Lipscomb Academy announces new faculty, administrative hires for 2020-21 academic year
Amanda Price |
Many hours of preparation this summer have gone into planning an extraordinary year during an extraordinary time. We are excited about the new faculty and staff that God has lead to us and anticipate many opportunities for growth for our students academically, spiritually, socially and athletically.
Head of School
Brad Schultz, head of school. Education: Bachelor of Science, Freed-Hardeman University; Master of Education and Education Specialist, North Georgia College and State University; Doctor of Education, Georgia Southern University. A strategic leader, Brad Schultz was appointed head of school effective June 1. During his most recent three-year tenure as head of school at Cross Schools in Bluffton, South Carolina, Schultz embraced growth both with enrollment and capital expansion. He led the school to increase in overall enrollment by 56 percent, student retention by 15 percent and students of color by 150 percent. Additionally, he laid the groundwork of offering high school grades for the 2020-21 academic year at Cross which currently serves students preschool through grade eight. Schultz also managed the building of a $10 million facility expansion, including a maker space lab, an environmental learning center, a regulation-size soccer field, a full-size gymnasium, and an upper grades educational learning wing. Prior to his role at Cross Schools, Schultz spent 17 years at Greater Atlanta Christian School where he held the roles of teacher, assistant principal, principal and chief innovation officer, as well as served on the executive cabinet for the entire K-12 school.
Hayley Eubanks, teacher’s aide. Education: Bachelor’s degree in family science and candidate for Master's degree in instructional practice and Teaching Licensure, Lipscomb University. Eubanks is a "Lipscomb Lifer" beginning her education in pre-K at the academy and states that she is truly "excited to be back in the classroom where my journey began."
Lauren Gregory, teacher’s aide. Education: Bachelor’s degree in art-graphic design, Lipscomb University. Gregory is a veteran artist in the graphic design field creating pre-school and elementary educational products for retailers, such as Target, Aldi and Dollar Tree. A graduate of the academy, Gregory has two daughters. She returns to the academy to begin her adventure teaching art and music for pre-K2 and pre-K3 students.
Adrianne Jenkins, pre-K3 faculty. Bachelor’s degree in journalism and communication, University of Alabama; July 2021 candidate for Master’s degree in instructional practice K-5, Lipscomb University; Teaching Licensure. Jenkins joins the academy as a local “Nashvillian” having experience with George A. Whitten Elementary in Sumner County Schools, YMCA Fun Company and Hendersonville Parks and Recreation.
Loren Cataldo, counselor. Education: Bachelor’s degree in integrated strategic communication, University of Kentucky; December 2020 candidate for Master’s degree in school counseling, Lipscomb University. Cataldo was an intern during the 2019-20 academic year with Jennifer Green (former counselor), and she was an obvious pick. Cataldo has had first-hand experience with the lower school’s Heart and Mind curriculum and is well versed in Lipscomb’s goals and meeting students’ social, emotional and spiritual needs.
Brian Hudson, fourth grade faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture, Mississippi State University; Master’s degree in teaching K-6, Trevecca Nazarene University. Hudson most recently taught fourth-grade math at Percy Priest Elementary School in Metro Nashville Public School for the past three years. Prior to that, he taught for three years in Williamson County Schools. After working in the urban design and development field for ten years, Hudson followed his passion and changed careers to be an educator. He and his wife, Katy, have two daughters at the academy.
Melody McNatt, second grade faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Faulkner University; Teacher Licensure K-6. Hailing from Georgia, McNatt has an experienced and highly successful teacher for the past three years with Cobb County Schools where she taught both kindergarten and fourth grade. Prior to her work as a teacher, she was a youth intern for Burnt Hickory Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia, and East Brainerd Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Allie Ray, second grade faculty. Education: Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary education, Lipscomb University; Teacher Licensure K-5 with an endorsement in Teaching English to Non-English Speakers. During the 2019-20 academic year, Ray was the math interventionist at the lower school serving small groups of students in kindergarten through fourth grade. In addition to her experience as an interventionist at LAES, she also spent time as a third-grade teacher at Granbery Elementary and student taught at Tusculum Elementary, both in Metro Nashville Public School. Additionally, Ray has experience in both children’s and youth ministry serving as a summer intern at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ in Nashville and Clear Creek Church of Christ in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Brittany Woodard, faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in early elementary education and Master’s degree in instructional technology, Auburn University at Montgomery. A Nashville transplant by way of Alabama, Woodard taught kindergarten and second grade for eight years in Alabama. She and her husband, Henry, have one son at the SEED school and one on the way!
Melanie Menefee Carter, art faculty and forensics coach. Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, Lipscomb University; Master’s Degree in art education, curriculum and instruction, Tennessee State University. K-12 Teaching Licensure. A career-changer, Carter was a graphic designer for two years before following her calling to teach. With eight years of classroom experience, she has taught at Goodpasture Christian School, Davidson Academy, Overbrook, and most recently, Nashville Christian School. Carter has also served as university supervisor of student teachers in art for Lipscomb University, as well as having worked two years as a Lipscomb University recruiter. She has recently worked to restart her “artist career,” with her work being showcased at Women’s Work 2016 here in Nashville. Carter has since sold numerous paintings and commissions. In addition, she is in the final production of an Inspirational Scriptural Coloring Book set to be published in the very near future. Carter lives in Brentwood with her husband, Grey, and their four children: Madeline, sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University; Anagail, senior at Battle Ground Academy; Iris, sophomore at Battle Ground Academy; and Gideon, seventh grader at Battle Ground Academy.
Falon Avery, guidance, Bachelor’s degree in psychology; Lipscomb University; candidate for Master’s degree in counseling, Lipscomb University. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Avery is a recent undergraduate of Lipscomb University and is diligently working toward completing her Master's degree. She is so excited to be working at Lipscomb Academy!
Nicolas Moon, English Language Arts. Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, Freed-Hardeman University. New to Nashville in 2017, Moon taught middle school at Currey Ingram Academy for two years. Keenly aware of the subtle nuances of this age group, he is well equipped and looks forward to teaching students the wonders of English. He and his wife, that he met upon arrival in Nashville, were married two weeks ago!
Amy Reilly, science faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in art history, Rollins College. For the past 15 years, Reilly has taught science courses to both middle and high school students in Central Florida. Prior to that, she had a 12-year career in marketing and public relations. Reilly is a passionate educator and mentor to students and families. She and her husband, Jack, have two daughters at Lipscomb University and a son in graduate school.
Lisa Short, science faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in biology, Centre College; Master’s degree in secondary education - science, Vanderbilt University. With a passion for children, Short has 24 years of teaching experience, and every year has been a blessing. An avid hiker and tennis player in her spare time, Short is looking forward to the great things that God has in store for her this year. Her daughter, Suzanne, will be starting her third year at Lipscomb University.
Meredith Darroch, English Language Arts faculty. Education: Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts, Concordia University Irvine; Master’s degree in graduate psychology, Trevecca Nazarene University; Teaching Licensure, Master’s +30, Lipscomb University. Darroch worked as a marriage and family therapist for eight years in private practice and church settings before entering the education field. She also had the unique opportunity to counsel families, couples and adolescents in a leadership capacity for two years in an international military community in Vicenza, Italy. Additionally, Darroch has prior experience teaching Speech and Language Studies to children in Stockton, California. Originally from San Diego, California, she has called Nashville “home” for the last 10 years with her husband, Brandon, and three children, Noah, Piper and Austyn, and she is honored to be teaching English at Lipscomb!
Hailey Eck, math faculty. Education: Bachelor of Science in secondary math education, Lipscomb University. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Eck moved to Nashville four years ago to pursue her collegiate soccer career and academic degree at Lipscomb. While at Lipscomb, she helped lead the soccer program to it’s first and second, back-to-back ASUN titles and NCAA appearances. In addition to her role as a math teacher in the upper school, she has also been named an assistant coach for the girls’ soccer team at Lipscomb Academy where she is excited to encourage and develop young women to not only become better athletes and soccer players but also as young women of God. She is enthusiastic and passionate about building meaningful relationships and developing Christ-centered connections with the people and community around her both in and out of the classroom. She is dedicated to continuing to learn and develop as an educator and to always strive to be a student of her profession. Lipscomb Academy is an environment and Christ-centered community she is excited to take part in where she can mentor and disciple you adults in a classroom environment, as well as be discipled and taught by the faculty and staff around her. Lipscomb holds a special place in Hailey’s life and she is excited to continue with Lipscomb’s mission and grow as a member of Lipscomb Academy’s community.
Lorne Jaques, Bible faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in theology and ministry and candidate for Master’s of divinity, Lipscomb University. Lorne Jaques, Bible faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in theology and ministry and candidate for Master’s of divinity, Lipscomb University. Born in northern British Columbia, Canada, Jaques was raised in sunny southern California. He moved to Nashville in 2014 to study theology at Lipscomb University, where he was awarded the Stone-Campbell Journal Promising Scholar Award. While there, he began preaching at the Well House Church and graduated summa cum laude in 2018. He immediately jumped into Lipscomb's Masters of Divinity program, during which time he began to find a vocational passion for not just preaching but teaching. Lipscomb Academy seemed a perfect fit. In addition to teaching sophomore Bible and Chapel Practicum, Lorne will also be assisting the Spiritual Formation department with chapel-related tasks.
Régine Lane, part-time science faculty. Bachelor’s degree in bioscience and philosophy and Master’s degree in biomolecular science, Lipscomb University. Lane a “Lipscomb Lifer” at the academy, double minored in Spanish and chemistry at Lipscomb University. After graduation, she took a gap year to work as a medical scribe with Premier Scribes, LLC and returned to Lipscomb University for her master's degree. She gained teaching experience as a graduate assistant teaching principles of biology: cells and genetics lab. For the past year, Lane has been chief of operations for Premier Scribes, LLC and plans to attend medical school in the fall of 2021. She is committed and engaged in her home church where she ministers, dances and acts. In her spare time, Lane enjoys traveling and volunteering at various organizations. She is excited to return to the Academy and shape the minds of potential scientists!
Ian Sanders, academic counselor. Education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology, Franklin College; Master’s degree in counseling: school counseling, University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Sanders spent four years working in admissions and academic advising at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte before relocating to Nashville with his wife. He has spent the past five years serving as a high school counselor in Williamson County Schools. In addition to academic counselor, Sanders will also be an assistant baseball coach for the Mustangs. He has two children who will be attending Lipscomb when they are school aged.
Samantha Stewart-Bell, student success coordinator. Education: Bachelor’s degree in microbiology, University of Tennessee; Master’s degree in molecular biology, Lipscomb University. Stewart-Bell has extensive research experience and two publications in the area of health sciences. She began her time at Lipscomb Academy in 2018 as a science and math tutor with Equip tutoring services. Stewart-Bell has a passion for serving students with specific learning differences and is committed to providing academic guidance, intervention and support to students. She is an advocate for students and faculty to facilitate an environment of academic success and collaborates with students, teachers, parents and administration to formulate plans for student success. A community leader, Stewart-Bell serves as the vice president of the Junior Board Committee for the YWCA Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
Tristan Wheeler, Bible faculty. Education: Bachelor’s degree in mass-media, Freed-Hardeman University; Master’s degree in theological studies, Lipscomb University. Upon graduation, Wheeler moved to Mount Juliet, Tennessee, to work in youth ministry. Since college, he has worked in ministry for more than ten. Wheeler has also worked some in the education sphere and was nominated in 2017 for Outstanding Teacher by the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts. He is excited to be part of the Lipscomb community and to be back in the classroom teaching Senior Bible.
Greg York, freshman Bible faculty. Education: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Theology, Harding University; Doctor of Ministry, Abilene Christian University. York served as interim freshman Bible teacher for the 2020 spring semester at the academy. He has 34 years in full-time ministry in Indianapolis, Indiana, and Oxford, Mississippi. Over the years, he has served as a preaching minister and associate/campus minister working with college students. Greg and his wife, Michelle, have three adult sons.
Leah Sargent, string orchestra director. Education: Bachelor of Music, James Madison University; Master of Music Education, Bob Jones University; Suzuki Method, Book 1 certified, Suzuki Association of the Americas. Sargent has three years teaching experience in Virginia public schools and four years teaching experience in Tennessee's Williamson County Schools. While in Williamson County, she founded three school orchestra programs, including Heritage Middle School's orchestra, which was the county's largest and fastest-growing school orchestra program in 2018.
Jeff Shepherd, band faculty. Education: Bachelor of Arts in music, Harding University; Master of Arts in learning and teaching and Master of theological studies (Old Testament), Lipscomb University. Shepherd has taught for 16 years. Previously, he taught at the Christian Academy of Greater St. Louis, Nashville Christian School and in public schools in Tucson, Arizona, and was middle school band director in Metro Nashville Davidson County Schools. Additionally, while serving for two years as a missionary, Shepherd taught at the American English Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Crystal Hastings, assistant head of middle school. Education: Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education, Tennessee State University; Education Specialist, Middle Tennessee State University; Doctor of Education, Tennessee State University. Educator and administrator Crystal Hastings brings 23 years of teaching and leadership to the middle school program. Hastings most recently served as principal (2016-20) and assistant principal (2012-16) at Christiana Middle School in Murfreesboro. Prior to leading in an administrative capacity, she taught high school English and journalism for four years in Williamson County Schools at Page High School and an additional eleven years at Antioch High School in Nashville.
Ken Robinson, assistant head of upper school. Education: Bachelor of Science, University of South Carolina. An 18-year seasoned educator, Ken Robinson has been named assistant head of upper school. Robinson joined Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC) School in 2002 and worked seven years there holding many roles including social studies faculty, head football coach and director of diversity. After leaving GAC, he served as educator, head girls’ track coach and assistant football coach at Mountain View High School in Lawrenceville, Georgia, for one year. Returning in 2011 to Christian education, Robinson accepted a faculty and head football coach position at Providence Christian Academy in Lilburn, Georgia, for six years. Most recently, he served as faculty and defensive coordinator at North Oconee High School in Bogart, Georgia. Prior to joining academia, Robinson successfully spent 14 years in leadership roles as a trainer and logistics administrator for Rocor International and Swift Transportation. While working for Swift, he managed a dedicated fleet for Wal-Mart distribution throughout the state of Georgia. Tasked with coaching corporate world team members in the importance of listening to the customer and collaborating in order to meet effectively the needs of the people they serve, Robinson learned a valuable lesson that carried over to his career as an educator -- when these key objectives are met, students and parents are engaged and trusting relationships are established. As a college athlete, Robinson was a four-year-letterman linebacker and team captain for the NCAA Division I football team. Upon graduation, he played two seasons with the NFL Washington Redskins (1987-1988).
Rebecca Brundidge, nutrition education coordinator. Education: Bachelor of Science, University of California-Davis; Master’s of Science in nutrition and exercise science, Lipscomb University; registered dietician. Brundidge has many varied experiences through internships and volunteer work. Most notably is her time spent at the University of Georgia in football performance nutrition and her work in metabolism, pharmacokinetics and evaluations on dietary needs to reach maximum performance levels. Last year, Brundidge worked with academy teams as an intern providing educational opportunities and detailed meal plan options.
Becky Starks, head girls’ basketball coach. Education: Bachelor of exercise science and Master’s degree in higher education and student personnel, The University of Mississippi. A former all-time three-point leader at the University of Mississippi with a career of coaching basketball that spans 19 years, Becky Starks has been appointed head girls’ basketball coach. While working to obtain a Master’s degree at Ole Miss, Starks was a graduate assistant basketball coach responsible for development and athlete recruitment for her alma mater team. Upon completion of her graduate degree, she returned to Tennessee to coach and teach. Starks spent 12 years at Harding Academy in Memphis, beginning her post-graduate career there (2003-05) and then returning in 2009 for a decade with the school. At Harding, she was instrumental in creating a strength and conditioning program for female student-athletes. Under her tutelage as head basketball coach, Harding won the TSSAA Division II Class A state championship (2010) and eight district championships. Starks also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as well as head basketball coach at Hutchison School in Memphis. Additionally, she coached the Tennessee Celtics in the AAU Junior Olympic Games (2002-04) and coached with the Tennessee Tigers AAU organization for 10 years. Most recently, Starks was an assistant basketball coach at Grace Christian Academy in Franklin. Starks is co-founder of both Camp Q Basketball Camp and More Than Basketball Organization, a Christian organization focusing on fundamental training skills.
Kevin Starks, assistant athletic director and head boys’ basketball coach. Education: Bachelor’s degree in physical education and health, Abilene Christian University. A collegiate student-athlete at Abilene Christian University with 22 years of leadership and coaching, Starks has held the roles of head varsity boys’ basketball coach at Dallas Christian and Fort Worth Chrisitan High School, both in Texas, and Harding Academy in Memphis. During his 15 years at Harding Academy, he coached his team to eight semi-finals and four state championship games, winning titles in 2008, 2009 and 2016 and was runner-up in 2015. As a result of his strong leadership and investment in his student-athletes athletically, academically and spiritually at Harding, Starks was awarded TSSAA Tennessee Coach of the Year (2016) and twice was named Memphis MOST Favorite: Best Sports Coach (2016 and 2017). Additionally, he was named Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee (BCAT) Coach of the Year (2008 and 2012). Over the last 20 seasons as a head coach, he has coached his teams to the playoffs 19 times. Most recently, Coach Starks served as the assistant varsity coach at Grace Christian Academy in Franklin for the 2019-20 season. Starks also served as associate head of school and director of athletics at Harding Academy. He was tasked with creating meaningful relationships between faculty, staff and coaches so that each could articulate the school’s mission and vision. Because of his talent, work ethic and commitment to the advancement of all 16 sports at Harding, Starks received the TSSAA A.F. Bridges Athletic Director of the Year designation (2013-2014).
Casey Farris, associate head of middle school. Education: Bachelor’s degree in physical education, Faulkner University; Master of Education degree in educational administration with a principal’s certificate, University of Houston-Victoria. For the last 22 years, Casey Farris has worked in Christian education, including most recently as Lipscomb Academy interim head of school. He has been selected to lead the middle school program as associate head of middle school. Additionally, upon arrival at the academy, he served as associate head of school for advancement and alumni relations for three years. Before moving to Nashville in 2017 to serve at the academy, Farris was head of school at Cornerstone Christian Academy, a preschool through eighth-grade independent school affiliated with First Colony Church of Christ, in Sugarland, Texas. There he was instrumental in leading the school through a period of record development and financial growth. For the 15 years prior to his work at Cornerstone, Farris worked in various capacities at Westbury Christian School in Houston, Texas. As a teacher at Westbury, he was named elementary teacher of the year (2000) and was nominated for the Texas Christian Schools Association Teacher of the Year. He also served as both lower school principal (2004-08) and middle school principal (2008-13).
Allen Long, associate head of lower school. Education: Bachelor’s degree in communications and management, Central Michigan University; Master of Business Administration degree, Grand Valley State University; Master of Education in curriculum and instruction, Middle Tennessee State University; May 2021 candidate for Doctor of Education in leadership and professional practice, Trevecca Nazarene University. Hired by Lipscomb Academy in 2019, Allen Long has been named associate head of lower school. This past academic year, Long served as Lipscomb Academy’s head of upper school and has transitioned now to head of lower school. Prior to his service at the academy, he was most recently with Williamson County Schools serving as a tenured faculty member at Edmondson Elementary School where he taught fourth grade for three years and fifth grade for four years. Recognized as Edmondson’s Teacher of the Year in 2017-18, he also served as the fifth-grade team lead during the 2018-19 school year. Prior to his career in education, Long successfully served in leadership roles in human resources and various operational capacities for companies including Tractor Supply Company, Carter’s/OshKosh B’Gosh Childrenswear and Batten & Shaw, Inc.
Lyndsie North, lower school learning services coordinator. 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 two years, North taught math enrichment at the lower school before serving in the gifted program for grades first through fourth. Before coming to Nashville, North taught kindergarten and first grade for four years in the Louisville, Kentucky, public school system. She and her husband have one daughter who attends the SEED School.
Jesse Savage, associate head of upper school. Education: Bachelor’s degree in history education and Master of Education degree in school administration and supervision, Lipscomb University; December 2020 candidate for Doctor of Education in learning organizations and strategic change, Lipscomb University. An experienced teacher in both public and independent schools for 16 years, Jesse Savage has been promoted to associate head of upper school. He has held various roles during his 14 years of service at Lipscomb Academy, including teaching middle school social studies and high school history and government, assistant principal, and most recently dean of academics and faculty development, as well as coaching middle and high school boys’ and girls’ soccer. Because of his dedication to the transformational teaching of his students, Savage was voted teacher of the year (2010-11). Savage also taught and coached at Christian independent school Boyd-Buchannan in Chattanooga and at public school Blackman Middle School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Since 2012, Savage has been an undergraduate instructor at Lipscomb University in the College of Education. Furthermore, he has participated in Lipscomb University’s LIFE program teaching a creative writing course to women in Tennessee’s prison system. Savage regularly presents at academic and best practices conferences around the nation. He is also the co-founder of Lipscomb Academy’s Partner in Education series, an annual conference hosting internationally known educators, authors and presenters.
Corry Stewart, director of admissions. Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration; Hanover College. Having joined the Lipscomb Academy admissions team in 2019 as a specialist for upper school admissions, Stewart quickly moved into the role of retention and admissions analyst projecting enrollment numbers, working to increase the retention rate and collecting other critical admissions data. Promoted to the director of admissions in February 2020, Stewart engages with new and current families involving their enrollment status, the admissions process and personal experiences. At Hanover, Stewart was both a football, track and basketball athlete and was named an All-Conference athlete in both football and track and earned the title of NCAA All-American athlete in football for D3 and Associated Press Little American for D2, NAIA and D3. Additionally, he was awarded the NCAA D3 football statistical champion for interceptions per game. While a student at Hanover College, Stewart played a significant role in pursuing and changing the culture and diversity of the college while coordinating efforts with the former president Sue Dewine. After graduating from college, Stewart accepted a contract to play in the Germany Football League for a year. Upon returning state-side, he played two years of arena football for Cinncinati Commandos and two years for Nashville Venom, winning three championships during his tenure with both teams. In addition to serving as director of admissions, Stewart is also the co-defensive coordinator for Lipscomb Academy Mustangs football.