Introduction to the Lower School

Young children come to school with a natural desire to make sense of their world and to find meaning in their learning through opportunities to investigate, inquire, experiment, and exchange ideas. They learn best when activities are purposeful and when there are opportunities for choice in an environment with high expectations. The Lower School provides a warm, friendly, and invigorating environment where children from kindergarten through fourth grades can learn and grow to be confident and competent learners.

We are committed to diversity and embrace a culture in which there is comfort in noticing and talking about differences, as well as in recognizing the feelings and wishes we all share. Empathy, self-control, cooperation, respect and caring for one another are the main threads of the fabric of who we are and what we hope to instill in young children.

Lower School's Guiding Principles

These seven principles guide our work with children:

  • The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum. 
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn; process and content go hand in hand. 
  • The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction. 
  • To be successful academically and socially, children need a set of social skills: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. 
  • Knowing the children we teach-individually, culturally, and developmentally is as important as knowing the content we teach. 
  • Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children's education. 
  • How the adults at school work together is as important as their individual competence; lasting change begins with the adult community.

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Lower School Administration & Staff

List of 9 members.

  • Photo of Amy Woodson

    Amy Woodson 

    Head of Lower School
    Georgia State University - Ed.S.
    Mercer University - M.Ed.
    Berry College - BS
  • Photo of Felicia Holst

    Felicia Holst 

    Assistant Head of Lower School
    University of South Carolina - MAT
    Columbia College - BA
  • Photo of Margaret Stewart

    Margaret "Annie" Stewart 

    Administrative Assistant, Lower School
  • Photo of Iloire Nye

    Iloire Nye 

    Lower School Math Specialist
    (615) 321-8000
    Bank Street College - MSEd
    Syracuse University - BS
  • Photo of Aviva Wasserman

    Aviva Wasserman 

    Lower School Literacy Support Specialist
    (615) 321-8000
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Ph.D.
    Harvard University - A.B.
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    Trish Buckner 

    Lower School Counselor
    Cleveland State University - MEd
    Baldwin Wallace University - BS
  • Photo of Caitlin Tisch

    Caitlin Tisch 

    Lower School Learning Specialist
    Vanderbilt University - Masters
    Indiana University - BS
    University of Kansas - Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Photo of Kari Jansen

    Kari Jansen 

    Lower School Student Support Coordinator
    Lesley University - MEd Creative Arts in Learning
    College of Charleston - BS
  • Photo of Roderick White

    Roderick White 

    Director, Office of Diversity and Community Life
    615 277-7480
    Trevecca Nazarene University - BA
    Nashville School of Law - J.D.

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