Meet Our Teachers

Á La Carte Instructors


Katie Zimmerman-Clayton

Literature 7 (Treasure Island, etc.), Classical Composition Chreia/Maxim Stage

  • 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

Wrapping up my sixth year homeschooling, I have particularly enjoyed the last four 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

Famous Men of the Middle Ages, Literature 5 (King Arthur, etc.), Classical Composition Narrative Stage

  • 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

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.

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Anna McCain

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.


Audrey Crampton

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. 


Elizabeth Dowdell

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.


Kindergarten – Second Grade Instructors

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Tracy Utley

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!

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Crystal Melton

Kindergarten Assistant Teacher

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.   

Valerie Lomax

Valerie Lomax

First/Second Grade Lead Teacher

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

  • 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!