Faculty and Staff Directory

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Fr. Maxi Ofori

Pastor

 

frmaxi@stannnash.org

615-298-1782

 

Education

  • Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Duquesne Univeristy, Pittsburg, PA in 2016
  • Master’s degree in English from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN in 2010

 

Experience

  • Ordained in 1999 for the Diocese of Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana.
  • Came to the Diocese of Nashville in 2007
  • Served at St. Edward (pastoral assistant), Christ the King (priest-in residence), St. Joseph (administrator), St. Matthew (parochial vicar), and St. Pius X (administrator).
  • Motto: Never miss an opportunity to do good.

Dr. Adelaide Nicholson

Principal

 

anicholson@stannnash.org

615-269-0568

 

Education

  •  Doctoral degree in Education, Leadership, and Professional Practice from Trevecca Nazarene University  – May 2009
  • Masters in Educational Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University – May 2005
  • Teacher Certification from Fisk University – May 2003
  • B.S.B.A., Marketing and Fashion Merchandising from Middle Tennessee State University– May 1976

Experience

  • AdvancED accreditation team member
  • Dissertation advisor for (3) cohort members currently enrolled in Trevecca’s Doctoral degree program in Education, Leadership, and Professional Practice
  • Graduate work published in ProQuest

 

 

Saint Ann School Faculty

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Jamie Grigsby

Pre-Kindergarten

 

jgrigsby@stannnash.org

615-277-9648

Education

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee State University

 Experience

  • 8 years teaching, 4 years at Saint Ann School
  • Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Gift Bearer at Saint Ann Catholic Church
  • Assistant Softball coach at Father Ryan High School
  • Assistant freshman volleyball coach at Father Ryan High School
  • Graduate of Saint Ann School and Father Ryan High School
  • Co-sponsor of Student Council at Saint Ann School
   

Amanda Ducharme

Pre-Kindergarten

 

aducharme@stannnash.org

615-277-9648

 

Education

  •  B.A. in history education from Middle Tennessee State University

Experience

  • Taught social studies for 2 years at Cheatham County High School
  • Worked for 5 years at St. Ignatius Mother's Day Out
  • Has two daughters at Saint Ann School
  • Co-Moderator for Saint Ann School Cheerleaders
   

Rachel Johnson

Kindergarten

 

rjohnson@stannnash.org

615-277-9641

 

Education

  •  B.S. in Early Childhood Education with dual major in Special Education from University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

Experience

  • 7 years teaching at Saint Ann School
  • Graduate of Father Ryan High School and an alumna of Saint Ann School
  • Cross Country Head Coach
  • Saint Ann School Eucharistic Minister
   

Alison Oddo

Grade 1

 

aoddo@stannnash.org

615-277-9648

 

Education

  • Graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009 with a B.S. in Human Development - Peabody College of Education and Human Development and a B.A. in Political Science - The College of Arts & Sciences
  • Earned two minors in African American and Diaspora Studies and Music Literature

Experience

  • Attended Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School and John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham, AL
  • Selected to attend Vanderbilt Washington Scholars Program in Washington, D.C
  • Moderator of Eagles Engineers Club
  • Second year teaching at Saint Ann School
   

Martha Merzbacher

Grade 2

 

mmerzbacher@stannnash.org

615-277-9642

 

Education

  •  B.S. from Middle Tennessee University and endorsements from Trevecca College

Experience

  • 24 years at Saint Ann School
  • Coach of the Forensics Team and member of the Advisory Council for the Junior National Honor Society
  • Professional Catechist for the Diocese of Nashville
  • Nominated for "DisneyHand Teacher Award" for creativity in teaching (2006)
  • Multiple nominee for "Who’s Who in Education" by former students
  • Graduate of Father Ryan High School and an alumna of Saint Ann School
   

Noreen Yasay

Grade 3

 

nyasay@stannnash.org

615-277-9642

 

Education

  • B.A. in International Affairs from George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • M.A. in Elementary Education from Trinity College (Washington, DC)

 Experience

  • Five years of teaching at Saint Ann School
  • Seven years of additional teaching experience in Catholic schools
  • 2006 Teacher of the Year at St. Augustine School (Washington, DC)
  • 2005 recipient of the Kate Holley Rookie Teacher Award at St. Augustine School (Washington, DC)
  • Previously named among the "Who's Who Among America's Teachers" 
  • Assists in moderating the Forensics Team
  • Graduate of Father Ryan High School and Overbrook School
   

Sandy Bennett

Grade 4

 

sbennett@stannnash.org

615-277-9649

 

Education

  •  B.S. in Elementary Education from Austin Peay State University

Experience

  • Master Teacher: Tennessee Association of Independent Schools
  • Professional Catechist for the Diocese of Nashville
  • 34 years at Saint Ann School
  • Past president of Diocese of Nashville Middle School Forensics League
  • Member of National Catholic Education Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Middle School Association
  • Serves on SACS Accreditation Review teams
   

Jeffery Hurm

Grade 5 / Science

 

jhurm@stannnash.org

615-277-9654

 

Education

  •  - B.S. in Elementary Education from Indiana University - Bloomington
  •  - M. ed. in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University

Experience

  • 16 years teaching experience (12 in public school and 4 at Catholic Schools)
  • Coach of the Science Olympiad Team
  • 4 years in U.S. Navy as a Cryptologic Technician
  • Attended Catholic Schools from 1st through high school graduation. 
   

Erica Nute

Grade 6 / English

 

enute@stannnash.org

615-277-9644

 

Education

  •  B.S. in Elementary Education from MTSU

Experience

  • 18 years teaching experience
  • More than  25 years experience with children

 

 

Helen Kyger Smith

Grade 7 / Global Studies and Religion

 

hsmith@stannnash.org

615-277-9647

Education

  • B.S. Vanderbilt University with a double major in Religion and Human and Organizational Development and minor in Anthropology 
  • M.A. Vanderbilt University with a double Major in History and Religion and minor in Anthropology 
  • Graduate Level Education Certification Belmont University, Licensed K-8

Experience

  • Nashville native; attended Overbrook School and 
    Harpeth Hall School 
  • Taught 7 years at University School of Nashville (K-12 private independent school)
     
  • Taught 2 years at Quarry Lane School (K-12 private independent school)
     
  • Taught 1 year at St. Bernard School in Bay Area California (K-8 parish school)
  • Taught 12 years St. Henry (K-8 parish school)
  • Tennessee Professional Level Licensure K-8
  • Peabody Vanderbilt Round Table Excellence in Teaching Honoree 
    Awarded for innovations in teaching and contributions to educational excellence
     
  • Member of Kappa Delta Phi Education Honor Society
   

Jim Finnegan

Grade 8 / Math

 

jfinnegan@stannnash.org

615-277-9647

 

Education

  • Iona College, New Rochelle, NY: BS Business
  • Belmont University, Nashville, TN: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN: Master of Education (M.Ed)

Experience

  • 3 years teaching at Saint Ann School
  • Previously worked in healthcare in various capacities including accounting, auditing, collections, pastoral care, and ethics and compliance
  • Attended Catholic schools from kindergarten through undergraduate school
   

Amanda Sotiriadis

Music / Dramatic Arts

 

asotiriadis@stannnash.org

615-277-9658

 

Education

  • Keene State College: BM: Music Education, specialization in Voice
  • Keene State College: BA: Music History and Literature
  • TN Arts Academy: Music, 2008; Theater, 2009
  • Belmont College Graduate Studies: Orff Certification
  • University of Wisconsin Graduate Studies: World Music Drumming Certification

 

Experience

  • 5 years teaching at Saint Ann School
  • 12 years teaching (6 years public schools and 6 years Catholic schools)
  • Began the Drama/Theatre Arts program at Saint Ann School in 2007
  • Member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education
  • Member of National Association for Music Education
  • Directed multiple children’s choirs and musicals in TN, MA, and NH.
  • Performed in many choirs and as a vocal soloist in TN and NH.
  • Performed the lead role of Erin O’Connell for two years in the rock opera A Song for Ireland in both the NH cast and the NYC off-Broadway cast.
   

Theresa Bertrand

Spanish

 

tbertrand@stannnash.org

615-277-9654

 

Education

  • B.A. Political Science from the University of Louisiana Lafayette
  • B.A. Social Studies Education from the University of Louisiana Lafayette
  • Spanish Certification from the University of Louisiana Lafayette
  • M.A. Latin American History from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • English as a Second Language Certification from the University of Memphis.M.A.
  • M.A. Spanish from the University of Mississippi

Experience

  • 25 years teaching experience
  • Member of Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association
  • Member of American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Member of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Participant of Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies Summer Teacher Institute in Cuba, June 2016
  • Participant of Vanderbilt University's Center for Latin American Studies Summer Teacher Institute in the Dominican Republic, June 2008
  • Co-presenter at AATSP Conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, July 2010
  • Co-presenter at TFLTA Conference in Franklin, TN, November 2013
  • Co-presenter at Southern Conference on Language Teaching Conference in Memphis, TN, March 2014
  • Selected co-presenter at AATSP Conference in Panama City, Panama, July 2014
  • Co-coach of the forensics team, co-moderator of Student Council, and member of National Junior Honor Society advisory council
  • 12 years teaching at Saint Ann School
   

Judy Graham

Library / Literature

 

jgraham@stannnash.org

615-277-9653

 

Education

  • Graduate of Tennessee Tech University
  • Librarian’s license

Experience

  • Has taught in one capacity or another at Saint Ann School for 26 years
  • Graduate of Saint Bernard Academy
  • Attends workshops for training in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation process and is active in helping other schools attain their accreditation
  • Ms. Graham loves the fact that her job not only allows her to be a lifelong learner with constant new challenges and projects, but that she gets to work with every child attending Saint Ann School. "My position at Saint Ann is an enviable one because our families are allowing me to help them prepare their most precious resources for a lifetime of learning."
   

Karen Herrmann

Art / Health

 

kherrmann@stannnash.org

615-277-9656

 

Education

  •  B.A. in Journalism from Belmont

Experience

  • 21 years teaching at Saint Ann School
  • Has also taught at Saint Pius X (4th Grade) and Overbrook (3rd Grade)
  • A member of the Diocesan Athletic Council for 11 years and held the position of President for one of those years and is currently the DAC recording secretary
  • Attended various conferences/seminars (similar to SPARKS held in Memphis (attended summer 2004) and other hosted by USTA (United States Tennis Association) and TAPHERD (Tennessee Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance)
 

Maggie Musacchio

Hand In Hand Options Program Lead

 

mmusacchio@stannnash.org

 

Education

  • M.S. in Modified and Comprehensive Special Education from The University of Tennessee
  • B.S. in Modified and Comprehensive Special Education from The University of Tennessee

Experience

  • Modified Special Education Certification and comprehensive Special Education Qualifications
  • Taught Special Education for a year in Knox County

 

 

Saint Ann School Staff

 

Fr. Jerry Strange

Associate Pastor

 

jstrange@stannnash.org

615-298-1782

 

Education

  • Bachelors of Music from the University of Louisville
  • Master's degree from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN

Experience

  • Native of Glasgow, KY, a small community near Mammoth Cave National Park
  • professional musician for 5 years but later turned to education
  • taught music in the Nelson Co. (KY) schools and the Caverna Independent School District (near Mammoth Cave) for a total of 18 years and grade levels ranged from pre-school to high school.
  • ordained as a late vocation at the age of 55 
  • served over the last 6 years many parished, including Our Lady of the Lake, St. Edwards, Christ the King, St. Pius X, Assumption and most recently, St. Stephen’s Catholic Community.

Krystal Johnson

Office/Facilities Manager

 

krystal@stannnash.org

615-277-9645

 

Education

  • A.A.S. of Business Management: Marketing

Experience

  • 15 years of Property and Liability Insurance

Liz Wilson

Support Teacher / Tutor

 

ewilson@stannnash.org

615-277-9640

 

Education

  • B.S in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee University
  • Kindergarten Certification from Trevecca University

Experience

  • Taught preschool for 6 years and Kindergarten for 2 years before joining the Saint Ann School staff in 1986
  • Worked at Saint Ann School for more than 25 years

Cedric Bullock

Custodian

 

615-277-9659

 

Experience

  • 24 years at Saint Ann Catholic Church and School
  • Also worked at Ethan Allen, C & J Cleaning, and Saint James Church
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Kelly Braniff

Development / Stewardship

 

kelly@stannnash.org

615-269-0568

 

Education

  •  B.S. in Biology from Loyola University of New Orleans

Experience

  • CFRE - Certified Fundraising Executive
  • Worked in nonprofits for more than 17 years concentrating on Admissions, Fund Development, Volunteer Management and Marketing

Sandy Robinson

Athletic Director / Before Care

 

srobinson@stannnash.org

615-269-0568

Education

 

Experience

 

Nancy Maroney

Parish Assistant

 

nancy@stannnash.org

615-277-9670

 

Education

  • B.S. in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University

 Experience

  • Business, Finance, and Healthcare Administration experience