Grammar and Upper Schools


Katie Zimmerman-Clayton

2017-2018: Literature 9 (Julius Caesar, etc.), Classical Composition Chreia/Maxim

2016-2017: Literature 7 (Treasure Island, etc.), Classical Composition Chreia/Maxim

  • Samford University, BA in English, History minor
  • Vanderbilt University, MA in English

Katie’s teaching experience has been varied, from elementary ESL overseas to college writing courses in the US. Most 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 son, while also tutoring individually and writing curriculum. She loves reading, good conversation, gardening, and the Tour de France. 


Angel Pregont

Latina Christiana 1, Literature 3 (Farmer Boy, etc.), Administration

  • 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.  


Jessica Phillips

First Form Latin, Greek Myths, Administration

  • Lipscomb University, BA Bible, Greek and English Double-Minor

Currently in our seventh year of homeschooling, I have particularly enjoyed the last five years delving into classical education with my children using Memoria Press.  Excited is a bit of an understatement to describe my feelings about introducing students to two of the strongest undercurrents of Western culture, its art and literature: the Latin language and Greek Mythology. I love etymologies, reading, connecting people, and learning the names of wildflowers, trees, and animals in nature. My husband and I live up on a wooded hill outside of Nashville with our four children. 


MariLynn Ross

2017-2018: Famous Men of Greece, Literature 6 (Hobbit, etc.), Classical Composition Narrative

2016-2017: Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Literature 5 (King Arthur, etc.), Classical Composition Narrative

  • 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.


Amy Abell

2017-2018: Third Form Latin, Aeneid/Roman History, Pre-Algebra

2016-2017: Second Form Latin, Iliad/Odyssey

  • 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.


Audrey Crampton

2017-2018: Literature 8 (Beowulf, etc.), Classical Composition Refutation/Confirmation

2016-2017: Literature 8 (Beowulf, etc.)

  • 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 new baby son, Peter Athanasius. 

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Anna McCain

2017-2018: IEW All Things Fun and Fascinating/English Grammar Recitation I; Physical Science

2016-2017: IEW All Things Fun and Fascinating/English Grammar Recitation I

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.


Elizabeth Dowdell

2017-2018: Famous Men of Rome, Literature 4 (Lassie, etc.), Classical Composition Fable, Algebra I

2016-2017: Classical Composition: Fable

  • New College Frankin, BA, Liberal Arts with Moral Philosophy focus (in progress)
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 has proven 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.