Lauren Henderson was born and raised in Nashville and is a proud product of Metro Schools having attended Percy Priest Elementary, J.T. Moore Middle, and Hillsboro High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont University. Ms. Henderson is also certified to teach English as a second language for grades K-12. Holding the belief that all children are different and unique, Ms. Henderson’s goal is to teach her students where they are and help them to feel that they can do anything they set their mind to. She strives to make each child feel valued, loved, and safe to take risks and learn new things. When she is not teaching, Ms. Henderson enjoys reading, spending quality time with family and friends, as well as home design and organization.
Shari Langhi was born in Rockford, Illinois, and raised in Kentucky before moving to Nashville. She earned her bachelor’s degree in early elementary education from Murray State University and a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction from Middle Tennessee State University. Ms. Langhi’s hobbies include exercising and spending quality time with her friends and family. She loves teaching kindergarten and finds that being part of the early years of education is a very rewarding experience.
Molly Madden was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and moved to Nashville in 1989. Ms. Madden taught preschool for over twenty years with an associate degree in child development. She received her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Tennessee State University in 2007 and taught kindergarten at both Sylvan Park Paideia Design School and Harpeth Valley Elementary before joining the faculty at Julia Green. At Julia Green, she taught 2nd grade for four years, first grade for one year, and returned to teaching kindergarten in 2016. Outside of school, she enjoys time in her home in downtown Nashville with her four cats, gardening, scrapbooking, and cooking. Ms. Madden was a People to People Student Ambassador Program delegation leader, with whom she has traveled to Australia, England, France, and Scotland. Ms. Madden is thrilled to be helping young children grow and learn to be life-long learners and good citizens.
Ms. Erin Mathis 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. Mathis is getting settled in her and her husband's new home, exercising, and visiting family. She is so thrilled to be joining the Julia Green Kindergarten team!
Jessica Rice was born in Nashville, though she was raised in Encinitas, California. Graduating from the University of Georgia, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Education and later earned a master’s in elementary reading and literacy from Walden University. Mrs. Rice taught for four years in Georgia before moving to Fairview in 2004 and joining the faculty here at Julia Green. When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Rice enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching UGA and Titans football, reading, and exercising.
Lisa Tinsley was born in Chattanooga and raised in Kingston Springs. Before she became a teacher, Ms. Tinsley was a graphic designer and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Kentucky University with an emphasis in graphic design. After working as our Writing to Read Instructor, she returned to Aquinas College to earn her post-baccalaureate degree and licensure in teacher education. She began working in Metro Nashville Public Schools in 2002 and moved to Julia Green in 2006. It was here that she was recognized as the 2015-16 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Tinsley feels that teaching is her truest passion and loves watching her students grow and learn. She finds being at Julia Green a wonderful experience and considers working with her students and their parents a wonderful partnership. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, trying to train her two poodles, and weekend getaways to her cabin in Sewanee.