The Middle School Faculty

Our teachers are dedicated middle school specialists who are not only committed to teaching an academic subject but also to teaching the whole child. They work together as a team to provide students with the tools and support for academic success within the context of a substantial and challenging curriculum.

Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds in both elementary and middle school education, making them well suited for the developmental stage of our students. In addition, they take on the roles of academic advisers, coaches, sponsors of clubs and activities, community service projects, and most importantly, mentors and friends.

Priscilla Birdsall

Priscilla Birdsall

Titles: Middle School Dean of Students
Departments: Administration
Occupation: Teaching at The American School in Switzerland from 1988-1990, Priscilla took her students on trips throughout Europe and history came alive.
Averil Blue

Averil Blue

Titles: MS Basketball and Lacrosse Coach, World Languages Instructor
Departments: Athletics, World Languages
Occupation: Experienced educator Averil Blue joined the Baylor faculty in 2015 after serving the Boys Latin School of Maryland and Saint James School in Hagerstown, Maryland as a teacher, dorm parent, and coach.
Bo Chamberlain

Bo Chamberlain

Titles: Social Studies Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science
Occupation: Bo is a wilderness sports enthusiast and a retired wilderness and critical care paramedic.
Allison Cheeseman

Allison Cheeseman

Titles: English Instructor, Social Studies Instructor, Dorm Parent, Cross Country/ Track Coach
Departments: Athletics, English, History-Social Science, Residential Life
Occupation: After graduating from Brentwood Academy as valedictorian, Cheeseman matriculated to Davidson College where she earned her B.A. in English, and served as captain for the cross country and track teams.
Amy Cohen

Amy Cohen

Titles: English Department Chair, English Instructor, Literacy Strategies/Humanities Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Words open the door to so many things.
Suzanne Collins

Suzanne Collins

Titles: Humanities Instructor, Literacy Strategies Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Suzanne has an undergraduate degree in English from Samford, where she ran cross country and track.
Judy Condon

Judy Condon

Titles: Art Instructor, Literacy Strategies Instructor
Departments: English, Fine Arts
Occupation: “Asking me why I do art is like asking why I breathe—it seems like such a natural output of my life.”
Kelly Eller

Kelly Eller

Titles: Mathematics Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: A middle school teacher since 2004, Kelly has discovered her passion for teaching middle school students.
Ward Fleissner

Ward Fleissner

Titles: History/Social Science Instructor, Literacy Strategies
Departments: English, History-Social Science
Occupation: I introduce my students to all the nooks and niches of Baylor, with historical annotations and anecdotes about the legendary teachers and events of the past.
Jan Gautier

Jan Gautier

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Science Instructor, Varsity Boys' Cross Country Coach, Middle School Cross Country & Track Coach
Departments: Athletics, Residential Life, Science
Occupation: An active runner, logging around ten miles a day and traveling throughout the Southeast and beyond to compete, Jan qualified for the 2000 Olympic Trials in the marathon.
Jenny Green

Jenny Green

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Middle School Student Support, Middle School Student Support
Departments: Residential Life, Student Support Center
Occupation: In her seventh grade geography classes, Jenny sparks students' interest by lots of hand-on projects.
Margaret Harman

Margaret Harman

Titles: MS Dance Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: During college, Margaret was an apprentice with Charleston’s Annex Dance Company and has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop, and choreography.
Neil Hetrick

Neil Hetrick

Titles: Gernan Instructor, MS Global Education Coordinator, MS Walkabout Instructor
Departments: Walkabout, World Languages
Occupation: Hetrick teaches German, serves as the global education coordinator in the Middle School, and works with Middle School Walkabout.
Trey Joyner

Trey Joyner

Titles: MS Football and Baseball Coach, Science Instructor
Departments: Athletics, Science
Occupation: Trey Joiner brings many years of teaching experience to Baylor, and was the lead science teacher at Normal Park Museum Magnet School in Chattanooga.
Allison Lamb

Allison Lamb

Titles: Fine Arts Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: Before relocating to Chattanooga, Allison taught and directed at Children's Theatre of Charlotte in their School of Theatre Training, one of the country's largest arts and education organizations.
Christine Lau

Christine Lau

Titles: Music Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: While working toward her undergraduate degree, Lau offered private music lessons, worked as a music instructor at an elementary school, and interned at a local church.
Jennifer Lindsay

Jennifer Lindsay

Titles: Head of the Middle School
Departments: Administration
Occupation: Lindsay has fifteen years of classroom experience teaching social studies and has also served as director of diversity and curriculum leader.
Park Lockrow

Park Lockrow

Titles: History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science
Occupation: Park came to Baylor in 1979 as a Civics and History teacher and was head tennis coach for 15 years, history department chair for five years, and Head of the Middle School for 10 years.
Bart Loftin

Bart Loftin

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Bart grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, and majored in English at the University of Alabama; he knew his first semester of graduate school that teaching was his calling.
Teresa McDowell

Teresa McDowell

Titles: Admin. Assistant to Head of Middle School
Departments: Administration
Bill McMahan

Bill McMahan

Titles: Middle School Athletic Director, Middle School PE, Track Coach (Middle School, Upper School), Wellness
Departments: Athletics
Occupation: As a coach, Bill is much more interested in teaching his athletes discipline and commitment than in winning.
Heath Montgomery

Heath Montgomery

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Fine Art Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts, Residential Life
Occupation: Heath is interested in the intersection of art and technology. At Baylor, he helps lead an after-school program where students create design-driven technology projects.
Vic Oakes

Vic Oakes

Titles: Choir Director
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: “I anticipate the choirs having a significant campus and community presence, as we explore the students' interests and talents for an amazing learning opportunity.
Gary Partrick

Gary Partrick

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Middle School Wellness Instructor, Varsity Golf Coach
Departments: Athletics, Residential Life, Student Support Center
Occupation: Baylor students are so used to working hard in the classroom, and that carries over in athletics. Everybody here is working towards excellence.
Cathy Pettway

Cathy Pettway

Titles: Dance Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: Cathy has trained at the Gus Giordano School in Chicago, received her bachelor’s degree from University of Colorado, Boulder, and her master’s degree in dance education from Temple University.
Regan Phillips

Regan Phillips

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Phillips has taught fifth grade reading, writing, science, and social studies at Normal Park Museum Magnet School in Chattanooga.
Carrie Rice

Carrie Rice

Titles: Mathematics Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: Carrie has a B.A. in Secondary Education, Math from Miami University and an M.A. in Instruction, Curriculum, and Leadership from the University of Memphis.
Elizabeth Roemer

Elizabeth Roemer

Titles: Coordinator of Admission and Scholarship Applications and College Visit Liaison, Testing Coordinator
Departments: College Counseling, Fine Arts, Student Support Center
Occupation: Elizabeth is the daughter of Baylor teacher, coach, and former dorm parent Bill Cox and spent twelve years on the Baylor campus as a child.
Audrey Rushing

Audrey Rushing

Titles: World Languages Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: Audrey Rushing spent the first 12 years of her life in Chile and speaks Spanish fluently, as well as German. She previously taught both languages at the Montessori Kinder International School.
Tom Schow

Tom Schow

Titles: Band & Orchestra Instructor, Dorm Faculty, Music Department Coordinator
Departments: Fine Arts, Residential Life
Occupation: Tom was an officer in the Army Reserve and was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield and again to help support the UN mission to Bosnia.
Nancy Seiters

Nancy Seiters

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: “I love adventure and discovery, and I love information. Science is the combination of all that, and it is so exciting to be sharing it with the kids.”
Tawambi Settles

Tawambi Settles

Titles: Director of Inclusivity, Associate Dean of Students, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: Administration, History-Social Science
Occupation: Settles played professional football for a variety of teams before eventually following the call to education.
Ashley Shuford

Ashley Shuford

Titles: Foreign Language Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: “I don’t think anybody could be more excited to be at Baylor than me.”
Kay Smith

Kay Smith

Titles: Instructor of Orchestra
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: Kay earned her B.S. in music education and her M.Ed. from UTC, has extensive experience as a strings teacher, and has played for many years with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra.
Card Steele

Card Steele

Titles: Instructor of Mathematics
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: Joining the Baylor faculty in 2004 was a homecoming of sorts for Card, a member of the graduating class of 1989.
Carlton Stewart

Carlton Stewart

Titles: Math Instructor, Football, Basketball Coach
Departments: Athletics, Mathematics
Occupation: Carlton Stewart comes to Baylor from Oak Hill School in Nashville, TN, where he taught math and was the director of athletics.
Lorraine Stewart

Lorraine Stewart

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Language Instructor
Departments: Residential Life, World Languages
Occupation: I always have my door open for dorm students who are struggling.
Talon Stroud

Talon Stroud

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: Stroud served as the head men’s soccer coach at King University.
Christy Tomisek

Christy Tomisek

Titles: Director of Middle School Student Support
Departments: Student Support Center
Chiann Tsui

Chiann Tsui

Titles: World Languages Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: A multi-talented lifelong learner, Dr. Tsui is accomplished pianist, a founding member of the Stanford Aerial Arts Program, is an aerial arts instructor and a Brazilian martial arts instructor.
Kristin Vines

Kristin Vines

Titles: Fencing Coach, Language Instructor
Departments: Athletics, World Languages
Occupation: I like the way we try to build a whole person, capable of thought, rounded in many areas.
Katie Waite

Katie Waite

Titles: Math Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: Katie Flanagan Waite '02 is coming home to Chattanooga after spending the last few years teaching at Laing Middle School in Charleston, SC.
Carlene West

Carlene West

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: I like to do community theater when I can; one every year or two if possible.”
Laura Willett

Laura Willett

Titles: Fine Arts Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: Laura insists that any student who is willing to put in the work can make art.
Becky Williams

Becky Williams

Titles: Middle School Counselor, Wellness Instructor
Departments: Counseling
Occupation: With over 20 years of experience in the counseling field, Williams has worked as a therapist at Erlanger Medical Center and as an adjunct professor in the M.S.W. program at UTC.
Alan Wong

Alan Wong

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Football Coach, Track Coach, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: Athletics, History-Social Science, Residential Life
Occupation: “Really I was just a tackling dummy, but I can say that I played UT football. You never know what you can get unless you try.”
Erin Woodrow

Erin Woodrow

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: Erin came to Baylor after teaching seventh grade science at Normal Park Museum Magnet School and was selected as a Hamilton County STEM fellow.
Grace Xiong

Grace Xiong

Titles: Language Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: “Students’ enthusiasm, curiosity, and eagerness to learn inspire me.”