Joining the new 3rd grade team, Ms. Guardado is going into her 12th year teaching. She has taught 3rd grade for 3 years and taught kindergarten for many years before that. She is originally from Miami, FL and moved to Nashville in 2013. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Florida International University and her master’s in educational leadership from Lipscomb University. She is a strong believer that all students deserve to feel seen and valued and strives to make learning an engaging experience for all. On her free time, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, game nights, traveling, and going on hikes nearby with family and friends. She is excited to be a part of the JG community and looks forward to a fantastic year!
Thrilled to become a part of the JG community, Ms. McCraner is joining the incoming 3rd-grade team. Ms. McCraner has an avid passion for science and math education, graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in environmental science and Vanderbilt University with a Master of Education specializing in elementary teaching. She has classroom experience in grades 1st through 5th and was previously a substitute teacher with MNPS during her studies at Vanderbilt. Ms. McCraner believes a strong and successful classroom is built on the four pillars of knowledge, respect, community, and joy. To construct these pillars, she strives to provide opportunities for children to tap into their passions and interests as a way to connect classroom content and real-life application. Originally from San Diego, California, she loves anything to do with nature and the outdoors, including biking, running, hiking, and gardening. Ms. McCraner was first introduced to American Sign Language by her 3rd-grade teacher and looks forward to carrying on the tradition by incorporating small bits of ASL into her classroom. She is eager to work with parents to support students as they learn, grow, and have fun this year!
Born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia, Laurel Genova attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, where she received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. After graduating in 2022, Ms. Genova decided to pursue a master’s degree and moved to Nashville to attend Vanderbilt University, where she received a master’s in Reading Education. Ms. Genova fell in love with Nashville this past year and knew she wanted to stay local to start her teaching career. Ms. Genova is passionate about fostering a classroom community where all students feel loved, respected, and cared for. Outside of school, Ms. Genova loves hiking, baking, spending time at the lake, and most importantly, being with family and friends. Ms. Genova is beyond excited to be joining the Julia Green family and can not wait to meet all of her wonderful students and their families!
Kristin Amrine is thrilled to be joining the Julia Green family as a new third grade math and science teacher. She originally fell in love with teaching when an elementary schooler herself, and started studying Elementary Education in high school before attending Elon University in North Carolina. After graduating, she moved to Nashville to teach fourth grade math at KIPP Nashville College Prep Elementary for two years. Ms. Amrine has taught at schools across the globe, including schools in Ohio, North Carolina, and even Argentina. She believes in using the classroom space to empower young minds to take their learning outside the classroom and positively impact the world. She loves to integrate leadership opportunities and lessons within the classroom as well. Outside of school, she loves to read mystery books, watch movies, cook for her friends, cheer for the Buckeyes, and hang out with her sous chef, her dog named Stella.