Support Staff

Chris Burgess- School Chef

Chris was born near Hartford, CT.  He found his way down to North Carolina and received his BA in Biology from UNC-CH.  He has nearly 30 years of experience in food service.  Chris was the kitchen manager at the famous Flying Burrito in Chapel Hill for 8 years.  He was a line chef at Panzanella in Southern Village for 2 years and Head Chef at Town Hall Grill for 7 years, also in Southern Village.  Chris has been married to his lovely wife Erin for 10 years.  He has two sons, Oscar and Benjamin.  Chris enjoys politics, art and science exploration.


 Chef Nate Mc Mullen- School Chef

Nate McMullen, aka Chef Nate, has been cooking professionally for over ten years. His experiences range from an Inn outside of Ann Arbor, Michigan which specialized in game to the prestigious Fearrington House Inn located in Pittsboro. No matter where he cooks his focus is on fresh and local ingredients. Cooking for children is an opportunity to share his love of fine ingredients with the pickiest and most honest consumers around. Every week the children are exposed to local, organic vegetables and fruits prepared with the same love and care that he shows his own family. In fact, his two children are students at TLS. Nate’s amazing menus and wonderful food smells grace the noses of parents, staff and children throughout the day and he provides our children a culinary experience that is wholesome, healthy, and delicious.  

Oliver- Facilities Manager

Oliver is originally from Mexico, but has been living in Raleigh, NC since 1994. He started working at TLS part-time, then soon became a full-time. Before joining The Little School, he worked years in construction. Oliver and his lovely wife Jeanette have two beautiful children, Kyle and Naomi. He loves to spend time with his family. Oliver loves being part of The Little School family.