Upper School Faculty

Baylor faculty members hail from California and Maine, as well as Alabama and Argentina, and many places in between. They have degrees in everything from classical studies to radiological technology. In fact, more than 70 percent of our teaching faculty hold advanced degrees, including 11 with a Ph.D. or the equivalent. Among them are former university professors, camp directors, archaeologists, lawyers, and retired professional athletes. Our most senior faculty member was appointed in 1963, and we also have ambitious and talented teachers who recently earned their undergraduate degrees.

The majority of our faculty have taught at Baylor for ten or more years, and they provide stability and consistency for our school community.

Joli Anderson

Joli Anderson

Titles: Assistant Director of Community Service
Departments: Community Service
Elijah Anderson Barrera

Elijah Anderson Barrera

Titles: Language Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: “The study of language is not simply an academic exercise, but a life skill, a means by which we can learn from others.”
Allyson Arrington

Allyson Arrington

Titles: Mathematics Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: “It is fun as a faculty member to work with students who are well rounded, but it’s also wonderful as a parent to know that Baylor offers my children such great opportunities.”
Jennifer Averbeck

Jennifer Averbeck

Titles: Dorm Faculty, English Instructor, Learning Center Director
Departments: English, Residential Life, Student Support Center
Occupation: Jennifer brings experiences from Kid’s Ranch Camp in Jackson Hole, The Wall Street Institute in Buenos Aires, and the Boys and Girls Club here in Chattanooga.
Jack Batt

Jack Batt

Titles: Crew Coach, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: Athletics, History-Social Science
Occupation: Jack’s passion for history was kindled in college by a brilliant and challenging professor of Renaissance history who could take the scholastic writing of Thomas Aquinas and make it fascinating.
Penny Batt

Penny Batt

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Then, one Friday afternoon, they came in, they had all understood the reading; it was like poof! Magic!”
Vince Betro

Vince Betro

Titles: Mathematics Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: Vince Betro returned to Chattanooga from Oak Ridge, Tennessee where he held a joint appointment with the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Labs.
Heather Biebel

Heather Biebel

Titles: Student Exchange Coordinator, History/Social Sciences Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science, Student Support Center
Occupation: I feel most alive when I am pushing myself.
Elin Bunch

Elin Bunch

Titles: Director of Community Service
Departments: Community Service
Occupation: Elin worked in the Chicago public schools through Teach for America as a special education teacher and as a college and career readiness director
Justin Burner

Justin Burner

Titles: Mathematics Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: Before coming to Baylor in 2015, Justin Burner had several years of teaching experience in Villa Grove, Illinois, Washington, D.C., and China.
Elizabeth Burnette

Elizabeth Burnette

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: I really enjoy being both a teacher and a coach and forming relationships with students both in the classroom and out of the classroom.”
Bubba Burr

Bubba Burr

Titles: Assistant Football Coach, Fitness and Conditioning Instructor, Assistant Track Coach
Departments: Athletics
Lorraine Byerley

Lorraine Byerley

Titles: Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: Byerley has taught Spanish at the college level at both Illinois Wesleyan and Illinois State University where she also served as the assistant language coordinator.
Lauren Callihan

Lauren Callihan

Titles: Director of Hedges Library
Departments: Library
Occupation: Lauren earned her B.A. in English at Berry College and her M.A. in English from Auburn University.
Betsy Carmichael

Betsy Carmichael

Titles: Art Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: Betsy believes that it is important for art students to spend time outside, and the Baylor campus--landscapes, buildings, water--is an extraordinary outdoor studio.
Lee Casson

Lee Casson

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Lee has a B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University and an M.A. and Ed.D. in English from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Floyd Celapino

Floyd Celapino

Titles: History/Social Science Instructor, Language Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science, Technology, World Languages
Occupation: If it isn't done with love and joy and happiness, then it isn't worth doing.
Austin Clark

Austin Clark

Titles: Assistant Dean of Upper School
Departments: Administration
Occupation: Students are inspired by the challenges Austin offers, by the admiration he extends to those who work hard, and by the pride he instills.
Jennifer Clemmer

Jennifer Clemmer

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: A 2007 graduate of Baylor, Jennifer Clemmer combines much of what she loved about the school into the roles she plays as an employee.
Garrison Conner

Garrison Conner

Titles: Director of Residential Life
Departments: Administration, Residential Life
Occupation: Garrison 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.
David Conwell

David Conwell

Titles: History/Social Science Department Chair, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science
Occupation: At times David thinks of his Latin teaching as a stand-up comedy routine. Wonderful as the Greco-Roman world is, sometimes you do have to try hard to make it interesting for today’s student.
Bill Cox

Bill Cox

Titles: Basketball Coach, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: Athletics, History-Social Science
Occupation: Bill is concerned about his students' lives beyond the classroom, and he and his students like the friendly banter and wide-ranging conversations of the class. "I'm not just teaching them history."
Carin Cushman

Carin Cushman

Titles: Dorm Faculty, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science, Residential Life
Occupation: “I don’t really think of myself as someone who ‘teaches.’ It’s more like ‘guiding’ students to a greater understanding.”
Jeff Edwards

Jeff Edwards

Titles: Science Instructor, Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: “My best teaching happens one-on-one in the quiet of the morning. I have a real sense of what is understood and what is not.”
Kurt Emmanuele

Kurt Emmanuele

Titles: Assistant Track Coach, Dorm Faculty, Assistant Volleyball Coach, Walkabout Instructor, Learning Center Staff
Departments: Athletics, Residential Life, Student Support Center, Walkabout
Occupation: An expert in wild plant identification and a skilled wildlife photographer, Kurt has had photographs published in Sierra, Backpacker, and Outside magazines.
Robin Fazio

Robin Fazio

Titles: Language Instructor, Coordinator, Organic Gardening
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: “The best thing I can do for them is teach them responsibility.
Dr. Elizabeth Forrester

Dr. Elizabeth Forrester

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: Dr. Forrester recently established the Partnership in Research and Laboratory Learning (PReLL) with the UTC chemistry department, which exposes a select group of highly motivated high school students
Jeff Gaither

Jeff Gaither

Titles: English Instructor, Track Coach, Dorm Parent
Departments: Athletics, English, Residential Life
Occupation: Gaither began his career at Baylor in 1987, serving as an English instructor, head boys' cross country coach, and head girls' track coach.
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.
John Gibson

John Gibson

Titles: Middle School Baseball Coach, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Learning Center Staff
Departments: Athletics, Student Support Center
Ruth Ann Graham

Ruth Ann Graham

Titles: World Languages Instructor, World Languages Department Chair
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: “Watching people drop thousands of dollars on couture, I realized that I didn’t want to wake up and do that every day.”
Beth Gumnick

Beth Gumnick

Titles: Fine Arts Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: The arts shape our history and our society almost as much as history and society shape the arts.
Margaret Harman

Margaret Harman

Titles: Dance Instructor, Verve Artistic Director
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.
Takisha Haynie

Takisha Haynie

Titles: Dorm Faculty, English Instructor, Assistant Director of Residential Life
Departments: English, Residential Life
Occupation: Knowledge is constructed by the learner rather than given by some outside source.”
Elia Hennings

Elia Hennings

Titles: Laboratory Technician
Departments: Science
Occupation: Born in Honduras, Hennings has done work in microbiology and chemistry for Arnet Pharmaceutical in Davie, Florida.
David Hilley

David Hilley

Titles: Math Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: Hilley joined the Baylor Upper School math department after 29 years of teaching high school mathematics.
Laura Howard

Laura Howard

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Baylor students are all willing to try new things. I don't think they have as many inhibitions when it comes to creativity. They're generally happy; I find us laughing quite a lot.
Caldwell Huckabay

Caldwell Huckabay

Titles: History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science
Occupation: After earning his law degree, Caldwell worked for seven years in private practice and two years in the DA's office. But he felt God was calling him elsewhere.
Tom Kates

Tom Kates

Titles: Boys' Lacrosse Coach, Dorm Faculty, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: Athletics, History-Social Science, Residential Life
Occupation: Tom has served as head varsity lacrosse coach at Pace Academy and was an assistant coach for the number one ranked high school team in the nation at the Haverford School.
Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Titles: Applied Humanities Librarian
Departments: Library
Occupation: Kelly taught a variety of English courses at Blue Ridge School in St. George, Va., the Delaware Valley Friends School in Paoli, Penn., and Morristown-Beard School in Morristown, N.J.
Rex Kendle

Rex Kendle

Titles: Science Instructor, Wrestling Coach
Departments: Athletics, Science
Occupation: “Never in my wildest imagination would I have dreamed that schools like Baylor existed.”
Perry Key

Perry Key

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: Perry says that in his chemistry classes; instead, his goal is to give them the background to understand how chemistry permeates all aspects of their lives.
Mike Kinney

Mike Kinney

Titles: Mathematics Instructor, Baseball Coach
Departments: Athletics, Mathematics
Occupation: A 20-year veteran of teaching, Mike Kinney came to Baylor in 2015 after serving as the chair of the math department at Rhea County High School.
Tim Laramore

Tim Laramore

Titles: English Instructor, Walkabout Instructor
Departments: English, Walkabout
Occupation: “On any given day, I can be discussing ‘Macbeth’ with a student from Korea in the morning, teaching two classes in the afternoon, and kayaking on a river at the end of the day.”
Jean Lau

Jean Lau

Titles: Language Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: Jean appreciates “the dynamic environment on Baylor campus” as well as “the learning opportunities offered to teachers."
Mary Loveless

Mary Loveless

Titles: IdeaLab Director, Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: Mary Loveless joined the Baylor faculty in 2015 after teaching engineering programming at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mrs. Carleigh Marler

Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: “A wonderful high school calculus teacher really inspired me. She was tough, but she was good at what she did.”
Emily McArthur

Emily McArthur

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: Emily has worked with students of most all ages and achievement levels, but she enjoys teaching high school students best of all.
Petrise Miles

Petrise Miles

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: "I absolutely love interacting with students and constantly being exposed to their energy and perspective."
Judy Millener

Judy Millener

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Language Instructor
Departments: Residential Life, World Languages
Occupation: Judy particularly enjoys the challenge of making the study of grammar interesting and fun. "Humor is essential," she says, and she is adept at creating exercises that keep classes lively.
Tracy Miller

Tracy Miller

Titles: History/Social Science Instructor, Language Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science, World Languages
Occupation: “I learned Greek then and also took some German. I've been working on Dutch for six years, and have started teaching myself Swedish. I hope to know some of all of the Germanic and Romance languages."
Heath Montgomery

Heath Montgomery

Titles: Fine Art Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
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.
William Montgomery

William Montgomery

Titles: English Instructor, History/Social Science Instructor, Dean of Faculty
Departments: English, History-Social Science
Occupation: “One of Baylor's greatest traits is its ability to welcome the humanity of its family members in all of its beautiful and mischievous forms.”
Ben Nelson

Ben Nelson

Titles: Head Wrestling Coach, Science Instructor
Departments: Athletics, Science
Occupation: ”I had a couple of wonderful football coaches who were also incredibly enthusiastic classroom teachers. I admired their ability to get the best out of students in both environments.”
Tory Nicholson

Tory Nicholson

Titles: Learning Center Instructor
Departments: Student Support Center
Occupation: Tory previously taught chemistry at Deerfield Academy.
Vic Oakes

Vic Oakes

Titles: Concert Choir Director, Fine Arts Department Chair
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.
Natalee Oldham

Natalee Oldham

Titles: Asst. Director of Student Life, Adviser for The Tower
Departments: Student Center
Occupation: Oldham worked at Wofford College, serving in a number of roles including coordinator of Greek life, resident director, and director of student activities.
Bob Olson

Bob Olson

Titles: History/Social Science Instructor, Science Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science, Science
Occupation: As WD4OHD, Bob has talked to other ham radio operators in over 125 countries, and he has helped several Baylor students earn their own amateur licenses.
Ashlee O'Steen

Ashlee O'Steen

Titles: English Instructor, Director of Walkabout, Dorm Parent
Departments: English, Residential Life, Walkabout
Heather Ott

Heather Ott

Titles: English Instructor, Girls Cross Country Coach, Track Coach
Departments: Athletics, English
Occupation: Year in and year out, the group of girls who run on the team are exceptional people.”
David Padilla

David Padilla

Titles: English Instructor, Head of Upper School
Departments: Administration, English
Occupation: You don't use up a poem when you read it; you don't finish with a piece of literature.
Ken Parks

Ken Parks

Titles: Language Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: For a summer, Ken lived and worked with a French family, camped throughout the south of France, and spent time in Paris. The experience opened his eyes to the world.
Connie Partrick

Connie Partrick

Titles: Dorm Faculty
Departments: Residential Life
Occupation: Before I came to Baylor, I thought that ‘Welcome to our community’ was just a catch phrase. But we’re not just neighbors, we’re a family.”
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.
Melissa Pojasek

Melissa Pojasek

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: The winner of numerous awards and grants, Melissa has been a popular lecturer and presenter.
Mary Lynn Portera

Mary Lynn Portera

Titles: Fine Arts Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: I do the same thing I teach.
Mark Price

Mark Price

Titles: Head Boys' Basketball Coach
Departments: Athletics
Occupation: Price has coached basketball at a number of universities and served most recently as the assistant coach for the men’s basketball team at Belmont University.
Sally Ratterman

Sally Ratterman

Titles: Counseling Center Assistant
Departments: Counseling
Occupation: Ratterman has worked as a preschool teacher and as an operations specialist with a property management company in Nashville.
Dawn Richards

Dawn Richards

Titles: Science Department Chair, Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: “I love when they realize that something we learned on the first day of class fits in with something we did in December, and now it all comes together to make a complete picture.”
Chelsi Rodriguez

Chelsi Rodriguez

Titles: Technology Support Specialist, Testing Coordinator
Departments: Student Support Center, Technology
Elizabeth Roemer

Elizabeth Roemer

Titles: Dance Instructor, Company Director of Verve
Departments: Fine Arts
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.
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.
Dan Scott

Dan Scott

Titles: Chaplain, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: Chaplain, History-Social Science
Leo Seballos

Leo Seballos

Titles: Physics Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: Dr. Seballos earned his B.S. in chemistry with a minor in physics from Loyola Marymount University and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
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.
Jennia Shanley

Jennia Shanley

Titles: Fine Arts Instructor
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: Jennia's mission is to empower students to move through life with purpose, intelligence, and creativity.

Hillary Spiller

Titles: World Languages Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: At Sewanee, Hillary was awarded the Ruggles-Wright Prize for Excellence in French in addition to graduating Summa Cum Laude.
Lorraine Stewart

Lorraine Stewart

Titles: World Languages Instructor
Departments: World Languages
Occupation: I always have my door open for dorm students who are struggling.
Sara Stockett

Sara Stockett

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: As a University Global Leadership Fellow, she completed an internship at a nonprofit focused on civic engagement and education for high school students.
Andy Stultz

Andy Stultz

Titles: Mathematics Instructor
Departments: Mathematics
Occupation: “Students seem to enjoy interacting with material that has a focus on technology. It helps generate questions and provoke answers.”
Emmie Treadwell

Emmie Treadwell

Titles: Mathematics Instructor, Director of Strategic Initiatives
Departments: Administration, Mathematics
Occupation: Emmie has her B.S. from Auburn and her M.Ed. from Wesleyan in Macon, Ga., where she previously taught at Tatnall Square Academy.
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.
Shane Turner

Shane Turner

Titles: History/Social Sciences Instructor, Wrestling Coach
Departments: Athletics, History-Social Science
Occupation: Turner owned and operated a construction company before his passion for connecting with young people prompted a career change.
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.
Chase Waller

Chase Waller

Titles: Humanities Specialist, Dorm Parent
Departments: Residential Life, Student Support Center
Occupation: While at Covenant, he was a Maclellan Scholar, played on the men’s varsity soccer team, and wrote for the school newspaper.
Garrett Walsh

Garrett Walsh

Titles: Theater Technical Director
Departments: Fine Arts
Occupation: Garrett possesses a full range of technical skills and has worked previously with the Red Mountain Theater Company, Lake Dillon Theater Company, and Theatre by the Sea.
Chris Watkins

Chris Watkins

Titles: English Instructor
Departments: English
Occupation: If you make students write enough, they will write substantial things.”
Tom Watson

Tom Watson

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Mathematics Instructor, Softball Coach
Departments: Athletics, Mathematics, Residential Life
Occupation: “I have taught students who became doctors, lawyers, and other teachers. Just to hear them say that I have made a difference in their lives is so rewarding.
Adam Weaver

Adam Weaver

Titles: Dorm Faculty, Mathematics Instructor, Math Department Chair
Departments: Mathematics, Residential Life
Occupation: “The hard work and enthusiasm for learning demonstrated by my students make my job very easy.”
Becky Williams

Becky Williams

Titles: School Counselor
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.
Tim Williams

Tim Williams

Titles: Associate Director of Walkabout, History/Social Science Instructor
Departments: History-Social Science, Walkabout
Occupation: Tim once clarified a principle of Taoism by reminding a paddler about the difference between fighting a hydraulic and playing in it.
Grant Wood

Grant Wood

Titles: Science Instructor
Departments: Science
Occupation: A captain, licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard, Grant spends most summers sailing the Victory Chimes and other historic schooners along the coast of Maine.
Grace Xiong

Grace Xiong

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

Jesse Young

Titles: Physics Instructor, Rowing Coach
Departments: Athletics, Residential Life, Science
Occupation: Young was a member of the varsity crew at Colgate University.
Liz Young

Liz Young

Titles: College Counselor, Rowing Coach
Departments: Athletics, College Counseling
Occupation: For the past 15 years, Young has worked at several respected day and boarding schools along the Eastern Seaboard.