St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School is pleased to announce the hiring of several new faculty members for the 2017-2018 school year.
Jenny Howell has joined the staff as director of Early Childhood Education. Mrs. Howell will oversee the Johnny Davis Early Childhood Center, providing leadership and vision for the school’s 2 through 4-year-old program. Mrs. Howell has extensive experience developing and leading early childhood programs, as well as experience as a classroom teacher. Most recently, she taught kindergarten at Tara Oaks Elementary School where she was a State of Tennessee Read to Be Ready classroom instructor. Previously she was the executive director of Educational Ministries at Farmington Presbyterian Church and Day School where she led a staff of 40. She successfully implemented a new academic program and religious curriculum leading to growth for the preschool, after school, summer camp and Vacation Bible School programs. Mrs. Howell also has experience teaching in Shelby County schools and served as a lead teacher and camp director at Faith Lutheran Preschool and Church. Mrs. Howell has a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A & M University and is an active member of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students. She volunteers with Girl Scouts Heart of the South as a troop leader and Camporee director.
Theresa Nelson will be our new assistant in the Early Childhood Center. In this role she will manage the front desk in the ECC, as well as provide assistance in all the classrooms. Originally from Colorado, she and her family moved to Memphis three years ago from North Carolina after her husband retired from the military. Mrs. Nelson is very involved with the scouting program and is currently a board member for Girl Scouts Heart of the South. She also instructs two scout troops and serves on the board for Collierville High School girls lacrosse. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Fort Lewis College.
Libby Ellman will teach 2nd grade at St. Dominic School. Ms. Ellman joins St. Dominic from Freedom Prep Academy where she has been the 2nd grade lead teacher. She previously taught both 2nd grade and 4th grade at Our Lady of Sorrows School. She spent a year working as a paraprofessional at Paschal Sherman Indian School in Omak, Wash., through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest and Americorps. Ms. Ellman has a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as the vice chair of Outreach for Junior Achievement of Memphis Young Professionals Board. She is also an Ambassador with Memphis 3.0, a member of the Junior League of Memphis and a board member of the New Memphis Institute Embark Alumni Board.
Marshall Lawlor will be joining SAA-SDS as the St. Dominic 4th grade teacher. Born and raised in Calif., Mr. Lawlor has been a resident Memphian for the past three years. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, one of the top ten public universities in the U.S. He was selected for the Teach For America program from a pool of 40,000 applicants and is coming to SAA-SDS from Shelby County’s school system. Mr. Lawlor is an avid outdoorsman and merged his appreciation for the great outdoors with his teaching talents this summer as the leadership training director at Camp Jack Hazard, a summer adventure camp located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Mary Sell will be the St. Dominic kindergarten assistant working with lead teacher Kelly Mungle. Ms. Sell taught at St. Francis of Assisi for the past 11 years. During that time she was the 3K Lead Teacher and taught PLUS classes. In 2009 the Catholic Diocese presented her with the Sr. Ruth Ann Schmitt Award for Special Needs Education. Mrs. Sell also has prior experience teaching in Shelby County schools where she taught 1st grade as well as 6th grade science, math and social studies. Mrs. Sell has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis.
Jessica Green will teach 5th and 6th grade science for both St. Agnes and St. Dominic. Ms. Green has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Christian Brothers University, where she was a member of the Buccaneers basketball team. She has been teaching life science in the Middle School at Lausanne Collegiate School. Previously she taught Chemistry at Arlington High School and was a biology lab instructor at Mid-South Community College. In addition to her teaching duties, Ms. Green will coach the St. Agnes Upper School basketball team. Ms. Green has had success coaching at both the collegiate and high school level. She was the basketball coach at Arlington High, leading the team to the school’s first state championship appearance. She was the head Middle School coach for Lausanne and the assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Mid-South Community College.
Chiquita Paulson joins the St. Agnes-St. Dominic faculty as the Middle School music teacher. With over 37 years of teaching experience she brings a wealth of knowledge to our students. She is Orff Level Certified and most recently was an Orff Music Teacher with Shelby County schools, teaching K-5 and leading 4th and 5th grade choir. Prior to that she was the music and choral teacher at St. Ann Elementary School for over 30 years. Mrs. Paulson taught pre-school through 8th grade music and 5th -8th grade choir. She also has 30 years of experience with adult choirs and community theatre. She has a Bachelor of Music Education, K-12 and is a member of the National Association for Music Education.
Clara Talley will teach English in our Junio High. Mrs. Talley has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Christian Brothers University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rhodes College. An experienced educator, Mrs. Talley has more than 10 years of teaching experience in both Catholic and Shelby County schools. She taught at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School for five years where she created the school’s gifted program. She taught gifted classes for grades 1-8, as well as reading language arts and science for grades 4 and 5. Since 2011 she has taught in the Clue program at White Station Middle School meeting the needs of gifted learners. She has participated in the West Tennessee Writing Project/National Writing project serving as a teacher consultant and member of the Advocacy Council. The Memphis City Schools recognized her as TEI Irreplaceable, ranking her among the top 10% of MCS teachers.
Emily Gustafson returns to the St. Agnes Academy Upper School where she will teach French. She previously taught at SAA during the 2013-2014 school year. Ms. Gustafson brings more than 15 years experience in the study of French language, literature, philosophy and culture, as well as experience travelling in Europe. She has an M.A. in French from the University of Memphis and a B.A. in French and Business Administration from the University of Tennessee. She has been a tutor and Graduate Assistant at the University of Memphis teaching French 1010 and French 1020.
Kerrie Chaliff, a 2013 graduate of St. Agnes Academy, will be the administrative assistant to the Upper School dean. Kerrie just graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in Political Science. She is a familiar face on our campus as she has worked as a counselor in our Extended Day Program and Summer Camp for several years. She has experience as a customer service representative with MidSouth Premier Insurance, and she has coached volleyball with the Memphis Metro Volleyball Club.