Our Faculty and Staff

Every child learns differently, and at The de Paul School, we teach for that. Our mission is simple, yet powerful:

We teach students with learning differences how to learn, become independent, and be successful.

We're a collaborative who believe that there's no other way to dignify children more than to help them understand what they are truly capable of. We want each child to know and believe they are capable of academic and life success - as long as they work hard, set goals and aspire to reach them. We give our students the tools and strategies to achieve all they aspire to do.


The following beliefs are the foundation of all that we do:


We believe that learning is living.

We believe in the individuality and dignity of our students.

We believe in the incredible potential of our students.

We believe our role as educators is to empower our students.

We believe that our students need an educational program with specific features in order to reach their potential.

We believe in the duty and demand of our profession.

We believe the support of family is crucial to education.

We believe that each person has the responsibility to build and better our community.

Like the students in our school, huskies are intelligent and eager. They love to play, work well in teams, and enjoy companionship. Huskies are reliable and their friends can count on unsurpassed loyalty. They are known for their endurance and perseverance in harsh conditions that might tempt others to quit. It has even been reported that huskies are easily bored if activities are not sufficiently challenging or engaging.

We are proud to be the huskies! We impress in the classroom, in athletic competition, and as compassionate citizens within the larger community.

Dr. Laurie Bottiger

Head of School

Dr. Kim Landrum

Executive Director, Kemper Academy for Teaching and Learning

Phil Howell

Associate Head of School

Liz McPhearson

Elementary Dean

Kamaran Holt

Middle School Dean

Eileen Hamidi

Executive Assistant to the Heads of School

Eve Lee

Registrar/Receptionist & Student Life Coordinator

Hank Evans

Development Manager & Grant Writer

Erin Whicker

Admissions Director

Leslie Johnson

CFO & Human Resources

Tom Fanning

Director of Buildings & Grounds

Rose Clark

Buildings & Grounds

Heidi Blackburn

Visual & Performing Arts Teacher

Luis Salazar

Physical Education Teacher

Panagiotis Stathopoulos


Sue Gray


Ivy Hall

Team 1 Teacher

Brandi Radaker

Team 2 Teacher

Coco Evans

Team 3-4 Teacher

Tammy French

3–4 Teacher

Elizabeth Furlong

Team 3–4 Teacher


Laura Archibald

Team 5 Teacher

Kevin Sparks

Team 5 Teacher


Denise Jett

Team 6 Teacher

Erin Lowry

Team 6 Teacher

Sandra Boeschel

Team 7 Teacher

Jodi Hocklander

Team 7 & 8 Teacher

Laura Shea

Team 7 & 8 Teacher

Vince Barker

Team 8 Teacher

Gracie Benningfield

Extended Day/Tutor

Bolt the Husky

I'm de Paul's Official Mascot!


2021-2022 Board of Trustees

As the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) states, “The board is the guardian of the school’s mission." Our Board of Trustees ensures that The de Paul School's mission is relevant and vital to the community we serve. The work of the Board of Trustees is to strengthen the day-to-day successes of our students, teachers, and programs, set policy, and focus on the long-range and strategic plan for the school. In addition, the Board fosters accountability for the financial health of the school and is responsible for the selection and support of the Head of School. Trustees gather six to seven times a year with committee work between each meeting. Our de Paul Board is an incredibly active, dedicated, and personally invested trusteeship - we are grateful to the following 2021-2022 trustees for their service:

Dr. Timothy Brown, Ms. Angela Chumbley, Mr. Paul Chumbley, Ms. Erin Clark, Mr. Sam Clemmens, Mr. Chris Doyle, Joe Fowler, M.D., Mr. Jay Klempner, Mr. Dave McCalpin, Ms. Natasha Montgomery, Ms. Audra D. Williams, Mr. John Willmoth, and Ms. Deanna Wise.

For any questions about or for The de Paul School Board, please contact de Paul Information.

*The de Paul School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual identity or orientation, national origin, or disability in the administration of its policies, procedures, and programs.