High School Core Teachers
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.
 Hussey, Scott, “Freezes, Fights, and Fancy: The Formation of Agricultural Cooperatives in the Florida Citrus Industry,” Florida Historical Quarterly, 89 (Summer 2010), 81–105.
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.