Grammar and Upper Schools


Amy Abell

  • 17-18 Third Form Latin, Aeneid/Ancient Rome, Pre-Algebra
  • 18-19 Third Form Latin, Iliad/Odyssey/Ancient Greece, Pre-Algebra, Understanding Mathematics
  • San Francisco State University, BA Humanities/Liberal Studies
  • Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, K-12 (California)
  • Tennessee Educator License, K-6

Amy has lived in California, New York, and several southern states.  Mother of four children, she is a veteran of home schooling after 18 years.  In addition, she has tutored students individually and taught in public and private schools and church classrooms.  Amy enjoys reading, quilts, and traveling.  She is committed to following Christ in the pursuit of knowledge, faith, love, and service.

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Shelley Armstrong

  • 18-19 Classical Composition: Refutation/Confirmation, Traditional Logic
  • California State University, Northridge, BA and MA English Literature

Since relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville in 2006, Shelley Armstrong has taught courses in Composition, British and American Literature, Introduction to Rhetoric/Logic as well as poetry at Columbia State Community College, MTSU and Vanderbilt University. She holds a B.A. and Masters Degree in English Literature (2005) from California State University, Northridge. In addition, she has taught at many homeschooling tutorials through the years. She loves to be in the classroom with students exploring and discussing the deep thinking literature, writing and exploring language provide.

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Tamra Boyce

  • 17-18 Earth Science
  • 18-19 Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Literature C (King Arthur, etc.), Earth Science, Trees/Exploring the World of Biology
  • Southeast Missouri State University, B.S. in Education, History minor

While not exactly “Wonderwoman”, I am a woman of wonder, for I love to connect with God by discovering His wonders!  Sharing those discoveries, or helping others discover them, too, is such a blast; hence my new position of teaching Earth Science this year.  I’ve been teaching for years in many forms, from Girl Scouts and children’s church, to public and private schools, and now in homeschool tutorials.  My husband of 33 years and I have three daughters and three grandchildren.  

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Lauren Cardwell

  • 17-18 Second Form Latin
  • 18-19 Second Form Latin, Greek Tragedies, Literature H (Pride & Prejudice, etc.), Classical Composition: Narrative
  • The University of Virginia, B.A. English and French
  • New York University, M.F.A. Poetry Writing

I am over the moon to be teaching Latin, literature, writing, and classical studies. Having experienced the fruits of classical education during my secondary and university years, I knew I wanted to take a classical approach when I began homeschooling my own children in 2013. Over the years, I have enjoyed teaching creative writing, theater, literature, and language in a variety of settings. More recently, I have been working as a mother of four, a doula, a childbirth educator, and a writer. Life is abundant these days, and I find that a good run, spiritual time, playing with my kids, and hanging out with my husband help to keep my head clear and my heart light.


Elizabeth Dowdell

  • 17-18 Famous Men of Rome, Literature 4 (Lassie, etc.), Classical Composition: Fable, Introductory Physics, Algebra 1
  • 18-19 Classical Composition: Fable,  Introductory Physics, Algebra 1
  • New College Frankin, BA, Liberal Arts with Moral Philosophy focus

Elizabeth grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, but moved to Franklin, TN, to attend New College Franklin. A small, Christian, Liberal Arts school, NCF seemed (and proved to be) the perfect choice to continue her classical education. More than that, the students and teachers of NCF have become like a second family to her. She has learned more about the world and herself than she imagined, and gained more confidence and compassion than she hoped. Elizabeth has had a love for reading and writing almost longer than she can remember. Raised on classics like The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and The Princess and the Goblin, she learned first-hand the power of words to create worlds. Now, Elizabeth spends her time reading (both for school and for pleasure), making music, and drinking more tea than she would care to keep track of.

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Lee Ann Hill

  • 18-19 Literature B (Lassie, etc.), IEW All Things Fun & Fascinating/English Grammar Recitation I
  • Middle Tennessee State University, BS Theatre with Journalism Minor

Growing up in West Tennessee, I did not realize my grandmother’s bookshelf was leading me towards the love of classical education. My college degree in Theatre with a minor in Journalism is hardly used. And after traveling around the country, I found myself working as a children’s librarian in Nashville. Children’s literature is my favorite. Having read all the old classics and some new ones, I am excited to be teaching about them. This will be my 6th year homeschooling. I enjoy swimming, nature, reading, and book clubs.

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Caleb Obregon

  • 18-19 Biology, Algebra II
  •  In progress: Lipscomb University, BS Molecular Biology

Caleb Obregon was born and raised in Kissimmee, Florida and is currently pursuing a Molecular Biology degree from Lipscomb University. Growing up bilingual in English and Spanish imparted Caleb with a deep seated appreciation for language learning leading to his studies in German and Italian. Caleb also enjoys playing Alto Saxophone with various local groups, a hobby that often serves as his creative outlet. Caleb spends his weekends volunteering as a Sunday school teacher for 7th graders at his local church. Above all else, Caleb wishes to be known as a follower of Jesus Christ, a journey that his been enriched by the works of C.S. Lewis and Ravi Zacharias. 


Jessica Phillips

  • 17-18/18-19 First Form Latin, Greek Myths, Director
  • Lipscomb University, BA Bible, Greek and English Double-Minor

Wrapping up my eighth year homeschooling, I have particularly enjoyed the last six years delving into classical education with my children using Memoria Press.  I am thrilled to have another opportunity to introduce students to two of the strongest undercurrents of Western civilization: the Latin language and Greek Mythology. I love etymologies, reading, connecting people, trees, and helping students fall in love with Latin. My husband and I live up on a wooded hill outside of Nashville with our four children. 


Angel Pregont

  • 17-18/18-19 Latina Christiana, Literature 3 (Farmer Boy, etc.), Director
  • University of Tennessee, BA History, Minor Business
  • Indiana University, MS Ed Higher Education and Student Affairs

Before moving to Nashville and starting a family I worked in Financial Aid at Indiana University and in Residence Life at Indiana Wesleyan University.  My love of education naturally led to a desire to homeschool my five children, which I’ve been immersed in since 2005.  I enjoy reading, being outside, and drinking coffee on my front porch in the mornings.  

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Nicole Risner

  • 18-19 First Form Latin
  • Lipscomb University, BA Bible, Youth/Family Ministry Minor
  • Lipscomb University, MA Biblical Studies
  • Lipscomb University, MEd with emphasis in Administration

I began the journey of homeschooling my two daughters a little over three years ago.  During this time, I have enjoyed making the shift to classical education and studying Latin!  Before homeschooling I taught in public schools for five years and worked in youth ministry for ten years.  I love reading, playing soccer, and camping with our family. 

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Micah Weedman

  • 18-19 Famous Men of Rome, Literature E (Tom Sawyer, etc.), Classical Composition Chreia/Maxim Stage
  • Milligan College, BS Business/Economics, English Minor
  • Emmanuel Christian Seminary, MDiv
  • Johnson University, PhD

Micah lives in East Nashville with his family, and homeschools his children, all of whom attend HLN.  His interest in classical education is rooted in his parents, both of whom were educators committed to liberal education.  He attended a liberal arts college, and his doctoral work included work in moral philosophy and the attempt to reclaim Aristotle for contemporary ethics.  He has spent the last 10 years working full time in higher education, and continues to adjunct in undergraduate programs at Belmont and graduate programs at Trevecca.


Katie Zimmerman-Clayton

  • 17-18 Literature 9 (Julius Caesar, etc.), Classical Composition Chreia/Maxim Stage
  • 18-19 Literature G (Julius Caesar, etc.), Classical Composition Common Topic
  • Samford University, BA in English, History minor
  • Vanderbilt University, MA in English

This is Katie’s second year teaching at HLN. Her teaching experience has been varied, from elementary ESL overseas to college writing courses in the US. More recently, she spent eight years teaching high school English and providing college counseling at an independent school. These days, Katie is home with her young children, while also running a scholarship foundation. She loves reading, good conversation, gardening, and the Tour de France. 


Current, but retiring teachers

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Anna McCain

  • 17-18 Physical Science, IEW All Things Fun and Fascinating/English Grammar Recitation I
  • 18-19 “Retiring” from HLN to complete her senior year at Lipscomb

Anna is a student at Lipscomb University pursuing degrees in English and Chemistry. She is a graduate from Highlands Latin School in Louisville, Kentucky, and worked for Memoria Press as an intern in the summer of 2016. She is passionate about service and highly values the classical education she received. In her free time, Anna loves reading, embroidery, playing board games, and exploring Nashville’s restaurants.


Audrey Crampton

  • 17-18 Literature 8 (Beowulf, etc.), Classical Composition Refutation/Confirmation
  • 18-19 “Retiring” from HLN to facilitate a family move for graduate school
  • New College Frankin, BA, Liberal Arts

Audrey Crampton graduated from New College Franklin with a degree in liberal arts, as well as with a deep love for literature, history, conversation, and a lot of cream in a lot of coffee. She has enjoyed working as a tutor for children and teens in English, literature, history, and ESL, and is excited to be a part of Highlands Latin Nashville. She lives in Spring Hill with her husband, Jamie, and her son, Peter Athanasius. 


MariLynn Ross

  • 17-18 Famous Men of Greece, Literature 6 (Hobbit, etc.), Classical Composition Narrative Stage
  • 18-19 Retiring
  • Studied English Literature and Journalism, Bryan College, Dayton, TN

My husband and I have homeschooled our four children through all twelve grades and are currently helping our adult daughters homeschool our grandchildren.  In the process of teaching my own children, I learned to love the art of teaching and have been a private tutor for literature, writing, and grammar for the past six years, and am currently teaching British Literature for Priest Lake Academy in Smyrna.  But my first love has always been writing.  I wrote the homeschool curriculum for Community Bible Study International for ten years, and in my capacity as children’s minister for Priest Lake Christian Fellowship, I write all of the Sunday School and VBS curriculum for all ages.