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.
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.
Advanced Academics Resource Specialist
Tori Miley is the Gifted & Talented teacher at JG! She has been teaching in MNPS since 2002, and has served as a gifted and talented teacher, a classroom teacher, and as an instructional coach to help other teachers improve their craft. Mrs. Miley is passionate about individualizing education and she works hard to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of each and every student in her class. Her three children were all involved in the MNPS Encore program, and she understands and values the significance of providing additional opportunities to meet the unique needs of gifted learners. You might spot Mrs. Miley when you're at the Green Hills library, post office, or grocery stores; and in the evenings, you're likely to see her walking around Green Hills with her husband and dog, Tikaani. If you spot Mrs. Miley on a Saturday, it will likely be hiking at Radnor Lake or Percy Warner Park!
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.
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.