Skip Navigation

Faculty and Staff

Julie Littrell received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University. She has been married to her husband, Ben, for 22 years. Their son, Justin, is 19 and a Freshman at Lipscomb University. Their daughter, Neeley Jo, is in the threes class at Nashville Christian preschool. Julie has taught at Nashville Christian since 2004. She has a passion for teaching Kindergarten students to be successful in all that they do. She feels blessed that this is how God led her to use her gifts. Watching students' eyes light up when they realize the stories of the Bible are true and how much our God loves them reminds her daily why she is here. She loves NCS and says she has been blessed in so many ways by the orange and blue family.

Marisa Martin is a graduate of Nashville Christian School. She received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum Effectiveness from Trevecca Nazarene University. She is married to Dan and they share 3 active children, who all attend NCS. Mrs. Martin’s  years of teaching has been in either pre-kindergarten or kindergarten and there is nowhere else she would rather be! She loves Kindergarten where she can see children fall in love with learning and the Lord and she feels blessed to be a part of Nashville Christian School.


Krista Mahlstadt received her Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University, Irvine in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in early childhood education. She is married to her best friend, Luke, and has one beautiful daughter, Lily, who attends Nashville Christian. Mrs. Mahlstadt is passionate about creating an environment where her students are loved, challenged and discipled.


Joanna Melton received her Bachelor of Arts from Belmont University and Master of Arts in Reading from Austin Peay University. She is married to John and has three beautiful daughters that all attend Nashville Christian. Working at Nashville Christian is a blessing to her. She feels honored to be a part of a Christ centered education. 


Sara Sullivan received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Middle Tennessee State University. She has 20 years of teaching experience in kindergarten and first grade. She is married and has four children, three of which currently attend Nashville Christian School. She feels that being a part of NCS is a privilege where she can not only help young learners grow in academics, but also share with them the lens of the Lord and his love for each of us.

Brooke Middleton received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University and her Master of Science degree in Elementary Reading and Literacy from Walden University. She has taught fourteen years in grades ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade. She lives with her husband and two children who also attend Nashville Christian. She feels blessed to be a part of Nashville Christian School. 


Kristen DiPasquale was the original “Junior Cheerleader” at NCS many, many years ago! She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University and her Master’s Degree from Arkansas State University. She has taught Kindergarten-2nd grade in both public and private schools. She loves bringing song and dance to her classroom and also enjoys helping in the theater department as choreographer! Mrs. DiPasquale is married to Brad and has 2 “drama queens” who attend NCS.  Mrs. DiPasquale feels so thankful that God brought her back to NCS a few years ago to the place that has always felt like home.

Nivah Eckert received her Bachelor of Science degree from Union University and Master of Arts in Teaching from Belmont. She is married and has three children who attend Nashville Christian School. She feels blessed to teach at NCS where she can not only help students achieve their academic potential, but most importantly, can shine the light of Jesus and point others to Him! She enjoys singing, reading, movies, and supporting her children in all that they do. You will definitely find her cheering her kids on whether it be on the football field, volleyball court, or stage! 

Jeanne Graham received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University.  She has been teaching at Nashville Christian since 2004. She and her husband, Brent, have three adult children who are all graduates of NCS and who all attended Freed Hardeman University. She and Brent have been blessed to raise their children with a  Christian education.  Working at NCS has also been and continues to be one of Jeanne’s greatest blessings.  She loves spending her days learning with her students and teaching with a Biblical Worldview.  She also loves watching FHU softball and traveling with the team.  


Darby Lehning received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Lipscomb University and English as a Second Language degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. Darby has been teaching for 8 years across many grade levels. She and her husband Clay have one son, Jack, age 2 and attends NCS preschool. She enjoys laughing and learning with her students, and is reminded everyday what a blessing it is to be a part of the Nashville Christian family.


Lily Coradazzi has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Biblical studies. She has taught 4th and 5th grades in both Tennessee and Alabama. This is her ninth year teaching and she is honored to be called to education. She is married to Danny Coradazzi and they have two daughters who attend Nashville Christian. Mrs. Coradazzi loves to laugh, sing and have a great time in class. Teaching is her passion and she loves to help students find their strengths and how to best use them. 

Janet Barnett graduated from Freed-Hardeman University with a Bachelor of Science in Education. She has taught in the public and private school system and this is her 6th year at NCS. This year she is back in the classroom full time teaching 5th grade and loves it!  Janet is married to Josh Barnett and they have three amazing boys all who attend NCS. Noah is a Junior, Nate is a Freshman, and Nicholas is in 6th grade.


JoAnn Young graduated with an Ed.D. Early Childhood degree from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from Lipscomb University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Young is a Reading Specialist and is passionate about engaging all students in the world of literacy. She is married to Jerry Young, a retired electrical engineer. Jerry and JoAnn have one daughter and one son.Their daughter, Jessalyn, is an architect in Knoxville and is married to Brian Friske. They have two amazing sons, Warren, a 3rd Grader and Emmett, a Kindergartener.  Warren and Emmett attend Knoxville Christian School. Jayson Young is Jerry and JoAnn's son.  Jayson is a writer and lives in Brentwood. Their family enjoys being together for hiking, family dinners, playing board games, and watching Nashville Predators and Knoxville Little Predators hockey games. 

Lucy Longworth is a Nashville native and NCS Alum. She received her Bachelor's from UTC and began her career teaching 8th grade Social Studies and Language Arts in Cheatham County Schools. In 2020, she received her Master’s in Library Science from MTSU and began her library career at NCS. She has two daughters who attend NCS in Pre-K and in Kindergarten. Her husband, William, is also an NCS Alum and they live in Fairview on their family farm and love living the farm life! Mrs. Longworth is so grateful that God brought her full circle to NCS and for the ability to integrate God’s word into her lessons.


Emily Johnson is married to Conrad and they have three children, Ellie (14), Sarah (9), and Jonah (5). They have been married for almost 20 years. The family moved to Nashville five years ago from Florida where Emily taught elementary art for 15 years. She has been teaching lower and middle school art at NCS for 5 years. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in art education. She loves inspiring creativity in young children. 



Kathy Gupton graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.  After moving to Nashville, she worked in the pregnancy and adoption counseling at Catholic Charities for 15 years and expanded the program to serve the Hispanic community.  In 2000, she started her own Spanish translating business. In 2012, she began working at NCS as the lower school Spanish teacher and school counselor.  Mrs. Gupton is the mother of twins, Madison and Jackson.  They graduated from NCS in 2022 as Alpha Omegas and are currently attending UT Knoxville.  She attends Woodmont Christian Church and  enjoys running, reading, knitting, hiking, and doing all things creative.

Katie Ryckman is a Nashville native who graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She is married to Chris and has two wonderful daughters, Mia (15) and Evie (12), who attend Nashville Christian. She loves traveling with her family and is so very thankful to be a part of NCS.


Christine Alexander is the mother of two NCS alumni, Annmarie (21) and Josh (19). She grew up in Dallas, TX, and has lived in a total of five southern states ending with moving to Nashville in 1997. She began teaching in the field of special education in Texas shortly after graduating from Berry College in 1993 and found it was her passion, partly due to her own journey of struggles in school. Since then she has spent all but her last eight years teaching in public schools and has been so very thankful for her time at NCS as both a parent and an educator.  During her free time she decorates, gathers with friends, and loves to be outdoors whenever she gets the chance. 

Dr. Stansfield, former Assistant Principal at Harpeth Middle School, is beginning her first year at NCS as the K-8 Dean of Students. She played college basketball at Lee University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She began teaching 5th grade in Metro Nashville Public Schools, and then transitioned to Cheatham County Schools to teach 8th grade English and coach high school basketball. Stansfield earned her Master’s in Administration during this time. She received her Doctorate Degree from Trevecca in Leadership prior to transitioning to NCS. Karley is married to Noah Stansfield, a structural engineer and ministry resident at Clearview Baptist Church.