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Jeanne Daniels

K4 Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://mssjeannedaniels.weebly.com/

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 29 years. God has blessed us with an amazing son who is 18 and an equally amazing daughter who is 12. 

I have been fortunate to be a part of the school system for the past 9 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 7 years with my aide Mary Gross.

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Mary Gross

K4 Teacher's Aide

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Sheree Hurley

Kindergarten Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://msshurley.weebly.com/

I will be teaching kindergarten at MSS this year.  This will be my 3rd year at MSS. 

I retired from Tazewell County Public Schools after teaching 30 years.  I taught 2 years in NC at Havelock Catholic School and 1 year at St Merici's Catholic School in Metairie, LA.  I graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University with a BA in Early Childhood Education.   

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Martha Elswick

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.

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Donetta Graham

KINDERGARTEN TEACHER

Classroom Webpage - https://grahammss.weebly.com/

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 second year at Main Street School teaching Kindergarten.

I feel so blessed to be teaching where God has placed me with these precious children, teachers and staff at MSS.

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Tina Blankenship

Kindergarten Teacher's Aide

I’m 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. 

I have a daughter, Natasha, and she is married to Dylan Crouse. My son, Nick, goes to Radford University. 

I worked at TCPS for 16 years doing the PALS program for grades K-3. Last year at MSS I worked in 2nd grade  with Daphne Murray. 2018-19 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.

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Mary Jo Cronce

1st grade Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://mss-jcronce.weebly.com/

Mary Jo Cronce was born and raised in Richlands, VA and has lived in Tazewell for most of her life. She graduated from Redford 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, I was a substitute teacher for two years and was a title aide at North Tazewell Elementary for 1 year. 

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Michelle Saunders

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.

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Hanna butler

1st grade teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://mssbutler.weebly.com/

Hi! My name is Hanna Butler, I am 22 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 1st grade 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!

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Kim Shoun

1st Grade Teacher's Aide

Hello!  My name is Kim Shoun and I am blessed to be the aide for First Grade this year at MSS.  I have been blessed to work as an aide for the last 10 years for K-3, and I am excited to be a part of MSS this year.  My family brings me the greatest joy!  Larry and I have been married for 26 years and our son Jacob is starting his first year of college.

Thank you for allowing me to have a small part in showing the Love of Christ to your children! 

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Sarah Matney

2nd Grade Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://msssarahmatney.weebly.com/

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.

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Rae AnnE Hurley

2nd grade teacher's aide

My name is Rae Anne Hurley and I am the aide in second grade with Mrs. Matney during the 2018/2019 school year.  This will be my second year at Main Street School and I feel so blessed to be at a school that strides for academic excellence and spiritual vitality.  Last year I had the honor to be the third 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 13 years and we have daughter who is 8 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

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TAMMY BISHOP-SPARKS

2nd grade teacher

Classroom Webpage -

https://mss-tbsparks.weebly.com/

Hi! I am Tammy Bishop-Sparks, this is my second year at MSS, I will be teaching 2nd grade.  My role at MSS  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!!

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Jessica Shrader

2nd Grade Aide

 

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Shae Compton

3rd Grade Teacher

Hi! I am Shae Compton and will be teaching third 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 3rd grade!

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Austin Rose

3rd Grade teacher's Aide

Hello my name is Austin Rose. I have been married to my wonderful husband Casey for 15 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 6 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.

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Sabra Wilson

4th Grade Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://mss-sabrawilson.weebly.com/

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, 32 years Blessed with 2 adult children Taught in Chattanooga Public Schools Home schooled our children through high school

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Zoë Laney

4th Grade Teacher's Aide - Drama Teacher

Zoë 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. Zoë 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.

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ZACH HASH

4th Grade Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://mrhashmss.weebly.com

Hello All! My name is Zach Hash and I have the pleasure of being a 4th grade teacher at MSS for the 2018-2019 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.

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Sarah Mitchem

5th Grade Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://mssmitchem.weebly.com/

I’m Sarah Mitchem and this is my second year teaching at Main Street School. I have lived in Tazewell all of my life and am a graduate of Tazewell High School. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bluefield College with a bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies including teacher licensure.

While in college, I worked for Clinch Valley Community Action in the Kid’s Place after school and Project Discovery programs. I also teach Sunday School at Tazewell Family Worship Center. I have been married for seven years to my wonderful husband and have two children, Kylee and Jake. The Christ-centered atmosphere that Main Street School offers has made me feel right at home. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to share the love of Christ with my students. 

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Opal Morgan

6th Grade Teacher

Classroom Webpage - https://mssomorgan.weebly.com

"I have taught since 2000 in public school settings in West Virginia.  Of my 17½ years teaching, I taught 8 years in middle school and 9 ½ years in elementary.  In 2010, I acquired my Master of Arts Degree in Reading Education through Marshall University and began my journey as a Reading Specialist. 

I do not claim to be a ‘master,’ but I do constantly pray and seek to improve my pedagogy to best enrich the lives of my students and their families with the love of God.  I sincerely consider it a blessing to be afforded the opportunity to teach at Main Street School and welcome your prayers, too!" 

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Leigh ANN COMBS

5th/6th Grade Science

Classroom Webpage - https://msscombs.weebly.com/

Since childhood, I have always been deeply interested in science and nature.  I grew up in Tazewell, graduated from Tazewell High School, and went on to earn a B.S. in Biology from Radford University in 2000. My experience includes working as a zookeeper at Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke and as a lab research assistant at Virginia Tech.  For the past three years, I have worked as a career counselor in local high schools for Southwest Virginia Community College. It was these interactions with students that inspired me to go back to school to earn a teaching certification, which I completed in 2017. Teaching science allows me to combine my love of education with my passion for working with students.  I believe learning should take place in a fun, hands-on environment and I strive to spark the desire for high achievement and the pursuit of knowledge in my students. I am very excited to join the team at Main Street School!

 
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LoriAne Lester

5th/6th Grade Teacher's Aide

Hi, I am LoriAne Lester.  I am originally from Key West, Florida, but I have lived the last 26 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 4th 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 first year at Main Street School.  I look forward to working with your children as a Teacher's Aide for 5th 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!

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Miranda Williams

Art Teacher

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.

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Melissa Angles

Art Teacher's Aide

This is Melissa Angles first 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. 

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Jameson Jones

Spanish Teacher

I teach Spanish one day a week 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 last year 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!

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Kristy Molina

Vice Principal of Student Affairs

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 last year 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 Vice Principal of Student Affairs.  I am excited to have the opportunity to serve the parents, students, faculty and staff of Main Street School in this new role!   

 

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Hannah Waddell

Playgroup

As a mother of two, I understand the importance of fostering the journey of education in a productive and fun environment. A Tazewell native, I take pride in my small town and I am thrilled to be a part of MSS.

In my extra time, I enjoy spending time outdoors with my children, reading and cooking. My life's mission has always been to be a positive ray of light and that is something I try to instill in my children and the students. 

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Samantha Hilton

Playgroup

Hi!, I’m Samantha Hilton and this is my 2nd year as the Playgroup Teacher. Born and raised here in Tazewell. I’ve been married to my husband, Eugene for 7 years. We have two children, Kaden and Hadley. Prior to working here at Main street School, I worked at a local bank for 4 years.

I’ve always known my passion and heart are with children. The atmosphere and Christ-like love that each employee offers to Main Street School is what made me feel at home here. I am extremely blessed to be able to spend my days here with these precious children.

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Dale Elswick

Music

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Jake Laney

PE/Godly Play

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.