Master - Melinda Reese - Dragon Cobra Te - Rokyu-Dan ( 6th Degree Black Belt) - October - 2016

"Pre K4 Teacher of the Year, 2007 and 2008"

I am proud to be a Union Heights Elementary Kindergarten teacher for the Hamblen County School System. My educational background includes the following degrees: AS-Education - Walters State Community College; BS-Elementary Education - University of Tennessee, Knoxville; MS-Elementary Education - Tusculum College, Greeneville; EDS-Education Administration - Lincoln Memorial University. I have been an active leader of my Professional Association, Hamblen County Education Association, which is affiliated with TEA (Tennessee Education Association) and NEA (National Education Association). I am presently serving as HCEA's Co-President with Christiane Schmidt. For the past 12 years I have served on the Executive Board of my local, attended five NEA conventions and twelve TEA conventions. Other duties also include being Chief Spokesperson for our Negotiating/ Bargaining Team. I try to represent my local at state and local activities as much as possible.
Other education activities or associations, which I am a member of include: Delta Kappa Gamma (Alpha Zeta Chapter); and International Reading Association (Lakeway Reading Council). I try to attend different conferences or professional development activities around the state. I have attended Tennessee's Kindergarten State Conference in Franklin, TN.

Received Shodan Promotion in Seibukan Shorin Ryu 14-August-2014

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