Templeton Academy
Nashville, TN



About Us


Nashville is a city of both tradition and innovation as a leader in the music, healthcare, hospitality, and tech industries. Nashville’s rapid growth brings a hundred new people to the city each day. While the city is making sweeping changes to embrace the city’s growth and innovation- one field has remained stagnant- education. With Templeton’s commitment to making private school affordable, parents can choose a model that includes personalization and experiential learning. Templeton’s mission, “to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualized, dynamic and experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators” offers parents an education alternative that reflects their values. The city’s focus on innovation makes this an incredible fit for students to really explore the city while learning. Templeton Academy Nashville serves grades 5 to 12.


  • Located in close proximity of downtown 
  • Easily accessible by car and close to public transit 
  • Service learning and community connections integrated into academic and co-curricular program
  • Extensive use of Nashville resources

For more detailed information about our school — including our calendar and our handbook, our students — including a look into the day-to-day life, and our philosophy —including our curriculum and academic vision, check out our helpful family resources below.

Templeton Academy recently featured on the cover of The Nashville Ledger! 
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Book Club with Kalee Barbis

Join Head of School, Kalee Barbis, for discussions about the book Tribes by Seth Godin, Educated by Tara Westover, and The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. These events are for parents who are interested in meeting up and sharing ideas! 

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Info Sessions

We are happy to set up visits to fit your schedule. Visits to the school provide a great opportunity to meet some of the staff, get an overview of how things work at Templeton Academy, ask questions, and see the school and students in action.  

Attend an Info Session


Personal Visits

Schedule a personal visit with Head of School, Kalee Barbis! During this one-hour session, you will get the opportunity to learn more about Templeton Academy and discover if it's a good fit for you and your student! 

Schedule a Personal Visit


Event Fairs

Come discover what a Templeton Academy education truly is by joining us at our upcoming Open House! We welcome students and their families to join us for a fun-filled evening where you will have the opportunity to mingle one-on-one with our faculty and staff, discover the advantages of a Templeton Academy education, ask questions about our educational approach on your child's future, and meet Templeton Academy Nashville Head of School, Kalee Barbis

Attend an Event Fair


Our Team

Kalee Barbis

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

Tee Wilson

Director of Admissions
As Director of Admissions, Tee will be managing our recruitment and retainment activities, brand strategy, and our diversity and inclusion programming. Her creative thinking combined with her true commitment to the mission of Templeton Academy makes her a welcome addition to the team.

Gabrielle Brown

Director of Counseling and Student Life
Gabrielle Brown is a Nashville Native with a passion for integrating Social and Emotional Learning and Restorative Practices into school systems.

Erica Steakley

Operations Manager
Dr. Erica Steakley

Lemuel Holifield

STEM Dept Lead + HS STEM + 8th Grade STEM
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.

Scott Field

Humanities Dept Lead + HS Humanities + 8 Grade Humanities
Scott Field grew up in central Pennsylvania 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.

Taylor Kirk

8th Grade and High School Humanities Faculty
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

Dacia Woodley

7th Grade Humanities Faculty
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

Humanities Adjunct Faculty
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.

Kayla Padgett

Middle School Foreign Language Faculty
I am a recent college graduate from Indiana University- Purdue University of Indianapolis. I studied Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and International Relations.

Meg Perry

Spanish + 8th Grade Humanities Teacher
Meg Perry is a lover of languages, communication in all its forms, and human connection.

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.

Connor Brennan

Math Teacher

Maxfield Thompson

Math Teacher
Maxfield joins the Templeton family from his previous role as a data scientist. Maxfield earned his BA from Thomas Edison State University and MS from Lipscomb University. Throughout Maxfield's academic and professional journey, he's always kept a heart for education.

Rachel Godfrey

7th Grade STEM + HS Geometry
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 allowing students to see that math and science can come together and change the world for the best!

Christine Robinson

6th Grade Humanities / 7th Grade STEM

Nicholas Valdes

Adjunct Photography Teacher

Temp Keller

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

Patrick Shaw

Board Member
Patrick Shaw is the President and Managing Director

Dennis Keller

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

Ben Wallerstein

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

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.

News and Notices

There's Still Time to Apply for Templeton Academy's 2020-2021 School Year
There's Still Time to Apply for Templeton Academy's 2020-2021 School Year

Looking for an affordable quality school to call home for the 2020-2021 school year? The Templeton

New Resource: Are Micro Schools the Next Big Thing in Education?
New Resource: Are Micro Schools the Next Big Thing in Education?

Have you ever wondered how education is changing? Or if there is a better approach to educating

Pioneering Educator to Lead Innovative High School on Capitol Hill
Pioneering Educator to Lead Innovative High School on Capitol Hill

Templeton Academy, a rigorous, college preparatory micro school located in the heart of Capitol

Is Block Scheduling the Way of the Future in Education?
Is Block Scheduling the Way of the Future in Education?

Block scheduling is an innovation in schools that has earned increasing support from educators,

We Have Exciting News...Our Name Is Changing to Templeton Academy!
We Have Exciting News...Our Name Is Changing to Templeton Academy!

We’re excited to announce that going forward Blyth-Telpleton Academy will be known as Templeton

Kalee’s Original Templeton Academy Application
Kalee’s Original Templeton Academy Application

Why is this the right location for the next Templeton Academy? Nashville is a city of both


Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school offering an academically rigorous college-preparatory curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration.

What if the future of education was developed around the student and driven by the student?

This is the question we are always asking ourselves.

The time and energy of mainstream education can get tied up by standardized testing, complex reporting, and a one-size-fits-all approach in the classroom. Meanwhile, the needs of individual students fade to the background.

We are pioneering an educational model that genuinely puts students first and that emphasizes the skills that colleges and employers value. Our model does not offer an “alternative” education, it offers an education experience that will help your student fall in love with learning and take an active part in their own education. 

Why not prepare students for successful, full lives starting in middle and high school?

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