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The Templeton Way


Mission: 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.

Vision: A world full of purpose-driven lifelong learners prepared to thrive in college, career and life.

Nurturing Student Agency

Templeton Academy is revolutionizing access to Student agency, meaning that our Students have voice and choice in their learning and ownership of their goals. Each Student is on their own educational journey. We believe that the best fuel for that journey is wrestling with good questions rather than simply reciting the correct answer. Further, we believe in not only learning to know, but learning to do, and most importantly, learning to be. Through this process, a Student finds their purpose. How do we actually do this? What does it look like? We invite you to review our best practices below.

Core Advisory

The Templeton Core Foundations curriculum is focused on learning how to learn. Students come to understand that their job is putting in the work to educate themselves. Whereas a teacher’s job is to be a “guide on the side” rather than a “sage on a stage,” Students work to master critical skills such as resourcefulness, conscientiousness, creativity, curiosity, resilience, persistence, stress management and time management. They set SMART goals, are supported and held accountable with Peer Advisors and more senior Learning Coaches, developing active listening, collaboration, compassion and empathy — thereby becoming Peer Advisors and Learning Coaches themselves. Ultimately, all work is shared with the school community and larger community at quarterly Community Exhibitions, fueling constant reflection, assessment, action and growth.

 

The City As Classroom

Templeton Academy prioritizes learning from authentic experiences and interacting with the world around us. Thus, we use our longer learning blocks to learn by doing — leveraging the resources of the city from museums, to libraries, to gyms and green spaces. In addition, the focus is on giving back to the city, as projects for courses are deeply intertwined with the community and its needs. Going beyond typical community service, students work with community-based organizations helping devise solutions to their current challenges.

 

Deeper Learning

Our Academic model is built around Student agency, defined as giving Students voice and choice in how they learn. And our goal is structured agency — a learning community that is both Student and teacher designed and led. Academic blocks of two hours over a 10-week term provides substantial time for rich, Socratic discussions, independent and community projects. We use the academically rigorous model of Gold Standard Project-Based Learning that focuses on authenticity and real-world connections, contains rigorous reflection and revision, and whose efficacy in increasing higher-level thinking skills and key success skills is well-documented.

 
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A Culture of Inclusion

Templeton Academy is committed to eliminating biases and racism in our community. To that end, we are:

ENGAGING in ongoing anti-bias, anti-racist education training for all staff members, focusing on uplifting our own uniquenesses while honoring the differences of others;
RECOGNIZING the biases and privilege that permeate our interactions with families, staff, and children;
SUPPORTING each other in understanding and dismantling our personal biases and privilege;
RESTRUCTURING our systems to eliminate barriers to accessing quality education;
INCORPORATING lessons that teach how to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate our students, staff, and family differences.


Developing Soft Skills

Templeton Academy’s model is inherently designed to hone students’ soft skills. EMPATHY, CONSCIENTIOUSNESS, SELF-REGULATION, PERSEVERANCE, and TIME MANAGEMENT can be learned most effectively through project-based learning. While a student can readily measure their cognitive gains in pre- and post-testing, they do not always take time to reflect on their own work, be it successes or challenges, in specific non-cognitive skills. Having students judge their own efforts — especially in an area where they exercised effective failure — helps them understand that developing resilience is ultimately more meaningful than say, memorizing the state capitals. Deliberately adding reflection and growth to our lesson design helps students add goal-setting and self-reflection to their educational experience and helps prepare them for long-term success.

Meet the Team

Co-founder and President

Temp Keller

Director of Operations

Mandy Brooks

Head of School D.C.

Dr. Laura DeLima

Head of School Nashville | she/her

Kalee Barbis

DC Director of Admissions

Nicole Weston

Nashville Director of Admissions | she/her

Tee Wilson

College & Guidance Counselor | he/him

Waleid El-Chaer

Humanities Teacher | they/them/he

Jordan Duncan

HS English Teacher | she/her

Allyn Spacek

HS Math Teacher | he/him

Cannon Joiner

HS Science Teacher | they/them

Alondra Woodard

MS and HS Humanities Teacher | he/him

Mike Garvin

5th/6th Humanities | he/him

Travis Batista

Middle School STEM Teacher | he/him

Will Jones

High School Art | she/they

Jessi Goodwin

7th/8th Grade Humanities | she/her

Rachel Oakley

7th/8th Grade Teaching Assistant | she/her

Gabrielle Saliba

7th/8th Grade Math ad HS Algebra II | she/her

Lydia Schumake

Spanish & 8th Grade Humanities Teacher | she/her

Meg Perry

Humanities Dept Lead + HS Humanities + 8 Grade Humanities | he/him

Scott Field

7th Grade STEM + HS Geometry | she/her

Rachel Godfrey

Operations Manager | she/her

Dr. Erica Steakley

English & French Teacher | she/her

Caitlin Towers

Math Teacher | he/him

Calvin L. Foster

Director of Counseling & Student Culture | she/her

Lily Kern

STEM Coordinator | she/her

Rachel Stagner

Social Studies Teacher | he/him

Bobor Jones

Teacher's Assistant

Tiffany Miles

Co-founder and President

Temp Keller

John Templeton (Temp) Keller is Co-founder and President of Templeton Academy. Also Co-founder and President of Templeton Learning, Temp serves on the boards of the Loomis Chaffee School, Austin Achieve Public Schools and the African Leadership Foundation. He received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from The University of Chicago.

temp.keller@templetonacademy.org:temp.keller@templetonacademy.org

Director of Operations

Mandy Brooks

Mandy Brooks is a graduate from University of Texas at Austin, she began her professional career at the independent bookstore, BookPeople, as their Marketing and Events Director. From there she made the leap into the nonprofit world becoming the Managing Director for Mainspring Schools, one of the most highly accredited Early Education Centers in the state. Her experience at the school strengthened her love of learning and understanding about how social/emotional wellness is just as important to child development.  She now serves on the school’s Board of Directors. Most recently she worked as Donor Relations Manager at the United Way for Greater Austin. She is excited to bring her lifelong love learning and organizational skill set to Templeton Academy.

mandy.brooks@templetonacademy.org:mandy.brooks@templetonacademy.org

Head of School D.C.

Dr. Laura DeLima

Dr. Laura DeLima is the Head of School at Templeton Academy D.C. An experienced educational leader with 15 years of experience in the field, she has started two progressive secondary schools, the second of which she became one of the most successful campus in the Fusion Academy national network of schools. She balances deep knowledge in adolescent development, education policy, and pedagogy with exceptional skills in strategic planning, personnel development, operational and financial management, and is committed to using her unique combination of knowledge and skills to developing schools that bring personalized, purpose-driven, project-based and empowering education to young people. Dr. DeLima holds a B.A. from Vassar College, a Masters in Education Policy from the University of Wisconsin, and earned her Doctorate in Education from The George Washington University.

laura.delima@templetonacademy.org:laura.delima@templetonacademy.org

Head of School Nashville | she/her

Kalee Barbis

Kalee is the founding Head of School for Templeton Academy. Kalee is a Nashville native with a decade of educational experience Educated at the University of Tennessee, Lipscomb, and Vanderbilt Universities. Kalee is deeply committed to personalized, experiential education. She has a strong track record in developing relationships with students and teachers, and cultivating a student-centered classroom.Kalee spent the past three years in Washington DC, founding Washington Leadership Academy, an XQ Super School focused on reimagining high school, as the assistant principal. Prior to that, Kalee taught in Nashville for six years. She is excited to return home to bring Templeton Academy to the city.

kalee.barbis@templetonacademy.org:kalee.barbis@templetonacademy.org

DC Director of Admissions

Nicole Weston

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.  Nicole has served as a high school teacher, director of student support & outreach, assistant director, and head of school. She is passionate about strengths-based education and fascinated by innovative school models that make strengths-based learning a priority and a reality.  In addition to her work in the field of education, Nicole is also a certified expert life coach.

nicole.weston@templetonacademy.org:nicole.weston@templetonacademy.org

Nashville Director of Admissions | she/her

Tee Wilson

Tee Wilson is an experienced leader who has achieved success in organizational development, brand building, new media marketing, project management, and strategic planning. Tee holds a BA in Communications and a Masters in Secondary Education. Her background includes progressive experience and leadership roles across multiple industries, including national non-profits, higher education, real estate development and entrepreneurship. She possesses transferable skills that prioritize developing strategies with measurable results. With over 25 years of experience, Tee brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise that is unmatched in her field. As a military spouse, Tee has worked for a wide variety of notable organizations including The United States Air Force, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Remington College, Loyola University New Orleans, Ingram Book Company and Coldwell Banker. 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.

tee.wilson@templetonacademy.org:tee.wilson@templetonacademy.org

College & Guidance Counselor | he/him

Waleid El-Chaer

Waleid is a Nashville native (or “unicorn,” as he says), pursued a degree in Biochemistry and History, with minors in English and Psychology, at Austin Peay State University to satisfy the need to grow and learn about a broad range of subjects. His continuing education focused on Behavioral Counseling to help those in need looking to help with at-risk teens. With more than six years of front-line experience with social work and working with those most in need in the city of Nashville, Waleid is excited to share these experiences, as well as his passion to help young people succeed, with the Templeton Community. Waleid is also Dungeon Master with 14 years of experience leading Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, as well as the vocalist and bassist for a Nashville-based melodic death metal band. He quotes his father’s advice as the inspiration for why he runs the gamut in his interests: “the only thing no one can take from you is your education from life and school.” Waleid looks forward to getting to know the high school families!

waleid.elchaer@templetonacademy.org:waleid.elchaer@templetonacademy.org

Humanities Teacher | they/them/he

Jordan Duncan

Jordan Duncan is an experienced educator, and purser of higher knowledge. He was born in Illinois and has been a lover of History and English from a very young age. While earning a B.A. from the University of St. Francis Jordan studied Political Science and American Politics. While attending he was able to expand his mind in the core foundation of American History, Politics, Government, and Law. He went further in his education by earning a degree from Liberty University and completing his Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Social Studies. Driven by building our youth he takes pride in providing the best possible experience for his students in the Humanities Department. As a progressive educator Jordan strives to be a committed teacher to his students while building meaningful connections that will last a lifetime.

jordan.duncan@templetonacademy.org:jordan.duncan@templetonacademy.org

HS English Teacher | she/her

Allyn Spacek

Allyn Spacek (she/her) was raised in New York City, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from CUNY Hunter College, and a Master of Arts in English from Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. She has taught middle school English for five years, along with Social Studies for two of those years. She is thrilled to be a part of the Templeton Academy community! 

Ms. Spacek went to a high school that was inquiry- and project-based, and was inspired to pursue teaching because of the amazing experiences and teachers at that school, as well as her own father, a former English teacher. She strives to instill the same love for learning in her own students.

Ms. Spacek loves to learn, travel, and explore, and has lived for those interests: she and her husband Andy, along with their three children (Ruby, Cole, and Duncan) have traveled around the US in their RV, and regularly spend time in Andy’s hometown of Prague, Czech Republic.

allyn.spacek@templetonacademy.org:allyn.spacek@templetonacademy.org

HS Math Teacher | he/him

Cannon Joiner

Cannon Joiner is originally from Georgia, but the mountains of North Carolina have his heart. He graduated from Appalachian State University in 2016 and thereafter pursued a career in data-driven advertising for 5 years. He’s very excited to meet and motivate high school students to change their relationship with math and find new and intentional ways to use it to change the world around them for the better. He’s the father to a difficult 7-year-old pup named Barkley, and loves movies.

cannon.joiner@templetonacademy.org:cannon.joiner@templetonacademy.org

HS Science Teacher | they/them

Alondra Woodard

Xe. (“zee”) Woodard has been teaching for 9 years. They started in the preschool classroom and moved their way up through high school experiencing the dynamics of all grades. Concentrating in the special education setting, Alondra has explored and executed curriculums within non-traditional learning. This is their first experience in a project-based learning environment but they are excited to bring a fresh perspective to differentiated instruction. They are excited to grow with the Templeton community and integrate their family amongst such a diverse population of individuals.  

alondra.woodard@templetonacademy.org:alondra.woodard@templetonacademy.org

MS and HS Humanities Teacher | he/him

Mike Garvin

Though born in northern Mississippi, Mike Garvin spent his formative years in Murray, Kentucky. There, competing for the Murray High Tigers in the Kentucky Speech Leagues, he discovered his passion for performance—theatrical, literary, and improvisational. Thus bitten, he took his show on the road northbound to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he earned a B.S. and began his M.A. work in the Department of Speech Communication, concentrating in Performance Studies. During this stint, he fell in love with teaching and improv coaching. From there, following his passion pursuits even further north, he spent five frigid (and character-building) winters in Chicago’s improv training centers and on its stand-up comedy stages. Alas in 2017 he returned to the south, relocating with his partner to Nashville to thaw out and be closer to family. 

Mr. Garvin performs on the Mainstage cast at Third Coast Comedy Club, and teaches multiple levels of improv classes for their training center. He also serves as Education Program Manager for Unscripted, a non-profit that works to heal, empower, and connect the community through improv. (Concurrently for 3 years, an alter-ego of Mike served as the live-science magician at Nashville’s Adventure Science Center.)  

This year, he’s looking forward to sharing his passion for learning, and love of characters and their stories with the 5th and 6th grade WolfPACK. Our goals for this school year are to:     

  • Develop an appreciation and aptitude for the transportive and transformational power of reading by immersing ourselves in stories from perspectives and experiences that differ from our own. 
  • Encourage and cultivate our own voice: building confidence and competence in using language and literary conventions to share and create our own stories.   
  • Begin forming and honing our analytic skills: understanding how a text is making meaning, then using these texts- through quotation and citation- to inform our own ventures into text based meaning making

mike.garvin@templetonacademy.org:mike.garvin@templetonacademy.org

5th/6th Humanities | he/him

Travis Batista

Travis Batista graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and a minor in History. He grew up just outside of Nashville in White House, TN. His favorite way to spend my time is with his wife and daughter. He started his career in education through the Nashville Teaching Fellows program during the summer of 2016 and completed a Masters in Arts of Teaching just last summer. In college, he found a love for experiencing new cultures and travel especially through exploring local food. So far, he’s made it to three continents and several countries. Asia and its many dumplings are at the top of my list to explore next. His goal is to bring his travels to the classroom while teaching both Social Studies and ELA. He hopes to inspire his students to experience the world beyond their front doors.

travis.batista@templetonacademy.org:travis.batista@templetonacademy.org

Middle School STEM Teacher | he/him

Will Jones

Will Jones is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University with a B.S in Communications and a background in Health & Wellness. He is a personal trainer with a passion for educating others on living the best possible life they can. His hobbies include training in the gym, reading, and anything to do with challenging himself to think outside the box. His love for teaching children about today’s societal issues and solutions is extremely important and shines through in his classes. Mr. Jones believes every child has a gift that sometimes needs a little help unwrapping to the world!

will.jones@templetonacademy.org:will.jones@templetonacademy.org

High School Art | she/they

Jessi Goodwin

Jessi Goodwin is a mixed media artist, graphic designer, and art instructor who has been teaching K-12 art in the Nashville community for almost a decade. She earned her BFA in Visual Art from Huntingdon College in 2002, and is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Art Education degree through AOE University. In recent years she has had the immense honor of sharing her love of the arts and art history with middle and high school artists at WEB Tutorial and has also instructed K-7 art students at One Tree Montessori. Her material and studio experience includes: 2D and 3D design skills, drawing, watercolors, acrylic painting, sumi-e ink illustration, ceramics, collage, pastels, printmaking, textiles, digital and advertising design, photography, artistic activism, and art history. Jessi adores contemporary art and believes that absolutely everyone is capable of unique artistic creation if given the opportunity to experiment and cultivate their visual voice.

jessi.goodwin@templetonacademy.org:jessi.goodwin@templetonacademy.org

7th/8th Grade Humanities | she/her

Rachel Oakley

Rachel Oakley is almost a Nashville native, coming to town in 2003, and proud to call the city home for nearly 20 years now. A recent graduate of Denison University, Rachel’s degrees in Environmental Studies, Art History, and Visual Culture with a focus on writing and education, fostered a lifelong learner attitude, developed her inquisitive worldview and prompted a career in academics. Previously working with Metro Nashville Public Schools, she emphasized ingenuity and creativity in her 3rd/4th grade art classroom. Encouraging students to think “outside of the box” during discussions and projects is her greatest passion, and you can expect to see exciting works come from her Humanities classrooms. Beyond the classroom, Rachel has been involved in environmental activism, ultimate frisbee, and radio broadcasting. She spends her free time walking nature trails, working in her garden, spoiling her cat, and growing her small greeting card company. This year, Rachel is most looking forward to analyzing poetry with ELA classes and being involved in student organizations. Something you probably don’t know about her? She was a cheerleader and even played the part of mascot in high school pep rallies. Rachel cannot wait to bring that school spirit to Templeton Academy!

rachel.oakley@templetonacademy.org:rachel.oakley@templetonacademy.org

7th/8th Grade Teaching Assistant | she/her

Gabrielle Saliba

Gabrielle Saliba first joined the TA WolfPACK as a dance educator. Previously a professional dancer, she began teaching dance to children and adults at the age of 15. Mrs. Saliba co-founded two successful dance schools and was the Director of Dance for Global Education Center. She has spent the past 16 years working with girls and women as both a choreographer, Co-Leader, and Director for Act Like A Grrrl, an arts organization that promotes the creation and performance of personal narrative writing. She enjoys creating shows, coaching other artists, and laughing at her husband, Mr. Field.

gabrielle.saliba@templetonacademy.org:gabrielle.saliba@templetonacademy.org

7th/8th Grade Math ad HS Algebra II | she/her

Lydia Schumake

Lydia Schumake is originally from Ohio and a graduate of Tennessee State University. She is continuing her graduate work at Trevecca Nazarene University. She has been in the education field for five years – for two of those years, she taught 7th and 8th-grade math. She has enjoyed playing volleyball since high school and through college – since college, she now referees those volleyball games. She is a wife and mother who loves sports, spending time with her family, and baking for the Nashville community with her home organization, Nashville Peacemakers.

lydia.schumake@templetonacademy.org:lydia.schumake@templetonacademy.org

Spanish & 8th Grade Humanities Teacher | she/her

Meg Perry

Meg Perry is a lover of languages, communication in all its forms, and human connection. At the age of 11, she began teaching herself Spanish in order to communicate with a Mexican classmate’s family. In the spring of 5th grade, having become very close with the family, Meg decided she would hop into their car and join them on their first trip back home to Monterrey. To this day, she is grateful as she is astonished that her parents agreed to put their 11 year-old daughter into a car headed for Mexico. It served as the catalyst to what would become her passion and her livelihood. An Oklahoma City Native, Meg came to Nashville with a scholarship to Belmont University’s Vocal Music program and an aspiration to be the next Shania Twain or Faith Hill. That dream wasn’t realized, but Meg did end up teaching Spanish to their kids. Insert that cry-laugh emoji here! A semester of study abroad in Spain led Meg to change her major from Music to Spanish, as the Spanish-language and culture spoke to her in such a way that she’d devote her life to sharing it with others. Meg spent 9 years teaching at The Ensworth School, 3 years at NIA House Montessori (her son’s school), and a semester at The Episcopal School of Nashville. Meg also owns a small business called Spanish Club – a program of her design offering all-ageSpanish lessons and adult courses.

meg.perry@templetonacademy.org:meg.perry@templetonacademy.org

Humanities Dept Lead + HS Humanities + 8 Grade Humanities | he/him

Scott Field

Scott Field grew up in central Pennsylvania. He studied history at Swarthmore College and started teaching math and science in Washington DC a few years after graduating. The work resonated with him so he moved to Santa Fe, NM to earn a Master’s in Liberal Arts at St. John’s College. He has been teaching and coaching middle and high school students for 20 years in English and history in Washington, DC, Boston, and Nashville. While working at Currey Ingram, Scott opened the Third Coast Comedy Club, temporarily stepping down from teaching to help the business grow. Married, he has two teenage sons, a rescue dog, two stray cats, and countless microbes. 

scott.field@templetonacademy.org:scott.field@templetonacademy.org

7th Grade STEM + HS Geometry | she/her

Rachel Godfrey

Rachel Godfrey is a Nashville native who decided to return home after attending undergrad at Appalachian State University in the beautiful Boone, NC. As a naturally curious person, she graduated with a degree in communication studies with minors in sociology and interior design. After graduation, Rachel started with Nashville Teacher Residency and taught Math Intervention classes, 7th and 8th grade math, and some Algebra 1 within her first year, and became a Level 5 (amount of student growth 1-5) teacher for 7th grade math in her second year. Because of Rachel’s experience with math in middle and high school and her background of interior design, she has a passion for making math more tangible and real-world applicable. 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! When she is not teaching, Rachel loves to travel anywhere possible and try new restaurants… But on a daily basis, she loves to cook, walk her chocolate lab around Germantown, and listen to podcasts (and play along with Jeopardy, she loves random trivia). Be sure to ask her for any Nashville food recommendations!

rachel.godfrey@templetonacademy.org:rachel.godfrey@templetonacademy.org

Operations Manager | she/her

Dr. Erica Steakley

Dr. Erica Steakley is a lifelong learner who feels most at home in a lively and innovative school environment like Templeton Academy. Originally from Nashville, Dr. Steakley attended Belmont University for her B.A. and M.A. in English before pursuing her Ph.D. at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Following grad school, she lived and worked in Los Angeles, teaching at both Loyola Marymount University and California State University Northridge, before taking on the role of development and communications director for a private progressive school serving preschool through middle school students. Dr. Steakley is excited to be joining Templeton Academy as operations manager because she is already a member of the parent community and has come to love the way in which Templeton puts students first and challenges them to be partners in their education. Dr. Steakley lives with her husband Clay and daughter Dot (and Norman and Echo, the cats) in Bellevue. She loves reading and writing, puzzles and brain games, cats and koalas, anime and mysteries, and dark chocolate. She also loves to meet people, so stop by the desk and say hello!

erica.steakley@templetonacademy.org:erica.steakley@templetonacademy.org

English & French Teacher | she/her

Caitlin Towers

Caitlin Towers teaches English and French at Templeton Academy DC. She received her undergraduate degree at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she double majored in Comparative Literature and Russian Language while also minoring in Education. She received her Masters Degree at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, where she specialized in language education and taught graduate-level French courses. Previous to joining the team at Templeton, she taught and served as an English and Foreign Languages Department Head at a middle and high school in Washington DC. Caitlin seeks to integrate interdisciplinary elements and student interests into her teaching, and encourages all of her students to bridge the gap between classroom learning and their own passions and goals.

caitlin.towers@templetonacademy.org:caitlin.towers@templetonacademy.org

Math Teacher | he/him

Calvin L. Foster

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. Always drawn to tutoring in high school and college, Calvin was hired by his alma mater as an adjunct professor upon his graduation. As the years passed, he found that his passion for math within the classroom drew him to work with elementary, middle, and high school students as well. With profound respect for the pedagogy of the classroom and a true connection to the math courses that he teaches, Calvin strives to facilitate and foster understanding, enthusiasm, and mastery of the math topics he teaches.

calvin.foster@templetonacademy.org:calvin.foster@templetonacademy.org

Director of Counseling & Student Culture | she/her

Lily Kern

Lily is thrilled to bring her seven years of experience in therapeutic and educational settings to serve students, parents, and staff. She received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Catholic University and holds a Licensed Graduate Social Worker Credential. When she’s not at Templeton, Lily is pursuing her second Masters in Special Education from George Mason University. Lily believes deeply in the interconnectedness of socio-emotional well-being and academic success and seeks to create a learning environment where students feel both challenged and supported. 

lily.kern@templetonacademy.org:lily.kern@templetonacademy.org

STEM Coordinator | she/her

Rachel Stagner

Rachel Stagner is STEM Coordinator for Templeton Academy-DC and teaches STEM.  Rachel has a B.S. in Fisheries & Wildlife Management with a minor in Environmental Studies from Michigan State University and dual Master’s Degrees in Science and Education from Portland State University.  She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in adolescent/young adult science.  Previously, she taught science for over 10 years in Portland, Oregon before moving to DC to serve as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at NASA headquarters during the 2018-2019 school year.

rachel.stagner@templetonacademy.org:rachel.stagner@templetonacademy.org

Social Studies Teacher | he/him

Bobor Jones

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.

robert.jones@templetonacademy.org:robert.jones@templetonacademy.org

Teacher's Assistant

Tiffany Miles

Originally born and raised in Washington DC, Ms. Miles is Templeton Academy DC’s teacher’s assistant and comes from an experienced background in personal care. Previous educational experience includes working with elementary children and adults with autism. Currently enrolled in the Washington institution of Natural Medicine and when not on campus with our Students is working on finishing her naturopathic doctrines degree. Ms. Miles looks forward to providing assistance to the wonderful teachers at Templeton Academy and to ensuring that Templeton Students have a quality educational experience.

tiffany.miles@templetonacademy.org:tiffany.miles@templetonacademy.org