High School Core Teachers

Scott Hussey

Scott Hussey


Scott Hussey’s Blog

An Appalachian by birth (Pittsburgh) and a Southerner by upbringing and education (Florida), Mr. Hussey married into Tennessee. He received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of South Florida. Part of his  master’s thesis, “Freezes, Fights, and Fancy: The Formation of Agricultural Cooperatives in Florida’s Citrus Industry,” became an article in the peer-reviewed Florida Historical Quarterly. Between the Advertising and American Studies degrees, Mr. Hussey spent time as an Ad man and an international traveler. In the former, he worked with companies to craft multimedia marketing campaigns. In the latter, he taught Korean middle schoolers the intricacies of English idioms and learned the art of hostel negotiations.  For over a decade, Mr. Hussey has taught middle school, high school, or collegiate students with his core experience consisting in the ninth and tenth grades. He believes the classroom to be a sacred place where the profane is explored.
At CBA, Mr. Hussey uses Harkness teaching for his English classes in the Integrated Humanities. With others, he also coaches the Speech & Debate team, advises the yearbook students, and serves on the writing committee.
A lover of adventure, Mr. Hussey seeks opportunities to learn everything he can about the amazing world around us. This fascination with life has taken him scuba diving into cenotes, caves and World War II wrecks, competing in marathons and triathlons, hiking an erupting volcano, and many, many libraries. His current project is raising his daughter and renovating a 1900 Arts & Crafts home on the National Historic Register, with his wife, in Walland.
[1] Hussey, Scott, “Freezes, Fights, and Fancy: The Formation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the Florida Citrus Industry,” Florida Historical Quarterly, 89 (Summer 2010), 81–105.

Sarah B

Sarah Bollschweiler


Being the fifth of ten children, Sara Bollschweiler spent much of her early life yearning for a place of her own. Unable to claim any territory in a house bouncing with siblings, she eventually settled on a friendly maple tree out front, its sturdy branches and rustling leaves a tranquil sanctuary within the sight of her home, but far enough away to convince a middle child of her independence. Hidden in that leafy world, Sarah discovered that she was free to explore new ideas and that the best way of finding those ideas was by reading. In time, Sarah grew to love books as much as she loved that maple tree.
Eventually Sarah outgrew tree climbing, but she never outgrew reading. When she left home in Idaho to attend college in Utah and discovered that she could earn a degree by reading and analyzing all the great works of literature on her “must read” list, choosing a major was a simple task. She graduated from Brigham Young University four years later with a BA in English.
Studying literature gave Sarah a new awareness of how language works. Wanting to further investigate the function of language, she continued her education in BYU’s linguistics department, where she eared a graduate certificate in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages). After finishing her TESOL training, Sarah worked as a teacher and tutor for non-native English speakers in Japan and the the U.S., most recently at Maryville College.
As much as she loved TESOL’s focus on language and grammar, Sarah began to miss the world of literature and writing she explored in her youth, so she decided to return. In early 2016, she applied to the University of Tennessee to pursue an MS in Education with an emphasis in English and, soon after her matriculation, was hired to teach English at Clayton-Bradley Academy. This year she will guide CBA’s junior class in rhetorical study of American communication in conjunction with Mr. Riggins’ instruction in U.S. History, helping students to discover how context affects communication and how communication shapes history.
Although Sarah now does most of her reading in a chair rather than a tree, she continues to love to spend time in the natural world, finding it a source of inspiration and energy. Much of her time outdoors is spent running alone or with friends, but she also enjoys going hiking, camping, biking, and rock climbing with her husband., Luke, and their four children. This year Sarah will share her love of outdoors with the students of CBA as the coach of the cross country team.

Josh Riggins

Joshua Riggins

Social Studies

Josh Riggin’s Blog

Henry David Thoreau perfectly described Josh Riggins’ philosophy of teaching when he wrote, “…the imagination, give the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than nature goes.” A student’s ability to think, reason, and imagine is what truly ignites the power of learning.
Josh Riggins was born and raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Following graduation from secondary school, he took his Baccalaureate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville majoring in History with a minor in Political Science and Education.
During  his graduate studies, Josh participated in a year-long internship with Knox County Schools. Following his training, he attained a position as a Humanities Teacher at Clayton-Bradley Academy.
Together Riggins, Hussey, and Bollschweiler combine projects, instruction, and curriculum into CBA’s Integrated Humanities Program.
This is Josh’s second year at CBA. He teaches World Studies, Leadership in Economics and Civics, and United States History. In his spare time Josh enjoys reading, playing French Horn, and watching classic films. He lives in Knoxville.

Francisco Camacho


Dr. Francisco Camacho has a passion for the outdoors. This developed during his years in the Boy Scouts. While studying recreation and parks at Northern Virginia Community College, his love of nature directed him to explore natural history. This led him to Oregon State University where he received his Bachelor’s in Botany and Plant Pathology and performed rare plant surveys. With a National Science Foundation Fellowship, Dr. Camacho continued his studies at OSU working on molecular ecology of plants and fungi. He went on several mycological collecting expeditions throughout North America and to Guyana, New Zealand, and Australia. His most famous research was the first cultivation of the edible mushroom, the golden chanterelle. During his PhD path he had several opportunities to teach. He was a graduate teaching assistant for several college biology classes and taught at Biology Lane Community College for two years.
Dr. Camacho continued his education as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. This is where his skills as a scientist where honed. He studied many aspects of the edible mushroom Boletus edulis. He worked on the taxonomy, population genetics, systematics, biogeography, and autecology of this mushroom and presented his research around the world.
While raising his three sons (which is the purpose of his life), Dr. Camacho started to focus on education. He became involved with his childrens’ PTA, advocating with the state and national legislators for education. He returned to college for a high school science teaching credential at the University of California, Irvine. He subsequently taught at several colleges as an adjunct faculty. The breadth of these classes ranged from general science to genetics and microbiology.
In 2014, the Camacho family moved to East Tennessee and settled in Friendsville. It has been a wonderful adventure moving to this lush green state. One of the families goals living in the eastern US is to visit all of the National Park Civil War sites. Aside from these educational trips, the Camacho’s can often be found on Fort Loudon Lake, fishing and boating.
Dr. Camacho has been developing his philosophies of science over many years. Essentially, science is the greatest story ever told, thus far.

jen bruce

Jen Bruce


Dr. Jennifer Bruce comes to CBA after fourteen years as a mathematics professor at Maryville College. Her knowledge of what students need to succeed at the college level guides her teaching in the upper school, and the core tenets of her teaching translate readily to the secondary level. Her goal is to cultivate mathematical fluency in her students, because she sees mathematics first and foremost as a language. It is the language of the sciences; the language of our increasingly technological and data-driven world; and the language of structure, logic, and engineering. Those that speak the language fluently are equipped to be the solvers of problems, and they face a world of opportunity. Her students will develop an understanding of mathematics that allows them to be readers, writers, and speakers of this language, while discovering the important connections between mathematics and other disciplines through the project-based learning curriculum.
Born and raised in rural northwestern New Jersey, where both parents had long teaching careers, Jennifer attended Drew University, and completed dual majors in mathematics and music, graduating summa cum laude and earning membership into Phi Beta Kappa (and meeting her future husband). She received a fellowship to Syracuse University, where she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics. After moving to Tennessee in 1999, Jennifer joined the Maryville College faculty in 2000 and earned tenure in 2006.
Outside of the classroom, she led groups of students on service-learning trips to national parks, spent weekends camping with freshmen orientation groups, and taught professional development workshops for middle and high school teachers.
A classically-trained singer, Jennifer performs and is a frequent soloist with the Knoxville Choral Society and Knoxville Chamber Chorale. She enjoys the outdoors, and counts her four trips to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as some of her greatest experiences. She lives in Walland with her husband, Don, and daughter, Annie, and is happy that her parents and siblings now call East Tennessee home. Most weekends you can find Jen on stage singing or on the rivers and lakes with her family in their canoe.


Kendal McCarter


Kendal McCarter was born and raised in Maryville, TN attending Heritage High.  After graduating he attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, earning a Bachelors of Science in Nuclear Engineering.  During college, and for some years afterwards, he was a wilderness canoe guide for the Boy Scouts of America in northern Minnesota and Canada.  As a lifelong active member of the Boy Scouts, and an Eagle Scout, McCarter knows well the value of hard work and community involvement.  He is currently attending and pursuing a Masters in Education at Carson-Newman University.

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