A Message from the Head of SchoolDirector Amani Reed

Even before joining the University School of Nashville community, I heard from generations of alumni that their time at 2000 Edgehill helped them become who they are today. Now as head of this school, I have the privilege of spending time daily with students who model everything one could hope for in a learner, marking evident that this century-old institution remains true to its Peabody Demonstration School roots while being a leader in independent school education. 

USN strives to be a diverse and inclusive learning environment that fosters a sense of belonging for each student. Our exceptional faculty & staff work together to be the best versions of themselves and to shape learning so that students are best prepared for their days beyond Edgehill. We want them to meet their intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential while still holding true to the values of integrity, creative expression, and a love of learning — all of this in the pursuit of excellence. 

Likewise, students of all ages at USN take pride in leading and shaping their learning experiences in and out of the classroom, whether working with cafeteria staff to implement “Meatless Mondays,” increasing the school’s commitment to sustainability by planning and building a green roof through a class project that spanned five years, strengthening ties with peers at retreats and on Forest Days, running toward a consecutive cross country state championship title, turning wood, or fusing glass. Each year, USN students make headlines for their work in the greater Nashville community, travel the country for debate and quiz bowl competitions, and bring home athletic regional and state titles. Their versatility and aptness can be seen not only academically but also through the theater sets they build in our auditorium, many murals across our Edgehill Campus, and the courts and fields full with 80% of Middle and High School students participating in one or more of our 33 sports teams.

At USN, we consider the way learning happens to ensure each student is challenged and supported at every stage of their K-12 journey. In so many ways this is what education is about: being able to see and find yourself in your books and lessons, teachers and coaches, and overall learning; understanding the ways in which you as an individual are part of something much bigger than yourself. My hope is that your child will come to know that about USN too as you tour this website and hopefully our campus in Midtown Nashville. Thank you for considering University School of Nashville as you explore the best learning environment for your family.

Head of School ProfileGet to Know our Director

Amani Reed joined University School of Nashville in July 2022, as its 11th Director and the first person of color to lead the K-12 educational institution founded as Peabody Demonstration School in 1915.

In his career as an educator, Director Reed taught history to middle and high school students, led in several administrative capacities including as head of school, drove equity and justice initiatives, served on accreditation teams, worked as a facilitator at national conferences, and managed an academic enrichment program for middle school students facing limited opportunities.

A former Division I athlete, Director Reed has coached high school varsity soccer. He has served on the boards of two independent schools and several organizations supporting professionals in education.
    • Lower, Middle, and High Schoolers helped Amani get oriented with USN traditions and how to survive the first day of school as well as share the importance of student expression and voice at University School of Nashville.

School LeadershipBoard of Trustees

The USN Board of Trustees serves to fulfill the Mission of USN:

University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of Metropolitan Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.

USN Board of Trustees Members

List of 4 items.

  • Board Leadership

    President: Eric Kopstain 
    Vice President: Stacey Cason
    Secretary: Kristin Wilson
    Treasurer: Jim Rieniets
  • Board Members

    Aole Ansari
    McLean Barbieri '97
    Terrence Brooks
    Marcya Carter-Sheats
    Chris Chamberlain '85
    Vinh Duong
    Saeed Fakhruddin
    Reagan Farr
    Scott Ghertner '85
    Benjamin Goldberg '98
    Amy Huffman
    Shanna Singh Hughey
    Alex Jahangir
    Tonia Klein
    Tina Modi
    Robert Perry '03
    Will Radford
    Jennifer Russell
    Divya Shroff
    David Spigel '88
    Kelly Unger
    Naima Walker Fierce
    Matthew Wolf '99
  • Emeritus & Honorary Members

    Emeritus Members
    Ann Fundis
    Frank Garrison
    John Hassenfeld '75
    Mike Shmerling '73
    Raymond Zimmerman

    Honorary Members
    Teri Doochin Kasselberg '73
    Gail Carr Williams
  • Ex Officio

    Ex Officio Members 
    Amani Reed, Director 
    Dara Freiberg, 2024-2025 USNA Co-President
    Erin Zagnoev, 2024-2025 USNA Co-President
    2024-2025 Annual Fund Chairs TBD
    2024-2025 Vice President, PDS/USN Alumni Association TBD
    2024-2025 Faculty Representative TBD

USN Administrative Team

List of 13 members.

  • Photo of Amani Reed

    Amani Reed 

    Teachers College, Columbia University - MA
    University of Portland - BS
    At USN since: 2022
  • Photo of Amy Woodson

    Amy Woodson 

    Head of Lower School
    Georgia State University - Ed.S.
    Mercer University - M.Ed.
    Berry College - BS
    At USN since: 2014
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    Shavon Davis Louis 

    Head of Middle School
    Lipscomb University - Ed.D.
    Middle Tennessee State University - Ed.S.
    University of Southern Mississippi - MS
    Alcorn State University - BS
    At USN since: 2023
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    Quinton Walker 

    Assistant Head of School
    (615) 321-8012
    Vanderbilt University - Ed.D.
    University of Michigan - M.A.
    Duke University - B.A.
    At USN since: 2016
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    Rebecca Stokes 

    Director of Auxiliary Programs
    (615) 327-1778
    Vanderbilt University - M Ed
    Middle Tenn. State. Univ. - BS
    At USN since: 2001
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    Scott Collins 05

    Director of Enrollment
    (615) 327-3812
    Vanderbilt University - Ed.D.
    Vanderbilt University - M.Ed.
    Wofford College - BA
    At USN since: 2012
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    Anne Westfall 

    Director of Development
    Vanderbilt University - B.S.
    At USN since: 1998
  • Photo of Juanita Traughber

    Juanita Traughber 

    Director of Marketing & Communications
    Belmont University - MBA
    University of Georgia, Grady College - ABJ
    University of Georgia, SPIA - BA
    UAB/PRSA - Accredited in Public Relations
    At USN since: 2016
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    Josh Scouten 

    Athletic Director, Boys' Lacrosse Coach
    (615) 321-8000
    Middle Tennessee State University - MS
    Messiah College - BA
    At USN since: 2007
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    Roderick White 

    Director, Office of Diversity and Community Life
    615 277-7480
    Trevecca Nazarene University - BA
    Nashville School of Law - J.D.
    At USN since: 2015
  • Photo of Erik Mash

    Erik Mash 93

    Director of Operations
    (615) 321-8000
    Univ. of TN - Knoxville - BS
    At USN since: 2004
  • Photo of Kate Pritchard

    Kate Pritchard 

    Library Director
    Simmons College - MLS
    Wesleyan University - BA
    At USN since: 2013
  • Photo of Aerin Washington

    Aerin Washington 

    Captain/Director of Safety and Security, USN
    Grambling State University - MS
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville - BS
    At USN since: 2023

1915 to presentPDS/USN Directors

  • Dr. Richard Thomas Alexander
    1915 – 1924
  • Dr. William Henry Yarbrough
    1924 – 1937
  • Dr. John Edwin Windrow
    1937 – 1947
  • Dr. T. Ross Fink
    1947 – 1951
  • Dr. William Knox McCharen
    1951 – 1968
  • L. Edward Pratt
    1968 – 1977
  • Harold Snedcof
    1977 – 1978
  • Heber Rogers*
    1978 – 1979
  • Harvey B. Sperling
    1979 – 1990
  • Kay Simmons*
    1990 – 1991
  • Edward R. Costello
    1991 – 1999
  • Dr. Jean Gray Litterer*
    1999 – 2000
  • Dr. Vincent W. Durnan Jr.
    2000 – 2022
  • Amani Reed
    July 1, 2022 – present
*Interim Director
USN Mission: 
University School of Nashville models the best educational practices. In an environment that represents the cultural and ethnic composition of Metropolitan Nashville, USN fosters each student’s intellectual, artistic, and athletic potential, valuing and inspiring integrity, creative expression, a love of learning, and the pursuit of excellence.