Chattanooga Teachers

Kindergarten

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 / Science

Teacher:  Mindy Henley
Grade Level: 1st Humanites and Math / 1st-2nd Science
Subject(s): Humanities / Science / 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

Teacher: Robin Scharff
Grade Level: 1st grade humanities
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: Jennifere Potteiger
Grade: 2nd Humanities / Elementary Math
Subject(s): Humanities and Math
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education from Penn State University
Church: The Chapel Cleveland
Why I love to teach: I love to encourage children and watch them learn. It's a joy to get to know them, their strengths and weaknesses, and see their potential, and then help them to believe in themselves and their abilities. I love teaching with the classical method - bringing history to life through classic literature and building rich foundations of grammar and writing. We have so much fun learning together!

Grade 2 Humanities

Teacher: Danielle Smith
Grade Level: 2nd
Subject(s): Humanities
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

Teacher:  Amy Ratchford
Grade Level:  3rd
Subject(s):   Humanities
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

Teacher: Ashley Goertemiller
Grade Level: 3rd / 5-8th
Subject(s): 3rd Grade Humanities / 5-8th 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: Wendy Steele
Grade Level: 4th humanites, 5-6 Science
Subject(s): Science
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: 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 and 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 5-6 Humanities

Teacher: Sarah Ferguson
Grade Level: 5th and 6th grade
Subject(s): Humanities English
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.

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Grade 7-8 Humanities / Math / German

Teacher: Amy O'Rear
Grade Level: 7th-8th English, 7th Math, German
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

Teacher: Paula Owens
Grade Level: 7-8 Humanities
Subject(s): English
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?

Grades 9-12 Humanities

Teacher: Gregory Baney
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Bible, History, Speech
Education: 
Church Name: Woodlands Gathering, PCA
Why I love teaching:Teaching develops the heart, mind and soul of the learner while opening doors of discovery and broadening the horizons. It is an honor to be both the facilitator of this process as well as a fellow pilgrim in the quest to understand and be understood. As one teacher once said, "I have learned much from my teachers, more from my friends and most from my students." So, I love teaching because I love learning!

9-12 Humanities

Teacher: John Daum
Grade Level: 9-12 Humanities
Subject(s): 
Education: Baptist Bible College 
Church Name: searching for a church!
Why I love teaching: I see teaching as a wonderful privilege and significant responsibility. I’m privileged to invest in students and families in a manner that genuinely touches eternity. I love watching students develop intellectual curiosity, critical-thinking skills and achieve academic success in an environment that is spiritually nurturing. 

Grades 5 Math / Elementary Science

Teacher: Jennifer Hirschey
Grade Level: 5th grade Math, 3rd-4th grade Science
Subject(s): Math and 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.

Science

Teacher: Nancy Carter
Grade: 3-4 / 7-8
Subject(s): 3-4 Science / 7-8 Science
Education: Covenant College
Church Name: Calvary Chapel Chattanooga
Why I love teaching: I am a lover of art. I have an affinity for kids, nature and beautiful things. I began my study of art when I was ten and took my first Art History course through Calvert School. Over the years, I continued my art education not only thorough books, but by traveling the world to see and make art in many countries. In college, I studied Art and English, as well as earning certification to teach. Since then, I have taught in many types of classrooms and to a large variety of students. I also continue to study art myself. I am thankful that the God of the Bible is one who has called on me to share art with others.

Math and Science

Teacher: Derrica Brown
Grade Level: Middle and High School, !st and 2nd Grade
Subject(s): Algebra I, Botany
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) 6th grade math / 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 Math and Science

Teacher: Betty Morris
Grade Level: High School
Subject(s): Chemistry / Algebra II
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 and Algebra II
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 / Pre Calculus
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. 

Spanish

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
Education: 
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Art

Teacher: Shannon Swann
Grade Level: K-4
Subject(s): Art / Art II
Education: 
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Campus Director

Director: Heather Malone
Education: The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Church: Red Bank Baptist Church