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Our Team

To teach the greatest students, you need the greatest teachers, and Renaissance School has recruited some of the greatest staff from across the country to teach this next generation of leaders!

Renaissance teachers carry advanced degrees and certifications, but just as importantly they possess a passion for their jobs as mentors, and a servant’s heart for leading our children into the next generation! When you enroll your child at Renaissance, you can do so with the peace of mind of knowing they will receive not only the best education, but they will be cared for like they were our own!

Check out our amazing staff’s profiles below, including their credentials!

Courtney Klotz, M. Ed.

Executive Director / Head of School

  • Master of Education – American College of Education
  • Bachelor of Science – Troy State University
  • Student Mental Health Specialist – International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards
  • Board Certified Cognitive Specialist – International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards
  • Nonprofit Business Management Certification – University of South Alabama
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers Member
  • Learning Disabilities: What You Need to Know Course
  • William Carey Embracing Dyslexia Symposium
  • Zachary A. Moore Foundation President 2012-2014
  • Zachary A. Moore Foundation Board of Directors 2007-2016
  • Fairhope PTC K-6 Board of Directors Fundraising Co-Chair 2013-2016
  • Night and Weekend Supervisor Penelope House 2005-2008
  • Penelope House Administrative Team 2005-2008
  • Night and Weekend Counselor 2003-2005
  • Victim’s Advocate Mobile Rape Crisis Center 2005-2008
  • CPR Certified

Nichole Yazzie, M. Ed.

Director of Business Administration

  • Master of Educational Business Administration, American College of Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Huntingdon College
  • Certified Non-Profit Accounting Specialist, FMA Institute (BDO)
  • S. Career Institute – Bookkeeping Specialist
  • Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional – BDO/Nonprofit CPAs
  • Nonprofit Essentials Certificate, nonprofitready.org
  • Embracing Dyslexia Symposium
  • CPR Certified

Beth Zeitlin

Instructor

Brittany Webber, M.A.

Academic and Dyslexia Interventionist, K-6th Grades Lead Teacher

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, Faulkner University
  • Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, Samford University
  • Alabama Certified Teacher
  • Barton Trained
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers Member
  • Embracing Dyslexia Symposium, William Carey University
  • Notice Ability Professional Development
  • Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar
  • Neuhaus Language Enrichment
  • ARI Training
  • AMSTI Science Trained
  • AMSTI Math Trained
  • Math-U-See Professional Development
  • Alabama Bicentennial Talladega Summer Institute, Alabama Bicentennial Commission
  • CPR Certified

Darby Dempsey

Enrichment Instructor

David Hovey

History Instructor

  • Master’s Degreee in Religious Education, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities and Business, University of Mobile
  • Associates Degree, Coastal Alabama Community College

Holli Meier

PE Instructor

Hope Hardy

Math & ELA Instructor

  • Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, William Carey University
  • Master’s Degree in Education, Dyslexia Therapy, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar
  • Neuhaus Scientific Spelling
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers Member

Jenny Hahn

History & Science Instructor

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Marshall University
  • GlobalEd Foundation Global Teacher Certification, In Progress
  • National Association Special Education Teachers Member
  • Neuhaus Reading Readiness
  • Neuhaus Accurate & Automatic Reading
  • National Park Ranger

Jessica Vipperman, M.S.

Math & Science Coordinator & Instructor

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Louisiana State University
  • Master’s Degree in Education, University of South Alabama
  • Alabama Certified Teacher
  • National Association of Special Education Teachers Member

JoAnn Clemmons

English Language Arts Coordinator & Instructor

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Sul Ross University
  • Texas State Bilingual Early Childhood Certified
  • Texas State Pedagogy Professional Responsibilities Certified
  • Child Intervention Certified
  • Barton Trained
  • Neuhaus Language Enrichment
  • Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar
  • National Association Special Education Teachers Member
  • Embracing Dyslexia Symposium
  • Alabama Bicentennial Mobile Summer Institute, Alabama Bicentennial Commission
  • CPR Certified

Joanne Baumhauer

Life Skills & Career Development Instructor

  • Bachelor of Arts, Spring Hill College
  • GlobalEd Foundation Global Teacher Certification, In Progress
  • Crisis Prevention Institute Certified
  • Autism Certificate – IBCCES
  • RBT Training – ReThink Ed
  • Barton Trained
  • National Association Special Education Teachers Member
  • Neuhaus Scientific Spelling
  • Neuhaus Multisensory Grammar
  • Math-U-See Professional Development
  • Alabama Bicentennial Andalusia Summer Institute, Alabama Bicentennial Commission
  • CPR Certified