Chattanooga Teachers

Kindergarten / 5-6 Science / Spanish / 3rd Grade Math

Teacher: Denise Burgess
Grade Level: Kindergarten / 5-6
Subject(s): Humanities / Science / Spanish / 3rd Grade Math
Education: Grand Valley State University and Point Loma Nazarene College
Church: Calvary Chapel
Why I love to teach: I love to teach because I love to learn and I enjoy helping others learn too. Our world is such an amazing and interesting place. Plus, kids are fun to be around!

Grade 1 Humanities / Math / Science

Teacher:  Mindy Henley
Grade Level: 1st / 1st-2nd Science
Subject(s): Humanities / Science
Education: Middle Tennessee State University 
Church: Red Bank Baptist
Why I love to teach: I love to teach because I love to be involved in making learning fun! Being involved in the learning process and seeing each child's excitement in learning brings my heart joy!

Grade 2 Humanities

Teacher:  Mandi Roberts
Grade Level: 2nd
Subject(s): Humanities
Education: Georgia Institute of Technology
Church Name: Rock Point Community Church
Why I love teaching: I enjoy inspiring students to reach their God-given potential. I take pleasure in presenting material in clear, concise, and creative ways to help students engage with the curriculum as well as with their Creator.

Grade 3 Humanities / 3-4 Science / 4th Grade Math

Teacher: Buffi Crouch
Grade: 3rd Humanities / 3rd-4th Science
Subject(s): Humanities, Science
Education: Lenoir-Rhyne University
Church: Woodland Park Baptist Church
Why I love to teach: Teaching is in my heart. I want to see my students develop a love for learning. I want to walk with them to the edge of understanding, and then watch as they cross over. I want to see each child come to love God's Word and His World for what He meant it to be at its Creation.

Grade 4 Humanities / 7-8 Science

Teacher: Wendy Steele
Grade Level: 4
Subject(s): Humanities, History, and English 
Education: St. Leo University
Church Name: Woodland Park Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: I love being a part of each student's journey of learning and discovering how God made each of us unique.  I am passionate about creating a fun learning environment that encourages independence and growth while exploring The Lord's hand in HIStory.

Grades 5-6 Humanities

Teacher: Chrsitine Haga
Grade Level: 5/6
Subject(s): Grammar, Literature, and Vocabulary
Education: Tennessee Tech, Lee University, Tusculum College
Church Name: Dallas Bay Baptist
Why I love teaching: I have a passion to be a part of children learning and exploring new concepts and ideas together and independently.  I love to then watch those ideas take shape in their minds and explode into their realm of learning!  I teach to be a small part of each student becoming a lifelong learner!

Grades 5-6 Humanities / High School Science

Teacher:Tekla Currie
Grade Level: 5/ 6th and HS Chemistry
Subject(s): History, Geography, Bible, Chemistry
Education: B.S. Education, Liberty University
Church Name: Peavine Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: God has made each person with an incredible capacity for learning.  As a teacher, I get to witness the growth of each child’s mind, as they absorb and comprehend the knowledge and wisdom God gives to them, each through their own individual process.  I love to learn, and pray I can encourage life long learners.

Grades 7-8 English / Math

Teacher: Amy O'Rear
Grade Level: 7th/ 8th grade English 
Subject: English / Math
Education: Pensacola Christian College, The University of Tennessee
Church: Grace Baptist Church
Why I love to teach: I believe that teaching is a gift that God has given me, so it brings me great joy to use this gift for His glory. In all my teaching, I am passionate about encouraging students to think deeply and biblically.

Grades 7-8 History

Teacher: Heather Malone
Grades: 7-8
Subject(s): History, Bible, and Speech
Education: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church: Red Bank Baptist Church
Why I teach: Interacting with students and seeing where God will take us in our studies is only the beginning of the story. God reveals himself through His word and His creation. The opportunity to share this with students is a true privilege and blessing. I also enjoy seeing students grow in knowledge, confidence and skills.

Grades 9-12 / English

Teacher: Allison Haupert
Grade Level: 9-12th
Subject(s): English
Education: B.A. English literature, Bryan College; M.A. English (rhetoric and composition), University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church Name: Calvary Chapel Hixson
Why I love teaching: Teaching is a great way to invest in the lives of young people while also learning so much in the process. God can use any subject on any day for His glory, and by infusing a biblical worldview into every assignment and class, we come to know Him better.

Grades 9-12 / Bible, History, Logic

Teacher: Rachel Tisdale
Grade Level: 9-12
Subjects: Bible, History, Logic
Education: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church: Calvary Chapel
Why I love to teach: I love to learn, and I learn so much from my students. I believe that a love for learning is one of the best ways to grow not just mentally, but also spiritually. I hope to instill in my students an earnest love for learning, and I really enjoy helping prepare them for the academic and spiritual tests of college.

Middle School / High School Math

Teacher: Leslie Dearman 
Grade Level: Middle School / High School
Subject: Math
Education: North Carolina State University
Church Name: Red Bank Baptist Church
Why I Love Teaching: I love to teach math because I love to help guide students as they work hard to gain and use critical thinking and problem solving skills to logically find solutions and understand mathematical concepts.


Teacher: Linda Ballard
Grade Level: Middle School / High School
Subject: Math
Education: Bryan College and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church: Dallas Bay Baptist Chruch
Why I love teaching: "Mathematics is the alphabet of the universe."--Galileo
I enjoy teaching math and helping students to use prior knowledge to make connections with new topics.  I enjoy teaching students to think in a more complex way and recognize the many ways that we all use math every day!