STEVE KOONTZ

has been in public education for over thirty years.  He has taught mathematics at Knoxville West High School and Maryville High School.  He has served on numerous educational committees and organizations and was elected by the citizens of Maryville to serve on the Maryville City School Board.

Steve received his B.A. in Mathematical Education from the University of Tennessee in 1983 and his M.S. degree in Accounting from UTK in 1995. He received his Ed.S degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2002.

Mr. Koontz started the Koontz Cram Course in the fall of 2007 and has served over 3,000 students from 54 different high schools. He has locations in Maryville, Tullahoma, west Knoxville, and Cleveland State Community College.

CLARE C. ROOP

spent the first part of her career life in the medical profession.  She worked as a medical technologist and office manager for doctors in the Fort Sanders professional buildings for 18 years.  She received a B.S. degree in botany from the University of Tennessee in 1991 and in 1995 she left the medical profession to pursue a career in science education, earning an M.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  She has taught at Oak Ridge High School for 14 years where she currently teaches Anatomy & Physiology and General Biology.

JOHN A. ROOP

received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1978 and practiced electrical engineering for 11 years.  He left that profession to pursue a career in mathematics education, earning certification in Mathematics and Physics and an M.S. degree in Mathematics Education. John has taught at Maryville High School for 20 years.  His teaching schedule includes AP Calculus, Geometry, and Algebra.

MARY DRISKILL

has been in public education for 30 years.  She is the former Coordinator of Curriculum and Teacher Evaluation at Maryville High School.  She received a B.A. degree with honors in English and French and did graduate study at the Université de Grenoble, Grenoble, France and the University of Connecticut.  After moving to Maryville, she earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and administrative certification from Lincoln Memorial University.

Ms. Driskill is an alumna of Knoxville Leadership Education and Leadership Blount.  Her professional awards include 1987 Tennessee High School Teacher of the Year and 1991 TEA Distinguished Classroom Teacher.

NATE LEE

graduated from Maryville College in 2004 with a B.A. in Mathematics. He is the Assistant Principal at Maryville Junior High School.  In 2010, he earned his M.A. in Mathematics Education for Secondary Education from Western Governors University.  In 2011, earned an ED.S., in both Education Leadership and Administration from Lincoln Memorial University and is currently a doctoral student at LMU. Nate taught Statistics, Geometry, and Algebra at Maryville High School for nine years prior to becoming an Assistant Principal.

DIANE RUTHERFORD

a teacher at Maryville High School, has been instrumental in the implementation of the Senior Program at her school. During her 33 years of teaching, Diane has taught freshman and junior English, journalism, and Senior Transition. She has been an active member of the senior team at MHS.

 

She has served on numerous SACS committees and was a presenter at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention in 2004.  Since 1999 she has worked with the Tennessee State Department of Education in the summer as a presenter on such topics as Gateway Testing, Differentiated Instruction in Language Arts, and Student Assessment.

This past summer she was a consultant for the State Department of Education and worked with teachers across the state on the new Language Arts Standards. Her educational awards include 2005 NCTE State Teacher of the Year Award, 2005 General Bruce K. Holloway Chapter 367 State Teacher of the Year Award, The Adjutant General’s Distinguished Patriot Medal, Tennessee Council of Teachers of English Excellence in Teaching Award, Journalism Teacher of the Year Award Tennessee High School Press Association, 1993 Milken National Educator Award, 1993 East Tennessee District Teacher of the Year, 1993 Blount County High School Teacher of the Year, and 1993 Maryville High School Teacher of the Year.

Diane has a B.A. in English and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction.

STACEY TRAVIS

currently teaches Algebra I, Geometry and Geometry Honors at Maryville High School.  She has her B.S. degree in Mathematics with minors in Secondary Education and Psychology through the University Honors Program at the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she graduated magna cum laude.  While getting her undergraduate degree, Stacey was a teacher and coordinator for Math 101 at the Math Tutorial Center on campus and also did private math tutoring.

 

She also has her M.S. in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education with a Concentration in Secondary Mathematics Education and graduated summa cum laude from UTK as well.  Stacey has an Educational Specialist degree from UTK in Educational Administration and Supervision.  Stacey's passion is helping kids learn mathematics through hands-on, practical applications.

KYLE HARRIS

currently teaches Algebra I and Geometry at Farragut High School. He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Maryville College in 2005 and an M.S. degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Tennessee in 2007.

KIM CARTER

has been in public education for more than twenty years.  She currently teaches mathematics at Tullahoma High School.  She has a B.S. degree in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education.  She also has a M. Ed. degree in Administration & Supervision.  She has served on various educational committees.  She is currently working on post graduate studies as well.

Donna Brewer

Donna earned a B.A. in English, Cum Laude, from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1999 and a M.A. in English and American Literature from the Sewanee School of Letters in 2014. After seventeen years in the high school classroom, she recently became an instructor at Motlow State Community College where she teaches many Freshman Composition courses, World Literature, and The Freshman Experience. She also enjoys sponsoring the Motlow Student Government Association and tutoring in the Writing Center. Donna’s love for writing has led to the publication of her graduate thesis, the presentation of a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America’s conference in Seattle, WA, and the publication of two scholarly works so far. Her favorite recent academic adventure was serving as a B.U.S. Fellow with the English-Speaking Union, which entitled her to study Shakespeare’s Works for two weeks at Shakespeare’s Globe in London—English teacher bliss! Donna is currently researching for an article on Macbeth and writing a memoir.

NICK KESSLER

received a B.S. degree in mathematics and a M.S. degree in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education with a concentration in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Nick also has an Educational Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Administration and Supervision. Nick currently teaches AP Statistics, Geometry, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus at Maryville High School.

EDDIE MENDENCE

graduated magna cum laude from Maryville College in 2005 with a B.A. in English. He spent the first three years of his professional career at Armuchee High School in Rome, Georgia, where he taught Advanced Placement Language, journalism, and American literature. In 2008, he moved back to Maryville and began teaching honors and advanced honors English at Maryville High School. Eddie has completed two College Board-endorsed AP Summer Institute trainings at the University of Georgia and received a Distinguished Service Award in 2008 from Floyd County Schools.

TAYLOR BROWN

B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee with a concentration in education in 2013. Currently teaching Algebra II, Geometry, and AP Statistics at William Blount High School. Tutored over 100 students over a 7 year span, including numerous students preparing for the ACT, and founded my own tutoring company.

CHERYL A. JANZEN

Cheryl Janzen (Ed.S., L.P.C., NCC, NCSC) holds credentials in Michigan and Tennessee as a school counselor (preK-12), a certified Language Arts instructor (7-12), a certified Speech and Communication Arts instructor (7-12), and a licensed professional counselor. In 2015 she earned an Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, she carries national board certifications as a general counselor and a school counselor.  She began her educational career in 1996 as an English and Speech teacher at Roosevelt High School in Wyandotte, Michigan. She transitioned to high school counseling in 2000 when she accepted a position at Franklin High School in Livonia.


Ms. Janzen’s expertise in the high school and post-secondary planning area is acknowledged across Michigan and Tennessee.  She worked with Eastern Michigan University’s Dr. Suzanne Dugger (formerly Hobson) to co-author a book chapter on secondary educational planning entitled, Educational planning: Helping students build lives by choice, not by chance. This chapter was published in 2004 in the nationally disseminated book, Professional School Counseling: A Handbook of Theories, Programs & Practices.

VALERIE CAPPS

Valerie Capps is in her thirteenth year in public education. She has taught at Cleveland High School since she began. She graduated from Bryan College in 2004 magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Mathematics Secondary Education. She received her M.Ed. degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 2009 and her Ed.S. degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University in 2011. She has been an adjunct professor of mathematics at Lee University since 2014. She was also a math tutor for Sylvan Learning Center.


Mrs. Capps has been teaching at Cleveland High School for 13 years, where she currently teaches Pre Calculus Honors and Algebra 2. She has served on numerous committees and organizations, and she has coached three different sports during her tenure there. She is the chapter sponsor for the National Honor Society and chair of the Prom Committee.

KARIE IVESTOR

Kari Ivester graduated from Lee University in 2010 with a B.S degree in chemistry and a minor in mathematics and bible.  The following year, she received her Master of Arts in Teaching.  In 2016, Kari earned an Ed.S in instructional leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. She currently teaches chemistry at Bradley Central High School.

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