First Grade

Virtual Teacher: Betty Coleman

Betty Coleman was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Metro Nashville Public Schools and later graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood and library science. She also has a JD from Nashville School of Law. She has taught in Metro Schools for over 30 years. Before becoming a teacher at Julia Green, Mrs. Coleman was a Julia Green parent. She was extremely pleased with the education and care that her daughter received while attending Julia Green. Each year, Mrs. Coleman strives not only to build a community of learners in her classroom, but also a community of caring individuals. Mrs. Coleman loves teaching the students at Julia Green and getting to know their families. When Mrs. Coleman is not in school she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Erin Kirkpatrick

Ms. Erin Kirkpatrick moved to Nashville from Chicago in January 2021. She grew up in Carmel, Indiana and earned her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University Bloomington. Upon graduation, Erin moved to her summertime family home near Traverse City, Michigan where she taught second and third graders for two years. In 2012, she ventured to Chicago where she enjoyed teaching at Norwood Park Elementary School for the past eight years. During her time at Norwood Park, she was able to explore her teaching passions of literacy, personalized learning, and social-emotional learning. She firmly believes that relationships matter and in order for students to grow academically they must feel safe and accepted. Outside of school, Ms. Kirkpatrick is busy planning her upcoming wedding, getting settled in their new home, exercising, and visiting family. She is so thrilled to be joining the Julia Green first grade team!

Frances Mazer

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Eufaula, Alabama, Mrs. Mazer moved to Nashville to attend Peabody College. It was there that she earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education and later her master’s degree in remedial reading. She also has an additional 30 hours of graduate credit. Prior to teaching at Julia Green, Mrs. Mazer taught at University School of Nashville and Westmeade Elementary. Outside of school, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren. Mrs. Mazer loves teaching at Julia Green and feels fortunate to be able to work with such a talented faculty and staff.

Connie Pilkinton

Connie Pilkinton was born in Chattanooga and grew up between Nashville and Chattanooga. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Austin Peay State University, a master’s degree in early childhood education from Middle Tennessee State University, and has 30 additional hours of graduate credits with a reading focus, including reading recovery training. Mrs. Pilkinton began her teaching career in 1984 in Fort Hood, Texas, teaching kindergarten. In 1988, she joined the Julia Green faculty, teaching kindergarten until 2013, when she began teaching 1st grade. Over the years, she has enjoyed building relationships with the children she has taught and their families. When not teaching, Mrs. Pilkinton enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Deann Wooldridge

Deann Wooldridge was born and raised in Nashville and attended Metro schools herself. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis and a Masters in Literacy for the University of Tennessee. She was recently awarded the Ayers Fellowship from Lipscomb University to pursue an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. When she’s not at school, Mrs. Woodridge enjoys spending time at the lake with her family and friends. She also loves to travel.