Faculty and Staff

Look for more information as we welcome new staff and faculty to PPE this year.

We are proud of our Percy Priest Elementary faculty and staff. More than 80% of our faculty holds a Master's degree or higher. Take a look and see who makes our school one of the best in the city.


Melinda Williams - Principal
B.S. Austin Peay State University
M.A. Trevecca Nazarene University
31 years of experience
Certifications: Early Childhood Pre-K - 3rd, Kindergarten - 3rd, Elementary 1st - 8th, Administration and Supervision K - 8th

Mark Mason - Assistant Principal
B.S. Middle Tennessee State University
M.Ed. Administration and Supervision University of Phoenix
Administration and Supervision, Classroom Organization and Management Program (COMP) Specialist
35 years in education including 21 years classroom experience, 4 years as MNPS New Teacher Mentor, 5 years as MNPS Instructional Coach, 2 years MNPS Administrator

Lolita Kinnard - Secretary



Murray Benson
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Mississippi
M.A., Lipscomb University
Masters +30 TSU
ELL Certification - David Lipscomb University
6 years of experience

Bitsi Condra
B.S. Lipscomb University
M.A. Lipscomb University
M.S. Administration and Supervision, Tennessee State University
24 years of experience

Lovie Lester
B.A. Aurora University
TN PreK -K Certification TSU
30 years of experience

Amy Patterson
B.A. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Masters Plus 30 
20 years of experience

Ashley Strobel
B.S. Tennessee Tech University
M.Ed. Belmont University
M.Ed. Vanderbilt University
22 years of experience


First Grade

Christina Brumleve
B.S. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
M.A. Southeast Missouri State University-Cape Girardeau
27 years of experience

Laura Faison
B.A. Vanderbilt University
M.Ed. Tennessee State University
13 years of experience

Beth Hartsock
M.A. Trevecca Nazarene University
ELL Certification - David Lipscomb University
22 years of experience

Jennifer Orth
B.A. from the University of Virginia
M.Ed. from Vanderbilt
5 years of experience

Brad Tanner
B.S. Southern Illinois University
14 years of experience


Second Grade

Rebecca Bourlakas
B.A. Florida State University
M.Ed. North Georgia University
Ed.D. University of Sarasota
25 years of experience

Cornelia Brown
M.Ed. MTSU+30
ESL Endorsement TSU
28 years of experience

Erin Parker
B.S. Harding University
ESL certification Henderson State University
12 years of experience

Liz Strawn
B.A. Auburn University
M.Ed. University of Alabama at Birmingham
5 years of experience

Terri Wall
B.A. Lipscomb University
M.A. in Reading and Instruction MTSU
24 years of experience

Hillary Zeller
B.A. Lipscomb University
M.Ed. Special Education Lipscomb University
13 Years of experience


Third Grade

Emily Bray
B.A. Rhodes College
M.Ed. Peabody College Vanderbilt University
ESL certification Lipscomb University
10 years experience 

Jamie Duke
B.A. Point Loma Nazarene University
TN K-6 Certification - Trevecca Nazarene University
ELL Certification - David Lipscomb University
M.Ed. Lipscomb University
8 years of experience

Caroline Dwight
B.S. University of Georgia
M.Ed. Lipscomb University
6 years of experience 

Laurel Marchesoni
B.S. Lipscomb University
3 years experience

Jessica Morrel
B.A. Elon University
2 years Autism Behavior Therapist 
4 years teaching experience

Anne Clarke Snyder 
B.S. University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.Ed. Lipscomb University
3 years teaching experience


Fourth Grade

Kate Allen
B.S. University of Tennessee
M.S. University of Tennessee
12 years experience

Emily Cary
B.A. Appalachian State University
M.A.L.T. Lipscomb University
8 years teaching experience

Dr. Jennifer Coats
B.S. Lipscomb University
M.Ed. Winthrop University
Ed.D. Trevecca University
National Board Certification - 2012
11 years of experience

Grace Davis
B.A. University of Tennessee
M.S University of Tennessee
ELL Certification University of Tennessee
2 years experience 

Brian Hudson
B.L.A Mississippi State University
M.A.T. Trevecca University
3 years teaching experience

Physical Education

Matthew Swift
B.S. Eastern Kentucky University
6 years experience

Mary Lee Nash
B.S. Tennessee Technological University
M.A. Administration
Ed.S. Instructional Leadership
Endorsement in Elementary Education 1-8
24 years of experience



Tina Atkinson
B.S. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction- University of Phoenix
20 years of experience
Parthenon Teacher of the Year 2005
Middle Tennessee Art Teacher of the Year 2009
TAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year 2011
Nationally Board Certified (NBPTS) in Visual Art, Early/Middle Childhood



James Mott
B.A. Arkansas State
M.A. Administration; Plus 30
24 years of experience



Lisa Trujillo
B.A. Trinity University
M.A. Early Childhood Education Vanderbilt University
Tennessee State University; Plus 30
30 years of experience



Jill Hasselbring
B.S. Lipscomb University
M.Ed. Lipscomb University
9 years Experience

Jeanne Lobb
B.S. East TN State University
Elementary Education
28 Years Experience

Terri McConnell
B.A. University of Tennessee
M.S. University of Tennessee
14 years of experience

Caren Wayburn
B.S. University of Tennessee - Speech Pathology
M.Ed. Vanderbilt University - Special Education
37 years of experience


Exceptional Education

Mandy Beeman
BS Ashland University
MEd Ashland University
K-12 Reading Endorsement
5 years teaching experience
7 years paraprofessional experience



Catherine Rollins
BS Elementary Education; Texas Tech University
MA Educational Leadership; Trevecca Nazarene University
Plus 30- Curriculum; University of San Diego
17 years experience



Courtney Haley
B.A. Anthropology, University of TN, Knoxville
M.S. Information Science, University of TN, Knoxville
30+ from UT and TSU
11 years experience



Emmie Stuart
B. S. Elementary Education UT-Chattanooga
M.L.I.S. University of Tennessee
K-12 Library/Media Specialist Certification
4 years of experience


LTDS (Literacy Teacher Development Specialist)

Emily Parsley
B.S. University of Kentucky
M.Ed. Educational Leadership + ESL endorsement - David Lipscomb University
9 years in education including 6 years in the classroom and 3 years as Instructional Coach/LTDS


School Counselors

Brian Burgess
NZ Dip. Ed, North Shore Teachers' College, NZ
B.A., Massey University, NZ
M.Ed. Administration, Massey University, NZ
M.Ed. Guidance/Counseling, Massey University, NZ
43 years of experience

Mary Twitchel
B.A. Union University
M.Ed. of School Counseling MTSU
13 years of experience



Lisa Ramsey
B.S. Taylor University
M.Ed. Western Governors University 
9 years of experience