By Amy Hope
School will soon be back in session. This has always been an exciting time for kids in Moore County. A trip to town to buy all the supplies on their class list and picking out their first-day outfits makes it feel like a very special occasion. It is also going to be an exciting time for 4 new teachers coming to Moore County this year.
Mallory Taylor will be teaching her first year at Lynchburg Elementary School. She previously taught in Tullahoma, but coming home to Lynchburg has always been a goal for her. She has taken the 6th Grade position that was left when Mrs. Beavers retired last school year. Mallory knows she has “big shoes to fill” and hopes, she too, will be a positive influence on her students. She knows that her students will be an influence on her as well. Her goal is to be a mentor to them at this critical time in their youth. She remembers her 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Pat Petty. “She pushed us but she was always real and I always felt loved by her”. When I asked if she had a message for the community, she asked for everyone to be patient. “I pray for understanding. This is a tricky time and I hope we can have a safe and happy year”.
Megan Epley is joining the staff at Moore County High School as the Algebra I teacher. The Tullahoma native graduated in December from The University of Tennessee. She was able to begin teaching last January at MCHS. Teaching only half the year last year, she is looking forward to starting fresh. Megan said, “This new year is all mine, I get to OWN this year”. Megan is very happy to be in Moore County. She said, “Everyone has been so wonderful and made me feel so comfortable already”. Megan understands the daily impact she has on the kids. She wants to treat every day like she can make a difference for them. “Math teaches critical thinking skills. I want to teach my students more than just numbers, but how to THINK.” She really wants to make a difference. She also says that working right next to her mentor, Kim Harvey, is a special perk. She has known her for her whole life and wants to impact her students the way Mrs. Harvey impacted her.
Lynchburg Elementary School has gained a new 4th grade Math teacher. Hannah Wells has been teaching for five years and is looking forward to this new year here. Hannah loves the one on one relationship she can have with her students. When asked what she wanted her kids to know about her, she stated, “I want them to know that they are already prayed for and loved!” She said her own teachers, Mrs. Charlotte Duncan and Mrs. Rema Bell left this impression on her and helped her get where she is today. Hannah is excited to be teaching in the community that she lives in. Hannah is thankful for the role she has to play in her student’s educational journey and it is her goal to create a positive learning environment for each student.
Kenna Bauman, will begin her first full year, as an Art teacher for Kindergarten through 6th grade students at LES. She has a Masters of Art in Teaching. She said she got her “art teacher quirkiness” from her high school teacher, Mrs. Molly Marsh. Her father was a college music teacher and this also instilled the love of art and music in her. Kenna said “there will be many different mediums in my classroom. I want to give my students every opportunity to be an expert at one of them. I encourage my students to help each other.” Kenna is excited to get to know her students as “artists”. She wants to help them grow creatively. She encourages messes, so the kids will no doubt love her class.
Welcome to our new teachers and best of luck to all the students and faculty of LES and MCHS. Have a great year!