Thirteen new teachers, staff members, and administrators have joined the Baylor School community for the 2017-18 academic year, which begins Wednesday, August 16. In addition, the school will welcome 1,056 students, including 202 boarding students from 24 states and 12 countries.
- Elin Bunch '09 returns to her alma mater to begin work as the assistant director of community service. Bunch graduated from Baylor in 2009 and matriculated to Vanderbilt as an Ingram and Peabody Scholar and received her B.A. in 2013. In 2015, she earned her M.A. from National Louis University. Bunch worked in the Chicago public schools through Teach for America as a special education teacher and as a college and career readiness director. She will also be working with students in the Learning Center.
- Bo Chamberlain '90 comes to Baylor from Signal Mountain Middle/High School to teach social studies in the Middle School. He received a B.A. from UTC in international humanities and earned his M.Ed. also from UTC. Chamberlain is a wilderness sports enthusiast and a retired wilderness and critical care paramedic. He and his wife, Tami, have three children at Baylor – Zoe '19, Emma '21, and Shiloh '23.
- Garrison Conner '05 graduated from Wofford College where he received his B.A. with a double major in English and Finance; he also worked with summer programs and served as a teaching intern at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. Before returning to Baylor as the director of residential life, Conner earned an excellent reputation during his eight-year tenure at Christ School in Arden, NC where he rose through the ranks in both residential life and admission departments. Most recently, Conner served as their director of admissions and as a member of their senior administrative team. Conner lives on campus with his wife, Meg, and their two children, Beech and Molly.
- William Newberry has joined the Baylor staff as executive director of auxiliary programs. His responsibilities include oversight of all campus activities that fall outside the normal school calendar, including summer programs and an expanding schedule of events that maximize Baylor's campus. Newberry is a McCallie alumnus and spent nearly 25 years in leadership positions there, leading the local admission effort and serving in the advancement and summer programs offices. He received his B.S. in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University.
- Steve Robison joins Baylor from Berean Academy, where for the last seven years he has worn many hats, including athletic director, CFO, and head basketball coach. He is a 2001 graduate of Tennessee Temple University where he majored in business management. He will be working in the athletic department, teaching Middle and Upper School PE, and coaching in the basketball program. Robison and his wife, Kelley have three children, Kate, Klaire, and Parker, a new member of the Class of 2024.
- Julie Sarasohn will be teaching Spanish 300 and 350 in the Upper School. Hailing from Kentucky, Julie graduated cum laude from Boston University before teaching English for a decade in Spain while completing a M.A. in Spanish through Middlebury College. Sarasohn is joining Baylor from an international boarding school in Cheonan, South Korea, where she taught several different levels of Spanish. She and her husband, Miguel, are eager to join the Baylor community.
- Hannah Squires joins Baylor from an industrial engineering position at McKee Foods and will teach physics in the Upper School and assist the soccer program. She earned her B.S. in industrial engineering from UTC, and spent time as a research assistant at Erlanger Hospital and as an intern at TVA before moving to McKee. A volunteer youth minister, Squires has also worked as a leader in Young Life. Living on campus in Hunter Hall, Squires plans to be married this December.
- Carlton Stewart comes to Baylor from Oak Hill School in Nashville, TN, where he taught math and was the director of athletics. He has earned degrees from the University of Georgia (B.L.A.) and Lipscomb University (M.Ed.). Stewart will be teaching Middle School math at Baylor, and he will coach Middle School football and basketball. Stewart and his wife Tish (Moss) '00 have three young children- Evie, Rad, and Hunt.
- Sara Stockett '13, our new English teaching fellow, recently earned her English degree at the University of Montana in Missoula. As a University Global Leadership Fellow, she completed an internship at a nonprofit focused on civic engagement and education for high school students in addition to working with the Montana Department of Justice to educate victims of sex trafficking. Most recently, she has been the nanny of four children as well as a paralegal's assistant at a Missoula law firm. Stockett will teach freshman English, tutor in the Learning Center, and serve as a dorm parent.
- Lauren Thomas comes to Baylor as director of health and wellness for the Upper School. Thomas graduated from GPS and attended the University of Tampa, where she received her B.A. She later finished her M.Ed. at Lynchburg College, where she also worked in the soccer program and the athletic department. In addition to several positions in the health and wellness and coaching worlds (including here at Baylor), Thomas most recently served as the wellness coordinator at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy.
- Katie Flanagan Waite '02 is coming home to Chattanooga after spending the last few years teaching at Laing Middle School in Charleston, SC. Prior to that, she earned two degrees (B.S., M.Ed.) at UTC and taught math and science at Hixson Middle School for three years. This year at Baylor, she will be teaching pre-algebra and honors pre-algebra to seventh graders and working in the Middle School math lab. Waite and her husband, Geoffrey, will be welcoming their first child, a boy, this fall.
- Jesse Young joins Baylor from the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT to teach physics. Young received a B.A. from Colgate University with a concentration in physics and a M.S. in education from Johns Hopkins University. At Hotchkiss, he served as head of the science department and as an instructor in physics. Young was a member of the varsity crew at Colgate and will assist with Baylor's rowing program. He and his wife, Liz, will live on campus, with their three young children.
- Elizabeth (Liz) Young will serve as a college counselor, assume the role as Baylor's testing coordinator, and assist with the rowing program. She holds a B.A. from Colgate University and an M.Ed. from Johns Hopkins University. For the past 15 years, Young has worked at several respected day and boarding schools along the Eastern Seaboard. She and her husband, Jesse, are finishing up a long tenure at the Hotchkiss School and will live on campus with their three children.
Pictured are (front row, left to right) Katie Waite, Julie Sarasohn, Hannah Squires, Sara Stockett, Elin Bunch; (second row, left to right) Bo Chamberlain, Jesse Young, Carlton Stewart, Lauren Thomas; (back row, left to right) Liz Young, Garrison Conner, Steve Robison, and William Newberry.
Baylor also announced changes in the roles of three current faculty/staff members:
- Lauren Callihan will be joining the English department as a freshman English instructor while continuing to serve as the assistant librarian in Hedges Library. She graduated from Berry College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 2011 and completed her Master of Arts in English literature from Auburn University in 2014. While at Auburn, Callihan won the English department's Best Graduate Student Paper Award for her research on Anne Carson's poetry and the University's Outstanding ePortfolio Award. Prior to coming to Baylor, she served as an adjunct English instructor at Charleston Southern University and worked as an assistant at the Charleston County Public Library.
- Jen Clemmer '07 is moving from her student activities role to teaching full-time as an instructor of Upper School environmental science and forensic science. Since returning to Baylor in 2015, Clemmer has helped in the Learning Center, coached soccer, worked with Walkabout, and lived on campus as a dorm parent while also assisting with student activities. While earning a B.S. in biology from Denison University, she was an All-American soccer player on a nationally ranked team. She competed her master's degree in education from UTC this past spring.
- Audrey Waldecker Rushing has moved from teaching fellow to full-time faculty, teaching Middle School German and Spanish. She earned a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies, German music, and Biblical/theological studies at Covenant College, and completed her M.A. in German studies at the University of Georgia. Fluent in German and Spanish, Rushing previously taught both languages at the Montessori Kinder International School.