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.

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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 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

Mandy Brooks

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

Nicole Weston

DC Director of Admissions and Outreach
Nicole Weston is the Director of Admissions and Outreach for Templeton Academy- DC. Nicole brings with her a wealth of experience in the field of education spanning over 20 years and across public, private non-profit, and private for-profit settings.

Yelena Janumyan

Nashville Academy Dean

Shira Kahan

DC 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.

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.

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.

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.

Rachel Stagner

DC STEM Coordinator
Rachel Stagner is STEM Coordinator for Templeton Academy DC and teaches STEM.

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.

Rebecca Claster

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

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.

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.

Scott Field

Nashville Humanities Adjunct Teacher
Scott Field has been teaching and coaching middle and high school students for 20 years in English and history in Washington, DC, Boston, and Nashville. Married, he has two teenage sons, a rescue dog, two stray cats, and countless microbes.

Calvin Foster

DC Math Teacher
Calvin L. Foster was born in Brooklyn, New York, and became interested in Calculus as a senior in high school. This interest grew to a passion, propelling him to receive his Master’s Degree in Pure Mathematics. Calvin feels profound respect for the pedagogy of the classroom and a true connection to the math courses that he teaches. He strives to facilitate and foster understanding, enthusiasm, and mastery of the math topics he teaches.

Rachel Godfrey

Nashville 7th Grade STEM
Rachel Godfrey is a Nashville native who decided to return home after attending undergrad at Appalachian State University in the beautiful Boone, NC. She is excited to be teaching STEM which allows students to see that math and science can come together and change the world for the best!

Caitlin Towers

DC English Teacher

Bobor Jones

DC US History and Government Teacher
Bobor Jones teaches history at Templeton Academy. He earned his B.A. in History from Colorado College, where he also minored in Studio Art. He went on to attain a Master's Degree in Global, International, and Comparative History from Georgetown University in 2015. He has been teaching in the DC area since then, most recently serving as the History Department Head at a small private school. Outside of school, he spends his time reading, hiking, traveling, listening to podcasts, and making art

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

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.

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