GPS Welcomes 14 New Faculty Members

Friday, August 8, 2014
New GPS faculty members include Andrea Becksvoort, Caroline Carlin, Ralph Covino, Lauren Haley, Alia Hollback, Adam Hudson, Christa Mannarino, Bilda Small, Amber Snow, Courtney Tallant, Marissia Tiller and Corrie White. Suzanne Winchester and Patrick Winecoff were not present for the photo.
New GPS faculty members include Andrea Becksvoort, Caroline Carlin, Ralph Covino, Lauren Haley, Alia Hollback, Adam Hudson, Christa Mannarino, Bilda Small, Amber Snow, Courtney Tallant, Marissia Tiller and Corrie White. Suzanne Winchester and Patrick Winecoff were not present for the photo.
- photo by GPS

Girls Preparatory School is welcoming 14 new faculty members for the upcoming school year.

Two classroom teachers bring Ph.D.’s, one from Yale University and the other from the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Other teachers and staff members have undergraduate and advanced degrees from Birmingham-Southern, the University of Central Florida, Sewanee: the University of the South, Tennessee Temple, Carson Newman University, University of Tennessee Chattanooga, Covenant College, UNC Chapel Hill, and the Université de Nice in France.

Seven new faces will be seen in the history, English, math, fine arts, and world languages classrooms, and others will be working in Development, Communications, or Business office…or coaching from the soccer sidelines.

Joining the GPS community this year are Andrea Becksvoort, Caroline Carlin (a move from college counseling office to the classroom), Ralph Covino, Lauren Haley, Alia Hollback, Adam Hudson, Christa Mannarino, Bilda Small, Amber Snow, Courtney Tallant, Marissia Tiller, Corrie White, Suzanne Winchester and Patrick Winecoff.

In addition to prior teaching experiences or work in the corporate world, each seems to have an interesting background or hobby to share with their new colleagues and students. One GPS alumna joins the faculty. One plays nine instruments, several have lived and worked abroad, one non-coach is a member of the Professional Disc Golf Association, and one is vice president of the French American Chamber of Commerce, Chattanooga branch. A new teacher in the Middle School has the distinction of having been accepted to “America’s Got Talent” for his dancing, only to be dismissed by David Hasselhoff!

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 18.

Tennessee Education Stakeholders To Inform State Plan, Policies To Transition To New Federal Law

A diverse set of education stakeholders will inform the new state plan and collaborate to ensure that Tennessee’s key education policies are best for Tennessee students, the Tennessee Department of Education announced Wednesday. This work will build on the department’s strategic plan, called Tennessee Succeeds, which outlines the priorities and strategies the department is undertaking ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Students Create ‘Green Alternative’ Solar Recharging Stations

“A collective team effort between faculty, staff, and students resulted in the creation of a solar recharging station that stands ready to provide a renewable energy source for Chattanooga State students. It serves as a ‘green’ alternative to charge or power their phones, laptops, tablets, and other personal devices,” said Tim McGhee, dean, Engineering and Information Technologies. ... (click for more)

County Commission Gives Up Fight On $900,000 In Discretionary Funds

County Commission members have given up the fight for the annual $900,000 in discretionary funds. Commission Chairman Chester Bankston said there was not enough money available after requests from a number of agencies and departments were cut to balance the budget without a tax increase. Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said the fact that commissioners can no longer allot the ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed And Several Others Injured In 2 Wrecks Near Ooltewah Exit Of I-75

One person was killed and several others injured in two wrecks early Wednesday morning on I-75 northbound at exit 11.   Northbound lanes were closed while emergency crews worked both accidents. Traffic was rerouted to Old Lee Highway to avoid the accident scene.   Traffic was backed up for an extended time before it eventually re-opened.   The initial ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What You Leave Behind

Randy Travis, one of the best at singing country songs that has ever been, had a song about three people who got killed when an 18-wheeler missed a stop sign. There was a farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher on this bus and Randy tells us: “One's headed for vacation, one for higher education, An' two of them were searchin' for lost souls.” In that wonderful song, the ... (click for more)