BROOK HOLLOW WEEKDAY PROGRAM

STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Kathy Davis

Program Director

I have been at Brook Hollow Weekday since 1990 and I love the opportunity to help families find safe, loving childcare for their children.

 

I graduated from Belmont College with a degree in Elementary Ed. and endorsements in Kindergarten and Special Education.

 

I attend church here a Brook Hollow and have been a member for 36 years. I teach an exercise class 2x a week here at Brook Hollow and enjoy working out, being outside, and going to the beach.

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Emily Dean

Administrative Assistant / Before and After Care Supervisor

My name is Emily Dean.  I am the Administrative Assistant and the Before and After Care Supervisor.  I started off my career here at Brook Hollow as a teacher.  I am at school all 5 days.  I love to visit the classrooms and spend time with all the precious children. 

I graduated from Belmont University with a BS degree in Health and Elementary Education.

I am married to my college sweetheart and we have four wonderful children.  Preston (26), Emmaline (23), Molly (21) and Max (19).  I enjoy going on hikes and babysitting.  I have been at Brook Hollow for several years.  Brook Hollow is a part of my family.  I love the children, families and the wonderful staff I work with.  Teaching young children is my passion and calling.

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Royce Luplow

Supervisor, Mother's Day Out

 I was born right here in Nashville and have lived here my whole life.  I began working at Brook Hollow in 2003.  I owned and operated a licensed Family Group Home for 15 + years prior to becoming a member of the Brook Hollow staff/family... and I do consider it a family.  I have enjoyed continuing my education and training as I feel there is always room for growth.

I love spending time with my husband Mark, our children and 5 grandchildren.  Long hikes at Radnor Lake and curling up with a good read are both things that help keep me grounded.  I have been at Brook Hollow now for 18 years because I find working with infants and toddlers at such an important time in their development rewarding.

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Melissa Ramirez

Tadpoles, Lead Teacher

I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  I graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Early Childhood Education and I have a CDA on Infants and Toddlers.  I began teaching preschool in 2013 and moved to Nashville in 2016.  In 2018, I started working at Brook Hollow in the infants classroom.  I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two wonderful children.  I enjoy spending time with my family, baking is my passion, I love to explore new places and go to the beach.  Working and teaching in the infants classroom has been a blessing. 

Shannah Baker

Tadpoles, Assistant Teacher

I am originally from Massachusetts.  I moved to Nashville seven years ago to pursue my passion for music.  My husband Jeff and I started a family a few years after being here and my four year old daughter currently attends Brook Hollow in the Frog classroom.  

Previously, my background was in banking, sales, and administration but I have found better use of my creative talents within the church and educational system.  Finding ways to inspire learning and freedom of expression as well as helping to foster creativity in children has become a joy of mine.

I also like to dance, work out, and help others learn about physical, mental, and emotional health.  My moto is "Live life to the fullest and never stop growing" which I hope to pass along to these beautiful children.

Setti Woldeyesus

Tadpoles, Assistant Teacher (T,W,TH)

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Betsy McConnell

Pollywogs, Co Teacher

I am a native Nashvillian and I grew up in West Nashville.  I’ve been married to Jason for 10 years and we have two kids, Quinn (9) and Finley (7).   I love being with my family and reading when they give me a chance.  This is my fifth year teaching at Brook Hollow and I am so honored to get to spend my days with your children.

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Amy Catalogne

Pollywogs, Co Teacher

I am a co teacher in the Pollywog classroom.  I am a native of Nashville and  have two wonderful children, Lucie 22 and Luke 20 who I enjoy spending time with outside of school.  

I began working here at Brook Hollow in 2018 as a substitute and have been here ever since.  I enjoy spending my days here with your children.

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Cynthia Dillingham

Fireflies, Lead Teacher

I am the lead teacher in the Firefly room.  I was born and grew up in Nashville where my husband Ricky and I raised our three children, Hannah, Lily and William.  I  really like to spend my free time being creative: knitting, hand lettering, painting, drawing, crocheting and sewing.  I also enjoy spending time studying the Bible.  It is very important to our family to spend a lot of quality time together.

This will be my 18th year at Brook Hollow.   I teach because I know how important my children are to me and I understand that our parents are trusting us with their precious little jewels.  Therefore, it's my heart to provide the best care and learning environment I can.

Jessica Brim

Fireflies, Assistant Teacher (MWF)

Kayla Allgood

Fireflies, Assistant Teacher (T,TH)

I grew up in Kingston Springs and continue to live there with my husband, Keith, of 14 years and my children- Whitley, Aniston, Tinsley, Langley, and Brewer.  Four of my five children have attended Brook Hollow over the last 10 years.  My son is currently attending.  This is my second year teaching at Brook Hollow.  I attended Tennessee Technological University where I received my B.S. in Food, Nutrition and Dietetics.  I worked as a Registered Dietitian at Centennial Medical Center and West Meade Place Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.  I enjoy watching my children play sports, cooking, having coffee with friends, and traveling.  As a parent, I have seen how exceptional Brook Hollow is at teaching and loving my children.  I am very excited to be working with the sweet children at Brook Hollow.

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Lily Evans

Turtles, Co Teacher

My name is Lily Evans.  I'm 23 years old.  I was born in Nashville.  I have worked at Brook Hollow for 6+ years now!  I just recently got married November of last year.  I love to travel, eat food, and be with my family and friends.  I have my Associate's Degree in Psychology and I'm working on getting my doctorate in Occupational Therapy.  I love kids and I want to continue working with them.

Andy Zimmer

Turtles, Co Teacher

I am originally from Venezuela.  I lived in Argentina for 2 years where I worked as a lead designer on a marketing team for a tourist operator.  I love to travel and that is how I met my husband.  I came to Nashville in 2018.  I have the sweetest bonus son and the most amazing baby boy.  A lot of my experience with children came from working with them since I was very young.  Both of my parents are doctors (my mom and grandpa are pediatricians) and so I used to volunteer at the children's hospital in my hometown.  I have a lot of influence from the Maria Montessori Methodology.  I believe we can give children an environment with dignity trough respect, empathy, and love - letting us understand how different and amazing kids are and how much we have to learn from them.

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Tina Mitchell

Dragonflies, Co Teacher

I am a native Nashvillian and have worked with children of all ages for over 20 years.  Before coming to Brook Hollow I lead the Children's Ministry at Cross Point Church.  I have an 14 year old daughter named Izzy and she is my heart.  I love spending time with family, friends and all things outside!  I truly love seeing children grow and learn new things. 

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Tracy Newlin

Dragonflies, Co Teacher

I have been at Brook Hollow since 2008. I  graduated from Father Ryan High School and have been married to my husband Jimmy for 30 years.  We have two children, Zach (25) and Amanda (20).  I enjoy spending time with my family as well as camping, exercising, reading, and being outside.  I love working with children and teaching them new and exciting things.

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Jennifer Bornstein 

Guppies, Lead Teacher 

I was born and raised in Austin, Texas but I have called Nashville my home since 2006.  I have my Degree in Early Childhood Education from MTSU.  I have worked as a developmental therapist as well as a teacher.  This is my third year at Brook Hollow and my second year in the Guppies room.  I truly love teaching it is my joy!  My girls go to Brook Hollow and have loved the school just as much as I have.  I can't wait for a wonderful year in the Guppies room.

Guppies, Assistant Teacher 

Ariel Elliott

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee.  I am a Nashville native and I am excited to be back in Nashville after finishing school.  I have worked at Brook Hollow for two summers, but I am excited for my first school year at Brook Hollow!  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, cooking, reading, singing, and exploring nature.  I love being able to teach children and be a part of their growth and development.

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Allyson Sullivan ​

Frogs, Lead Teacher (MWF)

Hi my name is Allyson Sullivan, I am the MWF Frogs lead teacher.  I am a native of Nashville and have been teaching on and off throughout school since 2007.  I graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a degree in child and family studies with an emphasis in early childhood.  I am married and have a sweet little girl (1 year old).  I enjoy spending time with my family.

Tracy Henderson

Frogs, Lead Teacher  (T,TH)

My name is Tracy Henderson and I have been teaching at Brook Hollow since 2003.  The majority of the time I have taught in the pre-k class.  Teaching is my calling and I love helping the children learn and grow.  Prior to teaching I worked as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant focusing on geriatrics, head trauma, and amputees.  I've been married to my husband, Bert, since 1992.  Our oldest son, Chris, lives in Chattanooga with our daughter-in-law, Jordan and our granddaughter, Isabella.  Our younger son, Mitchell, lives in Oregon with our daughter-in-law, Jessica.  They are expecting our grandson, Elias, in February 2022.  I enjoy family time, traveling, reading, and decorating.

Kara F.

Frogs, Assistant Teacher (M-F)

I was born and raised in Nashville.  I attended the College of Charleston, where I received my B.S. in Psychology.  I have been part of the Brook Hollow family as a parent for the past 4 years.  I feel blessed to be joining the wonderful group of teachers as the assistant teacher in the Frogs classroom.  I enjoy hiking and doing yoga with my daughter, tending to my many plants, and reading.  I have always loved working with children and believe that there is no greater joy than contributing to the growth and learning of our precious young children.

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Katie Rogers

Bumblebees, Lead Teacher 

My name is Katie Rogers, and I am the lead teacher of  the Bumblebee class.  I have a Bachelor's Degree from Freed-Hardeman University in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Lipscomb University.  I taught for 8 years at Sylvan Park Elementary and have taught Pre-K at Brook Hollow for 3 years.  I have been married to my husband, Mark, since 2009 and we have two sons,  Henry (6) and Sam (4).

My family loves biking, walking the greenway, and going camping.  I love Brook Hollow and enjoy working with preschoolers and their families.

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Bumblebees, Assistant Teacher (T,TH,F)

I am originally from Tupelo, MS but have lived in Nashville for 10 years. I have worked in a preschool setting for 9 years and have been at Brook Hollow since 2012. I graduated from Ole Miss in 2003 and then married in 2005. My husband and I have two beautiful boys (14) and (10). I enjoy spending time with my family (mainly at the sports field), going to see live music, animals and am a huge foodie! I love being around children and the time spent with them is never wasted time. I believe they teach me as much as I teach them!

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Hannah McLemore

Bumblebees, Assistant Teacher (M,W)