Adrienne Campbell, Principal
A Tallahassee Classical cofounder, Mrs. Campbell is a veteran teacher who has served in multiple education positions in the Tallahassee area. She began her career at Amos P. Godby High School where she taught regular, honors, and Advanced Placement courses in history and the humanities and coached tennis. Later she served as a Social Studies Curriculum Specialist and then as an Innovation Architect at Florida Virtual School, designing and developing curriculum. More recently she supported programs to provide educators and administrators with professional development opportunities at the Florida Department of Education. She earned her bachelor’s in Education from Florida State University and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Florida.
Julie Caylor, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
Mrs. Julie Caylor has been a firm believer and advocate of classical education for over 20 years, teaching in both private and charter classical school settings. Mrs. Caylor graduated with Honors in Elementary Education from Anderson University. She first began her calling as a classical teacher in Colorado Springs, Colorado at a classical charter school, The Classical Academy, for almost ten years from its inception. She later moved to Florida where she taught for the next decade in private classical schools in both Tallahassee and Orlando. She tackled various responsibilities beyond her own classroom such as the Curriculum Coordinator, and serving as both lead and mentor teachers in the Grammar School. Mrs. Caylor is passionate about inspiring and equipping teachers to pursue excellence in their classrooms with a sound curriculum focused on that which is richly good, true, and beautiful.
David Chambers, Dean of Students
Mr. David Chambers comes to Tallahassee Classical School with more than 30 years of educational experience. Mr. Chambers brings unique leadership experience in schools of choice including multiple years in one of the top magnet schools in the country. He also has successful experience in start-up organizations which includes designing, implementing, and monitoring school processes and procedures in order to ensure a smooth and successful opening. At Tallahassee Classical School, Mr. Chambers will ensure the establishment of high academic and behavior standards for students so that each scholar becomes self-directed in their choices. Mr. Chambers plans to lead this work by promoting virtue and character development while fostering communication among teachers, parents, students, and the Archer community. He received a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in 1987, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1998, and completed his Superintendency Endorsement from Central Connecticut State University in 2015.
Dr. Kelli Criss, Exceptional Students Coordinator
Using the Orton-Gillingham Method of reading instruction with elementary and middle grades students diagnosed with dyslexia launched Dr. Criss’s teaching career. She later taught students diagnosed with varying exceptionalities in both private and public school settings. As a graduate assistant, she worked with the South Carolina Reading Initiative, a federally funded Reading First program. Initiating and facilitating a bilingual family book club, El Círculo Familiar Bilingüe de Libros, was the focus of her dissertation research among Latino parents and their children in a Florida Panhandle elementary school. As adjunct faculty at Flagler College and Colorado Christian University, she trained pre-service and classroom teachers in reading instruction. She holds a BA in English and Spanish from Georgia Southern University, a MEd in Exceptional Student Education from Regent University, and a PhD in Language and Literacy Education from the University of South Carolina.
Robert Diman, Registrar and Executive Assistant
Mr. Diman has spent the past 18 years working in various roles in higher education after serving his country in the United States Air Force. He began his post military career as an IT Supervisor for SUNY Plattsburgh for twelve years before co-founding a successful non-profit for Cancer in upstate New York. His passion for fundraising and development moved him into a role as Associate Director of Development for SUNY Plattsburgh as well as Vice President for the Adirondack Planned Giving Society. He later moved to Tallahassee where he was a development officer for the Florida State University Foundation and later an Account Executive for Grand Canyon University in the Big Bend Region. Mr. Diman earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. In addition to his many years working in Education, he has coached youth, middle and High School Baseball, Basketball and Football for over 20 years; focusing on the importance of being a highly successful student athlete as well as making a positive impact on the community.
Michelle Stringer, Receptionist and Clinical Assistant
Mrs. Michelle Stringer has been classically homeschooling her children for the past 5 years. She has been involved in Classical Conversations and has most recently been a part of Veritas Home School Cooperative here in Tallahassee for the past 2 years teaching preschoolers. She really enjoys the administrative and planning portion of education and is excited about being a part of the Tallahassee Classical School Administration. Mrs.Stringer holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Marketing from the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. She has experience working as an Administrative Assistant for various churches and as the Internal Marketing & Communications Assistant at the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. Stringer also has experience traveling abroad teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) and enjoys learning about other cultures.