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Andrea and Rick Carlton
Parents giving back for the education of our children
Andrea and Rick Carlton say a combination of factors led them to enroll their youngest son, Wesley, at Oak Hill School when they moved to Nashville. “I think as soon as we walked on campus … we got a very warm and inviting feeling,” says Rick Carlton. “We felt the strong Christian value system. We love the community – it’s just a great, tight-knit community.” Wesley, a member of the Class of 2016, has an older brother, Samuel, who is now a student at Furman University. Samuel enrolled at Montgomery Bell Academy when the Carltons relocated to Nashville, and Rick Carlton says OHS was strongly recommended for its academics.
The family has given to Oak Hill in any number of ways – support of the Annual Fund, providing grants for teachers, as well as hosting Songwriters Night at Longhorn Acres Dance Barn on their farm in 2013, 2014 and 2015. “Andrea and I have been very fortunate in life, and we want to give back in any way we can, especially things we’re passionate about – and children’s education is one of them,” Carlton says. “So we’re involved with any institution that involves our own children. We tend to be very active in the giving and any other help we can give.”
Carlton has been in real estate development for the past 25 years across the country. Andrea Carlton is very involved with her foundation, the AWC Family Foundation, helping organizations in Nashville and elsewhere. “We just feel like OHS does such a great job of producing fine citizens, well-balanced with Christian grounding and values. So we want to support that in any way we can,” he says. Giving teachers avenues for continuing education is vital, Carlton says. “We feel it is very important that teachers have the opportunity to visit other places and broaden their horizons. … [There are] new ideas to be looked at and thought about – thinking outside the box a little bit. We’ve always taught our kids that way.”
Sally and David Beavers
Sally Beavers has a unique perspective on Oak Hill School – as a parent, a longtime teacher and now as a grandparent. Beavers, who taught third grade at OHS for 17 years, has a granddaughter, Ella Baker, currently enrolled in Kindergarten – bringing her involvement with the school full circle. Being at Oak Hill as a grandparent is a “perfect feeling,” Beavers says. “It is so exciting. All my own children went there, then I taught there and now I have grandchildren there. It’s just the best school in the nation, as far as I’m concerned.” She reflects fondly on her years spent in the third-grade classroom. “It [third grade] is a big year – it’s a real learning year and it’s a wonderful year for a teacher. You can joke with students and they’ll laugh and be riotous, and then they’ll be right back in order,” she says. “I’m so all about children. I just loved the age group. I loved getting to know the children and just having them become mine,” she continues. “I loved watching them discover and watching them learn – the excitement of it. I loved being creative with that age group, and they were creative back.” Beavers’ three children are all Oak Hill graduates. Mimi Baker Swank graduated in 1981, Carter Baker in 1986 and Emily Baker Cox in 1993.
Beavers’ husband, David, also has ties to Oak Hill, with three children who attended OHS. The Beavers married in 1996. David Beavers worked on the staff at First Presbyterian Church in the late 1970s and says he always knew he wanted his children to attend Oak Hill. “It’s just such a safe place,” he says. “It’s a place where kids feel loved; they’re nurtured. There’s the culture of nurturance and spiritual focus – sort of a prayerful mood there, but it’s still a real school.” Sally Beavers says she and her husband know how important a good education is and feel strongly about supporting Oak Hill. “David and I both value education very much,” she says. “We know what kind of foundation Oak Hill gives to boys and girls – not just our children, but all children who are able to go there. There are a lot of places to put your money, but it’s just a place we really value.” Her husband concurs. “I look at the products – what comes out of there and where these kids go afterwards. They’re still impacted; they are still touched by Oak Hill. When you look at how they touch people later, it’s unbeatable. They go on to high school and college, but still, almost like a kid, they recall OHS,” he says. Sally Beavers says from a teaching perspective, “The teachers are so very loving and really bring a spiritual element to the school also. I especially valued the Christian education part that Oak Hill gives, because kids don’t get that at a lot of schools, and it gives them such a good foundation.” David Beavers, national marketing director with Juice Plus, says it is fun to run into his wife’s former students. “They just love her. They remember the goodness and the good times at OHS – and a lot of them are teachers now. The experience anchored them.”
Baylor Anne and Charles Bone
Grandparent donors committed to diversity.
With four grandchildren enrolled at Oak Hill School in PreK to sixth grade, Charles and Baylor Anne Bone are often at the corner of Franklin Road and Tyne Boulevard. Granddaughter Margaret Bone graduated in 2014. Her sisters, Anne Carlen and Simmons, are in the Classes of 2016 and 2020, respectively. Last, but not least, Henry is in Oak Hill’s PreK program. Their parents are Charles Robert and Sacha Bone. “We spend a lot of time at Oak Hill,” says Charles Bone. “We are very impressed with what they do.” Bone is the founder and chairman of Bone McAllester Norton PLLC law firm in Nashville.
“One great advantage and feature of OHS is that they make it easy for grandparents, parents and ‘special friends’ to be there and be involved, and encourage them to be a part of what is going on,” Bone says. “ … As a family, we’re going to be very committed to what our children and grandchildren are committed to.” Charles Bone and his wife, Baylor Anne, proprietor of Baylor Bone Interiors, are strong supporters of the Annual Fund, as well as financial aid.
“Our encouragement has been to look for the opportunities to increase financial aid and increase the diversity of the student body,” Bone says. “We’re certainly great fans of the school and the education and opportunities our grandchildren have as a result of going there. “My impression is that OHS is doing any number of things to expose the student body to the diversity of our city and world. But I think increasing financial aid also gives them the opportunity to create relationships within the school that would foster some lifelong relationships that would matter to folks on both sides.”
Bone says Oak Hill means a great deal to his family. “I think, without any question, that [the school] has given our grandchildren an opportunity to excel in ways they have aptitudes for. Oak Hill recognizes the individual traits of each student, because they get such special attention,” he says. “They get to explore things they have a passion for. It’s so important in education to foster that love for learning that will last them a lifetime.”
Libby and Nick Sieveking
With four young children to educate, Nick and Libby Sieveking carefully considered their choice of schools when it was time for Cole, the eldest at 8, to start Kindergarten. They decided on Oak Hill School.Now with Cole in second grade, brother Bond in first grade and younger sisters Meg and Lila in the wings, the family feels Oak Hill is a “home away from home.” Both Libby and Nick, a plastic surgeon in private practice, are Nashville natives, and say OHS stood out in their search process.
“When we began looking at schools for our oldest child, we realized how many fantastic choices we have in Nashville,” Libby Sieveking says. “… Early on in the process, we liked Oak Hill because it was obvious the admissions team really focused on the uniqueness of each child and wanted what was best for the individual. After we toured and spoke to more families and teachers and staff, it became clear to us that Oak Hill was the place for us.
“We could envision all of our children being here, which was important to us, and the school felt like it could be our ‘home away from home,” she says. “We want our children to be in an environment that nurtures and loves them, and along with strong academics, focuses on building strong character and integrity in each child. Nick and I appreciate the way that we were raised, and we love that Oak Hill has become so strong academically, while still maintaining its deep roots in strong Christian morals and values.”
Support of the school in a variety of ways is important to the Sievekings. In addition to contributing to the Annual Fund, Libby is an active volunteer, serving as a room mother and co-chair of Songwriters Night for the 2014-15 school year.
“Nick and I wholeheartedly want to support our school with our time and money,” Sieveking says. “We want our school to continue to thrive and be a leader in Nashville’s schools. In this season of our lives, and even more so in the coming years as our third and fourth children become students, Oak Hill is at the center of our lives.
“And as a Mom, I truly delight in our children, and I want to be a part of their lives while they are here, and love being able to watch them grow and learn and have fun.” The Sievekings appreciate what Oak Hill means to their family. “In the midst of this crazy world, we value this positive community,” she says. “Oak Hill’s philosophy is an extension of how we are trying to raise our children at home, and we feel blessed to be a part of this community. Our family is our priority, and our four children are our greatest treasures. We appreciate being surrounded by like-minded families.”