Our Faculty and Staff

The men and women who comprise the faculty and staff of Girls Preparatory School are committed, dedicated, and inspiring; most of all, they know the benefits of this special place for the Chattanooga area’s most incredible young women. In the all-girls classrooms, the faculty foster both intellect and character in each girl while teaching them the skills they need to sustain their authenticity and purpose in an ever-changing world.

To connect with a current faculty or staff member, search the directory by department, grade level, or last name.

Our Faculty and Staff Directory

Browse by Department, Grade Level, or Last Name

GPS Faculty Emeriti

Legends of the Hall

Since its inception in 2015, the Faculty Emeriti program has honored retired and retiring faculty for their outstanding service to our school and its students.

Dr. Autumn Graves, Former Head of School (2014-20), who launched the Faculty Emeriti program in her first year at GPS, has previously invoked the wisdom of historian Henry Adams to convey the impact of these inductees on GPS and our students: “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” An apt quote for teachers who are, as Graves said, “immortal in the history of this school.”

2019 Inductees

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  • Rickie Pierce

    Associate Head of School, Principal of Upper School 1982-2010
    Historian 2010-2012
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  • Starlet Light Speakman '59

    Latin and English Teacher 1965-1968, 1979-1983
    Head of Middle School 1983-2006
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  • Debbie Bohner Young '79

    P.E. Teacher, Volleyball and Track & Field Coach 1989-1993
    Volleyball Coach 1995-2002
    Director of Admission 2007-2018
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2018 Inductees

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2017 Inductees

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  • Anne Exum

    Anne Exum

    English, Communications
    30 Years
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  • Linda Mines

    Linda Mines

    History & Social Sciences; 27 years
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2016 Inductees

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  • Suzanne Smartt

    Suzanne Smartt

    Theater; nearly 20 years
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  • Peggy Evans Thomas

    Peggy Evans Thomas

    Founder and Director of Terpsichord
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2015 Inductees

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