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Middle School Teacher Bios

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Carolyn Caig – Middle School Language Arts Teacher

I grew up in Russellville, Arkansas and attended Baylor University where I got my bachelor’s degree in education and my master’s degree in English literature.  I taught English at a women’s university in Shimonoseki, Japan for two years.  I then returned to the United States and took a teaching job at Kilgore College in Kilgore, Texas.  There I taught developmental English, world literature, and writing.  After five years there, I married and moved back to Arkansas where I stayed home with my two boys, both graduates of The Anthony School.  I returned to teaching in 2015, taking a job as an 11th grade AP English teacher at eStem High School for two years before joining The Anthony School as a middle school language arts teacher in 2017. 

I have taught a wide variety of grades, but there is something very special about middle school students.  I teach 6th grade literature and 7th and 8th grade grammar and composition, and I love it.  I especially enjoy working with my students on the academic writing they will be asked to do when they enter high school.  When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and dogs, watching movies, baking, and gardening.     

Graeme Ellzey – Middle School Art Teacher

Ever since I can remember, art has been a part of my life.  Having grown up with a very creative and inspiring artist parent with a home-based professional art studio in my backyard, much of my childhood was spent exploring painting, drawing and clay in this "creative playground."  Surrounded and influenced by professional artists and teachers, I value and understand the importance of providing a safe space where children may explore various 2D and 3D media.  My goal for students is to embrace and focus on the process of creating while gaining confidence developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. And, ultimately, realizing how art opens their eyes to the world around them bringing new experiences and ultimately, joy (and a little color!). 

Prior to my current role at The Anthony School, I taught after school art classes and summer art camps for several years to youth in grades 1st through 9th grades.  Currently, I am in my 7th year of teaching art to 3rd through 8th graders at The Anthony School, I am grateful each day to have the opportunity to share my enthusiasm and passion for the visual arts.  In addition to scheduled art classes and learning about 2D and 3D art, including clay, contemporary artists, art history and appreciation, students may also participate in after school opportunities.  Choices include 4th/5th grade Art Club and Curbside Couture for middle schoolers, who are challenged with transforming trash into fashion and showcasing their creations in our annual talent show and Clinton Library venue each spring.  

And, lastly, The Anthony School has been represented annually with students’ artwork accepted into highly competitive juried regional and state art shows.  These have included Arkansas Arts Center’s Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition and regional Arkansas Art Educators Exhibition.  

Jeremy Estell – Middle School French Teacher

I grew up a country-boy in Sheridan, AR where I spent countless hours running cross-country, playing guitar, and fishing in my pond.  I graduated from Hendrix College in 2000, and then sailed across the Atlantic in 2002 to find my new home in France.  After 10 years as an educator and musician, my family and I moved back to Arkansas, and I promptly began working at The Anthony School in 2012 as the French teacher.

I am the proud father of two little French-American monsters who love playing in the yard and dancing on the couch.  I still love to run, and I’m patiently trying to teach my daughter how to play guitar.  I love my job because, not only do I get to teach middle schoolers French (a beautiful language near and dear to my heart), I coach middle school cross-country and track, get to play with the PreK kiddos as I coach them in P.E., and help Mrs. Mann with the middle school play. 

Leslie Heister – Middle School Language Arts Teacher

This is my third year teaching 8th grade Literature and 6th grade Grammar and Composition at The Anthony School.  Before I was a teacher here, I was a parent.  My older daughter started PreK3 in 2015 and is currently in the 1st grade.  My younger daughter just started PreK3 this year, and I am thrilled to have us all at the same school. The Anthony School was my husband’s and my first choice for our children, and I can’t imagine teaching anywhere else.

I grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia.  I earned a BA in English, with a focus in Creative Writing and a minor in Theater from Vanderbilt University.  After college, I moved to New York City and earned an Associate Degree from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.  After six years of pursuing an acting career, I decided to explore my other passion, teaching.  I moved to Washington, D.C., married my college sweetheart, and earned a Master’s Degree in Teaching, with a focus in Secondary English from The American University.  I taught 8th grade English at Paul Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. for three years. I then stepped away from teaching for a few years to stay home with my children, during which time my husband and I made the decision to relocate to his hometown of Little Rock. We are so happy to have found The Anthony School and to be a part of this wonderful community.    

Adele Jackson – Middle School Math Teacher

Welcome to Middle School math!  I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue building a math foundation for our students at The Anthony School!  I have been in the classroom since 2000 and have been teaching at TAS since 2010.  Although, I have taught all subject matters in elementary school, my passion has always been math!  I am excited to create a love of learning in my middle school math students. 
I am a mom to Ellen and William who have been attending TAS since PreK.   
Please always feel free to ask questions and reach out to me when needed.  I love learning, teaching, and The Anthony School!

John Jarboe – Violin Teacher

Linda Lopez – Middle School Spanish Teacher

Originally from Harlingen, Texas, I have been in Arkansas since December 1999.  I grew up speaking Spanish at home and English at school.  When I moved to Arkansas, I noticed there was a need for Spanish teachers, so that’s what I decided to study when I transferred to UALR.  I have been teaching for 15 years.  The first three years of teaching, I taught 9th – 12th grade Spanish at Episcopal Collegiate School.  There, I taught Spanish 3 – AP V: Spanish Literature.  These last 12 years, I have been here at The Anthony School.  When I came to TAS in 2006, I taught every grade from kindergarten to 8th grade.  Now, I teach 4th – 8th grade Spanish and love every minute of it!

Nicole Mann – Middle School Language Arts and Theater Teacher

I have been teaching for seventeen years, and I have been lucky enough to have spent almost 15 of those years at The Anthony School.  Before I began teaching Literature and Composition in 2004, my oldest daughter started PreK here in 2001.  My youngest also attended The Anthony School and graduated 8th grade in 2016.  The Anthony School has been a permanent fixture, and where we have called home, for their entire lives. 

While here, I have taught a variety of subjects including 7th and 8th grade Literature; 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Composition; Intro to Communication; Speech, Debate; Creative Writing; and Study Skills.  In addition, I direct the middle school fall play and every elementary play.  This year, I am thoroughly enjoying teaching 7th grade Literature, Creative Writing, Speech, and Debate.  I am proud of The Anthony School’s commitment to the arts, and I love being part of this team. 

Chris McDaniel – Middle School Science Teacher

I have been teaching at The Anthony School since 2002.  I am a Little Rock native and a graduate of Catholic High School for Boys.  I graduated from the University of Arkansas Little Rock with my Bachelor’s in Biology in 1993, from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with my Master’s in Microbiology in 1996, and from the University of Central Arkansas with my Master’s in Physical Therapy in 1999.  I have taught for a short time at the college level.

At The Anthony School, I teach 6th Grade General Science, 7th Grade Life Science, and 8th Grade Physical Science.  I won Little Rock Family magazine’s Amazing Educator Award in 2014.  Although I enjoy all areas of Science, my favorite areas are Cell and Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Human Physiology.  I am strongly committed to The Anthony School, to its Mission Statement, and to providing the best education for my students.  I love being part of The Anthony School team.

Shana Nolen – Technology Teacher
 
I love school.  I always have.  So, you can imagine the joy and enthusiasm I felt when I was hired to come teach at The Anthony School way back in the Spring of 2005.  Throughout the years, I have taught all grades and several subjects including Art, Technology and STEAM.  A native of Little Rock, I graduated from Mt. St. Mary Academy.  I received my Bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and earned my Master’s degree from Emerson College in Boston. 

My husband and I had several friends from our childhood who attended Anthony.  They were far away the best and brightest in our classes; therefore, we always knew we would send our children to school here, as well. 

I love coming to school every day and know how fortunate I am to work at a place as special as this.

Sawyer Schaedig – PE Instructor and Coach

Matt Spivey – Middle School History Teacher

I have been an educator for 18 years, 10 of which have been at the Anthony School.  My children have attended TAS since they started school in PreK3 and are now in the 4th and 1st grades.  My wife has also been at the school teaching as an aide and now as the Elementary Spanish teacher.  Needless to say the Spivey family is fully immersed in the Anthony life and we love it.

While at TAS I have taught 6th – 8th grade Social Studies.  I coach soccer in the spring and offer some after school guitar lessons to a few students when the school day ends.  Over the years in Social Studies we have developed a project based learning approach that allows kids to investigate, research and create projects based on the units we study.  It is remarkable to see the level of work and amount of creativity the students possess.  I get to see it play out everyday, which makes this school a place where I love to work!

Amanda Taylor – Librarian

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” ~Fran Lebowitz

Hello!  I have been the librarian at The Anthony School since 2006.  I received my Bachelor's degree from Centenary College of Louisiana.  I moved to Little Rock in 1995, where I met my husband of 21 years. After moving to Little Rock, I was lucky enough to become friends with Stephanie Johnson, a former Anthony School faculty member who introduced me to the school.  I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from University of Southern Mississippi. My husband, Shawn, and I have two daughters, both Anthony School graduates. Being a teacher/parent who has students who have gone through the school gives me a unique perspective on the benefits of an Anthony School education.

In this day and age, literacy and information science are more important than ever.  The focus of Middle School and Upper Elementary library education is information literacy and research. While many here at the Anthony School can claim to have the best job here,  I am one of the few that have the unique pleasure of working with all of the students, PreK3 - 8th grade!

“The more that you read the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

Ashton Winklemeyer – PE Instructor and Coach