We are proud of our Percy Priest Elementary faculty and staff. More than 80% of our faculty holds a Master’s degree or higher. Take a look and see who makes our school one of the best in the city.


Dr. Russell Young
B.S. Biology, Bridgewater State University
M. Ed. Educational Leadership, Bridgewater State University
Ed. D. Learning Organizations and Strategic Change, Lipscomb University
14 years experience

Brooke Temple
Assistant Principal
B.S. Marketing and Management – Lipscomb University
M.A. Learning and Teaching – Lipscomb University
ELL Certification – Lipscomb University
Ed.S. Educational Leadership – Lipscomb University
12 years experience

Lolita Kinnard – Secretary


Murray Benson
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Mississippi
M.A., Lipscomb University
Masters +30 TSU
ELL Certification – David Lipscomb University
8 years of experience

Bitsi Condra
B.S. Lipscomb University
M.Ed. Administration and Supervision Tennessee State University
27 years of experience

Lovie Lester
B.A. Aurora University
TN PreK -K Certification TSU
32 years of experience

Amy Patterson
B.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Masters Plus 30
22 years of experience

Ashley Strobel
B.S. Tennessee Tech University
M.Ed. Belmont University
M.Ed. Vanderbilt University
24 years of experience

First Grade

Susan Acker
BS Mary Baldwin University
11 years teaching experience

Christina Brumleve
B.S. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
M.A. Southeast Missouri State University-Cape Girardeau
30 years of experience

Laura Faison
B.A. Vanderbilt University
M.Ed. Tennessee State University
16 years of experience

Beth Hartsock
M.A. Trevecca Nazarene University
ELL Certification – David Lipscomb University
25 years of experience

Brad Tanner
B.S. Southern Illinois University
17 years of experience

Second Grade

Rebecca Bourlakas
B.A. Florida State University
M.Ed. North Georgia University
Ed.D. University of Sarasota
27.5 years of experience

Erin Parker
B.S. Harding University
ESL certification Henderson State University
15 years of experience

Duane Robnett
B.S. Elementary Education, Austin Peay State University
M.A. Education Administration and Supervision, Tennessee State University
10 years of experience

Anne Clarke Snyder
B.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.Ed. Lipscomb University
6 years teaching experience

Terri Wall
B.A. Lipscomb University
M.A. in Reading and Instruction MTSU
27  years of experience

Hillary Zeller
B.A. Lipscomb University
M.Ed. Special Education Lipscomb University
15.5 Years of experience

Third Grade

Laurel Bell
B.S. Lipscomb University
6 years experience

Emily Bray
B.A. Rhodes College
M.Ed. Peabody College Vanderbilt University
ESL certification Lipscomb University
13 years experience

Marie Zimmerman
B.S Townson University
Masters Early Childhood Education Townson University
2 years teaching experience

Fourth Grade

Grace Akbari
B.A. University of Tennessee
M.S. University of Tennessee
ELL Certification University of Tennessee
6 Years of Experience

Kate Allen
B.S. University of Tennessee
M.S. University of Tennessee
15 years experience

Emily Cary
B.A. Appalachian State University
M.A.L.T. Lipscomb University
11 years teaching experience

Jessica Morris
B.A Lipscomb University
17 years teaching experience

Physical Education

Matthew Swift
B.S. Eastern Kentucky University
9 years experience

Mary Lee Nash
B.S. Tennessee Technological University
M.A. Administration
Ed.S. Instructional Leadership
Endorsement in Elementary Education 1-8
27 years of experience


Tina Atkinson
B.S. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction – University of Phoenix
EDD Leadership and Professional Learning – Trevecca Nazarene University
23  years of experience
Parthenon Teacher of the Year 2005
Middle Tennessee Art Teacher of the Year 2009
TAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year 2011
Nationally Board Certified (NBPTS) in Visual Art, Early/Middle Childhood
2018 TAEA Tennessee Art Educator of the Year
2019 MNPS Blue Ribbon Teacher Award


James Mott
B.A. Arkansas State
M.A. Administration; Plus 30
27  years of experience


Lisa Trujillo
B.A. Trinity University
M.A. Early Childhood Education Vanderbilt University
Tennessee State University; Plus 30
33  years of experience


Jill Hasselbring
B.S. Lipscomb University
M.Ed. Lipscomb University
12  years Experience

Jeanne Lobb
B.S. East TN State University
Elementary Education
31  Years Experience

Terri McConnell
B.A. University of Tennessee
M.S. University of Tennessee
17  years of experience

Caren Wayburn
B.S. University of Tennessee – Speech Pathology
M.Ed. Vanderbilt University – Special Education
40  years of experience

Exceptional Education

Mandy Beeman
BS Ashland University
MEd Ashland University
K-12 Reading Endorsement
8  years teaching experience
7 years paraprofessional experience

Elizabeth Lansden
Western Kentucky University
Exceptional Education Dual Certification MSD/LBD
6  years experience


Catherine Rollins
BS Elementary Education; Texas Tech University
MA Educational Leadership; Trevecca Nazarene University
Plus 30- Curriculum; University of San Diego
19 years experience


Laura Marshall
B.A. Telecommunications, Indiana University
Teacher Licensure Program, Lipscomb University
1 year of experience


Emmie Stuart
B. S. Elementary Education UT-Chattanooga
M.L.I.S. University of Tennessee
K-12 Library/Media Specialist Certification
6 years of experience

LTDS (Literacy Teacher Development Specialist)

Lindsay Baumhor
B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies, Middle Tennessee State University
M.Ed Literacy, Middle Tennessee State University
Literacy Specialist Endorsement
ELL Endorsement, Vanderbilt University
30+ from Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University
13 years experience

School Counselors

Mary Twitchel
B.A. Union University
M.Ed. of School Counseling MTSU
17 years of experience

Jenny Cunningham
B.B.A Belmont University
Masters of Science Tennessee State University
Administrative Educational Leadership Endorsement David Lipscomb University
Principal Leadership Academy Vanderbilt University
16 years in education including School Counselor and Assistant Principal

Advocacy Center Coach

Amy Kathryn Tanner

B.S. Lambuth University
M.Ed. Teaching, Learning, Leading-Lipscomb University
6 years of experience


Lisa Ramsey
B.S. Taylor University
M.Ed. Western Governors University
12 years of experience