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Related Arts

Danny Bateman

Danny Bateman joined the faculty at Julia Green in 2011. Prior to that, he taught in Wuhan, Hubei, China as a university professor. Mr. Bateman loves using the Chinese language and hopes that the students will too. Over the course of the year, his students are engaged in fun and meaningful opportunities to practice this language and learn even more about the fascinating Chinese culture. Outside of school, Mr. Bateman administers ESL programs and helps teach English to newcomers to the United States.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife and son, going hiking, and woodworking.

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Emily Riley

Emily Riley is originally from Kentucky but moved to Nashville in 2007 to attend Belmont University where she received a degree in music education with a vocal emphasis. Before graduating, she had the opportunity to student teach at Julia Green with Mrs. Moody and Mrs. Hammonds. Since then, Ms. Riley has led tours at the Ryman Auditorium, taught piano lessons, learned to play the banjo, and lived abroad in Germany for a year. Ms. Riley believes she has the best job ever because she gets to sing, dance, and play games all day, while getting kids excited about the foundations of music. Ms. Riley strives to work on the basics of music theory every day, while incorporating the Big Picture of what music, creativity, and art mean in each student’s life and how it makes them feel. Outside of school, Mrs. Riley loves to play music, plan big trips, and read anything she can get her hands on.


Lori Watkins


Mrs. Watkins is thrilled to be joining the JG team teaching art! She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art Education with an emphasis in ceramics from the University of Arkansas. She has been sharing her skills and love of art with students for 11 years. She aims to bring joy, a positive attitude and high expectations to her classroom while teaching students new skills and art concepts through the creative process. Outside of teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors and creating pottery. 


Bubba Norris
Physical Education

Born in Nashville, Bubba Norris is a proud product of Metro Schools, having attended Glencliff Elementary, Wright Middle, and Glencliff High School. Mr. Norris earned an associate’s degree from Columbia State Community College and a bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Trevecca Nazarene University. Mr. Norris received scholarships from both schools to play baseball. Before coming to Julia Green, Mr. Norris taught at A.Z. Kelley and Tom Joy, both MNPS elementary schools. Because sports have always been such a huge part of his life, Mr. Norris loves having the opportunity to inspire students to live a healthy lifestyle. Outside of school, Mr. Norris enjoys spending time with his wife and child, and, of course, playing and watching sports.

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Katie Barnes

Physical Education

Mrs. Barnes is excited to be joining Mr. Norris this fall as one of our Physical Education teachers! She is from California where she received her B.S. in Kinesiology at CSUF and a teaching credential at SJSU. She has been living in Nashville for the last 10 years and is now entering her sixth year of teaching. Her hobbies include staying active, playing sports, coaching/training, listening to podcasts, and gardening in her spare time. “Coach Barnes” is a firm believer that staying active is vital to every aspect of life and
takes pride in helping students find their joy and success in movement and health!

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