring), historical exploration, social-emotional learning and social action. Paschall is also an alumnus of the 2018 Millennial Leaders Project of Union Theological Seminary and Faith Matters Network’s Public Theology and Racial Justice Cohort.
Amanda B. Price, director of communications and marketing. A graduate of Lipscomb University, Price has built a career in communications within the hospitality industry and faith-based non-profit sector. For the last eight years, she served as director of administration at Encouragement Ministries (EM), a charity focusing on individuals and families in crisis situations. Additionally, while working for EM, she helped launch the faith-based start-up Cul2vate, a ministry devoted to diminishing hunger insecurity in Nashville. Prior to working with nonprofits, Price led the communications department as vice president at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation. She also has worked with Kinnard & Associates, the Country Music Foundation and Rutledge Hill Press.
Luke Richesson, director of sports performance. Richesson has been a strength and conditioning coach for 22 years with extensive experience and knowledge gained under the tutelage of renowned professor and coach Bob Lockwood while studying exercise science at the University of Kansas. He is highly sought-after in his field of expertise and is intentional in his work with athletes, helping them maximize their potential and realize new levels of physical and mental strength. Richesson’s primary responsibility will be working closely with the football program, along with other varsity athletes. “Our Lipscomb Academy family is blessed to have someone with Coach Richesson’s background, experience and passion to align with Coach Seigenthaler and build upon the base that Coach Van Vleet created to get our strength and conditioning program to what it is right now. We are excited about the future of this program for all of our students,” Greg Glenn, Lipscomb Academy head of school, stated today. Richesson chose to be a part of Lipscomb Academy because of the culture and close-knit community of the Lipscomb family. He and his wife, Anita, have two children enrolled in the Upper School.
Dillon Seigenthaler, director of human performance. Lipscomb University graduate Seigenthaler joins the Lipscomb Academy staff as director of human performance. As part of the athletic program, he will be developing strength and conditioning curriculum for the Upper School student body. His mission is to inspire obtainable goals for all students, whether competing athletes or non-athletes, to foster relationships that encourage confidence in one’s self and to instill the knowledge that every student has the potential to succeed. Prior to joining the Academy, Seigenthaler was the Ensworth High School track coach for seven years. He and his wife, Laura, have two boys that will be attending the SEED school and Lower School this fall.
Seigenthaler will be continuing to develop the program created by Coach Bryan Van Vleet. The Academy is thankful for Coach V’s two years of service and for his commitment to the athletic department and the overall physical and mental wellness of our students. “We are excited to see how the program evolves under Coach Seigenthaler as he builds upon the solid base that Coach Van Vleet created to get our strength and conditioning program to what it is right now,” said Greg Glenn, Lipscomb Academy head of school.
Currently, Lipscomb Academy is in the final interview stages for the head of the upper school and the dean of intercultural development positions. Updates will be shared over the summer as we fill these key positions.
The 2019-2020 academic year officially begins on Aug. 14 when students return to class.
Anna Claire Temple, varsity football and competition cheer coach. Education: Bachelor of Science in elementary education, Lipscomb University. Temple, a graduate of both Lipscomb Academy and Lipscomb University, began cheering in fourth grade and continued throughout college. She has coached cheer and competitive programs at Ensworth, Brentwood Academy and Centennial High School in Franklin. While coaching at Centennial, the Junior Varsity squad received fifth at nationals, and the Varsity squad received second. Additionally, for the last four years, she has coached cheer and tumble at Premier Athletics and led All-Star teams to many first place finishes. Paschall is a certified coach through the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA).
Michelle York, athletic director. Education: Bachelor of Science degree in health and wellness, University of Mississippi; Certified Master in Athletic Administration, National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. York served as director of athletics at Heritage Christian School for the last seven years and as assistant athletic director for five years prior to that. In addition to her administrative duties, York has been a successful head high school volleyball coach at Heritage Christian for the last 16 years. She was inducted into the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association (ICGSA) Volleyball Hall of Fame (2017), was named National Christian School Athletic Association Volleyball Coach of the Year (2013) and was named ICGSA South Volleyball Coach of the Year (2006, 2007). Prior to her work at Heritage Christian, York served as an assistant volleyball coach at University of Mississippi for eight years and as head volleyball coach at Christian Brothers University, where she also served as senior women’s administrator and NCAA compliance officer.