I am a Tazewell County native, graduating from Richlands High School in 1997. I attended college and graduate school at Lee University, a private Christian college in Cleveland, Tennessee. I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Bible in 2001. I graduated with a Master of Science in School Counseling degree in 2004. I began my school counseling career at Lake Forest Middle School in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2003 on a provisional license while I completed my Master's degree. I worked at LFMS for two years before moving back to Virginia in 2005. My career as an elementary school counselor with Tazewell County Public Schools began in 2005. I worked at Springville Elementary, Abb's Valley Elementary and Tazewell Middle, traveling between schools, for 5 years. I then transferred to North Tazewell Elementary School and Tazewell Elementary and worked there for four years. When the school counselor at Cedar Bluff Elementary retired, I transferred and worked there for 3 years.
I am the wife to my wonderful husband, and mom to my precious kids. When Main Street Kindergarten expanded to be Main Street School, I knew I wanted Rylee to attend. I had no idea how I would get her back and forth to Tazewell everyday, but God truly worked a miracle and opened the door for me to work at Main Street School. I co-taught 4th grade my first year at MSS and loved every second of it. For the first time in 14 years I didn't count down to the last day of school! I tell everyone who will listen that coming to Main Street School has been one of the best decisions I've ever made both professionally and for my daughter. Words cannot describe what a blessing MSS has been to our family! We are excited that my son will be joining us at MSS this year as well!
My role at Main Street School has changed this year. I will be serving as part of the administrative team as Principal. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the parents, students, faculty and staff of Main Street School in this new role!
My name is Victoria Patterson! I normally go by Tory! I am from Tazewell, Virginia, and I am 21 years old. This is my first year at M.S.S., and I’m so excited to be playgroup aide to Hanna Butler this year! I hope to continue my education and ultimately earn my degree in education. I’m blessed to be in an environment where I am able to share God with the students. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!
My name is Jeanne Daniels and I am so excited to be teaching K4 this year. I want to tell you just a little about myself. I have been married to my husband for 30 years. God has blessed us with an amazing son who is 19 and an equally amazing daughter who is 13.
I have been fortunate to be a part of the school system for the past 10 years and have enjoyed every moment. I am also a teen Bible Bowl coach and have been coaching bible bowl at Claypool Hill Church of Christ for the past 8 years with my aide Mary Gross.
K-4 Teacher's Aide
Mary Gross enjoys spending her time as the aide for Jeanne Daniel’s K-4 Class!
Hi! My name is Hanna Butler, I am 23 years old, and I'm from Athens, West Virginia. I enjoy traveling, the outdoors, and being with friends and family.
I am a recent Summa Cum Laude graduate of Bluefield State College where I obtained a B.A. with emphasis in Education, as well as a Multi-Cat Special Education Endorsement.
I am beyond excited to begin my teaching journey at Main Street! I am fulfilling my childhood dream of becoming a teacher and doing so in such a welcoming and Godly centered school is an answer to prayer! I look forward to making many new and exciting memories with the students and staff of Main Street School!
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER’S AIDE
Martha Elswick is an assistant kindergarten teacher and has worked for Main Street School since 2016. She and her husband, Pastor Don Elswick, have 4 grown children and 13 grandchildren. Together, they have worked in ministry for over thirty years. Their pastorates have been in West Virginia, Ohio, and currently churches in Southwest Virginia.
Prior to MSS, Martha worked at a local bank for 11 years, but children’s ministry and christian education have always been her passion for the community. Working for Main Street School is an opportunity to support those desires.
I am a graduate of Tazewell High School and have lived in Tazewell the majority of my life. I am married with three children and seven precious grandchildren. I have always had a passion for teaching and working with children.
I have been a Sunday school teacher and a Bible school teacher and taught baton lessons for many years. I received my Associates Degree in Education and worked as a substitute teacher for Tazewell County Schools. I later graduated from Virginia Intermont College with my Bachelors Of Arts degree with a major in Interdisciplinary studies. I was a preschool teacher for sixteen years. This is my third year at Main Street School teaching Kindergarten.
KINDERGARTEN TEACHER’S AIDE
I am Tina Blankenship. I have a business degree from Queens College in Charlotte, NC. My pride and joy is my family. I am married to Chris Blankenship.Â
I have a daughter, Natasha, and she is married to Dylan Crouse. My son, Nick, goes to Radford University.Â
I worked at TCPS for 16 years doing the PALS program for grades K-3. This is my third year at Main Street School. For the 2019-2020 year I will be in Kindergarten with Donnetta Graham.
I love this school and feel very blessed to be part of what God brought to our community.
Mary Jo Cronce
1ST GRADE TEACHER
Mary Jo Cronce was born and raised in Richlands, VA and has lived in Tazewell for most of her life. She graduated from Radford College in 1978 with a degree in Early Childhood Education.
She worked in Craig County, VA for 5 years, teaching kindergarten and first grade.
She became married and moved back to Tazewell County in 1983. She taught 11 years at Richlands Elementary School, then transferred to Tazewell Elementary School where she taught title, first grade and second grade. After retiring, she was a substitute teacher for two years and was a title aide at North Tazewell Elementary for 1 year.
1ST GRADE TEACHER’S AIDE
Mrs. Saunders attended Wytheville Community College. She has worked for 12 yrs. with K-5 as an aide, tutor and special education aide. Her hearts passion is helping students discover the world and learning to serve God.
She feels teaching has blessed her with the wonderful opportunity to glorify our Lord.
She has three children, Brandon, Katie, Jacob. She attends Main Street United Methodist Church.
2ND GRADE TEACHER
Hi! I am Tammy Bishop-Sparks, this is my third year at MSS, I will be teaching 2nd grade. My role at M.S.S. is for my students to receive a great education in a Christian atmosphere.
1996 graduate of Tazewell High School.
2002 graduate of Virginia Intermont College with a Bachelor of Science Degree and I am currently working on my Masters in Elementary Education. I have been trained in Orton-Gillingham Multi-sensory Reading Program.
I have been the 4H Trailblazer Horse Club Leader since 2009, and just recently became a Virginia 4H All Star through Virginia Tech. I attend the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ, where I assist in the youth programs and teach Sunday School. I live in Thompson Valley on a farm where we raise beef cattle and sheep. I am also a riding instructor and have my own riding facility, Diamond S Ranch. My husband is Danny Ray, and my 2 sons are Lil Dan and Dakota.
Looking forward to an AWESOME year at MSS!!
2nd grade aide
Hi! My name is Lavonne Williams. I am the second grade aide with Mrs. Tammy Sparks. This will be my first year at Main Street School. I am excited, honored, and blessed to be a part of such an amazing school. I enjoy singing, traveling, and spending time with my family. I am a Southwest Community College alumni and I currently attend Bluefield College pursuing my Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education
3RD GRADE TEACHER
Sarah Matney is a second grade teacher at Main Street School. She graduated from Bluefield College with a bachelor’s degree in education, and later earned a master’s degree as a reading specialist from Radford University.
Sarah taught in the public school system for 19 years before joining us at Main Street.
Her strong faith in God and her love for children is what drives her each day to provide a quality Christian education for her students.
Rae Anne Hurley
3RD GRADE TEACHER’S AIDE
My name is Rae Anne Hurley and I am the aide in third grade with Mrs. Matney during the 2019/2020 school year. This will be my third year at Main Street School and I feel so blessed to be at a school that strides for academic excellence and spiritual vitality. In the past, I have also had the honor to be the second grade aide and PE teacher. I graduated from Radford University with my degree of Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. I worked in the school system for 3 years before working at Main Street School. I have been married to my husband for 14 years and we have daughter who is 9 yrs old that attends Main Street School. As a parent of a child at MSS, I am so pleased with the loving environment the school offers and faith based curriculum.
I look forward to this school year and excited to see the plans God has in store for each child, parent and teacher at Main Street School.
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
3RD GRADE TEACHER’S AIDE
Hello my name is Austin Rose. I have been married to my wonderful husband Casey for 16 years. We have one amazing boy K.Z. We are very active in our church. I have worked in the school system for the past 7 years.
I previously taught preschool for 3 years. I love to see children grow and learn. God has truly blessed me to be able to be apart of Main Street School and to be able to see your children grow in the Lord and academically.
I can not wait to see what God has in store for this year.
4TH GRADE TEACHER
Before I was old enough to go to school, I have loved books and paper and crayons and pencils. When I was finally old enough to go to school, I came home so disappointed because they didn't teach me how to read that first day. Since that time, I have learned to read those books I loved, write a variety of stories, work with numbers and many other things that have opened the world wide to me. Education was such a delight for me that it was natural for me to study to teach others. I taught in the public school setting and then home schooled my children. It delights my heart to continue teaching here at MSS in the 4th grade.
Sabra Wilson, 4th grade teacher Studied at Tennessee Temple University Married to Jeff Wilson, 33 years Blessed with 2 adult children Taught in Chattanooga Public Schools Home schooled our children through high school.
4th Grade Teacher's Aide / Drama Teacher
Zoe Laney has a passion for the arts and for teaching the next generation of Christians. Raised by teachers herself, she understands the importance of a good teacher in every child’s development. After earning a BA with a focus in film and theater in 2016, she moved to Tazewell to make advertisements for Main Street School. ZoÃ« feels blessed to have been able to watch God move in Tazewell, growing Main Street School in a matter of months. She is honored and blessed to work with Main Street School this year as a fourth grade teacher’s aide and drama teacher.
5th/6th/7th Grade MATH
My name is Hope Brown and I am excited to be teaching Math for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. My husband, daughter, and I enjoy taking care of all of the animals on our small farm and raising beagles! I also love to read and kayak! I have worked in the school system for the last 7 years and am currently pursuing my Masters of Education in school counseling. I also enjoy serving in our church choir and as youth group director for Thompson Valley Evangelical Presbyterian Church.
5TH/6TH/7TH Grade Science
Hello All! My name is Zach Hash and I have the pleasure of being a science teacher at MSS for the 2019-2020 school year. I graduated from Tazewell High in 2010 and in 2017 I completed my bachelor’s degree in religious studies and Social Studies from Liberty University. I have always enjoyed learning and my goal here at MSS is to help our students to reach their fullest potentials and to enjoy learning as well. In addition to working with MSS, I also serve as the pastor of Pisgah United Methodist Church in Tazewell and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Thompson Valley. I am looking forward to an amazing school year in addition to helping our students to see that learning is exciting.
7TH GRADE TEACHER
Hi! I am Shae Compton and will be teaching seventh grade this year at MSS! I graduated from Barton College with a degree in education, as well as education of the deaf and hard of hearing. My husband and I have been married for almost 20 years and we have 4 pretty amazing kids! I am a true bookworm, I love being outside, fall is my favorite time of year, and I am a firm believer that laughter is truly good for the soul!
The mission of MSS is Academic Excellence and Spiritual Vitality and this will be my personal mission for my classroom, too! My vision is to see them learn and grow in many ways this year. I cannot wait to give my students a warm welcome and a challenging, yet memorable year in 7th grade!
5th/6th/7th Grade Teacher's Aide
Hi, I am LoriAne Lester.Â I am originally from Key West, Florida, but I have lived the last 27 years of my life in Tazewell and consider it to be my home. I am married to William Lester who has taught at Tazewell High School since 2002. We are both devoted to educating children. I have three daughters, two of which have grown and left the home, and one 5th grader who will be attending Main Street School this year. I also have three grandsons. Family is very important to us.
I was a special needs teacher aide at TCPS for 3 years. I have a Paraprofessional license and this will be my second year at Main Street School. I look forward to working with your children as a Teacher's Aide for 5th/6th/7th grade. I am honored and blessed to begin an exciting new school year here at this wonderful school with such an amazing faculty and staff!
I teach Spanish to all grade levels. I have worked as a middle school Spanish teacher and am currently in the last year of my doctoral program at Virginia Tech in curriculum and instruction.
I’m a Tazewell native. I worked at MSS for the past two years and I was so proud of all of the students and their dedication to learning Spanish. We have had a lot of fun and I greatly look forward to another year at MSS!
Jake Laney is currently working toward an undergraduate degree in worship studies at Liberty University. Jake has worked for more than a year with the Merge Youth Group of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Tazewell. That work made him realize his passion for teaching children about God and the development of faith.
Before accepting a position with Main Street School, Jake received two state accolades as an award-winning actor in 2016, Outstanding Actor and First in Humorous Competition. Now, in addition to teaching a Godly Play class at the Main Street School, Jake will coach physical education and teach nutrition. He believes physical education and nutrition play an important role in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
As a native of Tazewell County and a mother of three, Miranda Williams appreciates the beauty and pace of small-town living. In September 2017, she began working at Main Street School and realized immediately that she had found a job she could love and look forward to each day. She was surround by co-workers who were more like family members and by students who were as eager to learn as she was to teach.
Miranda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Radford University with a concentration in 3-D Art and Jewelry/Metal Work. While at Radford, Miranda worked as a professor's assistant in the jewelry department. She later returned to Tazewell with her husband and went on to raise a family and teach adult crafting classes for over 5 years at Tazewell Grace Fellowship. While raising her family, Miranda was always surrounded by children—hers as well as others’. She quickly became inspired by the way in which children responded to her art and activities, and by their overall eagerness and curiosity. What’s more, Miranda realized that through art, children could learn more about God's love.
Miranda believes that learning about art, whether through art history or through a myriad of creative hands on activities, can help children explore and better understand the amazing world in which they live. Miranda is forever passionate and earnestly believes that through art, children will always have an opportunity to develop into unique, discerning, loving individuals.
ART TEACHER'S AIDE
This is Melissa Angles second year at Main Street School, and she feels very blessed to be able to serve in the art room as an aide. Melissa was raised in North Tazewell, but moved to Kansas for her college years. After graduating with her BA in Studio Art, she came back to Tazewell where she married her husband, Jarred. Jarred and Melissa currently reside in Tazewell with their three cats, Snickers, Kit Kat, and Rolo. They both enjoy traveling and being outdoors biking, hiking, or kayaking. Spending time outdoors and observing God’s uniqueness with all of His creation is the main inspiration behind Melissa’s artwork. As an artist, she is excited to be able to show her love of Christ and His creation to the next generation.
Hello!! I am absolutely thrilled to be teaching music at MSS this year! Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to educate your children in music and worship!
I began my journey in music with piano at the age of 5 and gradually added instruments throughout my life. I spent my summers as a child figuring out my favorite cartoon themes on piano and guitar! I began teaching private and group music lessons to children at the Connelly School of Music in 1999 while still in high school and continued that on the side of all my professional careers. I was primarily trained as a classical pianist up through college, but my heart was not into classical performance. It wasn’t until I fell in love with Jesus Christ that my true joy was ignited, and I immediately transitioned into praise and worship
I founded Lutz Make Music LLC in May, 2013 and spent several years teaching music to kids and adults in Tazewell. I have over 17 years of experience in training and education in reading music, understanding and applying music theory, and playing a variety of instruments, to include piano, guitar, drums, and ukulele.
Children are a tremendous joy to me, and I love to make music fun and interactive. Children and song are some of the greatest gifts God gave us, so above all, I aim to glorify Him in all I do, whether it's through my music, my work ethic, or compassion for others.
When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my husband Steven, daughter Evelyn, and mini-goldendoodle Oliver. Oh, and reading my Bible with a hot mug of coffee- extra whipped cream!c