Amanda Bell, M.Ed.
Administrating Instructor – Upper School
Amanda Bell teaches 5th/6th grade grammar, literature and history as well as informal and formal logic classes. She serves on Redeemer’s administrative team as the administrating instructor for grades 5 through 12. Mrs. Bell has served as an instructor of logic, grammar, and literature since 2002. Her experience includes facilitating admissions and serving as Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She holds an International Baccalaureate Diploma from Armand Hammer United World College, a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Trevecca Nazarene University and has held various ACSI certifications.
Lisa Carlton, B.S.
Administrating Instructor – Lower School
Lisa Carlton teaches Redeemer’s smallest friends, our kindergarten class. She also serves on Redeemer’s administrative team and heads up our after school care program. Lisa has had a variety of teaching and administrative experiences during her 25+ years in education, with the majority of those experiences in a classical, Christian school setting. Lisa holds a B.S. in elementary and special education from M.T.S.U. She loves to spend time with her three grown children and her two grandchildren.
Kim Florida, B.S.
Lower School Instructor
Kim Florida, our 1st and 2nd grade teacher, has been in Murfreesboro since 1971. After graduating from Oakland High School, she attended Peabody College for Teachers for two years, married her high school sweet heart, and then completed her BS in elementary education at MTSU. Mrs. Florida was a stay at home mom for twelve years before beginning her teaching career in 1992. She has received over 100 hours of training in Johnny Can Spell/ Johnny Can Write, a curriculum which beautifully employs the grammar-stage techniques of repetition and recitation to teach phonetics and penmanship, laying a strong foundation for reading.
Leigh Francis, M. Ed
Lower School Instructor
Leigh Francis teaches Redeemer’s 3rd and 4th grade class. Mrs. Francis has thirteen years of teaching experience, ten years as a third grade teacher, one as an educational assistant, and two as a first grade teacher. She has a BS in Early Childhood Education and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, both from Middle Tennessee State University. She is certified to teach kindergarten through eighth grades. Mrs. Francis is the proud mother of her and her late husband Greg’s two children, Ellen and Stephen, who both attend Redeemer.
Karen B. Maynard, P.S.M., Ph. D.
Upper School Science Instructor
Karen Maynard teaches 3rd-12th grade science. After completing bachelor of science degrees in both biology and psychology from Martin Methodist College in 2006, Dr. Maynard continued her education at Middle Tennessee State University where she earned a masters degree in professional science with a specialization in biotechnology and a doctorate in Molecular Bioscience. Dr. Maynard holds ACSI certification and comes to us with 3 years of instructing experience from MTSU.
Bonita Jones, B.S.
Upper School Instructor
Bonita Jones teaches 5th grade math through Algebra I and 5/6 Bible. Mrs. Jones received a B.S. in education from Middle Tennessee State University and studied School Guidance at Trevecca Nazarene University. She has 21 years teaching experience in both public and private education, with nine of those years in classical Christian education. Bonita has been married to her husband, Chris, for 21 years, and they have two daughters (Cayln, an RCA alumnus, and Chrisln, a Redeemer upper school student).
Darla Tucker, B.S.
Lower and Upper School Instructor
Darla Tucker teaches Introductory Latin for Redeemer’s 3rd-4th grade through Latin II for high schoolers. Mrs. Tucker attended Millsaps College and came to Redeemer with experience teaching Latin at all three stages of the trivium. Darla and her husband George have three children, Hannah, Wesley and Will. Mrs. Tucker is excited to work with Redeemer’s Latin program and to expand our participation in the Tennessee Junior Classical League.
Ben Nolen, B.S.
Upper School Instructor
Ben Nolen teaches upper school humanities. His courses include both the logic stage Omnibus class and the rhetoric stage Omnibus, rhetoric, and senior thesis. A graduate of Western Kentucky University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ben was pastoring a small church in South Carolina when he began to feel the Lord calling him toward ministry in the classroom. He recognizes the unique value of the classical model as a vehicle for training students not only in academic subject areas but in developing a Christian worldview.