Our Mission

Our mission is to revolutionize access to Student agency by nurturing young people from all backgrounds into purposeful adults who use their gifts in a way that brings them joy and serves others.




Our Resources

Curious about what your student will learn at Templeton Academy? We invite you to explore our educational resource library where you will learn more about our personalized, experience-based approach.

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 Team

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

Dr. Laura DeLima

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

Temp Keller

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

Mandy Brooks

Director of Operations
Mandy Brooks is our Director of Operations for the Templeton School system and works in our National office.

Lee Palmer

Founding Head Emerita 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.

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. Join our community of leaders at one of the top private schools in the DC area or one of the best private schools in the Nashville, TN area.

Admissions and Tuition Information

Explore our stress-free application process, campus specific admissions deadlines, affordable tuition rates, and ways your child can begin their exciting journey at Templeton Academy today!