Amara Alexander – Hamilton County Schools
Amara Alexander is an Assistant Principal at Woodmore Elementary School in the Hamilton County school system. Ms. Alexander has served for several years as a classroom teacher in Alabama and Tennessee, teaching elementary and middle grades science, English language arts, social studies, and STEM. In 2019, Amara was selected as a prestigious Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Ms. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree, both in elementary education from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.
Julie Allen – Jefferson County Schools
Julie Allen is as a School Counselor at Maury Middle School in Dandridge, Tennessee. Ms. Allen has served as a School Counselor in the Jefferson County Schools for several years, including at White Pine Elementary School and Rush Strong Elementary School. Julie earned a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and human services and a Master of Education degree in school counseling from Carson Newman University, as well as an Education Specialist degree in instructional leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
Christopher Brittain – Lenoir City Schools
Christopher Brittain is an educator and Athletic Director in the Lenoir City Schools. Mr. Brittain has worked in a variety of other roles in Lenoir City, including teaching social studies, physical education, wellness, and world geography, as well as serving as a Vertical Team Leader, a Mentor for new teachers, and Assistant High School Football Coach. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Science degree in education, both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, as well as an Education Specialist degree in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.
Jennifer Collins – Monroe County Schools
Jennifer Collins is currently an Assistant Principal at Tellico Plains Junior High School in the Monroe County Schools. Ms. Collins has been a long-time educator, teacher leader, coach, and student organization sponsor at both the junior high school and elementary school in Tellico Plains. Jennifer graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in child development and learning from Maryville College, and a Master of Arts degree in instructional leadership from Tennessee Technological University.
April Meyers – Anderson County Schools
April Meyers is a Curriculum Specialist with Anderson County Schools, a role in which she coordinates middle school English language arts professional development and leads professional learning communities. Since 2019, Ms. Meyers has served as a TN Ready Ambassador for the Tennessee Department of Education in the area of English language arts. She has taught English language arts, science, and special education in the middle grades in Anderson County Schools. April earned a Bachelor’s Degree in biology from Maryville College, and a Master’s Degree in special education from Grand Canyon University.
Leslie Miller – Hawkins County Schools
Leslie Miller is a Response to Intervention (RTI) Interventionalist at Hawkins Elementary School in the Hawkins County Schools. Prior to her current position, Ms. Miller was a classroom teacher in grades 3 and 4, and served in several leadership roles, including as a contributor and member of the Data Team, Leadership Team, and Parent Engagement Committee. She was celebrated as the Hawkins Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2019. Leslie graduated from East Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.
Shalunda Shackelford – Hamilton County Schools
Shalunda Shackelford is an Assistant Principal at Dalewood Middle School in the Hamilton County school district in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Prior to her appointment at Dalewood, Ms. Shackelford distinguished herself as an Instructional Coach at Brainerd High School, and as a mathematics teacher at Tyner Academy. Shalunda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Arts with a minor in mathematics and education from Middle Tennessee State University, and a Master of Science degree in education from Walden University.
Danna Smith – Claiborne County Schools
Danna Smith is an educator serving grades 6-8 in the newly launched Claiborne Virtual Academy in the Claiborne County Schools. Prior to her work with the Virtual Academy, Ms. Smith was the College Access Site Coordinator for Claiborne County’s GEAR UP TN program. She also served many years as a classroom teacher at Soldiers Memorial Middle School. Danna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in education from Lincoln Memorial University and a Master’s Degree in elementary education from Tusculum College.