High School Core Teachers
Grade/Position: High School English
Degrees/Certifications: Brigham Young University, B.A. English Literature, 1999; Brigham Young University, Graduate Certificate TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), 2000; University of Tennessee, currently pursuing M.S. English Education, expected graduation 2020.
Hometown: Boise, Idaho
Three sentences about me: Before coming to Clayton-Bradley, I taught English as a second language at Maryville College and in Japan. Now, as a high school English instructor, I combine the knowledge of grammar and mechanics I learned in ESL with the study of rhetoric and literature, guiding students in a study of significant texts (new and old, fiction and non-fiction). When I’m not in the classroom, I enjoy making music, spending time outdoors, and traveling with my husband and four children.
Fun Fact: I’m the fifth of ten children (seven sisters and three brothers).
Favorite thing about CBA: My classroom: it is peaceful and clean and a wonderful escape from my busy house!
Grade you teach or position held: High School Humanities Instructor (ELA I, II, Speech, Media)
Degrees/Certifications: University of Florida, BS, Advertising – University of South Florida, MA, American Studies
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: In CBA’s first year, the school presented me with a great professional opportunity – create a Humanities curriculum focusing on the student experience. Towards that goal, we have adopted and adapted practices, like an integrated curriculum, Harkness pedagogy, and Project-Based Learning, so student thought outshines teacher knowledge. Developing the CBA high school has been a most excellent adventure.
Fun fact: I was born on an Election Day. My dad went from the hospital to a Congressional Election Party.
Favorite thing about CBA: Teacher Autonomy
Grade you teach or position held: Social Studies Instructor, High School
Degrees/Certifications: BA in History, Minor in Political Science and Secondary Education
Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have been a high school social studies instructor since 2014. I have been fortunate to teach history, civics, philosophy, economics, culinary arts, and personal finance. In my spare time, I like to explore Knoxville and surrounding areas, read books, and cook delicious food.
Fun fact: I bake really good bread!
Favorite thing about CBA: I love the sense of community that has been built between students, faculty, and families.
Grade you teach or position held: High School Science
Degrees/Certifications: AAS, BS, PhD, California teaching credential
Hometown: Lived all over!
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I was raised an Air Force brat and lived all over the world. I started my career as an outdoor educator, moved into scientific research, and came back to education. Most of my research is in mycology; I love mushrooms.
Fun fact: My collaborator and I were the first people to grow the golden chanterelle in “captivity”
Favorite thing about CBA: We are reimagining education.