Take a few minutes and get to know your Tennessee Leadership Council!
Teryl has been a teacher since 2000. She received her B.S. in History and Elementary Education and her M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Teryl began her teaching career with kindergarten students at Dogwood Elementary and later taught fourth grade at Mooreland Heights. She now serves as an instructional / tech / math / everything else coach for Knox County. She has been nominated for several awards, including Disney’s Teacher of the Year. In 2009, she was named to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list of education technology leaders. Teryl is passionate about integrating technology into the curriculum, thus preparing her students to be productive 21st-century citizens. Her students create movies, podcasts, and more and engage in learning with students from across the United States and beyond. Another passion of Teryl’s is helping teachers, from kindergarten to high school, learn how to use technology in effective ways in their classrooms. Thus far, she is the only Council Chair Tennessee has ever known!
Tim has been teaching for 7 years and serves as a computer lab instructor and team leader at Lake Forest Middle in Bradley County. He is certified in Secondary English and has his Administrator’s certification. Tim has been part of the DEN since its beginning and attended the very first Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has a passion both for helping teachers and integrating technology in the classroom. In 2007, Tim was named Building Level Teacher of the Year for Bradley County Schools.
Tim is also the proud grandfather of two girls and one boy…so far. In his spare time he is learning to speak Mac in order to communicate better with the rest of the leadership council. Tim currently serves as the Blog Coordinator for the council.
Karla began her teaching career in the state’s smallest county. She spent her classroom time in the elementary environment. Recently, she moved to a position serving as a reading coach in the secondary schools. Karla has always been an advocate for technology intervention. She started bringing her own computer to class for the kids to use. Although she really loves her new job, she says she misses all the fun she had with her students and technology.
Karla serves as the Events Coordinator for the leadership council. DE Streaming is the number one tool she recommends to teachers.
Sally has been a 1st grade teacher for 30 years. She also serves as building level technology coach at West Hills Elementary in Knoxville. Asked about her involvement with the DEN, Sally says, “DE Streaming and the DEN have given me the training and interest to become a computer geek. Organizing the science, health, and language arts curriculum around DE Streaming videos was my first love. I did this by creating large collections of movie clips in PowerPoint files which were networked to all kindergarten and first grade classrooms at West Hills.” These days Sally spends her time editing pictures and movies in Movie Maker, Photo Story, and Animoto.
Sally also has the distinction of being the first DEN member from the state of Tennessee. Sally works on the Events Team for the leadership council.
Clif is a native of the Mississippi Delta and has more than 16 years of teaching experience. He taught elementary and middle school students and coached basketball and math teams to numerous championships. He later became a faculty member at the University of Georgia while simultaneously earning his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology from UGA. Dr. Mims became an assistant professor of elementary mathematics at the University of Mississippi in 2003. Clif joined the University of Memphis‘ Instructional Design and Technology faculty in 2005 and now serves as Program Coordinator. His research interests are related to the effective integration of technology with the processes of teaching and learning, especially in teacher education.
Clif is an avid fan of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs and enjoys tennis, camping, fishing, movies and television. He and his wife are the parents of three children.
Tina currently teaches 6th grade English/Language Arts at Ocoee Middle School in Bradley County. She has 12 years teaching experience beginning at Johns Elementary in Arlington, TX, where she taught 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies for 7 years. She was introduced to the DEN and DE Streaming after coming to Bradley County. Tina loves the level of engagement DE Streaming brings to her students and the great tools Streaming brings to her own teaching. Tina says, “As I became interested in learning more of what Discovery was all about, the more I wanted to become a part of this amazing network of educators.” She is now on our Events Committee and is loving every minute of it! Tina is married and has two children. In her spare time she has taught kick boxing and spin classes at the local YMCA. She is a force to be reckoned with!
Paula has been teaching for 14 years and holds a Master’s in Elementary Mathematics. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher (Middle School Generalist). She has used technology in the classroom for many years and has presented at the MECCA Conference in Baltimore, MD, along with several other smaller workshops. Paula’s husband is in the Navy. They have been married for 27 years. They have 2 children, 1 daughter-in-law, 1 grandson and 3 cats (1 cat is the daughter’s until she gets settled). Paula love horses, sailing, reading, cooking, do anything dealing with the computer and technology as well many other hobbies (sew, cross-stitch, stain glass, knit, smock, scrapbook, make cards, and picture frame).
Gail has taught in the Memphis area for over 30 years. She was a 5th grade teacher, an Elementary Computer teacher, and now is serving as a Technology Specialist at St. George’s Independent School in Memphis. Gail received her undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her Master’s in Ed Tech through Walden University. She is a charter member and past president of Memphis Association of Independent School’s MAIS-TEC and helped found their very popularHOT (Hooked on Technology) sessions. She has been a presenter at local, state, and national conferences. Recently, she became a Google Certified Educator and a STAR Discovery Educator.
Gail enjoys traveling, reading biographies, and spending time with family rooting for various spectator sports like Big Orange football!
Carole is the librarian at Gresham Middle School in Knoxvile, TN. She has a bachelor’s degree from Newberry College in South Carolina in Spanish and a Master’s in Library Science from The University of South Carolina. Carole has worked as a school librarian at all levels for more than 20 years and settled on middle school about 15 years ago. Carole thinks it’s great to use technology to teach, but it’s even better for kids to use it to learn. She knows our chances of engaging students in the content we want them to absorb are increased when we allow them to acquire it the way they like to learn.
Carole ‘s favorite vacation destinations can be summed up in two words… salt water! She is an avid scuba diver, beachcomber, and sunbather (always using plenty of sunscreen, of course). If you want to find Carole after June 1st, head to the Florida Keys!