Our Mission

The mission of Templeton Academy is to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualized, experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators. We are  small enough to be personally in touch with every individual, yet large enough to offer a broad range of courses. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish.

Our Resources

Curious about what your student will learn at Templeton Academy? We invite you to explore our resource library where we explain our place-based approach to education!

Our History

Templeton Academy is a collaboration between Blyth Academy and Templeton Learning who have come together to bring the highly successful and innovative educational model of Blyth Academy in Canada to the United States.


Since 1977, Blyth Academy operates for credit international programs for U.S. and Canadian high school students. In 2005, Blyth Academy (Blyth-Templeton’s sister school) opens the doors of its first full-time high school.


Blyth Academy opens second campus in Thornhill, Ontario.


Blyth Academy continues to grow, responding to incredible demand. There are now 5 schools across Ontario.


Future Templeton Co-Founder Temp Keller creates Templeton Learning to build high quality, highly accessible K-12 education models for 21st century learners.


Blyth Academy grows to 12 campuses serving more than 6,000 students in Canada and offering more than 30 international programs.


Templeton Academy forms a partnership between Templeton Learning and Blyth Academy.


In January, Templeton Academy announces first campus in Washington, D.C. and recruits former Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends Lee Palmer to serve as Head of School.


Templeton Academy opens its first school in Washington, D.C. in the historic Hill Center less than a mile from Capitol Hill.


In May, the first Templeton Academy graduates matriculate and head off to college. Templeton Academy students wrap up a great first year with more than 70 experiential learning off-campus activities.


In September, Templeton Academy kicks off the second academic year with a nearly doubled student body, a wide variety of courses offered, and a growing number of extraordinary teachers.

Our Team

Dr. Laura DeLima

DC Head of School
Dr. Laura DeLima is the Head of School at Templeton Academy D.C.

Kalee Barbis

Nashville Head of School
Kalee is the founding Head of School for Templeton. Kalee is a Nashville native with a decade of educational experience

Temp Keller

Co-Founder and President
John Templeton (Temp) Keller is the Co-founder and President of Templeton Learning and Co-founder

Lee Palmer

Founding Head Emeritus and Senior Advisor
Lee Palmer was Templeton Academy's first Head of School and now serves as a senior advisor to the President and current Heads of School. She has served as Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, Interim Principal of the Upper School at Trinity School in New York City, Science Chair at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore and as a founding board member of the Global Online Academy. Educated at Cornell University (B.S.), Rutgers University (M.S.) and Towson University (Secondary Education), Lee is deeply committed to student-centered, global experiential education.

Adam Curtis

DC Academy Dean
Adam Curtis Is Academy Dean for Templeton Academy-DC.

Yelena Janumyan

Nashville Academy Dean
Yelena Janumyan, Ph.D. Bio: Yelena is a STEM educator at the college - preparatory Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN.

Adrienne Wyman

Visual Arts Teacher
Adrienne Kralick teaches Visual Arts. She has a B.F.A.

Aleksey Gibson

Humanities Teacher
Dr. Aleksey Gibson teaches Humanities at Templeton Academy. With a B.A. and M.Phil. from the University of London, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia

Alissa Mansfield

Guidance Counselor
Alissa Mansfield earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. Her transformational college experience lead her to pursue a master’s in Higher Education Administration.

Aubrey McKelvey

8th Grade STEM, High School Math
Aubrey McKelvey studied Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University where a summer internship united her love of math and science with her passion for education.

Clover Afokpa

International Student Coordinator and Humanities Teacher
Clover Afokpa is International Student Coordinator for Templeton Academy-DC and teaches Humanities and French.

Dacia Woodley

7th and 8th grade Humanities Teacher
Dacia Woodley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri, Columbia and went on to a 15-year career as Director of Design and Product in the footwear industry.

David Sekora

Computer Science and Mathematics Teacher
David Sekora teaches Computer Science and Mathematics at Templeton Academy. David has extensive experience teaching

E.V. Downey

Director of Admissions
E.V. Downey is Director of Admissions for Templeton Academy-DC.

Greg O’Loughlin

High School Foundations, Humanities
Now in his 10th year of teaching, Greg has taught 3rd, 4th, 6th grades, and is looking forward to next year when he will teach 9th and 11th grades.

Jack Leathers

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher
Jack Leathers teaches Biology and Environmental Science. He has a B.A. in Biology (with a Minor in Music) from St.

Jessica Stein

Operations Coordinator
Jessica Stein began her career in education at Currey Ingram Academy, where she taught high school English and Ethics for four years.

Kayla Padgett

Chinese and Spanish Teacher
I am a recent college graduate from Indiana University- Purdue University of Indianapolis. I studied Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and International Relations.

Lemuel Holifield

High School STEM Teacher and Student Life Coordinator
Lemuel Holifield was previously a Science teacher at Smyrna High School as well as the Head Track and Field and Head Cross Country Coach. Lemuel has over eight years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring.

Leslie Jean

Photography Teacher
Leslie Jean teaches Photography. She has a B.A.

Lisa Preston

7th and 8th Grade STEM Teacher
Two-time Teacher of the Year Lisa Preston has a passion for individualized, hands-on, real-world learning. For nearly a decade, she has been working in urban public schools promoting inquiry and problem solving in middle school Math and Science classes.

Liz Workman Mead

Yoga and World History Teacher
Liz Workman Mead received her bachelors from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and her two Masters at Columbia for Human Rights and teaching K -12.

Lyubomira Buresch

Visual Arts Tacher
Lyubomira is a practicing artist and art educator. By drawing from her interdisciplinary background in art and technology, she is helping her students build problem-solving skills.

María J. Mariñoso

Spanish Teacher
María J. Mariñoso teaches Spanish at Templeton Academy-DC. She is a believer in the necessity to constantly improve and innovate her teaching.

Perri duGard Owens

Perri is an experienced marketing, communications and public relationsprofessional and has developed strategies and programs for clients of varying sizesand needs.

Rebecca Claster

College Counselor & Service Learning Coordinator
Rebecca Claster is Templeton Academy’s College Counselor. In addition, she is an educational consultant

Robert Sanders

5th and 6th Humanities Teacher
During the past several years, Robert Sanders has worked independently as an academic tutor, adjunct middle school, high school and junior college instructor and provided private instruction for over twenty homeschooled students.

Samantha Boettger

5th and 6th Grade STEM Teacher
Over the last 6 years Samantha has had the opportunity to serve students and families in a variety of capacities. Samantha earned her Master's in Education in 2013 and her Bachelor's in English Writing in 2011 from the University of New Haven.

Sarah Herman

Operations Coordinator
Sarah is the Operations Coordinator at Templeton Academy, DC. She has her BA in Theater Arts and Technology from SUNY New Paltz.

Sarah Norman

Visual Arts Teacher
Sarah Norman teaches Visual Arts. Sarah has a B.A. from The University of Southern Mississippi, an M.F.A.

Scott Thomas

Music Teacher
Scott Thomas teaches music at Templeton Academy-DC.

Sharita Thompson

History Teacher

Shira Kahan

Director of Student Life
Shira Kahan is the Director of Student Life at Templeton Academy, working with students to nurture positive campus community and culture and providing support for Templeton’s excursion experience.

Tami Johnson

Photography Teacher
Tami Johnson teaches Photography at Templeton Academy-DC.

Tanisha Wilson

Tee is an experienced marketing and communications leader who has achieved success in brand planning, market research and competitive intelligence, new media marketing and communications.

Taylor Kirk

High School Humanities Teacher
My name is Taylor Kirk and I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. After high school I went on to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Timothy Guy

Mathematics Teacher
Timothy Guy teaches Mathematics. An experienced high school math teacher and administrator, Tim has a B.S. in Mathematics from Mt. St.

Tyler Herman

Drama and Theater Studies Teacher
Tyler Herman teaches Drama and Theater Studies at Templeton Academy. With a B.A. in Theater and Dance (minor in Music) from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University

Sam Blyth

Board Member
Sam Blyth, CEO of Templeton Academy, was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. Hons. and M.A)., the University of Paris

Patrick Shaw

Board Member
Pat Shaw is the President and Managing Director

Dennis Keller

Board Member
Dennis Keller, Board member of the Templeton Academy Board of Directors, is a lifelong education entrepreneur.

Ben Wallerstein

Board Member
Ben Wallerstein, member of the Board of Directors of Templeton Academy, is deeply committed to issues of equity

Interested in joining our team?

We're looking for the best and brightest with a passion to learn, teach, and grow with us.

Foundation Statements

School Mission

The mission of Templeton Academy is to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualized, dynamic and experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators. Templeton Academy is small enough to be personally in touch with every individual, yet large enough to offer a broad range of courses. Our model combines a warm, inviting community with great teaching that allows our students to flourish in any setting.

Profile of a Graduate

All Templeton Academy Graduates will:

  • - understand their gifts and how they can use them in a way that brings them joy and serves others
  • - leave Templeton Academy confident in their abilities and prepared for post- secondary education, career, and life
  • - look at challenges as opportunities, not as obstacles
  • - be creative thinkers and effective communicators
  • - be global citizens, and engaged and empathetic members of their communities, be lifelong, self-directed learners

Core Values

  • - Authentic learning is founded upon curiosity, creativity, engagement and innovative thinking.
  • - Care and empathy for students on academic, intellectual and personal levels is essential for their success.
  • - Skilled hands-on experiential teaching in small classes engages students and produces learning outcomes that are meaningful and long-lasting.
  • - Each student has a unique pattern of learning.
  • - A balanced and manageable curriculum is the foundation of life- long learning.
  • - Successful educational practices are founded on evidence-based research, tempered by experience.
  • - Both a global perspective and international collaboration are central to becoming valuable world citizens.
  • - Environmental awareness and sustainability are our responsibility.
  • - Our individual ethics value respect, integrity, and striving for excellence.
  • - Our community is founded on safety, humility, empathy, caring, sensitivity and inclusion.
  • - We should strive to maintain a balanced lifestyle with regard to family, academic and social responsibilities.
  • - Fairness is not sameness.
  • - Connection to our community is crucial for learning and living.

Our Application Process

Want to learn more about Templeton Academy and how we support your child from application through graduation? Check out our complete guide to applying!