Faculty/Staff Directory

  • A. Lee Burns
    Administration (All School)
    (423) 493-5600
    Dartmouth College - BS
    Harvard University - EdM
    A Chattanooga native and McCallie alumnus, Burns graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned his master’s degree in educational administration at Harvard. He has also studied at the London School of Economics. From 2000 to 2014, he served as Headmaster of Presbyterian Day School (PDS), a boys' school serving over 600 boys in Memphis. Prior to being appointed PDS headmaster in 2000, he served as a teacher, coach and administrator at Christ School, an Episcopal boys' boarding high school in N.C. He served as the President of the Elementary School Heads Association (a group of approximately 250 heads of K-6 and K-8 independent schools around the country) from 2011 to 2013 and is a member of the Country Day School Headmasters Association and the Visionary Heads Group. He has been a presenter at annual conferences of The National Association of Independent Schools, the International Boys’ School Coalition, and the Educational Records Bureau. From 2010 - 2014, he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, an institute which provides professional development for public and independent schools. Lee has been an avid tennis player, winning several state championships as a junior or adult. He enjoys tennis, squash, and various sports, as well as reading and writing. He has co-authored a book on a boy’s journey to manhood and has been published in Independent School, a magazine published by NAIS. He is married to Sarah, and they have three children.
  • James H. Daughdrill IV
    Admission, Administration (All School)
    Dean of Admission
    (423) 493-5620
    University of Pennsylvania
    University of Pennsylvania - MS
    A native Mississippian, Jim is a 2005 graduate of McCallie and a third generation boarding student. He went on to attend the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.S. in economics and was a member of the varsity rowing team. After working as an investment banking analyst in Atlanta, Jim left the financial world to return to the Ridge in the fall of 2010 as member of the development team. He has worked in McCallie's admission office since 2013, and he completed a masters in education entrepreneurship at Penn in 2017. Jim is an Eagle Scout, a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan, and a Chattanooga breakfast connoisseur. 
  • Theda Griffin
    Administration (All School)
    Executive Assistant to the Headmaster
    Theda joined the McCallie community in 1999. She and husband, Mike, relocated to Chattanooga in 1998 to bring son, Michael, '03, to McCallie. They reside in Ringgold, Georgia.
  • Thomas E. Hayes
    Administration (Upper), Administration (All School)
    Dean of Faculty for Recruitment and Human Resources; General Counsel
    (423) 493-5602
    Brown University - BA
    Vanderbilt University - MA, JD
    Thomas Hayes is a 1988 graduate of McCallie School. He started his career in Nashville, Tenn. where he taught Latin, coached football, and served as development director for Christ Presbyterian Academy. He has also taught Latin at Vanderbilt University. In 2005, he published a Latin reader and in the same year earned a law degree. He practiced law with Miller & Martin in Chattanooga before returning to McCallie. Thomas serves in the school's administration. He lives on Lookout Mountain with his wife, Lisa, and their three children, Cooper ('18), Brown ('20), and Mary Chapman.
  • Steve B. Hearn
    Alumni and Development, Administration (All School)
    Vice President for Advancement
    University of TN-Chattanooga - BA
    University of TN-Knoxville - MA
    Steve Hearn ’74 returns to McCallie to serve as Vice President for Advancement, overseeing the school’s marketing, communications, fundraising, alumni, and admission programs while developing strategies to keep McCallie competitive well into the 21st century and beyond. He was previously at Presbyterian Day School in Memphis,TN where he served for the past ten years as Assistant Headmaster for Advancement. He also served from 1985-2001 as McCallie’s Director of Admission and as the Assistant Headmaster for Advancement at Girls Preparatory School from 2001-2006. 
    Steve has shared his expertise in education at the National Association of Independent Schools annual conference, the International Boys Schools annual conference, CASE District III conference and the National Coalition of Girls School conference. He has served on the planning committee for the CASE/NAIS Independent School national conference and has served as a member of the Administrator Services Committee of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools. 
  • Henry L Hopping
    Administration (Upper), English, Administration (All School)
    Upper School Principal; English Teacher
    Hank has taught English at all grade levels in the Upper School and coached baseball, basketball and football. He was head baseball coach for eight years and worked in the Residential Program for 20 years, serving as a dormitory head for seven. After 16 years as Dean of Students, he's in his 2nd year as Principal of the Upper School. He and his wife Margaret have two children; Will, class of 2015, is a junior at UNC Chapel Hill, and Lily is a senior at GPS. Hank’s hobbies include reading, some kind of exercise when practicable, making homemade pizzas and breads, and playing the occasional round of golf. The Hoppings attend St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
  • Scotty Jones
    Administration (All School), Administration (Middle)
    Middle School Principal
    University of Illinois - BME
    Michigan State University - MM
    Scotty Jones graduated from the University of Illinois as the “Outstanding Senior in Music Education.” In 1996, he received his master’s degree in Conducting and Wind Literature at Michigan State University as the first recipient of the Kenneth G. Bloomquist Fellowship. He has taught in the western suburbs of Chicago at Waubonsie Valley High School and Oak Park and River Forest High School as the Music Department-Chair and President of the African-American Faculty Advisory Council. The city of Naperville and mayor George Pradel have recognized him with the “H.E.R.O. Award” for work with young adults. In December of 2004, he was awarded the Seventh Congressional District “Teacher of the Year” by Congressman Danny K. Davis.
    As a member of the Westminster faculty from 2005-2016, he received the Schoen Award and the Edward D. Smith Endowed Chair in Honor of Dr. William Pressly for excellence in teaching.  Most recently, Mr. Jones received the Alumni Fellow Award in 2015. He has worked with Odyssey Atlanta, an educational non-profit organization that serves Atlanta Public School students, for ten years and has been the Director of the High School program for the last five.
    Mr. Jones came to McCallie in 2016 as the Middle School Principal with 25 years of experience as a educator. Mr. Jones and his wife, Laurie, have three children, Caleb (McCallie ’20), Ethan (McCallie ’21), and Megan (GPS ’23).  
  • Jay Mayfield
    Communications, Administration (All School)
    Director of Marketing and Communications
    (423) 493-5615
    George Washington University - BA
    University of Georgia - MA
    Jay is a 1997 McCallie graduate, where he was a six-year day student. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from The George Washington University and his master's in public relations from the University of Georgia. He's done all kind of PR work, including a stint at the University of Tennessee as their lead science writer, and he spent the last seven years in public service as a public affairs specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Federal Trade Commission. At various points, his jobs have involved standing inside the world's largest supercomputer, chasing drug runners at night in the Gulf of Mexico, flying a helicopter through the desert in Arizona, taking shelter in U.S. Embassy bathtub during a rocket attack in Baghdad, and shaking the president's hand - twice. 
    When he's not at the office, he's likely spending time with his wife Leigh and daughter Lauren, listening to Phish, or watching the Vols, Braves or Preds play. 
  • Sumner McCallie
    Administration (Upper), Miscellaneous, Administration (All School), Interdisciplinary Electives
    Dean of Faculty and Curriculum
    Yale University - BS
    Vanderbilt University - MEd
    The younger son of Marshall McCallie ’63, Sumner spent his childhood in Africa and the Middle East, returning to the U.S. for high school in Northern Va. A 1992 graduate of Yale University with a degree in Biochemistry, he taught at a boarding school in Switzerland and at public schools in Nashville, Tenn. before coming to McCallie in 1996. Sumner served as an Academic Counselor for three years and then as Dean of Residential Life for the next fourteen years. In 2013, he stepped into the role of Academic Dean, and now serves as Dean of Faculty and Curriculum. In addition, he is the faculty adviser to McCallie's very active Habitat for Humanity chapter which has built seventeen homes in Chattanooga and which has taken 15 international trips to places like Thailand, Brazil, and Tanzania. He is also interested in outdoor experiential education, a result of many summers of hiking, canoeing and camping in Western North Carolina. He lives on campus with his wife Katie and sons Asher and Rivers
  • David Ritterbush
    Administration (All School)
    Director of Security for McCallie School
    (423) 493-5650
    Bryan College - BA
    University of Massachusetts - Boston - MA
    David Ritterbush was born in Fort Wayne, IN, but moved to the Chattanooga area with his family in 1992 and has called Appalachia home ever since.  For the past seven years, he has worked for Walden Security as an operations/senior operations manager.  David's personal interests include language and literature, education and intercultural experiences: he has a B.A. in English from Bryan College, a Master's in Applied Linguistics from the Univ. of Massachusetts (Boston), and has traveled to such exotic locales as India, Morocco, Colombia, and the famed Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.  David and his wife Brooke have two dogs, Daphne and Nickleby, and currently reside in Ringgold, GA. 
  • Jeff Romero
    Administration (Upper), Athletics (Upper), Athletics (Middle), Administration (All School)
    Dean of Athletics
    (423) 493-5530
    Auburn University - BA
    Jeff was named Dean of Athletics in January 2015. In this role, Jeff manages and oversees the operations and logistics of the school's entire athletics program. Prior to this appointment, he worked as McCallie's assistant director of communications for six years and was editor of McCallie Magazine. He worked in athletic communications for 17 years on the collegiate level before moving to McCallie in 2008. Jeff earned a degree in Public Relations/Journalism from Auburn University in 1990. He worked in the sports information offices at the University of Tennessee and the University of Mississippi before serving as Assistant Athletics Director for Media Relations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for 11 years. His wife Renee has worked as a learning specialist at Girls Preparatory School in Chattanooga since 1998. They live on Signal Mountain and have two sons, Johnathon '19 and Christopher '23.
  • Kenneth A. Sholl
    Administration (Upper), Athletics (Upper), Administration (All School)
    Assistant Headmaster
    U-T Chattanooga - BA/MEd
    Kenny is a native of Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. He graduated as valedictorian of his class from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in 1975. He attended Vanderbilt University and completed his degrees at UT Chattanooga. While attending college, he received the Dora Maclellan Brown Scholarship and was named to the All-SEC Academic and All-Southern Conference baseball teams. During his career at McCallie, Coach Sholl has been the head baseball and football coach, a dormitory head, chairman of the mathematics department, Dean of Students and currently serves as the Assistant Headmaster. He and his wife, Miss Penny, a 1st grade teacher, live on McCallie Place and have four children, Scott ’02, Patrick ’04, Carrie Willmore (GPS ’04), and Callie Sholl-Burns (GPS ’08). Penny and Kenny are also the proud grandparents of twin girls, Eliza and Olivia. He currently serves on the board of the Friends of the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park and also enjoys reading history, touring Civil War battlefields, fishing, golf, ancestry and high-end "piddling."
  • Elizabeth Thompson
    Business Office, Administration (All School)
    Chief Financial Officer
    Liz Thompson has dedicated her career to the financial well-being and stewardship of independent schools and other organizations across the Southeast. Liz returned to Chattanooga after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Tennessee with a bachelors of science in business administration in accounting and a second major in Spanish. She obtained her licensures as a Certified Public Accountant and as a Certified Global Management Accountant during her tenure in public accounting. She went on to serve McCallie's sister school, Girls Preparatory School, as their Chief Financial Officer before joining McCallie in 2016. Liz has also served a number of nonprofits in a volunteer capacity including St. Nicholas School, ArtsBuild, and Praying Friends of the Bridegroom. Liz and her husband, Kevin, live in the East Brainerd area of Chattanooga with their sons, Brody and Elliott, and their feline, Moonunit.
  • Chip Verner
    Administration (All School)
    Director of Campus Facilities - McCallie School
  • Robert A. Wilson
    Information Technology, Administration (All School)
    Director of Information Technology
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Board of Trustees

Mr. J. Hal Daughdrill III '73, Chairman
Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Charles S. Anderson '93
New York, NY

Mr. Benjamin G. Brock '89
Lookout Mountain, TN

Mr. A. Lee Burns III '87
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Mr. James W. Burns '89
New York, NY

Mr. John Fogarty '73
Williamsburg, Virginia

Dr. Sean K. Jenkins '97
Charlottesville, VA

Mr. Graeme M. Keith III '04
Charlotte, NC

Mr. Charles E. Knox II '83
North Augusta, SC

Mr. Barry P. Large '96
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Mr. Alan L. Lebovitz '86
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Mr. Alberto J. McGregor '82
Leesburg, Virginia

Mr. Edward G. Michaels III '60
Atlanta, Georgia 
Mr. Dennis Oakley '72
Waynesville, North Carolina

Mr. Ward Petty '80
Lookout Mountain, Tennessee

Mr. James M. Ruffin '80
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Mr. David A. Stonecipher '59
Atlanta, Georgia

Mr. Nathaniel H. Taylor '94
Menlo Park, CA

Mr. Bill Womble, Jr. '60
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
We Teach Boys.

"When I came to the Ridge, I thought we taught courses, but the headmaster disabused me of that notion. 'We don't teach courses or subjects,' he told me. 'We teach boys.'"
- longtime English teacher Miles McNiff

"An essential part of growing up to be an honorable and upstanding gentleman requires having a sufficient array of mentors and role models," explained Headmaster Lee Burns. "Adolescent boys need men in their lives to whom they can look up, respect, and admire."

Roughly 75 percent of the McCallie faculty are male, while the national average for schools is 25 percent male faculty.

Experience and Expertise.

McCallie teachers bring a wide range of experience and expertise to the classroom. Seventy-seven have advanced degrees, and seven hold doctoral degrees. 

Ninety percent of the McCallie faculty have responsibilities beyond the classroom. They coach. They work in the dorms. They serve as academic advisors or as advisors for student clubs and organizations. 

Twenty-Four Hours, Seven Days a Week.

As a day and boarding school, the lights never turn off at McCallie, and our faculty and staff are as a group dedicated to engaging in the lives of their students all day, every day.

McCallie School

McCallie is an All-Boys Private Boarding School and Day School, a Christian-based College Prep School.
McCallie seeks out and accepts boys from all ethnic, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and places a high value on a diverse student body. 

Want the best education for your daughter? Visit Girls Preparatory School, McCallie's sister school!