Middle School Teachers

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Susan Ehrenclou

Sixth Grade

Grade you teach or position held: 6th grade
Degrees/Certifications: Lincoln Memorial University – MEd K-6, 2012; University of Arizona – MFA Creative Writing, 2007; University of Arizona – MA Geography, 2005; Middlebury College – BA Environmental Science/Nonfiction Writing, 2003
Hometown: Madison, WI
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have always combined science, writing, and education in my career, even though my career has changed! I’ve led youth trail crews, monitored endangered species and water quality as a biological technician, taught college writing courses, designed educational curriculum for the National Park Service, published and edited science writing, and worked translating science for the public as a park ranger at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I love hiking and camping with my
husband, border collie, and two little boys.
Fun fact: When I was a teenager I hitchhiked across Alaska with my mother.
Favorite thing about CBA: My favorite thing about CBA is the ability to use the surrounding natural environment for real-world education.

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Angela Hassenzahl

Sixth Grade

Grade you teach or position held: 6th grade Math and Social Studies Teacher
Degrees/Certifications: B.S. in Education
Hometown: Fowlerville, MI
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have taught in Tennessee for five years, three of which have been at CBA! I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible whether it be for working on our farm or making memories with family and friends by hiking, swimming, playing, and enjoying all the beauty that Tennessee has to offer. I have three beautiful daughters and I am happily married to my high school sweetheart.
Fun fact: I am happiest when I am near the ocean!
Favorite thing about CBA: I love the hands-on approach to learning and the amazing people who I get the opportunity to work with, guiding the next generation as they blaze the trail for their future endeavors.

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Liz Shugart

Seventh Grade

Grade you teach or position held: 7th grade teacher
Degrees/Certifications: University of Tennessee, B.A., Botany 1979. Carson Newman, M.A.
Hometown: Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I have been a middle school teacher for over 20 years and I love the energy and enthusiasm that these young people bring to school each day. Before teaching I was a graphic designer and scientific illustrator and I love bringing art into the classroom. I am passionate about sustainability and enjoy bringing kids outside to work in the garden and to see how connected everything is. In my free time, I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends.
Fun fact: I took a delegation of 6 teenage girls to live for a month with Indonesian families.
Favorite thing about CBA: I love being able to see students learn in an environment that is safe and nurturing.

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Nicole Whitecotton

Eighth Grade

Grade you teach or position held: 8th Grade Teacher, High School Volleyball Coach
Degrees/Certifications: B.A. History/Political Science/Education; M.A. Lee University
Hometown: East Alton, IL
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I’ve been teaching in
East Tennessee since graduating from Lee University in 2007. My husband and four daughters are my favorite people on the planet. Riley and Zoe are in middle school and Priscilla and Amanda, who we adopted as teenagers, are amazing women with families and have given me 5 grandchildren between them.
Fun fact: I played high school volleyball in a jean skirt. (I have pictures, ask me about it!)
Favorite thing about CBA: I love that I get to create lasting relationships with all of the students. I will get to know many of my students for their entire educational progression. It makes my calling as a teacher more meaningful and fulfilling.

Larry Wagner

Eighth Grade

Grade you teach or position held: 8th-grade math and science
Degrees/Certifications: Bachelor of Arts from The University of Michigan in 1989.
Hometown: Troy, Michigan
Tell us about yourself/experience in three sentences or less: I was born (at a young age) in Detroit, Michigan and lived there until I moved to Tennessee in the year 2000. In addition to teaching in many high schools in Michigan and Tennessee, I have spent time as a loan officer, youth minister, home renovator, and broker/owner of my own real estate company. Whether it’s working on our farm, or hiking, biking and playing sports, being outdoors is where I like to be. When indoors, I enjoy playing musical instruments and being involved at church. Though I have a lot of personal interests, most of my time is spent with my wife Jackie and son Fulton. Family time is what I treasure the most.
Fun fact: My family growing up was just like the Brady Bunch: 3 boys and 3 girls, alternating and every 2 years. (I was Bobby)
Favorite thing about CBA:   I really enjoy the small K-12 setting.

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