Here is a glimpse of the new faces you'll soon see in classrooms, hallways, offices, and on Zoom.
Lynn Schroeck is the new lead kindergarten teacher in the Blue Door classroom. Schroeck has been an important part of USN’s Lower School for the past two years, where she served as a teacher assistant in kindergarten, second, third, and fourth grades. Schroeck received a bachelor’s degree in Montessori early childhood education from Xavier University, and a master’s degree in Education with a reading specialty from Lipscomb University. Prior to coming to USN, Schroeck was a lead primary teacher at Bambini Montessori in Nashville, as well as a lead kindergarten teacher at Franklin Road Academy.
Ellen Haber ’00 returns to USN as a fourth grade teacher. After graduating from USN, Haber made her way to Washington University to study History and earned an M.Ed. from Belmont University with a focus in elementary education. Haber brings experience having taught kindergarten at Ensworth and fifth grade at Cameron Middle School. She is a veteran teacher and knows this community from multiple vantage points; as an alumna, a current parent, a summer camp leader, and partner to Senior Class Dean & High School English Teacher Matthew Haber. Haber has recently been one of our first calls when looking for a substitute. If you don’t yet know her, you will come to love her. The joy she has from being with children is contagious and she will be a great addition to the already stellar Avington/Covington/Washko team.
PE Teacher & HS Track Team Head Coach Lindsey Bachman joins USN from University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. During her time at Liggett, she served as a PE and wellness teacher before becoming the Dean of Faculty and Student Wellness. As a track & field coach, Lindsey helped grow the team from six to 50, including multiple state finalists. She was the 2015 MIAC Coach of the year for her outstanding work in cross country. Prior to her professional career, Bachman attended Michigan State University Honors College.
Sierra Smith joins the Communications Office as the communications specialist and will focus primarily on the school's digital marketing efforts, including social media strategy and management and e-newsletters. She comes to USN from Nashville Ballet, where she worked as public relations manager, earned noteworthy editorial placements, issued its first style guide, and developed a knack for crafting copy and curating content that met the communication needs of multiple departments reach wide range of audiences. Smith was previously public relations & marketing assistant at Surry Community College. Originally from southern Virginia, Smith received a B.A. in Communication Studies in from Campbell College.
Additional new faculty and staff are:
Beatriz Morales-Hackett, HS Spanish Teacher
Kevin Sanderson, Systems Administrator
Carly Stafford, Assistant Director of College Counseling
In other USN transitions:
Wilson Hubbell returns from New Zealand to teach HS science and coach the Chess Team.
Lauren Gage moves from fourth grade to teach fifth grade English.
Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced Henry Hicks '17 is a recipient of the premier graduate scholarship for aspiring public service leaders in the United States.