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High Hopes Preschool & Pediatric Therapy Clinic

301 High Hopes Court
Franklin, TN  37064
Phone:  615-661-5437
Main Fax:  615-309-8342
Clinic Fax:  615-277-2838

Preschool Hours of Operation:

7:00am - 6:00pm

Pediatric Therapy Clinic Hours of Operation:

8:00am - 6:00pm, therapy by appointment

Conveniently located off of I-65 in Franklin, Exit 65


Preschool Administration


Director of Education
Melanie Anderson, 615-550-1442

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in English and Journalism from Tennessee Technological University.  She has worked in education since 1996, with more than 9 years of focus on Pre-K learning and growth.  Melanie and her husband have two grown sons, and she enjoys reading, golfing, and collecting antique glassware.


Renee Taylor
Curriculum Coordinator & Assistant to Preschool Director, 615-550-1444

Renee has eleven years of experience as a preschool teacher at Middle Tennessee Christian School and Smyrna Christian School.  She and her husband, Ron, have two daughters whom Renee homeschooled for nine years.  She enjoys boating, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.


Linda Cairatti, Education Resources Assistant, 615-550-1438

Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Illinois.  She has been with High Hopes as an Assistant Teacher, Floater, and now in her current role.  She is married with two grown daughters, and enjoys reading and gardening.


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Therapy Administration


Director of Clinical Services
Kristin Garner, MPT, 615-550-1445

Kristin Garner, MPT received her BS and MPT from Ohio University and has been with High Hopes as the Clinical Director since 2006.  She previously worked at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Acute Care, NICU, PCCU and Out-Patient.  Kristin also has work experience within the school system, Early Intervention and home health.  Her expertise is in NICU, Torticollis and Early Intervention.  Kristin is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Williamson County in 2001.  She is married to Todd Garner and is blessed with three beautiful children:  Carson, Dylann, and Emerson.

Clinic Intake Specialist
Bonnie St. Martin, 615-550-1446

Bonnie is a recent transplant to the Nashville area from Western Massachusetts. Her vast knowledge and experience comes from an extensive background in liberal arts with an emphasis on creative writing. Within the past few years, she has published numerous poems and is currently writing a children's book.  She has been a registered yoga teacher for over 5 years and currently teaches a class in Nashville.  Bonnie came to High Hopes as a part time assistant to the therapy department, but quickly expanded her position. In 2015/2016 she began writing grants for the development department, assisting former Director of Development, Bonnie Richardson, and together they raised close to ½ a million dollars for High Hopes. Currently, Bonnie is facilitating a new position that will offer respite and support for families of High Hopes children while expanding the mission of High Hopes to underserved areas in Middle Tennessee.


Clinic Reception
Debbie Carpenter, 615-550-1435


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For clinical billing questions, please contact 615-661-8929 and reference your High Hopes account number.


General Administration


Executive Director
Gail Powell, M.Ed., 615-550-1436

Gail joined High Hopes in 2007 as Executive Director.  Education and children have been Mrs. Powell's life as she has been an educator for more than thirty years.  She has been an elementary school teachers and an elementary school principal both in public and in private schools.  Powell was the Head of the Lower School for Battle Ground Academy for nine years.  Originally from Texas, Gail has lived in Franklin for thirteen years.  She is a graduate of Franklin Citizen's Police Academy and Leadership Franklin.  She is currently on the board of Youth Leadership Franklin and is an Ambassador for Williamson County Schools.  She also served as a committee member for the Franklin Tomorrow Education Strategy Group.

Director of Development and Marketing
Cheryl Dean, 615-550-1437

Cheryl is a Nashville native and experienced small business owner.  She has worked in various administrative capacities in both corporate and small business arenas and has been with High Hopes since spring 2010.  Cheryl serves at High Hopes as the Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator.  Cheryl and her husband, Troy, have one daughter Brittany, three sons Bretton, Lucas & Jakob and one grandson Huston.  Cheryl enjoys spending time with family, friends, being outdoors, and having a creative outlet.

Development and Marketing Coordinator
Kerry Conley, 615-550-1443

Kerry is a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky native who attended Miami University of Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. She moved to Nashville, TN in early 2004 for an Outside Sales Position for a Higher Education Publishing Company working with the Universities and Colleges in Tennessee. Kerry has over 15 years of Corporate and Non Profit work experience. After many years in Corporate, she switched to Non Profit where she worked in Marketing, Development and Program Management for American Cancer Society, PENCIL Foundation, and now High Hopes Development Center, starting in May 2017.  Kerry has also served on the Board as Vice President of the 12th South Neighborhood Association for over two years. In her spare time, she loves to volunteer/foster for local animal rescues, listen to live music, cook, spend time with friends and family and be outside with her pups, Rosie, and Kelsey a registered Therapy Dog!

Executive Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica Mizell, 615-550-1447

Jessica joined High Hopes in October 2016. She serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and the Volunteer Coordinator.  She earned a Master of Science in Human Resource Education and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from LSU. Prior to joining High Hopes, she worked in academic support for collegiate athletics for 10 years. Most recently, she served as a Learning Specialist at Iowa State University for 5 ½ years, where she coordinated the educational testing program, designed tutor training curriculum, and facilitated the orientation and training for approximately 100 tutors. She also served in similar roles at Florida State University and LSU. Originally from Baton Rouge, Jessica relocated to Franklin from Ames, Iowa.


Finance & Records Coordinator
Karen Dallas, 615-550-1441

Karen received her Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Lipscomb University.  She has 29 years of experience in corporate accounting as well as spending 1.5 years as a Children's Home House Parent.  She and her husband, Dennis, have two children: Rose and Paden.  Karen loves volunteering for service projects, camping, vacationing, reading, watching movies, and playing family games.



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    1. Talbots In-Store Fundraiser

      August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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      August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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      August 26 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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    "Teachers & therapists love the work they do"

    Meet our Elle.  Born in June 2010, Elle was six weeks early and spent almost two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit learning to eat properly and gain weight.  At six months, we began noticing Elle was not meeting typical goals, like rolling over.  At 14 months, Elle still wasn't pulling up or talking, so we contacted Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) who said Elle had a Global Development Delay and recommended High Hopes.

    Elle began physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy weekly at High Hopes' Therapy Clinic at 16 months of age.  Shortly after, Elle began attending High Hopes' Preschool and ...

    Learning to "eat like a boss!" ~ Anaya

    Anaya came home from Arkansas at 15 months old.  She had the most vibrant personality and we were smitten with her immediately!  At 15 months, she had never eaten food orally, nor even knew what that required.  She had a feeding tube as her main source of nutrition.

    We had a friend recommend High Hopes and we began seeing a feeding therapist there.  The feeding therapist was so sweet and patient with us as we learned how to teach this phenomenon we call "eating."  We worked together empowering Anaya to do it and she made incredible improvement!  After 6 months at High Hopes Anaya became completely independent of the tube.  Within one year of  Anaya being home, she had her t...

    Miracles Delivered through High Hopes ~ Caleb

    Caleb was born a perfectly healthy little boy July 11, 2012.  Two weeks later our world was turned upside down when he developed bacterial meningitis.  This  journey resulted in a month-long stay at Vanderbilt and life-long effects for Caleb of significant frontal lobe brain damage and risk of seizures.

    Caleb is our little fighter and has always had several guardian angels watching over him.  We came home from the hospital with no idea whether our son would walk, talk, eat well, or function as a typically-developing child.  We only knew we wanted to provide him with the best resources possible.  We sincerely believe it was one of those guardian angels who led us to be introdu...

    A Journey of Success ~ Caroline

    Our journey with High Hopes began in January 2006.  After relocating to Nashville, we were looking for a place for daycare and therapy for our then eight-month old daughter, Caroline, who was born with Down syndrome.  What we found in High Hopes was so much more.

    Because of its unique setting, High Hopes has provided Caroline with a nurturing and caring atmosphere where she not only has gone to school, but also has received the many therapies she needs to thrive.  It gave us the comfort of knowing she was being cared for by compassionate teachers and therapists in a safe environment.  It was important that what Caroline was learning and workin...

    From a tragic beginning to a hopeful future: Meet Grayson

    Grayson was born with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  His withdrawals were so severe, he was in the hospital for three and a half months and was considered one of the worst cases of withdrawals that the nurses at Vanderbilt had ever seen.   As a result of his birth circumstances, Grayson often experienced respiratory distress and was diagnosed as significantly developmentally delayed.

    At 7 months, Grayson began receiving Physical, Occupational, Speech and Feeding therapies at The Therapy Clinic at High Hopes.  His therapists encouraged and supported the family while working to overcome so many obstacles and celebrated alongside them when they were...

    Meet Hatcher

    Hatcher, Stories of HopeHigh Hopes changes lives. My son, Hatcher, came to High Hopes at age one with Down syndrome and leukemia, unable to walk or talk. As a divorced mom with the responsibility of two older children and a baby that required multiple treatments and medical appointments, I could not work outside our home and applied for food stamps just to feed my children.

    When we arrived at High Hopes, we found help,...

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