The 2018-19 school year has brought new staff members to almost every department. Our new teachers include Kayla Dixon in math, Donell Haynes in special education, Mat Richards in science, Sarah Roark in foods and consumer sciences, Lindsay Quesenbery in Spanish, and Nancy Ullom in science. We also welcome our new secretaries - Debbie Barnette, Brenda Miller, and Connie Waybright.
New Spanish teacher Lindsay Quesenberry loves it here at Ripley High. She teaches grades 9-12 and likes to spread a little culture through the school by showing different Spanish and Hispanic traditions. She has been married for 12 years, teaching for 11, and has two little girls. She has taught many other subjects in the past, such as family consumer science (foods and parenting), applied design, fashion merchandising, life skills, and international foods.
Quesenberry said, “The kids are awesome. I’m so blessed. I couldn’t imagine teaching somewhere else at this moment, this is my calling. This is where I’m supposed to be.”
Nancy Ullum, new biology and earth science teacher, teaches ninth and tenth graders. Ullum has taught every grade from kindergarten to seniors. She has been teaching for 19 years all together.
She said, “For 15 years I taught at Ripley Middle School and I was off a year when I was ill and now I’m over here.”
Although she is not originally from West Virginia, she has lived in Jackson County for 23 years. She has three sons who are now adults and one granddaughter. She graduated from Ooltewah High School from Ooltewah, Tennessee.
The school is looking forward to having these new faces and personalities!