- Mr. Mike Brown
- Mr. Chris Curran
- Ms. Autumn Edwards
- Ms. Rachel Ernst
- Mr. Michael Karp
- Ms. Lien Linero
- Mrs. Heather Martin
- Ms. Keagan McCoy
- Mrs. Carrie Melvin
- Mr. John Rypel
- Dr. Rudolph Saliba
- Mr. David Uyl
Please welcome our new Director of Safety & Security Mr. Mike Brown! With a background in security technology and law enforcement, Mr. Brown joined our staff last spring after a 39-year and 9-month career at UPS in IT and security technology. He is currently a reserve lieutenant with the Hendersonville Police Department as a motorcycle officer assigned to the traffic division. He has served with HPD since January 1998 and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of school safety. He and his wife Stacey have 2 children: Evan lives in Franklin, and Avery is a freshman and plays soccer at Ole Miss.
Please welcome our new Head Athletic Trainer, Mr. Chris Curran! Mr. Curran comes to Pope after an extensive career that includes sports medicine experience in D1 universities (Tulane football & Oakland University, MI basketball), 20 years in the NFL (both in America with the Vikings & Lions and in Europe with London & Barcelona), and 2 seasons in the MLB (Yankees). He earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Florida and Master of Science from Indiana State University. Mr. Curran’s areas of expertise include the coordination of medical staff and administration of high-standard healthcare for athletes at all levels of sports. He added that he is grateful to be a part of the Pope community!
Please welcome our new mathematics teacher Ms. Autumn Edwards! Before coming to Pope Prep, Ms. Edwards earned her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Berea College in 2019. She then went on to teach at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy in North Carolina for 4 years while working toward a Master of Education in STEM education with a concentration in mathematics. She will graduate in May 2024. A two-sport athlete, Ms. Edwards played volleyball for 7 years and basketball for 13 years. She enjoys crafts such as painting, sewing, embroidery, wood burning, and crocheting. Ms. Edwards is a member of the House of Pius.
Please welcome our new science teacher Ms. Rachel Ernst! Ms. Ernst is from New York City, where she taught for a few years before moving to Nashville for graduate school. She earned her Master of Education from Vanderbilt in secondary science education and taught within MNPS for the past 2 years. Her undergraduate degree is in Neuroscience, but Ms. Ernst explained, “I love teaching middle schoolers because I get to teach a little bit of everything within the sciences!” She will also be an assistant middle school softball coach this year, and she is a member of the House of Pius.
Please welcome our new mathematics Mr. Michael Karp! Mr. Karp earned his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi in 2016 and earned a Master of Educational Leadership degree this past spring from Moreland University. In his 8th year as an educator, he brings his experience teaching a wide variety of math classes, ranging from pre-algebra and geometry to pre-calculus. Mr. Karp comes to us most recently from Christ School in North Carolina, where he taught math and was an assistant varsity basketball coach and fortunate enough to help lead his team to win a state championship at the end of the 2022-2023 season. Mr. Karp added, “Having attended Catholic Schools as a kid, I am excited for the opportunity to work at a Catholic School and eager to immerse myself within the Pope Prep community as both a teacher and coach. My wife McKenzie and I welcomed our first child, Walker, into the world this past March. My wife is an ICU Nurse at the TriStar Medical Center in Hendersonville, and we are members at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.” In his free time, Mr. Karp enjoys mountain biking, golfing, watching college football/basketball and spending time on Old Hickory Lake on the weekends. Mr. Karp is a member of the House of Pius.
Please welcome our new school counselor Ms. Lien Linero Llanos! With a breadth of experience with children of all ages, Ms. Linero has worked with students from elementary to high school as well as in the public and private sectors. She was an elementary and middle school teacher before becoming a school counselor. She has a daughter who is currently in her senior year in college and a son who is in 10th grade at Pope. She added, “My heart is full when I am doing what I love most, and that is being a school counselor. I am looking forward to meeting and working with the Pope's families and students.”
Please welcome our new middle school theatre teacher Mrs. Heather Martin! While teaching private flute lessons at local middle and high schools, Mrs. Martin earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She became the music teacher at Kate Schenck Elementary School in San Antonio ISD while also running an after-school choir and producing monthly grade-level musical productions. She has completed two levels of Kodaly and one level of Orff-Schulwerk certification and has earned a Master of Arts Administration from Drexel University. Her husband's career brought them to Nashville, and she has worked with Music City Youth Orchestra as the Program Director of the Harmony Project. Ms. Martin brings many years of experience as an elementary school music teacher, a musical production director, a children’s choir director, a handbell choir director, and a boys and girls volleyball coach. Her husband’s career and the birth of their son Drew brought them back to live near her husband’s hometown of Gallatin. Mrs. Martin is a parishioner at St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic Community, and she plays flute with the choir. Previously, she served as Youth Ministry Director, Cantor, and on Parish Council. She also plays flute and piccolo in the Tennessee Valley Winds and Two Rivers Community Orchestra, and her mother is a flute player with the choir at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Mrs. Martin is a member of the House of John.
Please welcome our new science teacher Ms. Keagan McCoy! Most recently, Ms. McCoy taught 5th grade at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga, and before that, she taught at schools in Memphis and Oak Ridge. Ms. McCoy graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in biochemistry and earned her Master of Education for grades 6-12 at Aquinas College in Nashville. She has taught a variety of subjects, including math, religion, English, and science, and her specialties in science are biology and chemistry. Ms. McCoy is a member of the House of Clement.
Please welcome the new administrative assistant to the principal Mrs. Carrie Melvin! Mrs. Melvin comes to Pope Prep from Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, where she was the Parish Coordinator. Having been a stay-at-home mom for several years after working in HR, she was just settling back into the role after leaving OLOL when Mrs. Dye offered her the position at Pope Prep. Mrs. Melvin said, “I immediately felt the call from God to take the position. I am so grateful to now be a part of the wonderful staff at Pope Prep!” A native of Hendersonville, Mrs. Melvin enjoys living in her hometown with her husband Joe and two sons: Sam (7th grader at Pope Prep) and Harrison (3rd grader at Liberty Creek). They are members of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
Please welcome Pope Prep's new head baseball coach, Mr. John Rypel. Coach Rypel brings 17 years of collegiate coaching experience at various levels, serving 11 years as a head coach, where he accrued 170 career victories and set 30 program records. He set records for most wins in a season at Gordon College and Nebraska Wesleyan University and was named Nebraska Wesleyan University “Coach of the Year” in 2022. Rypel holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Carson Newman University and a master’s degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy.
Please welcome our new social studies teacher Dr. Rudolph Saliba! Before coming to Pope Prep, Dr. Saliba taught German language, writing, and history courses at Vanderbilt University while completing his Ph.D. in German Studies with a focus on modern German literature and cultural history. Dr. Saliba added, “I love learning languages and can speak German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Russian to varying degrees. I am also a film buff and especially love the films of Ingmar Bergman, Terrence Malick, and Fritz Lang. In addition, I enjoy reading about obscure saints and how the Church has had an impact all throughout the world. My favorite saints are St. John of the Cross, St. Josephine Bakhita, and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.” Dr. Saliba is a member of the House of Leo.
Although many of us got to know Mr. David Uyl when he became the interim biology teacher last year, please help us welcome him as the new Assistant Athletic Director for Middle School! Along with his new role supporting all middle school sports, he will be teaching physical education/wellness classes and serving as head coach for middle school football. Mr. Uyl studied secondary education at Hope College in Holland, MI and spent 10 years as a professional baseball umpire/substitute teacher immediately after college, which he calls “an incredible experience.” After professional baseball, he joined the corporate sales world for the past 13 years. He has also officiated D1 college football and continues to officiate D1 college baseball. Mr. Uyl and his wife Kristin have two boys who attend Pope, Eli ‘28 and Wyatt ‘29, and they are members of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Mr. Uyl is a member of the House of Clement.