Chattanooga Teachers


Teacher: Stephanie Thomas
Grade Level: Kindergarten
Subject(s): Humanities 
Education: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church: Grace Bible Church
Why I love to teachI love teaching kindergarten and helping children develop a love of learning. Everything is exciting and new for kindergarten and I love their awe of the world around them.

Grade 1 Humanities / Math

Teacher:  Mindy Henley
Grade Level: 1st Humanites and Math 
Subject(s): Humanities / Math
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 1 Humanities / Math

Teacher: Robin Scharff
Grade Level: 1st grade humanities / Math 1
Subject(s): Humanities, Science
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, minor in Special Education
Church Name: Calvary Chapel Chattanooga
Why I love teaching: The privilege and ability to teach is a gift from the Lord where I feel the most in the center of His will for my life. I love helping children experience the joy of learning and observing that moment when something new clicks and fresh understanding lights up their faces.

Grade 2 Humanities / Elementary Math

Teacher: Emily Casey
Grade: 2nd Humanities / Elementary Math
Subject(s): Humanities and Math
Why I love to teach

Grade 2 Humanities / 3-4 Science

Teacher: Danielle Smith
Grade Level: 2nd / 3rd-4th
Subject(s): Humanities / Science
Education: Tennessee Tech
Church Name: First Centenary
Why I love teaching: My passion for learning fuels my desire to teach! An author I adore once wrote "the heart cannot love what the mind does not know." This truth resonates with me as both a lifelong learner and a teacher. Teaching allows me to point all students toward our Redeemer, so their love for Him and all God's creation might flourish and grow with abundance. The more we know and love our Creator, the more we can glorify Him and seek to act according to His will. It is an honor and a gift to be a part of a child's educational journey.

Grade 3 Humanities / Math

Teacher:  Amy Ratchford
Grade Level:  3rd
Subject(s):   Humanities / Math
Education:  Multidisciplinary Education 
Church Name:  Chapel Cleveland
Why I love teaching:  Children love to learn which makes teaching so incredible and fun.  My favorite part of teaching is observing the progress my students make throughout the school year. I am so thrilled to help cultivate a passion for learning with a biblical worldview.  My hope is that the Lord will direct me to educate their hearts and minds in His ways while teaching 3rd grade this year.

Grade 3 Humanities / 7-8 Science

Teacher: Ashley Goertemiller
Grade Level: 3rd / 7-8th
Subject(s): 3rd Grade Humanities / 7-8th Science
Education: Covenant College
Church Name: Grace PCA
Why I love teaching: My absolute favorite part of teaching is to engage students in God's creation and plan for humankind; discussing their deeper level questions together and observing connections and excitement with their subject matter.

Grade 4 Humanities

Teacher: Jessica Rasnic
Grade Level: 4th
Subject(s): Humanities
Education: Bryan College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Church Name: Burning Bush Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: It is my joy to share my love for learning and for God's Word as I challenge kids to worship the Lord as they learn. My prayer is that they grow to love God with all their minds as they discover His power, plans, and purposes, which extend through all time to their very own lives. 

Grade 4 / 5-6 Science

Teacher: Jennifer Potteiger
Grade Level: 4th humanites, 5-6 Science
Subject(s): Science
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education / Penn State University
Church Name: The Chapel Cleveland
Why I love teaching: I love to encourage children and watch them learn. It is a joy to get to know them, their strengths and weaknesses, and to see their potential and then help them believe in themselves and their abilities. I love teaching with the classical method-- bringing historyto life through classic literature and building rich foundations of grammar and writing. We have so much fun learning together. 

Grades 5-6 Humanities

Teacher: Savannah Madison
Grade Level: 5/6th grade 
Subject(s): Humanities
Education: Liberty University
Church Name: Grace Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: Teaching allows me the opportunity to invest in students academically as well as spiritually. When students see the subjects fit into God’s bigger picture, learning happens and inspires them. They can see the hope and purpose in life. These moments fill my heart with joy. I believe learning is a lifelong, thrilling journey and hope to pass on this passion to my students.

Grades 5-6 Humanities /High School Science

Teacher:Tekla Currie
Grade Level: 5th-6th/ High School
Subject(s): 5th-6th History / High School Biology 
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 5-6 Humanities / Latin

Teacher: Sarah Ferguson
Grade Level: 5th and 6th grade
Subject(s): Humanities English / Latin I
Education: BA in Sociology University of Florida
Church Name: Wesminster Presbyterian Church
Why I love teaching: It is my joy and privilege to invest in the lives of children.  I am passionate about shepherding their minds and hearts through education and mentoring.  There is nothing more rewarding than seeing children discover connections that will follow them through life.


Grade 5-6 Humanities / 1-2 Science

Teacher: Rhonda Bailey
Grade Level: 5-6
Subject(s): English / 1-2nd Science
Education: Kennesaw State University
Church Name: The Crossing
Why I love teaching: I love teaching and working with children because they are excited to engage in the classroom, and they are so impressionable. God created each child unique, and I enjoy getting to know every one in my class. I look forward to journey with my students as we learn and grow together. My goal is to creatively motivate the students to enjoy learning, challenge them to do their best, and to know and honor Christ. 

Grade 7-8 Humanities / Elementary Math

Teacher: Brittany Merchant
Grades: 7-8 humanities / Elementary math / Science
Subject(s):  Grades 7-8 Bible, History, Logic / Grade 4 Math / Grade 3-4 Science, Art I
Education:  University of South Carolina
Church Name:  Two Rivers Church
Why I love teaching:  I have had a desire to be a teacher since I was in elementary school, and I am thankful to be able to live that dream out each and every day with my students. As a teacher, I have the privilege of helping students become critical thinkers and problem solvers in hopes that they will use those skills to serve the Lord.   I love to see the way God reveals Himself in all we learn and do.


Grade 7-8 Humanities / Math

Teacher: Amy O'Rear
Grade Level: 7th-8th English/ Math 5 / Math 7
Subject: EnglishMath
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.

Grade 7-8 Humanities / Math 6

Teacher: Paula Owens
Grade Level: 7-8 Humanities / Math 
Subject(s): English / Math 6
Education: Troy State University
Church Name: Oakwood Baptist Church
Why I love teaching: I love helping students learn how to express their thoughts and opinions in written form.

Grades 7-8 Humanities

Teacher: Laura Warren
Grade Level: 7-8
Subject(s): Bible, History, Logic
Education: Baptist Bible College
Church Name: Two Rivers Church Chattanooga
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because I love to see students grasp a new concept and then get excited about learning! I love to see students discover and then grow in their God-given gifts!

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 Chattanooga
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/ English

Teacher: Mrs. Karis Ervin
Grade Level: Grade 9-12
Subject(s): English
Education: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Bachelors of Arts in English Language and Literature
Church Name: Grace Baptist Church 
Why I love teaching: I have always loved learning new things from as far back as I can remember. Both of my parents are teachers so maybe this is why teaching comes naturally to me. I never get over the thrill of watching my students learn something new, especially when it has the potential to improve their lives. Why wouldn't I love to teach?

Elementary Science

Teacher: Jennifer Hirschey
Grade Level: 3rd-4th grade Science
Subject(s): Science
Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University
Church Name: Rock Point Community Church
Why I love teaching: I have had a deep love of learning and school since I was a child. As a teacher, I enjoy the challenge of making learning fun for my students! It is a privilege and a joy for me to help children think critically about the world around them, to help them foster a love of math and science, and to understand God’s purpose for them as part of his creation.

Math and Science

Teacher: Derrica Brown
Grade Level: Middle School Math, !st and 2nd Grade
Subject(s): Math 7 / 1-2nd grade science
Education: Tennessee State University
Church Name: Concord Baptist
Why I love teaching: I love to see students unlock their potential by trusting in Christ.

Middle School Math

Teacher: Jennifer Corvin
Grade Level: Middle School
Subject(s) Pre-Algebra
Education: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church Name: East Brainerd Church of Christ
Why I love teaching: I love teaching because I love building relationships with young people. Math has always been my favorite subject, and being able to share it with my students brings me joy! I hope I can share some of my enthusiasm with them. 

High School Science

Teacher: Betty Morris
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Chemistry 
Education: Mercer University, Dalton State College, South University School of Pharmacy
Church Name: Concord Baptist
Why I love teaching: I love building a solid foundation of math and science for the youth at Veritas. I love explaining and exploring the glory of God in creation and how He creates order out of chaos.

High School Math

Teacher: Leslie Dearman 
Grade Level: High School
Subject: Geometry 
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.

High School Math

Teacher: Beth Wheatcroft
Grade Level:  High School
Subject: Algebra I 
Education: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
Church: Calvary Chapel Chattanooga
Why I love teaching: I love teaching for the relationships. High school years are full of so much life, change, challenge, and preparation for big steps in new directions, and I have always hoped to pass along the mentorship that the Lord so blessed me with during that season of my life. Math has always been enjoyable to me and my hope has always been to pass that along to students. It is so exciting to see students "get something" rather than simply memorizing and to watch them grown in confidence. 


Teacher: Molly Burr
Grade Level:  9-12th 
Subject(s): Spanish I & II
Education:University of Alabama
Church Name: Hixson United Methodist Church
Why I love teaching: Young people are poised to grow in so many ways: in the skills they have, in their interests, in their knowledge of themselves and the world around them. I really love to help them and see that growth unfold.

Middle School Spanish

Teacher: Susie Westbrook
Grade Level: Middle School
Subject(s): Spanish
Church Name:  
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Teacher: Shannon Swann
Grade Level: K-4
Subject(s): Art / Art II
Church Name:  
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Campus Director

Director: Heather Malone
Education: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church: Calvary Chapel Northside