Ironwood Academy
As iron sharpens iron, so does one person sharpen another. Proverbs 27:17
Ironwood Academy is a hybrid program for parents who want more control over their child's educational experience. We combine the best of a homeschool tutorial and a flexible traditional school, offering college-preparatory courses in a Christian environment taught by the most qualified and engaging teachers.
Carmen Andonian, R.N.

Carmen Andonian, R.N.

First Aid/CPR & Wellness

Carmen Rich Andonian, R.N., joins Ironwood Academy as its school nurse and teaches Wellness & First Aid/CPR to high school students and parents.  Carmen is a registered nurse in the states of Tennessee and New York, with over twenty years of experience in health care.  She is certified in basic life support (CPR), advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support, and she is a nationally certified emergency medical technician.   Carmen attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College of Nursing and from Creighton Medical University’s EMT program.  She began her nursing career at Vanderbilt Medical Center and later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s emergency Level I trauma center and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital emergency department.  During that time, she also hosted the popular daily health segment called “Carmen Cares” on WSM-FM radio and on WSMV News Channel 4, sponsored by Vanderbilt Medical Center.  Carmen has extensive experience as a travel emergency room nurse, having worked at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale Arizona, Maricopa Medical Center, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and Paradise Valley Hospital Emergency.  In addition, she worked at several adults and children’s emergency rooms including Columbia Presbyterian Children’s Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital pediatric emergency room and postpartum/newborn nursery, Bellevue Pediatric Intensive Care, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and North General Hospital in Harlem, New York.  Carmen served as head nurse for West End Pediatrics and as the nurse to mothers and newborns.  Carmen has been a frequently featured guest health expert on Fox and Friends and in other news markets.  Carmen is fulfilling her mission of improving lives, lifestyles, and health care systems through medicine, media, and education.  Carmen is famous in Nashville for having been an incredibly popular “super nanny” to many families while she was in college and nursing school, and she is affectionately known to us as Nurse Carmen.  She and her husband, Eric, who is an Army veteran who was deployed to the Middle East, are parents to five children:  Wills, Eliza, Hannah, Cece, and one on the way.