Brinton Smith, Interim Principal
Mr. Smith comes to Tallahassee Classical School from Fort Worth, Texas, where he lives with his wife and children. Mr. Smith attended The College of St. Thomas More in Fort Worth, Texas for his B.A. and went on to study at The University of Dallas for his M.A. in English Literature and the University of Texas at Dallas for his Ph.D. in Humanities. His teaching experience includes liberal arts instruction at the middle, high school, and college levels.
Great Hearts Texas hired Mr. Smith as their first North Texas employee to help open their first classical charter school in North Texas. His Great Hearts experience with year zero and year one charter school expansion and administration provided him with a wealth of experience, which he brings to other new charter and private schools. Mr. Smith was a Headmaster for the Barney Charter School Initiative in DFW. At Founders Classical Academy, he led staff, students, and families as the primary administrator. Under his leadership, the school was voted Best of County by parents and members of the community in 2019.
The teaching and learning of the West’s great tradition and its love of truth, goodness, and beauty is a consuming passion and is of paramount importance to him. Drawing on his formation, he shares the vision and philosophy of Tallahassee Classical School’s founders and will endeavor to bring the best of what has been thought and expressed to the young minds of
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.
Amy Hines, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
Amy Hines has over 15 years of experience in classical education, most recently as Head of School at Christ Classical Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Master's Degree in the Humanities from Florida State University where she studied the trivium in its historical context. In her spare time she enjoys running and shopping in thrift stores.
Karen Roland, Business Manager
Mrs. Karen Roland was born and raised in Toledo, OH, spent many years in Sarasota/Bradenton, and then moved to the beautiful setting of Tallahassee with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and one cat. She has her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and her Masters in Organizational Management. Much of her career focus has been in strategically planning organizational goals and managing budgets and contracts for governmental agencies. She is excited to now join the world of education. She appreciates the thought of Forest Witcraft who said, "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child (boy)." She is looking forward to working with the Archer team to provide a thinking education for our young scholars.
Dr. Carolyn McClenny, Student Services Coordinator
Carolyn is an experienced speech-language pathologist and educator, passionate about a team approach to helping students develop effective communication skills. Her areas of specialty include grammar, researched writing, study skills, vocabulary development, and student support within the context of their regular school day. She earned her PhD from Florida State University in Reading and Language Arts Education and her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing Science (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has enjoyed 15 years of clinical experience in Speech-Language Pathology, working primarily with neurological based communication disorders, and 16 years university experience, teaching English Composition, Reading Education and leading the academic department for student support services.
Shannon Vestal, ESE / Gifted Coordinator
Hi! My name is Shannon Vestal. I grew up in North Carolina and moved to Tallahassee 8 years ago. My husband and I have three children. In my spare time I enjoy reading and crafting. I look forward to being at Tallahassee Classical this year.
I graduated from University of West Florida with my bachelor’s degree. I am certified in Exceptional Student Education, Elementary Education, Reading, and ESOL. I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Exceptional Student Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. I chose exceptional education because of my own experiences in ESE with my youngest daughter. It made me want to help other children with exceptionalities succeed and grow to their full potential! I am so excited to be working with the students this year and I can't wait to see them grow!
Robert Diman, Registrar
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.