Blyth-Templeton Academy
Nashville, TN

About Us


Nashville is a city of both tradition and innovation as a leader in the music, healthcare, hospitality, and tech industries. Nashville’s rapid growth brings a hundred new people to the city each day. While the city is making sweeping changes to embrace the city’s growth and innovation- one field has remained stagnant- education. With Blyth- Templeton’s commitment to making private school affordable, parents can choose a model that includes personalization and experiential learning. Blyth-Templeton’s mission, “to transform the lives of its students by providing highly individualized, dynamic and experiential education in small classes with dedicated and skilled educators” offers parents an education alternative that reflects their values. The city’s focus on innovation makes this an incredible fit for students to really explore the city while learning. 

Proposed Location:

  • Located in close proximity of downtown 
  • Easily accessible by car and close to public transit 
  • Service learning and community connections integrated into academic and co-curricular program
  • Extensive use of Nashville resources

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Event Fairs

Come discover what a Blyth-Templeton Academy education truly is by joining us at our upcoming Open House! We welcome students and their families to join us for a fun-filled evening where you will have the opportunity to mingle one-on-one with our faculty and staff, discover the advantages of a BTA education, ask questions about our educational approach on your child's future, and meet BTA Nashville Head of School, Kalee Barbis

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Personal Visits

Schedule a personal visit with Head of School, Kalee Barbis! During this one-hour session, you will get the opportunity to learn more about BTA and discover if it's a good fit for you and your student! 

Schedule a Personal Visit


Info Sessions

We are happy to set up visits to fit your schedule. Visits to the school provide a great opportunity to meet some of the staff, get an overview of how things work at BTA, ask questions, and see the school and students in action.  

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Book Club with Kalee Barbis

Join Head of School, Kalee Barbis, for discussions about the book Tribes by Seth Godin, Educated by Tara Westover, and The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. These events are for parents who are interested in meeting up and sharing ideas! 

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Our Team

Kalee Barbis

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

Temp Keller

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

Lee Palmer

Chief Innovation Officer
Lee Palmer is the Chief Innovation Officer for Blyth-Templeton Academy and was the founding Head of School for BTA.

Yelena Janumyan

Academy Dean
Yelena Janumyan, Ph.D. Bio: Yelena is a STEM educator at the college - preparatory Harpeth Hall School in Nashville, TN.

Alissa Mansfield

Guidance Counselor
Alissa Mansfield earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee. Her transformational college experience lead her to pursue a master’s in Higher Education Administration.

Aubrey McKelvey

8th Grade STEM, High School Math
Aubrey McKelvey studied Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University where a summer internship united her love of math and science with her passion for education.

Dacia Woodley

7th and 8th grade Humanities Teacher
Dacia Woodley earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Spanish from the University of Missouri, Columbia and went on to a 15-year career as Director of Design and Product in the footwear industry.

Greg O’Loughlin

High School Foundations, Humanities
Now in his 10th year of teaching, Greg has taught 3rd, 4th, 6th grades, and is looking forward to next year when he will teach 9th and 11th grades.

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.

Kayla Padgett

Chinese and Spanish Teacher
I am a recent college graduate from Indiana University- Purdue University of Indianapolis. I studied Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and International Relations.

Lemuel Holifield

High School STEM Teacher and Student Life Coordinator
Lemuel Holifield was previously a Science teacher at Smyrna High School as well as the Head Track and Field and Head Cross Country Coach. Lemuel has over eight years of experience teaching, coaching, and mentoring.

Lisa Preston

7th and 8th Grade STEM Teacher
Two-time Teacher of the Year Lisa Preston has a passion for individualized, hands-on, real-world learning.

Liz Workman Mead

Yoga and World History Teacher
Liz Workman Mead received her bachelors from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and her two Masters at Columbia for Human Rights and teaching K -12.

Perri duGard Owens

Perri is an experienced marketing, communications and public relationsprofessional and has developed strategies and programs for clients of varying sizesand needs.

Robert Sanders

5th and 6th Humanities Teacher
During the past several years, Robert Sanders has worked independently as an academic tutor, adjunct middle school, high school and junior college instructor and provided private instruction for over twenty homeschooled students.

Samantha Boettger

5th and 6th Grade STEM Teacher
Over the last 6 years Samantha has had the opportunity to serve students and families in a variety of capacities. Samantha earned her Master's in Education in 2013 and her Bachelor's in English Writing in 2011 from the University of New Haven.

Tanisha Wilson

Tee is an experienced marketing and communications leader who has achieved success in brand planning, market research and competitive intelligence, new media marketing and communications.

Taylor Kirk

High School Humanities Teacher
My name is Taylor Kirk and I was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. After high school I went on to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison

Sam Blyth

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

Patrick Shaw

Board Member
Patrick 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

News and Notices

Kalee’s Original BTA Application
Kalee’s Original BTA Application

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Celebrating International Museum Day at Blyth Templeton Academy
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Blyth-Templeton Academy is an experiential micro school offering an academically rigorous college-preparatory curriculum designed to foster intellectual curiosity through active learning and community exploration.

What if the future of education was developed around the student and driven by the student?

This is the question we are always asking ourselves.

The time and energy of mainstream education can get tied up by standardized testing, complex reporting, and a one-size-fits-all approach in the classroom. Meanwhile, the needs of individual students fade to the background.

We are pioneering an educational model that genuinely puts students first and that emphasizes the skills that colleges and employers value. Our model does not offer an “alternative” education, it offers an education experience that will help your student fall in love with learning and take an active part in their own education. 

Why not prepare students for successful, full lives starting in middle and high school?

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