Literacy Teacher Development Specialist
Serving as a literacy development specialist for Julia Green, Mary Alibrandi holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and international studies from the University of Miami and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Arizona. She has also received her administrative endorsement from Lipscomb University. Prior to working at Julia Green, Mrs. Alibrandi worked in MNPS as a resource teacher, Title I/Reading Recovery Teacher, and Reading First literacy leader. During the 2012-2013 school year, she supervised student teachers from Vanderbilt University. Outside of school, Mrs. Alibrandi and her family love to get outdoors, travel, spend time with friends and relatives, and listen to music. Mrs. Alibrandi enjoys helping students reach their potential and build self-esteem as they become successful readers and writers.
Math Enrichment Specialist
Vicki Dooley is a native Nashvillian and graduate of Overton High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and has a master’s degree from Tennessee State University. With over 30 years in the classroom, Mrs. Dooley’s teaching background includes every grade from first through eighth with the bulk of her experience teaching third grade at Percy Priest Elementary and fifth grade math and science at Meigs Academic Magnet Middle School.
Mrs. Dooley enjoys spending time with her family which includes her husband, Alan, and two grown children, Melissa and John. In recent years, her family has grown to include a son-in-law named Alex and a daughter-in-law named Jennings. The family has a fierce Chihuahua named Pippin who takes his job as protector of the home very seriously. Mrs. Dooley’s favorite activities include hiking at Radnor and Percy Warner Park, reading, gardening, and planning her next travel adventure.
Carol Ann Eskridge
Carol Ann Eskridge received her degree in Child Development and Elementary Education from the University of Alabama. She then attended Vanderbilt University where she earned a master’s degree in special education with a focus on emotional/behavior disorders and learning disabilities. Before coming to Julia Green, Ms. Eskridge taught second grade, worked as a reading specialist, and supervised student teachers at Vanderbilt. She continues to mentor future special education teachers from Vanderbilt. When she’s not teaching, Ms. Eskridge loves to read, cook, and spend time with her family.
Advanced Academics Resource Specialist
Tandekile Francis is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She came to Nashville to attend the historic and prestigious Fisk University. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree in psychology, K-8 teacher certification, and a specialty in American Sign Language, she attended Vanderbilt University's Peabody College where she focused on Special Education-Hearing Impaired Studies. She earned her Master's degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Arizona) and holds an administrative endorsement with the State of Tennessee. She's worked in Metro Nashville Public Schools for the past 14 years as a teacher, Numeracy Coach, and most recently as a Dean of Instruction. She has also served as a presenter at district and university professional development workshops with a focus on numeracy (PK-8th), CCSS Standards training, and ECE sequential knowledge. In addition, she is currently working on her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Effective Schools. This year she is looking forward to moving into a new position as an Advanced Academic Resource Teacher (AART) here at Julia Green.
Mrs. Francis has four awesome children who have all been educated in MNPS. Her two eldest children are currently matriculating at her and her husband's alma mater, Fisk University, majoring in Physics and Business respectively. When she is away from school, she enjoys attending her children's basketball and volleyball games as well as their musical performances. Her 2nd daughter plays for the Fisk University Lady Bulldogs, her son for the MBA Big-Red, and her youngest daughter for the MLK Lady Royals. She also enjoys shopping online, watching movies, and family vacations. Mrs. Francis serves her community via her church, Word of Life Christian Center, and her sorority, the Rho Alpha Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.-Music City Zetas.
Courtney Ella Haley
Itinerant English Learner Teacher
Courtney Ella Haley is the Itinerant English Learner Teacher at Julia Green Elementary School. From the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, she obtained a Master of Science in Information Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. Her post graduate coursework focused on obtaining and renewing her Tennessee Teacher license endorsed in Lib In SP PreK-12 and ESL PreK-12. With over ten years experience as an educator, she has worked as an Elementary School Librarian, University Librarian, and Adult English Language Teacher. In addition to teaching, she enjoys exercise, travel and spending time with her family.
Kathy Harris grew up about sixty miles west of Memphis in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and attended public schools there. She graduated from Vanderbilt University College of Arts & Science, double majoring in psychology and education. She earned her Master of Education from Middle Tennessee State University. Mrs. Harris began teaching in MNPS in 1997, joining the faculty at Julia Green in 2001. She has two adult children who, years ago, attended Julia Green. Her hobbies include traveling with her husband, playing with her two dogs, and rooting for the Titans, Commodores, and Arkansas Razorbacks, (when they’re not playing Vanderbilt). Mrs. Harris also enjoys walking and has proudly completed the Music City Half Marathon in just over three hours!
Hayden Lewis loves Julia Green Elementary School! After growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, she attended The University of Mississippi for her undergraduate work. She worked for a few years in Auburn, Alabama and then decided to continue her education at Peabody College of Education at Vanderbilt University. She graduated with a Masters of Education in Special Education with a concentration in high incidence disabilities. While at Vanderbilt, she was placed at Julia Green as a student teacher and is thankful for the opportunity to continue teaching there.
Jo Littlejohn is a literacy interventionist and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Samford University as well as a Reading Recovery certification from Tennessee State University. This program changed her teaching philosophy and helped her to embrace a totally new way of teaching children to read. Reading Recovery is a program that uses research based strategies to accelerate the child’s reading ability and Mrs. Littlejohn’s goal is to use this program to do just that while also helping students develop a love of reading and writing.
Cori Nash was born and raised outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent several years living on the coast in North Carolina and South Carolina before settling in Nashville 3 years ago. She graduated from Mount Union College with a BS in Mathematics and went on to teach high school math for 3 years before earning her MEd in K-12 School Guidance and Counseling from the University of West Alabama in 2010. In 2014, she was confirmed a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Ms. Nash is so excited to join the JG community and looks forward to working with our wonderful students and families. In her free time, Ms. Nash enjoys spinning, reading, watching Steelers football, being outside, and spending time with her friends, husband and miniature Australian Shepherd, Isla.
Sarah Parnell is a Nashville native and a graduate of Overton High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Lipscomb University and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from Trevecca Nazarene University. Mrs. Parnell has worked for MNPS since 2004. She was a classroom teacher at Maxwell Elementary and Shayne Elementary, and began her library experience at Glengarry Elementary. Mrs. Parnell loves working in the library because it is such a marvelous place! All the children and adults in the school use the library, and it gives her a chance to get to know everyone! Mrs. Parnell also knows that books are a fabulous way to learn about anything you want! When she's away from school, she enjoys shopping, traveling, reading, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family.
Jennifer Reier was born and raised in Nashville and is a graduate of Davidson Academy. She has a Bachelor of Science in Retail and Consumer Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mrs.
Reier left the business world in 2005 to pursue elementary education. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University, EL certification from David Lipscomb University, and
certification in Library Science from the University of Memphis. Mrs. Reier has spent her teaching career with MNPS. She has taught at Shwab (1 st grade), Hickman (kindergarten), Glencliff (3rd & 4th
grades), and Lakeview (1st & 3rd grades). Mrs. Reier loves teaching lessons rich in children’s literature so much that she became a school librarian in 2015! Helping children discover a lifelong love for reading is her main goal as an elementary librarian. She also wants children to be self-sufficient information seekers. She considers working in the school library a privilege because it allows her to build relationships with both students, teachers, and parents. Mrs. Reier lives in Hermitage with her husband, Corey, their one year old son, Christopher, and dog, Gus. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, shopping, movies, cooking, and reading.
Rachael Ritter is excited to continue to teach at Julia Green Elementary School! Having grown up in Nashville, Rachael attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and received her bachelor's degree in Exceptional Education K-12. Rachael moved back to Nashville to attend graduate school at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Severe Disabilities. Outside of teaching, Rachael enjoys running, reading, and spending time with her family and pets.