Highlands Latin Nashville is a curriculum-centric tutorial. At the heart of HLN is our faculty of teachers who teach this curriculum. Masterful in the classroom, they are knowledgable, enthusiastic, and prepared.
Kindergarten through Second Grade Primary Classes:
- Kindergarten: Fleming McWilliams
- First Grade: Heather Lett
- Second Grade: Valerie Lomax
- Primary Assistant: Kari Essenpreis
Grammar and Upper Classes, Third through High School:
- Prima Latina: Hannah Bader
- Latina Christiana: Angel Pregont
- First Form: Nicole Risner
- Second Form: Sarah Bell Earley
- Third Form: Jessica Phillips
- Fourth Form: Amy Abell
- Classical Studies
- Greek Myths: Hannah Bader
- Famous Men of Rome: Lee Ann Hill
- Famous Men of the Middle Ages: Tamra Boyce
- Famous Men of Greece/Horatius: Nicole Risner
- Book of the Ancient Greeks/Iliad/Odyssey: Sarah Bell Earley
- Book of the Ancient Romans/Aeneid: Amy Abell
- Greek Tragedies: not offered in 2021-2022
- Cicero Political Philosophy: Chris Bradstreet
- Classical Metaphysics: not offered in 2021-2022
- Literature A (Charlotte’s Web, etc.): Hannah Bader
- Literature B (Lassie, etc.): Lee Ann Hill
- Literature C (Robin Hood, etc.): Tamra Boyce
- Literature D (The Hobbit, etc./Horatius): Nicole Risner
- Literature E (Treasure Island, etc.): Jennifer Avrit
- Literature F (Beowulf, etc.): Sarah Bell Earley
- Literature G (Mockingbird, etc.): not offered in 2021-2022
- Literature H (Tale of Two Cities, etc.): not offered in 2021-2022
- Literature I (Divine Comedy): Katie Zimmerman-Clayton
- Literature J (Anna Karenina, etc.): Katie Zimmerman-Clayton
- Classical Composition
- Intro to Composition/EGR I: Hannah Bader
- Fable: Tamra Boyce
- Narrative: Lee Ann Hill
- Chreia/Maxim: Nicole Risner
- Refutation/Confirmation: Jennifer Avrit
- Common Topic/Encomium, Invective, Comparison: hiring
- Characterization/Description/Thesis/Law: Sarah Bell Earley
Thursday courses for sixth through twelfth grade:
- Understanding Math: Nicole Risner
- Pre-Algebra: Amy Abell
- Algebra 1: not offered 2021-2022
- Algebra 2: Amy Abell
- Geometry: not offered 2021-2022
- Pre-Calculus: not offered 2021-2022
- Trees/World of Biology: Tamra Boyce
- Earth Science: Tamra Boyce
- Physical Science: not offered 2021-2022
- Introductory Physics: not offered 2021-2022
- Chemistry: Michael Milovancev
- Biology: not offered 2021-2022
- Traditional Logic I & II: not offered 2021-2022
- Material Logic & Classical Rhetoric: Andy Melton
- U.S. History: Gretchen Benko Mruk
- 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.
- Lipscomb University, BA English Education & French
- ESL Certification
Jennifer has lived in the Nashville area since she graduated from Lipscomb University in 2015. After graduation, she taught 9th grade English at Hillwood High School for two years. Today, she stays home with her two children, teaches English as a second language online, and helps write and coordinate lessons for the children’s ministry at her church.
- Lipscomb University, BA Accounting and Spanish
- CPA Certification, retired
- Grove City College, Philosophy & Theology
- University of Pittsburg School of Law
Chris Bradstreet Esq. is an entertainment attorney and principle at Street Talk Media, a personal management and music marketing firm based in Nashville. Chris majored in Philosophy & Theology as an undergraduate at Grove City College, focusing most on Political Science, before attending the University Pittsburgh School of Law. He has practiced law in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Tennessee.
- Southeast Missouri State University, B.S. in Education, History minor
Teaching at Highlands is such a privilege, and such a joy! Having taught in a number of settings, I find this place uniquely wonderful! I get to teach about things I love: creation, history, writing, and literature, and I get to teach interesting young people who love to learn. We’re a great match! My in-between times are often filled with family. My husband of over 35 years and I have 3 daughters and 4 young grandchildren. I also enjoy outdoor activities like grilling, gardening, star-gazing, and bird watching.
Sarah Bell Earley
Brown University, BA Environmental Studies
Trinity School for Ministry, MAR Biblical Studies
I am a North Carolina native who has now experienced two tornadoes, a 500+-year flood, and six years of homeschooling in East Nashville. I love learning, reading, writing, creative projects, color, new recipes, visiting new places, and making lists. I’m looking forward to this year at Highlands!
Lee Ann Hill
- MTSU, 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.
- 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!
- Ball State University, BS in Dietetics
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.
- Belmont University, Vocal Performance & Music Business
Our family began the homeschool journey in 2014 as our son was entering fifth grade. After discovering Memoria Press, we decided to order the First Grade Classical Core Curriculum for our daughter. That big box of books changed our lives and our homeschooling experience. I am truly honored to be part of Highlands Latin Nashville. It is a privilege to spend the day with your children and witness the “lightbulbs” and connections being made in the kindergarten classroom. There is no better sound than poetry recited by a five-year-old voice! In addition to being a homeschooling mom, I am a private voice teacher, and director of the singing program, Girls Up Loud. In my spare time, I make music with my husband under the name Fleming and John.
The University of Akron, BS Physics
The University of Akron, MS Physics
Michael is an Ohio native and the parent of an HLN First Grader. Along with his wife Monica, he has homeschooled his three children using the Memoria Press curriculum since 2018 and has earned a Bachelor and Master of Science in Physics. Michael is an avid reader and lover of classical and Christian education. When he is not cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes, Michael loves to spend time with his wife and children playing games and being outdoors and making sourdough and paper airplane creations.
Andy Melton, PhD, LPC-MHSP
- Ozark Christian College, BA Biblical Literature
- John Brown University, MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Trevecca Nazarene University, PhD Counselor Education and Supervision
Gretchen Benko Mruk
- Marietta College, BS Sports Medicine/Athletic Training
- University of Alabama Birmingham, MS Physical Therapy
- Simon School of Business, MBA
After careers in healthcare and medical device marketing, I am now enjoying my latest and most treasured career, that of full-time mom and homeschooler of triplets. I am so grateful to have found Memoria Press and Highlands Latin Nashville. Watching my 3 little ones conquer kindergarten only deepened my appreciation for this program. The education is beautiful, intimate, and complete. I love reading, yoga, and being outdoors.
Jessica Phillips, Director
- Lipscomb University, BA Bible, Minors Greek and English
Jessica is a Tennessee native who lives with her husband and four children in Goodlettsville. Their family has been homeschooling since 2010. She is the creator of the annual Sodalitas Gathering, the Memoria Press conference for homeschool parents. Jessica is an avid reader, a people-connector, and treasure-seeker of beautiful things in the natural world.
Angel Pregont, 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.
- 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 in 2015. 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.
- Samford University, BA in English, History minor
- Vanderbilt University, MA in English
This is Katie’s sixth 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.