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.

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 17 years because I find working with infants and toddlers at such an important time in their development rewarding.

Tracy Newlin

Tadpoles, Lead 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 27 years.  We have two children, Zach (22) and Amanda (17).  I enjoy spending time with my family as well as camping, hiking, reading, and being outside.  I love working with children and teaching them new and exciting things.

Melissa Ramirez

Tadpoles, Assistant 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.  My daughter started in the Turtles classroom in the fall of 2018 and I began working at Brook Hollow as a substitute teacher.  I worked in the Dragonflies classroom this summer as an assistant teacher. I have enjoyed my time here at Brook Hollow and feel that it is a blessing.  Here is a bit about myself.  I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two wonderful children.  I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, shopping and exploring new places.  I love to teach because I get to see how children grow through this journey and how they amaze me everyday. 

Alison Rosario

Tadpoles, Assistant Teacher

I am  from a small town in Alabama.  I have been working with children since 1994.  I have a Masters Degree in Science.  I am a mom of three children, my oldest is serving in the US Air Force, my middle child is a loan officer @BBVA Compass and my youngest is serving in the US Army.  I have three grandchildren and one on the way.  I have been married for 10 years to a wonderful man named  Enrique.  I started teaching at Brook Hollow in November and am loving getting to know these children and their personalities. I feel my priorities are centered around God, husband and family and everything else falls into place.   Our greatest mutual enjoyment now is Carleigh, Owen, and Jaxtyn, our three grandchildren.

Betsy McConnell

Pollywogs,  Co Teacher

I am a native Nashvillian and I grew up in West Nashville.  I’ve been married to Jason for 7 years and we have two kids, Quinn (6) and Finley (4).   I love being with my family and reading when they give me a chance.  This is my second year teaching at Brook Hollow and I am so honored to get to spend my days with your children.

Emily Dean

Pollywogs, Co Teacher 

My name is Emily Dean.  I am the Lead Co teacher teacher in the Pollywog classroom.  I am also the before and after care teacher in the Preschool classroom.  I am at Brook Hollow all 5 days.  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 (23), Emmaline (20), Molly (18) and Max (16).  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.

Amy Catalogne

Pollywogs, Assistant Teacher

I am an assistant in the Pollywog classroom.  I am a native of Nashville and  have two wonderful children, Lucie 20 and Luke 18 who I enjoy spending time with outside of school.  

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

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 17th 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.

Joy Rose

Fireflies, Assistant Teacher

 I teach in the Fireflies room and do after care in the Tadpoles room.  I graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Secondary English and a BA in Psychology.  During my twenty-three years of teaching high school English and Psychology in Maine and South Carolina, I earned a Master's in Education from UMaine and a Master's in Psychology NCU.  I grew up in Maine where I also raised my three sons.  After living in SC and then NC, I moved to Nashville to be near my granddaughter Ava who turns three in May.

In my spare time I like to be outside and/or hanging out with Ava.  I am into live music, festivals, reading,movies and travel.  I just purchased a kayak and I am very excited about that!  I also make instrument-inspired jewelry and I am working on a book. 

This will be my third year at Brook Hollow.  I teach because I am fascinated by how babies and toddlers experience the world and how they communicate.  My experience here informs and benefits my relationship with Ave and vice versa.

Jennifer Styll

 Fireflies, Assistant Teacher

I am an assistant teacher in the fireflies room.  I am native to Nashville and a graduate of White House High School.  I attended Western Kentucky University and Nashville State Community College.  My husband Brandon and I have been married since 2005 and we have two sweet boys, William (5) and Matthew (3).

I began working at Brook Hollow in the summer of 2018.  I enjoy spending time with family, cooking, being outdoors, and exercising.  I love Brook Hollow not only as a teacher but as a parent.  I am truly thankful for the opportunity to help your child learn and grow.

Cyndi Yackow

Dragonflies, Lead Teacher

I am Cyndi Yackow. I've lived in Nashville for 24 years and wouldn't choose to live anywhere else!  I began teaching Pre-K in 1998, and taught 4-5 year olds at Brook Hollow from 2008-2012.  Now, I am extremely excited this year to be back at Brook Hollow, and I am "doubly" excited to be teaching ages 2 1/2 to 3!!  I have a minor in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelors in English and German from the University of Virginia, and an MA ED from William and Mary.  I have two daughters who have completed college and are living in Texas and Virginia.  When I am not spending time with my girls, I am very involved with my church!  I feel very  blessed to be with your children in the Dragonflies room, and we will have fun as we develop the skills for Pre- K.

Bobbie Sue Tellitocci 

Dragonflies, Assistant Teacher

My name is Bobbi Sue and I am the assistant teacher in the Dragonflies room this year.  I have a MA in Integrated Communication from Marist College and and MS in Communication from Illinois State University as well as a BA in Communication from Marist College.  I am married to my husband Travis and we have two very busy boys, Tyler (5) and Hudson (3).  I enjoy spending time with my boys outside and traveling.  

This is my first year at Brook Hollow after having a wonderful summer experience.  I am thankful to be members of the Brook Hollow Family.  I look forward to loving and teaching your children just as I have entrusted the staff here with my own. 

Mary Armbruster

Turtles, Lead Teacher

I was born in Nashville and this is my 3rd year at Brook Hollow.  I graduated from Spring Hill College with a degree in Psychology and am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Developmental Disabilities with a concentration in child life.  I aspire to become a child life specialist, providing education and support to children and families in the healthcare setting.  I have two brothers, Gerry and John, and am very close to my parents, Suzanne and Gerry.  Though I devote a majority of my time to school and work, I enjoy spending time with my family and exercising. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with children and sharing with others my knowledge of child development. I am excited to work with the Turtles Class this year. 

Stacy Carletello

Turtles, Assistant Teacher

I have been with Brook Hollow for three years.  I have loved my time here and look forward to spending time with your children daily.  I have been married for 21 years to my husband Tony and we have two daughters, Emily (19) and Anna (14). When we are not watching our daughters play basketball (Em )and cheer (Anna) we enjoy trying new restaurants and cooking.

Allyson Sullivan ​

Guppies, Lead Teacher

 I am a native of Nashville and have been teaching on and off throughout school since 2006/2007.  I graduated from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga with a degree in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in early childhood.  I am recently married and enjoy spending time with my husband, families and our dogs,

Lily Dillingham

Guppies, Assistant Teacher

I am a native Nashvillian, although I have lived in Georgia and New York. I began teaching at Brook Hollow 21 years ago while my daughter Grace attended preschool here.  It has been a blessing to teach, love and nurture the children during my years here.  I love spending time with my family and friends, thrift store shopping, reading and biking.

Jennifer Bornstein 

Frogs, Lead Teacher (MWF)

I was raised in Austin, TX but consider Nashville TN to be my home.  I received my bachelors degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Early Childhood Education.  I have worked as a developmental therapist doing home based therapy and providing tools for parents and caregivers with children special needs.  I have also worked as a private teacher.  I love children, teaching is my passion and happy place.  I have two beautiful and kind daughters who will also attend Brook Hollow.  I am so excited to spread joy to your precious children's lives and for the to provide me with an abundance of joy also!

Katie Rogers

Frogs, Lead Teacher (T/Th)

My name is Katie Rogers and I am the Tuesday/Thursday lead teacher assistant in the Frog Classroom.  I have lived in Nashville for 9 years.  I have a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Education Leadership from Lipscomb University.  I taught 2nd-4th grades at Sylvan Park Elementary from 2009-2017.   I have been married to my husband, Mark, since 2009 and we have two sons,  Henry (4) and Sam (2).

I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and baking.  We are active members at our church.

Teaching is my passion and I am so excited to be a part of the Brook Hollow family.

Frogs, Assistant Teacher (MWF)

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 (10) and (6). 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!

Catherine Cahill

Rachel Carter

Bumblebees, Lead Teacher

I am a mother of three boys and a licensed English teacher in secondary education.  Brook Hollow has been my family's preschool home since 2013 and I am thrilled to join this community and guide children through early literacy, exploration and love of learning.  In my spare time I enjoy volunteering at my son's school, swimming, hiking, reading and bike riding with my family.

Tina Mitchell

Bumblebees, Assistant 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 11 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. 

Sinead Lawless-Whitlow

Classroom  Assistant

I am originally from Ireland.  I have lived in Nashville for 14 years and have worked in childcare for 8 years.  I have had the pleasure of working at Brook Hollow over the summer and fell in love with the children, staff and parents.  I decided to come back and am looking forward to a wonderful school year.

Nancy Raines

Administrative Assistant/ Before & After Care Supervisor

My name is Nancy Raines and this is my second year at Brook Hollow.  I am the Administrative Assistant as well as the Before and After Care Supervisor. I have been married to my husband Todd for 23 years and we have two girls, Abby (20) and Anna Kate (18).  The Administrative Assistant position has allowed me the best of both worlds, playing/working  with children while still allowing me to utilize my computer and administrative abilities.  I can honestly say I am thrilled to be here with your children. 

BROOK HOLLOW

WEEKDAY PROGRAM

678 Brook Hollow Road, 

Nashville, TN 37205

Kathy@brookhollowbaptist.com  

 Tel: 615 352-3099

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