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Tel: 423-886-1115

Fax: 423-424-4144

Email: smcs@smcstn.org

Address

808 Key Hulse Road

Signal Mountain, TN 37377

SMCS is a private, Christian school located in Signal Mountain, Tennessee committed to excellence in classical education inspired by the Charlotte Mason tradition.

Signal Mountain Christian School admits students without regard to race, color, or the national or ethnic origin.  SMCS is, however, a ministry to the children of committed Christians and the parents of students must be members in good standing of a Christian Church.

DANETTE KELLEY

Mrs. Kelley received her B.S. from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has five years of high school level teaching experience and has served with her husband, Pat, on the SMCS Board for many years. As the Principal, Mrs. Kelley enjoys the daily opportunity to be used by God to further the mission of SMCS. She enjoys working in a positive, nurturing environment where the staff is great, the students are eager to learn, and the parents and Board are involved and supportive.

PRINCIPAL

KATHY PITTS

FRONT OFFICE

LAURA DAVIS

Mrs. Davis received her Bachelor's in Accounting from Middle Tennessee State University. She has held various positions in her field, and feels blessed that it has led her to SMCS. Mrs. Davis grew up on Signal Mountain and currently resides on the mountain. She is married to love of her life, Josh, and has three daughters and a newborn son.

BOOKKEEPER

ALLISON GUNTER

Mrs. Gunter graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BS degree in Art Education. Following graduation, she taught art at Brainerd Baptist School for five years.  After her first daughter was born, she became a stay at home mom.  It is a joy for Mrs. Gunter to guide students through the creative processes and expression through the lens of a Biblical world view. Mrs. Gunter and her husband, Murray, have 2 daughters and they enjoy spending time together exploring God's creation.

ART

ELISSA CLARK

Mrs. Clark graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in German. She has been involved in many aspects of children’s ministry at First Presbyterian Church, including teaching grades 1 through 3 for ten years and volunteering as a high school leader. She is an avid reader, an unfussy gardener, and, along with her husband George, a loving parent to four adult-ish children.  Mrs. Clark considers it a joy and a privilege to spend time with children, encouraging their curiosity and love of learning. She looks forward to investing in young minds and hearts, learning with them about our world and about our great God, who is always at work.

ART

KATE ROLEN

Mrs. Rolen graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor’s in Finance and Marketing. After working in banking for a couple years, she earned her Master’s in Middle Grades Education, specializing in Math and Science, from the University of Georgia. She taught 6th grade science for several years in Dalton, Georgia before starting a family. She and her husband, Bart, have two daughters who keep them very busy.

Librarian

LAUREL FRANCESCON

Having grown up in Atlanta, GA, Laurel came to the Chattanooga area to attend Covenant College. She graduated from Covenant in 2000 with a degree in Education. She taught a year in Trenton before teaching 2nd grade for five years at Chattanooga Christian School. She married T. W. in 2003 and the Lord blessed them with three children, Thomas, an SMCS alum, Noah, and Bella. Laurel left teaching full time to be a Mom when Thomas was born and has enjoyed being back in the classroom on a part time basis. She loves the heart of SMCS, relishes investing in students, and counts it a true privilege to teach Library and serve as a substitute teacher. Their family worships at Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church. 

Librarian

ANDREA HOLMES

Andrea is a 1999 graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. After graduating, Andrea and her husband spent the next fifteen years in Western Kentucky. During a portion of that time, Andrea worked for the local school system providing support services inside the classroom to help students with special needs be successful in a class setting. Andrea’s physical therapy background allowed her frequent opportunities to teach students in the field and to work with the local community college guest lecturing. Andrea and her family relocated in the summer of 2014 to Signal Mountain. Little did she know, God was weaving together a wonderful story that would lead to substitute teaching at SMCS and eventually to teaching Kindergarten full-time in 2017. Andrea finds it a joy to work daily with Kindergarteners because they love deeply, are eager to learn, give the best hugs, and remind her daily of the awesome God we serve. She finds it a privilege to be able to point children back to Our Creator in all things. Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband, Allen, and their three children who keep them very busy. 

KINDERGARTEN

ABBY SOUDER

Miss Souder is a graduate of Belhaven University with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Minor in Dance.  She grew up on Signal Mountain and while she has been teaching at SMCS for one year, she is no stranger to the school. Miss Souder attended SMCS grades K - 7.  Her dream was to return to SMCS to teach.  She loves to nurture her student's individuality and unique creativity.  She enjoys spending time with her twin sister, crocheting, laughing with friends and dancing!

1ST GRADE

CONNIE STEWART

Mrs. Stewart has been teaching at SMCS since 2013. She is thrilled to be able to help her young students understand more fully who God is and how much He loves them. She graduated from Mississippi College, with a B.S. Ed in 1988. Her husband, Joey, is a pastor.  Serving as a pastor's wife for 17 years, Mrs. Stewart homeschooled their children and started a homeschool co-op in which she had administrative and teaching responsibilities. Along with teaching first grade at SMCS, she teacher alongside her husband at RYM and for women's retreats.  Mrs. Stewart is so grateful for her four children and loves days when all of her precious family is under one roof.

1st GRADE

MEREDITH HANNAH

Miss Hannah graduated from Lipscomb University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She was born and raised in Chattanooga and is very involved in serving with the youth ministry at Calvary Chapel.  Miss Hannah looks forward to seeing her SMCS students grow academically and also in their relationship with the Lord.

2nd Grade

KELLEY HARRISON

Mrs. Harrison grew up on Signal Mountain and received a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She taught kindergarten for 5 years before starting a family, then taught preschool for 5 years before coming to SMCS. She enjoys teaching students about the loving, faithfulness of God through all subject matter. She and her husband, Frank, have two teenage daughters. They enjoy spending time together doing anything outside, especially hiking and camping with their golden retriever, Bella.

2nd GRADE

MICHELLE SMITH

Mrs. Smith graduated from Campbell University with a B.S. in Elementary Education. She completed several courses towards her Master’s degree, specializing in reading. Prior to teaching here at SMCS, Mrs. Smith taught for four years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Mrs. Smith encourages her students to “trust in the Lord with all their hearts” and to “work as if working for the Lord” (Prov. 3:5, Col. 3:23). She implements a hands-on approach as she engages students in exploring the world around them. Mrs. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sweet girls.

3RD GRADE

KELLIE BARRY

Mrs. Barry grew up in what used to be the small town of Madison, Alabama. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Athens State University. She then spent some time in the great state of California. She worked as a preschool teacher while she earned her Master's in Educational Leadership with a certificate in Early Childhood Education Administration. She is thankful the Lord has brought her to SMCS and excited to begin her third year at the school. She is married to Patrick and has two children. She enjoys hiking, running, and chasing her kids.

3RD GRADE

MOLLY KOPF

Mrs. Kopf grew up on Signal Mountain and graduated from Covenant College with a B.A. in English, a Minor in Art and major coursework in German.  Prior to joining the SMCS staff in 2015, Mrs. Kopf served as the National Events Coordinator and Professional Photographer for Amani ya Juu African Women’s Mission Ministry.  She enjoys spending time with students, getting to experience the joys of learning more about God alongside them.  Mrs. Kopf desires that both she and her students will come to a deeper knowledge of Christ each school year, and that their time together be a harmonious testament to His grace and sovereignty.  She is an avid reader, a lover of puns and classic movies, and enjoys exploring every form of the artistic world – painting, photography, sketching and teaching art.

4TH GRADE

PAIGE THOMPSON

Mrs. Thompson graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in middle grades education and also completed a master’s degree in health education. She has over 10 years teaching experience in public, private, and home school settings. She values being able to share God’s love with students by striving to teach well and to attend to each student’s needs. Mrs. Thompson is an avid reader, and she enjoys exploring the outdoors. She and her husband, Kevin, are blessed with two teenagers who bring delight to their lives with their wide-ranging interests and spunky conversation.

4TH GRADE

ANNE FELLERS

Miss Fellers received her B.S. from the University of Montevallo and her Masters in Education from Covenant College. She has taught elementary school for over 20 years; she began teaching fourth grade with SMCS in 2001. Miss Fellers also is the director of SMCS’ After-School Program. Her class focuses on rich literature and a hands-on approach to learning that includes the maintenance of a bird garden for the school. She seeks to help her students understand that the Bible is much more than history but applies to every aspect of their lives today.

5TH GRADE

DIANA HAYES

Mrs. Hayes has degrees from Bowling Green State University and Arizona Christian University.  After homeschooling her youngest of two daughters, she served as a 2nd grade teacher at Trinity Classical Christian Academy in Phoenix and as a teacher at Legacy Classical Christian Academy where she taught various subjects including literature, writing, and ancient civilizations.  For the next five years, she served at BASIS Peoria as an aide, registrar, assistant to the Head of School and 5th grade teacher.  Her most recent employment was at Adams Traditional Academy in Phoenix teaching 7th graders.  Mrs. Hayes has a passion for anything Jane Austen and cherishes time with each of her grown daughters and her husband.  She desires to share her love of learning with children, particularly when she can help them gain knowledge and wisdom from Scripture to deepen their love for their Creator and to know He has a plan and purpose for their lives.

5th GRADE

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