Melissa Stedina believes in individualizing the learning experience for every child by assessing where they are, then moving them forward as far as they can go. She believes the Kindergarten year is one of the most important. It sets the stage for their attitude about learning and the overall school experience for the rest of their lives. Ms. Stedina graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1994, then received her Master’s degree in Education in 1998. She has 22 years of Kindergarten teaching experience. She has also taught mini courses for grades 1st – 5th in intersession classes. She has mentored over 30 interns from UTK, Maryville College, and LMU. She has taught and/or led in-service trainings, professional development sessions and TN State-wide conference sessions in project-based learning, Quantum Learning, technology in the classroom, 1:1 technology using iPads and highly effective teaching practices. She is a member of Tennessee Educational Technology Association, ISTE and Tennessee Reading Association.
Linda Dotson earned her degree in Elementary Education at Maryville College and taught in Blount County Schools for over 15 years. She was a special education teacher in grades K-5. She was responsible for setting up, organizing, and obtaining materials to get the special education program up and running. She received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Tennessee. She developed the first junior primary program in Blount County at Rockford Elementary. She moved from special ed and began teaching first grade at Rockford Elementary. She had a paraprofessional position at John Sevier Elementary, then moved to Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning where she worked as an interim teacher in a first/second grade multiage classroom. The following year she moved to a permanent position teaching third/fourth/fifth grade. To her surprise, she enjoyed teaching the older students as well as the younger ones! She later moved back to the first/second multiage classroom, then when Fort Craig closed she was placed at John Sevier teaching first grade. She currently teaches first/second grade loop. She enjoys the benefits of a school with a family atmosphere, thematic and individualized instruction, and multiple years with the same student. In her free time, Linda enjoys reading, time at the beach, and spending time with her two grown daughters.
After graduating from Tennessee Technological University with a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Jenna Jackson has had the opportunity to educate a diverse group of learners. She has been a teacher of K-6 Art, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grade classrooms.
Jenna strives to create a cooperative community in the classroom, as well as model respectful behaviors to her students to show the importance of mutual respect and cooperation among all community members.
She was the OLVEUS President and Lead Literacy Teacher at a previous school. She has had extensive training in supporting students with diverse learning needs. She believes her previous leadership roles have given her the knowledge and experience to support students and to mold them into becoming respectable leaders in the future.
Brittany Ryden studied psychology at Samford University then earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree at East Tennessee State University. She taught fifth grade at Indian Trail Intermediate School in Johnson City, Tennessee for two years before teaching third grade at Clayton-Bradley Academy.
She also taught conversational English in Hanoi, Vietnam, volunteered as a Girls on the Run coach, supervised hands-on science and art activities with Fresh Air Family in Birmingham, Alabama, and tutored undergraduate and graduate students in mathematics, writing, psychology, and Spanish.
Through these experiences, she has developed strategies for building relationships of mutual respect and challenging students based on their unique needs. Her philosophy of teaching is built on inquiry, cooperation, meaningful assessment, whole-child learning, physical activity, and real-life application.
Aside from teaching, she enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah Heinemann studied Elementary Education and obtained her degree through the 2+2 program at Tennessee Technological University. She completed her residency at Alcoa Elementary school and decided to continue her education before seriously pursuing her first teaching job.
While continuing her education, Sarah worked at Coulter Grove Intermediate School with Lisa Wyrick in Special Education. She gained many skills and ideas from this work environment, and learned the true meaning of flexibility as a teacher. She loved her students and her time working in Special Education, and feels that she learned more than she originally anticipated from this job.
Sarah obtained her Masters in Education in July of 2016, and excitedly welcomed a job opportunity at Clayton Bradley Academy as a third grade teacher. She is applying the skills and knowledge she obtained through her Masters program at Lincoln Memorial University and from her experience at CGIS.
Having a strong classroom community is very important to Sarah, and learning to apply the Lifelong Guidelines and Lifeskills is a top priority for Sarah to teach to her students. As a Fort Craig Alumni, she feels that she has a strong understanding of the core values that Clayton Bradley Academy is built around, and feels that she can help her students embrace these skills as they grow in her classroom. Sarah loved her experience at Fort Craig, and is thankful to now work with four of her previous teachers from Fort Craig.
Outside of school, Sarah loves to spend time with her family and her friends. She loves to read, run, play with her dog, and spend time outside. She leads worship at her church and loves working with the youth in her church and her church’s community. She is an advocate for youth, and has lead a team in St. Jude’s Run to End Childhood Cancer and plans to continue doing so. She is excited to help her students become strong community members and help them find things that they are passionate about as well!
Jennifer Webster grew up in Alabama and earned a BS in Wildlife Biology from Auburn University. She also holds a MEd in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction. For the last 20 years, you could find her teaching students to explore the wonders of nature in classrooms that contained waterfalls, mountains, meadows and gardens. Jennifer has served as the Education Director for the McDowell Environmental Center and School Program Director at Great Smoky Mountain Institute at Tremont. Jennifer was also the founding director of the Holly Creek Farm School in Greeneville, TN where she learned the joy of spending time in the garden with many students young and old. Jennifer spends her time enjoying the Smoky Mountains and The Little River, near her home in Walland, with her husband, Jesse and her son Lyle, who attends Clayton-Bradley.
Amy Lovin believes in a hands-on individualized approach to learning that meets each child where they are. She works to create a nurturing learning environment in which students feel safe enough to experiment and explore. Amy graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.F.A. in art in 1995. After years of directing an after-school program and teaching art and preschool, Amy went on to become certified in K-6 and got her Master of Education from Lincoln Memorial University in 2015. Last year, she joined Clayton-Bradley as a part time kindergarten teacher and T.A. for 4th grade. She also enjoyed teaching after school clinics in art and math. Amy is thrilled to currently be teaching 4th grade.
In 2015, Cherie Miller and Liz Shugart were one of 13 pairs of teachers nationwide chosen to participate in Arizona State University’s National Sustainability Teacher’s Academy and awarded grant money to initiate a sustainability project at CBA. Cherie previously taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math, Algebra I and Geometry I at Greenway School in Knoxville, Tennessee. While at Greenway, she was in charge of the math curriculum and designing lesson plans that were challenging and met the needs of all students. She served as the team coach for the MathCounts Competition and the Pellissippi Middle School Math Contest. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics [NCTM]. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Maryville College in Sociology, a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Tennessee College of Law, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA with a Masters degree in Elementary Education and Teacher Certification from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She is a past member of the Tennessee Bar Association and a past CASA member.
She has served as adjunct instructor for Tennessee Wesleyan College in Knoxville, Tennessee teaching undergraduate business law and she has tutored college students in writing, math, and study skills for Tusculum College at the Knoxville campus. She has taught fifth, seventh, and eighth grade at CBA. She and her husband, Chris, have been married for five years and have two dogs and two cats. Her hobbies include reading, swimming, and spending time with her family.