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A school for boys in grades 7 - 12. Founded in 1867.
Student Support

Guidance Counseling

The Guidance Counseling office at Montgomery Bell Academy works in concert with MBA faculty, administration, and MBA’s parent community to ensure that each student feels supported, understood, and adjusted during his experience at MBA. In addition to offering a safe haven for students during periods of difficulty and transition, the office seeks to provide information and resources that will assist students and their families beyond the school day.

Our counseling team is comprised of MBA staff and faculty with a commitment and passion for helping to shape the lives of students from all walks of life. Caroline Scholer, Director of Counseling Services, has a background in counseling, and also brings knowledge of the school and dedication to the students in the Counseling office. Other members of the counseling team include Jamie Tillman, Matt Garvey, Annie B. Williams, Chris Sanders, and Jake Lawrence. These talented people bring knowledge and experience in different areas and provide our boys with options in finding the right person with whom to connect.

Our doors are always open to parents and students alike. As we move through 2017 - 2018 academic year, it is our hope that you will feel free to contact us with any concerns you have about your son. It is our sincere wish to get to know every boy on campus and make certain each student finds his place at MBA.
Safe Place: Free, Confidential, Always There
(Information and text taken from www.teenedge.com/safeplace.aspx, with permission of the Oasis Center.)
Go into any store, fire hall or business that has a Safe Place sign or get on a MTA bus. (They are also Safe Places) Say that you need help and want Safe Place. You will receive free, immediate and confidential help from a trained counselor either on the phone or at Oasis. Now, how does it work again?
Call our toll-free Safe Place Hotline at anytime for confidential help:

1-866- 975-FREE
or (615) 327-4455

Counseling Referral Information

The following professional counselors and physicians are available for referral of students and faculty/staff from Montgomery Bell Academy.

Robin Oatis-Ballew, Ph.D., PLLC
5819 Old Harding Road, #204
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 887-8219

Daniel Barton, MD
4525 Harding Pike, Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 349-1820

Cumberland Heights Alcohol
and Drug Treatment
8283 River Road
Nashville, TN
(615) 356-2700

Family & Children’s Services
201 23rd Avenue North
Nashville, TN
(615) 327-0833

Roberta E. Gallagher, Ph.D
1916 Patterson Street, Suite 606
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 322-9227

Kathryn Eckstein Jalovec, M.D.
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry
4535 Harding Road, Suite 102
Nshville, TN  37205
615 269-4557

Dr. Jack Koch Jr.
2125 Belcourt Avenue
Nashville, TN 37212
Office (615) 269-0525
Fax (615) 269-3596
Cell (615) 513-8392
Beeper (615) 816-1804

Kerry Low, LCSW, BCC
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Board Certified Coach
4525 Harding Rd., Suite 235
Nashville, TN  37205

Cheryl Mendez, MSSW
Oasis Center
1704 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 300
Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 327-4455 

Brett S. Shapiro, PhD, NCC (Licensed Psychologist, National Certified Counselor)
4322 Harding Pike, Suite 226
Nashville, tN 37205 615-329-1181
Child/Adolescent, Family, and Group Psychotherapy
Psychological Testing

Fred S. Starr, MD
1503 17th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
(615) 292-1664

Harrison H. Taylor, LCSW 
4219 Hillsboro Road, Suite 216 
Nashville, TN 37215
(615) 329-0015

Katie Veit, LCSW
4205 Hillsboro Road, Suite 300
Nashville, TN  37215
615 306-8044

Rebekah Walker, LCSW
PO Box 58314
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 352-6078 


Meet the Guidance Counseling Staff

List of 6 members.

  • Mrs. Caroline Scholer 

    University of Stellenbosch - BSW
    University of Denver - MSW
    At MBA since 2015
  • Mr. James A. Tillman 

    Math Teacher, Guidance Counseling, Baseball Club
    George Peabody College - BA
    Vanderbilt University - MA
    At MBA since 1966
  • Mr.  Matthew Garvey 

    History Teacher, Guidance Counseling, Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach
    Ohio Wesleyan University - BA
    At MBA since 2014
  • Annie B. Williams 

    Guidance Counseling, Service Sponsor, 11th Grade Advisor, SYLO Coordinator
    Rhodes College - BA
    Columbia University - JD
    At MBA since 2006
  • Mr. Chris Sanders 

    Athletic Department Liaison, Admissions, Counseling, Varsity Football, Varsity Track
    The Ohio State University - B.A.
    At MBA since 2008
  • Mr. John Lawrence 

    Appalachian State University - Post Graduate Certificates
    University of Tennessee - BA
    Appalachian State University - MA
    At MBA since 2015
    MBA Class of 2004

Montgomery Bell Academy

4001 Harding Road
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 298-5514