New Faculty And Staff Join McCallie School

Thursday, August 21, 2014
From left, top: Nick Bradford, James Harr, Luis Rodriguez, Steven Van Buskirk, Danny Morgan, Will Fletcher, John Shulman and Joshua Coleman.  From left, bottom: Louise Cook, Kimberly Jones, Callie Burns, Margaret Granbery, Michele Harris, and Elizabeth Ropp (Not pictured: Jonathan Adams).
From left, top: Nick Bradford, James Harr, Luis Rodriguez, Steven Van Buskirk, Danny Morgan, Will Fletcher, John Shulman and Joshua Coleman. From left, bottom: Louise Cook, Kimberly Jones, Callie Burns, Margaret Granbery, Michele Harris, and Elizabeth Ropp (Not pictured: Jonathan Adams).

A new school year has begun bringing with it a group of fresh faces to the McCallie campus. McCallie welcomes 15 new teachers and staff members to the Ridge for the 2014-15 school year.

Two newcomers are McCallie graduates. Nick Bradford ’02 will teach Upper School Math, and James Harr ’92 will teach Upper School Music as an adjunct. 

Other new teachers joining the faculty this year include: Jonathan Adams, Learning Center specialist; Callie Burns (GPS ’08), Upper School Biology and Learning Center specialist; Joshua Coleman, Upper School art;  Louise Cook, Middle School English; and Luis Rodriguez, Upper School Spanish.

New staff additions this year are Will Fletcher, assistant director of boarding admission and assistant varsity lacrosse coach; Margaret Granbery, Middle School librarian; Michele Harris, assistant director of finance; Kimberly Jones, boarding admission assistant; Danny Morgan, technology database developer; Elizabeth Ropp, assistant director of communications; John Shulman, head basketball coach and director of community outreach; and Steven Van Buskirk, audio visual specialist. 

“I expect to grow into my place in the McCallie family and to rise to the challenge of engaging the inquisitive minds of McCallie boys” notes Luis Rodriguez when asked to comment on his expectations for the school year ahead.

Other new staff and faculty share their first impressions of campus as well as expectations for the new school year: 

“My expectations are simple in that I want all of my students to grow to another level in their process of becoming young men. This is not just academically, but physically, emotionally, and spiritually.” -- Jonathan Adams

“Everybody on this campus made this whirlwind of a week enjoyable and exciting by being welcoming and helpful from the very first day.” -- Callie Burns 

“I expect this year to be challenging as I am getting used to a new school and teaching boys, but I am also looking forward to the challenge.” -- Louise Cook

“I feel like we brought in a great group of students for the 2014-15 school year, so I expect to continue to build on that and watch these current students grow and develop into McCallie men.” -- Will Fletcher 

“I expect that this year will be full of challenges and growth, both for me and for the students.” -- Margaret Granbery

“With a financial background in the Air Force and having worked in the business office at Girls Preparatory School, I am blown away by the size and depth of McCallie’s programs.” -- Michele Harris 

“McCallie’s message of Honor Truth Duty are obvious in the dedication of the individuals I’ve had the pleasure to meet and work with.” -- Danny Morgan

“I want to bring a fresh look to McCallie but also embrace the traditions of an incredible institution.” -- John Shulman 



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