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Our Founders

Emily Taylor

Emily grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and is wife to John, a native Memphian, and mom to 6 children, ages 1 to 9 years.  She received a BA in psychology, with a minor in English, from Wake Forest University and an MS in applied educational psychology and PhD in school psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  She has worked with children in various school and clinical settings and has also enjoyed being an adjunct professor of developmental psychology at CBU.  Emily was raised in the Evangelical Presbyterian faith and came into the Catholic Church in 2013, initially prompted by the Church's radical and consistent teachings on the sanctity of life.  She chose St. Katharine Drexel as her patron saint.  Tired of lamenting that no perfect school option existed, Emily was inspired to help create one by Pope Leo VIII's words to St. Katharine (when she asked him to send missionaries to America): "Why not, my child, yourself become a missionary?"


Ann-Katherine Stukenborg

Ann-Katherine is a native Memphian and lifelong Catholic. She is wife to her high school sweetheart, John, and mother of 4 children, ages 1 to 7 years.  She attended St. Benedict for grade school and earned her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia.  Returning home to the University of Memphis, she received her master’s in Social Work with a clinical emphasis.  She has 9 years of experience working with families in the state early intervention program as a developmental therapist.  From the moment she became a mom, Ann-Katherine was inspired by the mission to raise saints.  Her desire to start a classical Catholic hybrid in Memphis arose from a long season of prayer and discernment leading up to her oldest daughter starting Kindergarten.  She appreciates this opportunity to help serve and strengthen the Catholic community in Memphis through the Spirit-led formation of Holy Family Academy.   

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