Primary School Teachers K-2

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Crystal Melton

Kindergarten Lead Teacher, 2017-2018; Kindergarten Assistant Teacher, 2016-2017

Crystal has homeschooled her son and daughter since 2009.  She was introduced to Memoria Press in 2014, and her love of the curriculum has grown every year. For the past 6 years, Crystal has served as Rapha House Freedom Stylist Director.  Rapha House Freedom Stylist is a non-profit ministry that works to prevent sexual exploitation among young women in Cambodia by equipping them with the trade of cosmetology.  Crystal has been married to Andy, her high school sweetheart, for over 17 years. They live in the East Nashville area with their two children. To be able foster a love of learning within a vibrant community is a blessing to be part of. I look forward to loving and nurturing the children of Highland Latin Nashville Cottage School.   

Fleming McWilliams

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher, 2017-2018

Valerie Lomax

Valerie Lomax

First/Second Grade Lead Teacher, 2016-2018

Hi, my name is Valerie Lomax. I am a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and “Checed” (my grandmother name, which means “lovingkindness” in Hebrew.) I love life! Making up motions to the Word and watching children grow are two of my favorite things in life. God has saturated our home with life!  My husband, Tom, and I are the grateful parents of ten children, ages 15 to 34 and four grandchildren.  We have homeschooled our children with the focus of “when I am weak, He is strong” and “love never fails.” And Jesus has never failed us!  I am honored to teach your children this year at Highlands Latin Nashville.


Heather Lett

First/Second Grade Assistant Teacher, 2016-2018

  • Samford University, BS Early Childhood & Elementary Education

I have always had a heart and passion for education. From my days of babysitting, to mission trips, to Sunday School teaching, to formal education, my heartbeat has always been to teach and love on children.  I received my bachelors degree in Early Childhood/Elementary education from Samford University and taught first grade up until my first child was born in 2005 and decided to come home. Two additional children later I am still enjoying my time being a stay at home mother.  My husband and I felt led to homeschool our 3 this year and when we discovered Highlands Latin we immediately fell in love.  I am so looking forward to being back in the classroom!

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Tracy Utley

2016-2017 Kindergarten Lead Teacher

  • Stephens College, AA Child Development;
  • University of Missouri-Columbia, BA Human Development and Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development;
  • University of Tennessee-Knoxville, MA Early Childhood Education

It was adventure and intrigue that led me into a career of education 20 years ago, but my work with young children began long before my college years. From the time I can remember, I’ve helped out in Sunday schools and nursery schools. You might say, little people are my passion. Seventeen years ago, upon the birth of my first child, I decided to leave the classroom. More boys later, I find myself the mother to four boys who have all been homeschooled through their elementary years with one still home enjoying 3rd grade. I cannot wait to join the families of Highlands Nashville Latin School this fall where I will pick up where I left off many years ago, in a classroom. Here’s to more adventures with Kindergarteners!