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.
Sylvia Mckissack, a native of Nashville, attended F.H. Jenkins Seventh-Day Adventist School K-8 and Hunter’s Lane Comprehensive High School. After studying abroad in Bermuda and concentrating on cultural arts and the reformation of government maintained schools, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University. Ms. Mckissack hopes to instill a passion for the arts and creativity in her students and actively encourages them to use digital media as an artist’s tool. Outside of school, Ms. Mckissack enjoys pursuing her own artistic endeavors, including illustrating, ceramics and mixed media.
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.
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.