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Academic Support Staff

Kelly Swiggart, director of academic support

Kelly Swiggart, director of academic support

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and sociology from Belmont University and a Master’s Degree in marriage and family therapy from Trevecca University.

Kelly oversees the academic support services provided to students with learning disabilities, as well as those students enrolled in Equip tutoring services. She maintains coherence and continuity of the overall program and responds to issues relevant to the academic, social and emotional well-being of students. In her work, she collaborates with students, parents, teachers, administration and external providers to identify strategies for a student’s academic success. Kelly and her husband, Will, have four boys who attend Lipscomb Academy. Kelly has served as the director of Lipscomb Academy’s Academic Support program since 2019.

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Lyndsie North, lower school learning services coordinator

Lyndsie North, lower school learning services coordinator

Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Union University, a master’s degree in teacher leadership from the University of Louisville and currently a doctoral candidate in the Learning Organizations and Strategic Change program at Lipscomb University.

Lyndsie assisted in the launching of Gifted Services at the lower school and has been teaching Gifted classes since 2017. Prior to working at Lipscomb Academy, she taught elementary for 5 years in the metro school system in Louisville, Kentucky. Lyndsie and her husband, Alan, have one daughter who attends Lipscomb Academy.

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Samantha Stewart-Bell, student success coordinator (5th-12th)

Sam Stewart-Bell, student success coordinator (5th-12th)

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.

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Ken Jones, Equip testing coordinator (5th-12th)

Ken Jones, Equip testing coordinator (5th-12th)

Education: Bachelor's degree in mathematics and a Master's degree in business administration from The University of Tennessee.

Ken is a veteran educator with experience teaching high school math and has served as an adjunct math professor at several colleges in the Atlanta area. In addition, he has spent nearly two decades tutoring students in all levels of math, science, ACT and SAT prep. Ken was a National Merit/Achievement Scholar and a Telluride Association Scholar, while also earning the Tennessee Graduate Fellowship.

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Equip Tutors

Ben Alden, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) algebra I & II, geometry, chemistry, and physics

Ben Alden, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) algebra I & II, geometry, chemistry, and physics

Education: Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Lipscomb University in 2018.

Ben has applied to a doctoral program in Physical Therapy set to begin in 2021. He has been a tutor in the Equip program since 2018.

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Leanne Bruno, tutor in general studies for lower school (K-4th), middle school (5th-8th) and upper school (9th-12th) algebra I and English I-IV

Leanne Bruno, tutor in general studies for lower school (K-4th), middle school (5th-8th) and upper school (9th-12th) algebra I and English I-IV

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Christian education from Wheaton College.

Leanne has worked as an instructional assistant and tutor since 2010 and joined Equip in 2018. She has experience working with students with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, dysgraphia, processing delays, sensory integration disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and other learning challenges.

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Janna Connelly, tutor in general studies for middle school (5th-8th)

Janna Connelly, tutor in general studies for middle school (5th-8th)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Lipscomb University with certification through the 8th grade.

Janna is a former fifth-grade teacher for Lipscomb Academy and has also taught in the classrooms of both third and fifth grades for the Marshall County school system, as well as Metro Nashville Public Schools. Her specialties include both the Wilson and the Winston Grammar programs. Janna has been tutoring in the Equip program since 2005. She and her husband, Andy, have two sons that graduated from Lipscomb Academy.

Mary Lea Ferguson, tutor in general studies middle school (5th-7th)

Mary Lea Ferguson, tutor in general studies middle school (5th-7th)

Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master's degree in Education from Lipscomb University in 2001.

Mary Lea taught third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades in Metro Nashville Public Schools from 1992-2005. She started substituting in 2017 for Williamson County and Davidson County Schools. Mary Lea and her husband, Bard, have three children who attend Lipscomb Academy.

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Melissa Hall, tutor in general studies (5th-12th)

Melissa Hall, tutor in general studies (5th-12th)

Education: Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Pepperdine University and several courses towards her Master’s in Education.

Melissa has been tutoring for Equip since 2011. She is a versatile tutor and tutors students across subjects in the middle and high school levels.

Lynn Hopkins, tutor in high school & college-level mathematics

Lynn Hopkins, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) and college-level mathematics

Education: Bachelor’s in math education and a Master’s in special education from Lipscomb University.

Lynn has been a tutor in the Equip Program since 2000. Lynn is a strong believer in education and loves working with the individual student. Along with teaching material in the subject matter, she is committed to promoting academic self-awareness, confidence and self-advocacy in each student.

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Anna Parrish, tutor in general studies for middle school (5th-8th), English and Spanish (K-12)

Anna Parrish, tutor in general studies for middle school (5th-8th), English and Spanish (K-12)

Education: Bachelor’s in Spanish teaching from Lipscomb University.

Anna is certified to teach PreK-12 Spanish and English as a Second Language. Anna taught middle school Spanish in Williamson County for five years. Anna tutored in the Equip program from 2009-2011 and returned to Equip to tutor in 2018.

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Whitney Scott, tutor in high school and college level mathematics; certified educator in ACT basics, mathematics and science

Whitney Scott, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) and college level mathematics; certified educator in ACT basics, mathematics and science

Education: Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from Freed-Hardeman University and a Master’s degree in mathematics education from Western Governors University.

Whitney taught high school mathematics for six years at both Lipscomb Academy and Boyd-Buchanan in Chattanooga, TN, including geometry, algebra II and precalculus. Whitney also leads individual and group ACT Preparation Courses.

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Sherra Taylor, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) mathematics

Sherra Taylor, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) mathematics

Education: Bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Freed-Hardeman University.

Sherra has enjoyed helping students find confidence and success in upper school math courses through tutoring in Equip since 2000.

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Dr. Joseph Weinstein-Webb, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) sciences and mathematics

Dr. Joseph Weinstein-Webb, tutor in upper school (9th-12th) sciences and mathematics

Education: Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2017.

Joseph is currently a professor of chemistry at Lipscomb University, as well as a STEM tutor at various academies in Nashville.

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