Faculty and Staff Retirements
McCallie Communications Office

 

Kay Belyea

Kay Belyea

29 years at McCallie

Positions held:
Started as a tutor in several subjects, then worked as an Academic Counselor for the new Learning Center, Upper School Latin teacher and Class Dean, and finally as Middle School Latin teacher; established the 6th grade Phenomenom of Language program, MS foreign language coordinator, and many other roles.

What do you think you will be known for?
I am known for my dedication and love of the boys. But mostly...The Laugh...

What do you plan to do in retirement?
I plan to spoil my great-grandkids, play with the bees (we have seven hives), work in the garden, volunteer, and travel as much as possible.


 

Ken Henry

Ken Henry

21 years at McCallie

Positions held:
Joined as American Literature teacher and head basketball coach and has had many classroom, coaching and extracurricular positions since, including 20 years as a Student Senate advisor. This year he organized the school’s first fishing team “and we had a successful first season.”

What will you take away from your time at McCallie?
The teachers and coaches at McCallie have taught me a wonderful sense of what I call ‘relaxed professionalism.’ They have taught me to be casual enough to enjoy each day and yet focused enough to make each lesson matter. I hope to carry this lesson with me into my retirement.


 

Lisa Hobbs

Lisa Hobbs


22 years at McCallie
Staff Nurse

What do you think your students and colleagues say you are known for?
I hope they know how much I care for them and I was able to make a small difference in their day. Specifically: “Mama Hobbs!’ ‘Wash your hands.’ ‘Cover your cough.’ She's the nurse that made me do the warm salt water gargle when I had a sore throat!’ 

Parting thoughts on McCallie?
I have tried to do my part in making the Student Health Center a place where a student can come to talk, rest, decompress, or cry if they need to. I wanted them to think of us as a safe haven or their home away from home and that we care about them in all aspects of their lives, physically, emotionally, and mentally.


 

Skeeter Makepeace

Skeeter Makepeace


29 years at McCallie
Economics and AP Economics and Government teacher 

Some things I have learned as a teacher:
Play is not bad, in fact it can be the best teaching tool. Having fun is contagious. The real difference between seniors and first graders is size. Both groups wake up if you walk around the room with a Jolly Rancher in your hand. Food is a good teaching tool. Never confront a boy in front of his friends. Enjoy your subject; your enthusiasm spreads. In a boys’ school, be careful with your word choices. Even innocent-sounding words can break a class up and it’s nearly impossible to get control of it again. This is especially true if you are laughing as hard as they are. 


 

Larry Meade

Larry Meade


36 years at McCallie

Positions held:
Began as a part-time bookstore clerk, later becoming Bookstore Manager, then Director of Business Support Services

What is a funny story about one of your roles on campus?
When I was first hired as a bookstore clerk, some still called the bookstore the “commissary,” a residual from the military days. Inevitably some of the students started calling me “Commissary Larry.”

What do you plan to do in your next career?
After officially retiring in December of 2020 I stepped into the role of full-time pastor on Jan.1, 2021. The last few months have been a flurry of activities and opportunities at our church. This has required many adjustments on my part to the demands of ministry. But it has been great!


 

Rick Whitt

Rick Whitt


15 years at McCallie

Positions held:
Assistant Director of Admission, Coordinator of College Relations, TSSAA Eligibility Officer, former Varsity Football Coach, Track Coach

What are you known for among students/colleagues?
My quiet demeanor and hopefully my Christian walk.

What will you take away from your time at McCallie?
The relationships with the people I’ve worked with, the coaches and the folks in the Admission Office, and the young men I’ve had the pleasure to coach and be around. It’s been fun watching guys grow from the time they arrived in the and to witness the transformation that takes place and the difference the McCallie experience has made in their lives. 


 

Mitzi Smith

Mitzi Smith


36 years at McCallie
Director of Donor Relations 

When Mitzi Smith is asked how many McCallie alumni she has befriended over her 36 years at McCallie, she hesitates, then says, “Well, there are about 11,000 active alumni. I’ve probably had some form of contact with most of them. They all seem to know my name.” And then she reflects further, “And I will miss them.”

It is that relationship building – not just knowing alumni, but becoming friends with them – that has been the hallmark of Ms. Smith’s 36-year career at McCallie. She has served under three heads of school and four vice presidents of Advancement. She has held three different titles, all associated with alumni relations: Director of Alumni and Parent Programs, Director of Alumni Relations, and Director of Donor Relations.

And she has organized hundreds of alumni events throughout the United States. “One year I did 53 events – most being out-of-town. It was a whirlwind.” One of her favorite cities to hold alumni gatherings? Charlotte. “They are exceptional. The alumni, parents and friends there are just so appreciative of McCallie.” She went on to say that every city has its own unique “flavor” and there’s never been a location she didn’t enjoy. 

“I will miss the people, not just the wonderful colleagues I have had the privilege of working with, but the alumni of all ages who have made my life so much richer,” she said. 

She plans to stay in Chattanooga. What will she do in retirement? “Absolutely nothing.” Then she thinks a bit more: “Well, I’ll continue my community and volunteer work.”

For all alumni, she said she wants her parting words to come from Winnie the Pooh: “How lucky I am to have made something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”

“This has been a great run.”