Meet Our Teachers

Grammar & Upper School Teachers

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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. Mrs. Armstrong enjoys being in the classroom with students exploring and discussing the deep thinking literature, writing and 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. 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 four years ago. 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.

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Elizabeth Dowdell

  • 17-18 Famous Men of Rome, Literature 4 (Lassie, etc.), Classical Composition: Fable, Introductory Physics, Algebra 1
  • 18-19 Famous Men of Rome, Literature E (Tom Sawyer, etc.), 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.

Lee Ann Hill

  • 18-19 Literature B (Lassie, etc.), IEW All Things Fun & Fascinating/English Grammar Recitation I

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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. 

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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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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. 

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Kindergarten – Second Grade Teachers

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Crystal Melton

  • 17-18/18-19 Kindergarten Lead 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

  • 17-18 First Grade Lead Teacher
  • 18-19 Second Grade Lead Teacher
  • 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.

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Heather Lett

  • 17-18 First Grade Assistant Teacher
  • 18-19 First Grade Lead 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!

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Fleming McWilliams

  • 17-18/18-19 Kindergarten Assistant
  • 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. Our children, Franky and Roxy, attend HLN.

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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.

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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. 

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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.