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Birthplace:     Newport, TN
Education:      Bryan College - B.S.
                          University of Tennessee – M.S.
Tenure:           1991
Church:           Grace Nazarene, Columbia, TN
Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

tammi Coats

Third Grade

Birthplace:     Columbia, TN
Education:      MTSU - B.S. Elementary Education
MTSU - M.S. - Supervision and Administration
Tenure:           1991
Church:           Maury Hills Church, Columbia, TN
Galatians 5:13-15  "You, my brothers, were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.  The entire law is summed up in a single command; Love your neighbor as yourself."  If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

jana coble

Fourth Grade

Birthplace:      Madison, NE
Education:      Calvary Bible College - B.S. Elementary Education
Special Certification/Training:  Bible Certificate from Frontier School of the Bible,
LaGrange, WY
Tenure:           1988-1992; 2008-present
Church:           Maury Hills Church, Columbia, TN (Bible teacher in Children’s Ministry)
2 Timothy 1:7  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

cindy craig

Elementary Physical Education and ELC Aide
Coach:  Elementary Cross Country


Birthplace:     Cape Girardeau, MO
Education:      Murray State University  - B.S. Recreation and Park
Administration (School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation)
Special Certification/Training:  Completed Capernwray Bible School in Carnforth,
England, Great Britain
Tenure:           2008
Church:           Maury Hills Church, Columbia, TN
Jeremiah 29:11-13  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

tammy eller

Second Grade

Birthplace:     Columbia, TN
Education:      MTSU -  B.S. Elementary Education
                          Columbia State Community College - A.S.

Tenure:            2001
Church:            Parkway Baptist, Columbia, TN
Isaiah 43:2  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

karen green

Elementary Art Teacher

Birthplace:     Dyersburg,TN
Education:      Union University - B.A. Studio Art
                          University of Memphis - Art History Classes

Tenure:           2007
Church:           First Family, Columbia, TN
Micah 6:8        He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.




sherri hein

Four Year Old Kindergarten (K4)

Birthplace:      Watertown, WI
Education:       Indiana University - B.S. Speech & Hearing Sciences
Tenure:            1996
Church:            Zion Presbyterian Church, Columbia, TN
Psalm 32:7      "You are my hiding place, you will protect me from trouble."



mary ann kerr

Four Year Old Kindergarten (K4)

Birthplace:       Columbia, TN
Education:       MTSU -  B.S. Elementary Education; Columbia State Community College
Tenure:            2009
Church:            Zion Presbyterian Church, Columbia, TN
John 3:16        For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

kim ledbetter

Fifth Grade
Elementary Writing Club


Birthplace:      Highland Park, MI
Education:       University of Tennessee - B.S.W.
Trevecca Nazarene University - Masters in Teaching K-6
                           IMB Missionary Learning Center, Richmond, VA
                           Union University - Bible Classes

Tenure:             2006
Church:             First Baptist, Columbia, TN
Hebrews 4:14-16  Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

stacey miracle

Third Grade

Birthplace:     Oklahoma City, OK
Education:      University of KY - Child Development & Family Studies
MTSU - Elementary Education
Tenure:           1991-97; 2003 - present
Church:           Zion Presbyterian Church (Church Choir, Assist Children’s Church)
James 1:2-3  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.

beth nichols

First Grade

Birthplace:     St. Petersburg, FL
Education:      Trevecca Nazarene University - B.S. Management and Human Relations
Tenure:            2006
Church:           Thompson Station Church, Columbia, TN
Micah 6:8         No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you:  to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.


karen shewbart

Three Year Old Kindergarten (K3)

Birthplace:        Lawrenceburg, TN
Education:        Columbia State Community College
Church:             First Family Baptist Church, Columbia, TN
Phil. 4:13            I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me!


leona tobin

First Grade

Birthplace:     Lansing, MI
Education:      Michigan State University - B.S. Home Economic Education (some 
graduate hours)
Tenure:           1997
Church:           Grace Nazarene, Columbia, TN (Women’s Ministry Leadership Team)
Isaiah 40:28-31  Do you not know:  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

mary beth wahlman


Birthplace:     Charleston, WV
Education:      West Virginia University - B.S. Early Childhood Education
Tenure:           2007
Church:           Zion Presbyterian Church, Columbia, TN (Children’s Choir)
Colossians 1:10-12  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way:  bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.

karen farmer-wanamaker

Elementary Librarian

Birthplace:     Troy, AL
Education:      Auburn University - B.S. Education (Elementary Education and
                          Educational Media)
East Tennessee State University - Master of Education (reading
Tenure:           2007
Church:          First United Methodist Church, Columbia, TN
1 Corinthians 13:13  And now these three remain:  faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.


joy-marie white

Second Grade

Birthplace:     Chattanooga, TN
Education:      Lipscomb University - B.S. Elementary Education - Early Childhood

Tenure:            2011
Church:           Maury Hills Church, Columbia, TN
Prov.  3:5-6      Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.


Teresa Wood

First - Fifth Grade Computer, Pre-school Music, Elementary Chapel Worship Leader

Birthplace:     Selma, AL
Education:      Judson College – B.A. Music
Tenure:            2007
Church:           Thompson Station Church, Columbia, TN
Jeremiah 29:11  "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."