Enrollment, expectations up for new school year

Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 02:10 PM.

The first grade classes will see the only new addition to the elementary school faculty, Natasha Pennycuff, who grew up in Eastpoint and recently graduated from Florida State University. A longtime substitute, she’ll be now working fulltime alongside Shelly Blackburn and two teachers, Deane Cook and Patty Dempsey, who taught kindergarten last year

The five second grade teachers remain Marvin Boyd, Sarah Brown, Misty Luberto, Leigh Smith and Brenda Vause, as do the four third grade teachers, Lynn Clark, Jeanie Ford, Katrina Ham and Pam Schaeffer, and the three fourth grade teachers, Donna Barber, Laura King and Debbie Childress. Audrey Gay and Melanie Humble will be at the helm of the two fifth grade classes.

For the ESE students, Linda Mitchell will instruct kindergarten and first graders; Gwen Creamer second and third graders; and Beverly Parish fourth and fifth graders. Cathy Wood will instruct the behavior modification classroom, which addresses the needs of students who are emotionally or behaviorally disturbed. Wanda Teat serves as guidance counselor.

David Walker will handle elementary physical education. Bidwell said that while there are no elementary music or art teachers, time has been set aside in the schedule for classroom teachers to address these subject areas.


Middle School

With the closure at the end of last year of the Learning Academy, which addressed credit recovery for students who had fallen behind in their work, those teachers have been moved to the main campus to assume new teaching assignments.

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