James.Anderson@knoxschools.orgI am a Knoxville native, graduate of Bearden High School and the University of Tennessee. I have a BA in English and an MS in English Education. I did my internship year at West High School and then moved to Nashville to teach in a large public high school. After a few years there, I moved to Honduras and taught in a small private Christian school and had the opportunity to teach multiple grade levels and subjects before becoming the English Program Coordinator. I then moved back to the United States with my wife, who is also a teacher and now teaches at Lonsdale Elementary, and I consider teaching at CMA a huge privilege. There is no school where I'd rather be. I feel my work at CMA is important, and I do my best to give our scholars the tools they need to be successful wherever they choose to go.
Nikki.Baker@knoxschools.orgI am native of south Georgia and have been residing in Knoxville since 2014. In 2003 I earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University where I majored in Exercise Science and minored in Nutrition. In 2006, after studying at Valdosta State University, I earned a Master's of Education in Health & Physical Education. Prior to teaching at CMA I worked as a fitness specialist and group fitness director, and I also have taught elementary school and middle school health and physical education. My passion is teaching students how to achieve and maintain personal fitness and establish positive health behaviors that will set the foundation for a great future.
Jill.Black@knoxschools.orgOriginally from MI, I received my B.S. in English Language and Literature & Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. I then moved to Knoxville where I earned a M.S. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 1996. Two years later, I completed Teacher Certification in English grades 7-12 from Carson-Newman. I have been a teacher in Knox County for 17 years. It has truly been a joy to be one of the founding staff members at Career Magnet Academy. Great things are in store for both our school and our scholars!
Chemistry, Physical World Concepts
Cindy.Brown@knoxschools.orgAs a Knoxville native, I enjoy both access to east Tennessee's natural resources and the area's educational opportunities. At the University of TN, Knoxville I have earned a BS in Chemistry and a MS in Science Education. I have taught a diversity of science curriculum ranging from Physical Science to AP Chemistry. The magnet program at CMA has given me the tools to integrate my passion for technology, environmental stewardship, and hands-on learning. In Chemistry, we explore science connections within career pathways through classroom labs, independent research projects, and the Adopt-a-watershed program.
Geometry, Pre-CalculusAfter moving to the U.S. at the age of eight, I chose to serve in the U.S. Navy to honor the country that provided so much opportunity after fleeing from my homeland, communist Czechoslovakia. I graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and worked for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the National Defense University (NDU), and the office of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) while earning my master's degree in Engineering Management, George Washington University. Leaving military service to homeschool three children, I taught science and math classes at homeschool co-ops. I am passionate about supporting public education: a privilege that every child receives as a resident of this nation. It is an honor to serve at CMA with a brilliant and dedicated staff that is committed to providing high school students the opportunity to graduate with PSCC college credits and various industry certifications.
firstname.lastname@example.orgI have been with Knox County Schools since 1992. I graduated from Carter High in 1974 and worked there from 1992-2014. In the fall of 2014, I was fortunate to join the staff of CMA. Each year is a new beginning as we gain new students, set new goals, and continue to add college credits to our scholars high school diploma. What an adventure!
I have lived in many states across the U.S. from the San Diego coast all the way up to the big apple in New York. I have worked many jobs for my age. My most recent work transition came from being a help desk technician at a patent law firm to a systems administrator at a prestigious medical billing company. I have worked from the big industries, ma-and-pa businesses, and now for the county of Knoxville.
Timothy.Epling@knoschools.orgI am the Advanced Manufacturing/Welding instructor. I have been teaching for 8 years in this field after a 27-year career in this industry, and I also served in the Army from 1984-1989. I have Industrial Maintenance and Welding certification and earned my degree from Morehead State University. I gained my early training from on-the-job and the local CTE program experience, so I truly appreciate the opportunity the students have here at CMA with such an awesome staff.
Jordan.Glover@knoschools.orgI just joined with Knox County Schools at the beginning of last summer after I graduated with a B.S. in Math Education from Lee University. With this year included, I've taught classes across 7 different grade levels of Mathematics in schools ranging from the inner city of Chattanooga to a rural middle school off a dirt road. CMA has been and continues to be a wonderful oppurtunity for me to connect Mathematics to our 4 different main fields of study that the students have chosen. Many aspects of Math can be abstract, so I try to connect the ideas to reality as much as possible to help my students understand the
I recently moved to Knoxville with my husband from the Chattanooga area. I graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.A. and B.S. I have worked in both traditional and non-traditional high school programs and love working with students who are motivated to access college and career opportunities. I am passionate about making English and literature relevant to my students and applying that knowledge to their future goals and career paths. I am excited to join the CMA staff this year and work with the amazing scholars.
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email@example.comHello, my name is Leanne Hawn and I am the Executive Principal here at the Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State. I was born and raised in Kingsport, Tennessee and then moved to Knoxville in 2000 to become a University of Tennessee student. I got my Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and then my Master's in Secondary Education from UTK. I taught math for 5 years at Fulton High School and then was an Assistant Principal there for 5 years. I was excited to come to CMA because I believe in the power of school choice and because I believe in the ability of young people to do amazing things!
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I have recently moved to the Knoxville area from upstate South Carolina. I graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Modern Languages Spanish, where I also lived abroad in Argentina. I then went on to get my Master of Arts in Teaching from Liberty University. I taught Spanish 1-3 in South Carolina for many years before moving to the Knoxville area. This is currently my first year at Career Magnet Academy. I love working at Career Magnet Academy because of the way the program is set up for both teachers and students get the opportunity to try new and inventive ways of learning.
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firstname.lastname@example.orgI received my B.S. in History/Political Science from MTSU, my M.S. in Special Education, and my Ph.D. in Education from the University of Tennessee. Originally, from California, I have spent most of my life in the Southeastern part of the country. I recently traveled to Oxford to present research on academic remediation for use with students who have been diagnosed with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders. I admire the students at CMA because coming here takes courage and more maturity than usual due to the academic rigor required to earn college credit at such a young age.
I have been a teacher for 12 years. I graduated from Tennessee Technological University in 2005. The first 9 years of my teaching career I worked in Anderson County Schools where I taught Agriculture and Technology Engineering. I chose to be a part of Knox County Schools because I already lived in Knox County and my wife was already teaching for Knox County Schools. I decided to come to CMA this school year when Mrs. Hawn offered me the opportunity to start up their Computer Aided Design Program, and it was an opportunity I could not pass up. Since joining CMA I have been blown away by the opportunities the pathways offer, and how the students are so eager and willing to learn.
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Cameron.Molchan@knoxschools.orgI have lived in Knoxville since 2001 when I moved here to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2000 with BA degrees in both English and Philosophy. In 2003, I earned an MA in English Literature with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of Tennessee under the supervision of Dr. Marilyn Kallet and Dr. Arthur Smith. I returned to UT and completed an MS in secondary education in 2004. For two years, I held a position as lecturer at the University of Tennessee where I taught Composition and Literature (English 101 & 102). Since then, I have taught Creative Writing, English II, English III, English IV, AP Lit, AP Comp, ACT Prep, and AP Writing Seminar--a curriculum which I designed myself for students taking AP Composition who had never before taken an honors course. Prior to joining the CMA family, I taught at West High School, Austin-East High School, and South-Doyle High School and have also served as a lead teacher and a TAP master teacher. Since 2014, I have worked as the magnet facilitator at Career Magnet Academy.
Hailey.Murdock@knoxschools.orgHello! I am the Spanish teacher at Career Magnet Academy. I am relatively new to the Knoxville area, this will be my second year here. I moved to Knoxville from Cookeville, where I attended Tennessee Tech University. I majored in Spanish & also received my teaching license. I began my career at the middle school level & was thrilled to have the opportunity to move to Knoxville and work at CMA! This school is so unique and I'm so lucky to be apart of it!
Ann.Orpurt@knoxschools.orgI am a native of New Orleans and moved to Knoxville in 1994. My undergraduate degree is from Louisiana State University and in 1999, I earned a Master's Degree in Education from Lincoln Memorial University. I began working as a school counselor in 2000.
Born and raised in the Midwest, I have lived and worked in the Knoxville area since coming here in 1998 to attend graduate school at the University of Tennessee. Since receiving my MS in Information Science (UT-Knoxville), certification for Spanish 7-12 (UT-Knoxville), and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction (LMU), I have served as a classroom teacher and librarian in grades 4-12. I am honored to be CMA's first librarian and am very excited about helping our scholars achieve success in their research endeavors.
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I am originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I have a Bachelors of Arts in Human Services from Finlandia University, and served as a co-captain on the NCAA women’s fast pitch softball team. I also received a Master of Science in training, development, and human performance improvement, from the school of psychology at Northern Michigan University. I have worked in a mental health capacity with adolescents since 2007 providing conflict resolution, behavior management, therapeutic life skills, and case management. I have extensive experience with youth and their families and look forward to doing restorative intervention at CMA.
US History, Yearbook
Christa.Rockwell@knoxschools.orgI just graduated from UT this past summer. I have a BA in History and a MS in Secondary Education. Last year I interned at Karns High School while completing grad school. I have really enjoyed teaching at CMA. The opportunities these students have are amazing and the community is wonderful.
Advanced Computer Applications
Teresa.Rose@knoxschools.orgI graduated from Tusculum College with a B.S. in Applied Organization Management and then earned an M.S. from UT in Human Resource Development. I have been with the Knox County Schools Business Department for 15 years, with teaching experience at South Doyle, Farragut, Carter, and CMA.
Teaching as a Profession
Jamie.Scott@knoxschools.orgI have lived and worked in Knoxville for 27 years. I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in Human Ecology and Home Economics Education. I then earned my MA in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. I taught for 9 years at Karns High School before coming to Career Magnet Academy and accepting the position as the Teaching as Profession instructor and the Dual Enrollment facilitator. I love working at CMA because of the wonderful opportunities available for the students and the exceptional staff.
Jill.Shinlever@knoxschools.orgI am a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. After working in the private sector for 12 years I decided to follow my heart and earn my teaching certification. I have worked at Halls and Karns High Schools, teaching life sciences, prior to coming to CMA. I have an appreciation for and interest in each of our pathways at CMA. I cannot wait to see the opportunities that will be available to our scholars after their time here.
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email@example.comI have lived and worked in Knoxville my whole life. I was the bookkeeper at Carter High School for 21 years before coming to The Career Magnet Academy where I have been the bookkeeper since our school opened in 2014. I have enjoyed getting to know our scholars and working with our faculty and staff. Our school has the feel of a family oriented community school and this is where I plan to work until I retire.
John.Valentine@knoxschools.orgAlthough this marks my first year at CMA, this is my seventeenth year as an instructor for Knox County Schools. I have a bachelor's degree in Photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design and have continued working as a professional photographer for the past 23 years. I have had the privilege to travel throughout the country as a photographer and the experience of working with a broad clientele from regional to nationally recognized companies. I truly love my career as being a photographer, but have found that education my calling. What better way to share your passion, than to teach someone young everything you know.
Algebra 1, LEAD Teacher
Brandon.Vickers@knoxschools.orgI am a true son of Knoxville and have lived here since 1982. I graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Geography. I then earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. I taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade at Cedar Bluff and Belle Morris Elementary before moving over to secondary math at Career Magnet Academy. I love teaching Algebra! Making math fun and helping students understand it better is a true passion of mine.
World Geography, World Religions, Psychology
Laura.Webb@knoxschools.orgI was born and raised in Knoxville. I was a graduate of Powell High School, Pellissippi State Community College with an AA, East Tennessee State University with a BA in History and Appalachian Studies, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching with a History concentration. I taught Social Studies at Central High School until I was hired as a system-wide Instructional Literacy Coach. I was honored to be among the teachers who opened Career Magnet Academy three years ago. Teaching at CMA has been my favorite and most challenging profession. I love teaching and I am proud of our school. The opportunities for our scholars are boundless.