Headmaster Pete Sanders announces the following faculty appointments for the 2020-21 school year.
In August we will welcome Chris Piecuch (pronounced P-Q) as full-time instrumental music instructor, filling Stephanie Hancock’s role upon her move to Milwaukee. His career has included several high school director-of-bands posts in the Mid-South, most notably 23 years at Overton High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. At Overton he directed the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Blue Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, and taught music theory. For 19 years his Overton bands received the Tennessee Sweepstakes Award (superior ratings in concert, marching, and sight-reading), and for 16 years his groups produced the most all-district and all-state band musicians in Tennessee. Chris is also an accomplished performing musician, serving as contrabassoonist for the Memphis Symphony Orchestra since 1997. A professional freelance woodwind musician, he plays frequently for professional productions. His education includes bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Mississippi, with majors in music education and clarinet and a minor in bassoon performance. He also has completed doctoral coursework at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Kyle Summers will join us as a science instructor upon the retirement of longtime biology teacher Bill Taylor. Kyle did his undergraduate work at Christian Brothers University, where he received the Biology Award at graduation, and he went on to complete his doctoral degree in biomedical sciences (neuroscience) from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He has experience teaching at both the university and high school level, most recently serving as the upper and lower school STEM teacher at Margolin Hebrew Academy for the past four years. He also has coached cross country and served as a National Science Olympiad judge.
Nick Blackwell will join the faculty as a science instructor upon the retirement of Laura Lawrence. Nick graduated cum laude from the University of Memphis with a degree in middle school education. He has worked at Lausanne since 2015, first as a seventh-grade math teacher and more recently as a fifth-grade science teacher. An Eagle Scout, Nick has tutored students, helped build sets for the Lausanne theater department, coached middle school and varsity football, and led students on international study trips to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Iceland.