Our Mission

The mission of Blyth-Templeton Academy is to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualized, experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators. We are  small enough to be personally in touch with every individual, yet large enough to offer a broad range of courses. Our model combines a warm, inviting atmosphere with great teaching that allows our students to flourish.

Our Resources

Curious about what your student will learn at Blyth-Templeton Academy? We invite you to explore our resource library where we explain our place-based approach to education!

Our History

Blyth-Templeton Academy is a collaboration between Blyth Academy and Templeton Learning who have come together to bring the highly successful and innovative educational model of Blyth Academy in Canada to the United States.


Since 1977, Blyth Academy operates for credit international programs for U.S. and Canadian high school students. In 2005, Blyth Academy (Blyth-Templeton’s sister school) opens the doors of its first full-time high school.


Blyth Academy opens second campus in Thornhill, Ontario.


Blyth Academy continues to grow, responding to incredible demand. There are now 5 schools across Ontario.


Future Blyth-Templeton Co-Founder Temp Keller creates Templeton Learning to build high quality, highly accessible K-12 education models for 21st century learners.


Blyth Academy grows to 12 campuses serving more than 6,000 students in Canada and offering more than 30 international programs.


Blyth-Templeton Academy forms a partnership between Templeton Learning and Blyth Academy.


In January, Blyth-Templeton Academy announces first campus in Washington, D.C. and recruits former Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends Lee Palmer to serve as Head of School.


Blyth-Templeton Academy opens its first school in Washington, D.C. in the historic Hill Center less than a mile from Capitol Hill.


In May, the first Blyth-Templeton Academy graduates matriculate and head off to college. BTA students wrap up a great first year with more than 70 experiential learning off-campus activities.


In September, Blyth-Templeton Academy kicks off the second academic year with a nearly doubled student body, a wide variety of courses offered, and a growing number of extraordinary teachers.

Our Team

Lee Palmer

Chief Innovation Officer
Lee Palmer is the Chief Innovation Officer for Blyth-Templeton Academy and has served as Principal of the Upper School at Sidwell Friends School

Rebecca Claster

College Counselor & Service Learning Coordinator
Rebecca Claster is Blyth-Templeton Academy’s College Counselor. In addition, she is an educational consultant

Radha Parameswaran

DC Head of School
Radha Parameswaran is Head of School for Blyth-Templeton Academy.

David Sekora

Computer Science and Mathematics Teacher
David Sekora teaches Computer Science and Mathematics at Blyth-Templeton Academy. David has extensive experience teaching

Sharita Thompson

History Teacher

Adam Curtis

Community Coordinator & Humanities Teacher
Adam Curtis Is Community Coordinator and Humanities Teacher for Blyth-Templeton Academy. An experienced educator, director, fil

Adrienne Wyman

Visual Arts Teacher
Adrienne Kralick teaches Visual Arts. She has a B.F.A.

Leslie Jean

Photography Teacher
Leslie Jean teaches Photography. She has a B.A.

Jack Leathers

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher
Jack Leathers teaches Biology and Environmental Science. He has a B.A. in Biology (with a Minor in Music) from St.

Yinzú Nairouz

Mathematics and Spanish Teacher
Yinzú Nairouz teaches Mathematics and Spanish at Blyth-Templeton Academy.

Timothy Guy

Mathematics Teacher
Timothy Guy teaches Mathematics. An experienced high school math teacher and administrator, Tim has a B.S. in Mathematics from Mt. St.

Clover Afokpa

Humanities and French Teacher
Clover Afokpa teaches Humanities and French. Clover has a B.A. in Theater from Reed College and a Ph.D.

Lindsey Nelson

Mathematics and Physics Teacher
Lindsey Nelson teaches Mathematics and Physics. Lindsey has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, an M.A.

Sarah Norman

Visual Arts Teacher
Sarah Norman teaches Visual Arts. Sarah has a B.A. from The University of Southern Mississippi, an M.F.A.

Mengsteab Weldegaber

Mathematics and Science Teacher
Mengsteab Weldegaber has a B.S. in Physics with a minor in Mathematics from University of Asmara, Eritrea, M.S.

Kalee Barbis

Nashville Head of School
Kalee is the founding Head of School for Blyth-Templeton. Kalee is a Nashville native with a decade of educational experience

Aleksey Gibson

Humanities Teacher
Dr. Aleksey Gibson teaches Humanities at Blyth-Templeton Academy. With a B.A. and M.Phil. from the University of London, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia

Tyler Herman

Drama and Theater Studies Teacher
Tyler Herman teaches Drama and Theater Studies at Blyth-Templeton Academy. With a B.A. in Theater and Dance (minor in Music) from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University

Jessica Stein

Operations Coordinator
Jessica Stein began her career in education at Currey Ingram Academy, where she taught high school English and Ethics for four years.

E.V. Downey

Director of Admissions
An educator for over 20 years, E.V. Downey has worked as a teacher, school administrator, behavior therapist, and educational consultant.

Sam Blyth

Sam Blyth, CEO of Blyth-Templeton Academy, was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. Hons. and M.A)., the University of Paris

Temp Keller

John Templeton (Temp) Keller is the Co-founder and President of Templeton Learning and Co-founder

Patrick Shaw

Board Member
Pat Shaw is the President and Managing Director

Dennis Keller

Board Member
Dennis Keller, Board member of the Blyth-Templeton Academy Board of Directors, is a lifelong education entrepreneur.

Ben Wallerstein

Board Member
Ben Wallerstein, member of the Board of Directors of Blyth-Templeton Academy, is deeply committed to issues of equity

Interested in joining our team?

We're looking for the best and brightest with a passion to learn, teach, and grow with us.

Foundation Statements

School Mission

The mission of Blyth-Templeton Academy is to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualized, dynamic and experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators. Blyth-Templeton Academy is small enough to be personally in touch with every individual, yet large enough to offer a broad range of courses. Our model combines a warm, inviting community with great teaching that allows our students to flourish in any setting.

Profile of a Graduate

All Blyth-Templeton Academy Graduates will:

  • - understand their gifts and how they can use them in a way that brings them joy and serves others
  • - leave BTA confident in their abilities and prepared for post- secondary education, career, and life
  • - look at challenges as opportunities, not as obstacles
  • - be creative thinkers and effective communicators
  • - be global citizens, and engaged and empathetic members of their communities, be lifelong, self-directed learners

Core Values

  • - Authentic learning is founded upon curiosity, creativity, engagement and innovative thinking.
  • - Care and empathy for students on academic, intellectual and personal levels is essential for their success.
  • - Skilled hands-on experiential teaching in small classes engages students and produces learning outcomes that are meaningful and long-lasting.
  • - Each student has a unique pattern of learning.
  • - A balanced and manageable curriculum is the foundation of life- long learning.
  • - Successful educational practices are founded on evidence-based research, tempered by experience.
  • - Both a global perspective and international collaboration are central to becoming valuable world citizens.
  • - Environmental awareness and sustainability are our responsibility.
  • - Our individual ethics value respect, integrity, and striving for excellence.
  • - Our community is founded on safety, humility, empathy, caring, sensitivity and inclusion.
  • - We should strive to maintain a balanced lifestyle with regard to family, academic and social responsibilities.
  • - Fairness is not sameness.
  • - Connection to our community is crucial for learning and living.

Our Application Process

Want to learn more about BTA and how we support your child from application through graduation? Check out our complete guide to applying!