Katie Donald is joining ESN as the Pre-Kindergarten teacher. A growing enrollment enabled us to split pre-kindergarten and kindergarten into two stand-alone grades. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Human Development and English, Katie jumped immediately into her teaching career. She has gained broad experience working with preschool-aged children, most notably the 18 years that she spent as the head kindergarten teacher at the renowned Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Memphis.
“With over 25 years of independent school teaching experience Katie brings a proven track record of success to our early childhood program. The impression she made on our faculty and staff during the interview process was indelible. I am delighted to welcome her to our incredible staff.” – Harrison Stuart
Felicia Holst brings over 24 years of teaching experience to the Episcopal School. Felicia came to us from Rivermont Collegiate School in Bettendorf, Iowa where she taught Kindergarten. Prior to working at Rivermont Collegiate, Felicia spent 17 years on the faculty of Ashley Hall School in Charleston South Carolina where she was a Pre-Primary lead teacher in the Early Childhood Center, a First Grade teacher and team leader, a Second Grade teacher and team leader, the Lower School Literacy Coordinator and the school’s Librarian.
Felicia holds a B.A. from Columbia College and Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina. When asked about why she chose to join the Episcopal School of Nashville faculty, Felicia responded, “The Episcopal School of Nashville’s mission and vision are nothing short of inspiring. It is exciting to join this amazing team of visionaries, leaders, and educators as we shape the future through touching the lives of children. I feel blessed to be part of the journey.” Head of School Harrison Stuart added, “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Felicia to our founding faculty. Her substantial breadth of experience in literacy and early childhood education will have a tremendous impact on the launch of our program. Her references were stunning and she made an indelible impression on our hiring committee.
A resident of East Nashville, Bernardo teaches our first and second grades. Bernardo came to us from Ensworth School where he was an interim second grade teacher. Bernardo began his career in independent schools in Washington D.C., at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School. He served as a lead First Grade Directing Teacher and an Instructor in the Beauvoir Language Institute. Bernardo holds a B.A. in Sociology from Bowdoin College and a Master’s in Education in Learning and Instruction from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Head of School Harrison Stuart is thrilled to announce this new member of the Episcopal community. He says, “I’ll never forget the first meeting Christie Boyd and I had with Bernardo. His passion for education and love for teaching was clearly evident in this meeting, and through his interviews and his referrals. He has profound experience from several excellent academic institutions. Bernardo has the spirit, energy and vision we need to found this school. I could not be more excited to welcome him to the team.”
Rachel Czechura is moving to Nashville this summer to become Episcopal School of Nashville’s founding 3rd grade teacher. Rachel graduated with a BA in English from Centre College in Danville Kentucky and has a Master’s of Education from DePaul University in Chicago, Il. Rachel currently teaches at Kentucky Country Day School in Louisville, Kentucky.
“My visit to ESN was nothing but empowering. I’m looking forward to having a tangible impact on children’s academic success by being surrounded by inspiring and encouraging educators, and by setting goals and seeing them come to fruition as ESN is building a future.” – Rachel Czechura
Eric Dozier is a music educator, cultural activist and professional musician who uses music to engage communities in dialogue about racism. A graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, Eric is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of Tasmania researching the effects of Black Gospel Music on communities outside of the Black Church. His most recent project, The Young People’s Freedom Song Initiative, is a grassroots music education program designed to educate, elevate, and assist young people in finding and lending their voice to the ever-emerging story of humanity. Eric has served as the musical director for the World Famous Harlem Gospel Choir and the award winning Children’s Theatre Company of New York City.
Head of School Harrison Stuart comments, “I am really excited for what Eric will bring to the Episcopal School experience. His passion for music is clear, but his mindfulness for the community at large is what captured me. We are excited to welcome Eric to the Episcopal School.”
Ms. Bridgett Bailey became a member of the teaching faculty in August and will teach all of the art classes at the school. A native to Nashville, Bridget is a 2014 graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in Studio Art and Biology. She spent a year in an arts fellowship program affiliated with the University of Virginia. Most recently, Bridget was a volunteer teacher at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Cheekwood Museum of Art. Bridgett will be on campus Tuesdays and Fridays and in addition to teaching art, she will be working with the school’s after care program on those respective days.
Mrs. Heather Galloway joined the administrative team in September and is the school’s Development and Admission Coordinator. Heather comes to us from Beaches Episcopal School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida where she served as the Director of Development and Admission for 10 years. Heather handled the school’s fundraising, special events, and she worked closely with the Parent Support Organization (PSO).
Heather and her husband Patrick, have one daughter. They relocated to Nashville in July 2015 and Heather is thrilled to once again be a part of an Episcopal school, especially in its founding year.
Kelsey Davis, who is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School, is joining ESN as an intern this school year. Kelsey is excited to learn and grow with the students, faculty, families and community of Episcopal School. Upon graduating from the University of Portland with a B.A. in Theology and a minor in Education, Kelsey spent time playing professional soccer and coaching youth of all ages. This summer, Kelsey served as a Chaplain Intern at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. She is on staff at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel, where she is the Chaplain Assistant for Young Adult Ministry. Kelsey loves to encounter God through story-sharing, nature, eating meals with others, wonder, play, and creativity. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with her wife, Heather and dog, Nicks.