James Purcell

Head of School| Athletic Director

Mr. Purcell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resources from Trevecca Nazarene University. He has been at Benton Hall Academy since 1993.  He has been a teacher, coach, bus driver, lunch coordinator, athletic director and dean of students during his career at Benton Hall Academy.

Jeff Keith

Dean of Students

Mr. Keith has been at Benton Hall Academy since 2015, although he taught here from 1984-1985.   He has earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Belmont College in Physical Education/Health, a Master of Education degree at Tennessee State University in Administration and Supervision and has completed various coursework and subject matter pertaining to discipline, leadership, and “best practices/instructional strategies”.  Before coming to Benton Hall Academy, Mr. Keith led West End Middle School to “Reward Schools Status” in first year of new TCAP Assessment format.   He has officiated TSSAA High School Baseball as an umpire for 30 years, worked the TSSAA State Baseball Tournament in 1989, umpired baseball collegiately from 1985-1996 and played NAIA Baseball for Belmont College as a starting and relief pitcher.


Andrea Meyers

Associate Head of School | Director of Technology

Mrs. Meyers has been teaching at Benton Hall Academy since January of 2006.  She taught math, language arts and reading in the middle school at BHA for 9 years before stepping into her current role.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Southern Illinois University and her Master’s degree in Educational Technology from Tennessee Technological University. She holds a Professional Certification in Special Education K-12.   She has presented educational technology topics at the TAIS Biennial Conference and the Technology Institute.  She also coaches springboard diving in the summers at Sequoia Swim and Tennis Club.

Renee Hodges

Office Manager

Mrs. Hodges has managed the front office at Benton Hall since 2011. She has many years of administrative & accounting experience. Mrs. Hodges’s son graduated from BHA in 2012.

Melanie Britton

Business Manager | Head of the Food for Thought Committee

Mrs. Britton joined Benton Hall Academy in January of 2013.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University.  Ms. Britton manages all accounts receivable including tuition  payments. She is also responsible for all accounts payable, student contracts, employee benefits, payroll, purchasing, grant writing, fundraising and other various duties. Organizing and leading the committee for Food for Thought, the school’s largest fundraiser, is one of Melanie’s most important roles.