OC teachers granted tenure
The Messenger 05.14.08
TENURED TEACHERS — The Obion County School Board recognized newly-tenured teachers during Monday night’s monthly school board meeting, held in the commons area at Obion County Central High School.
Sixteen educators have been granted tenure by the Obion County School Board for this school year.
They were recognized at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night in the commons area at Obion County Central High School.
The newly-tenured teachers and administrators in the Obion County School System include:
• Melissa Cutler Jones, a Black Oak Elementary School pre-K teacher who is also involved in the Parent-Teacher Organization and Junior Pro Basketball.
She graduated from Obion County Central High School in 1995 and from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2005.
Mrs. Jones is married to Keith Jones and they are the parents of Zac Jones, Katelin Jones and the late Sam Jones.
• Sheila Stone, the principal at Black Oak Elementary School, who has in the past taught sixth grade and first grade and been assistant principal at Black Oak and Three Oaks Middle School in Dyer County.
Mrs. Jones graduated from high school in Northville, Mich., and graduated from UT Martin in 1996.
She and her husband, Richard Stone, are the parents of two children, Andrew and Sarah. Her extracurricular activities include golf, swimming and being with her grandchildren.
• Shantelle Carter, a kindergarten teacher at Hillcrest Elementary who graduated from Obion County Central High School and UT Martin.
The mother of Elex Carter, she is a member of ADK teacher sorority and Junior Auxiliary of Obion County. She also participates in Hometown Walk of Hope with Team Taylor.
• Dawn Ramsey, a Hillcrest third-grade teacher who is also involved in the Teacher’s Advisory Council, the Bullying Committee, the School Dress Code Committee and the School Improvement Plan.
She graduated from Obion County Central High School in 1999 and earned a bachelor of science degree in education in 2003 and a master of science in education degree in 2006 from UT Martin.
She is married to Anthony Ramsey.
• Amanda Spicer, a special education-gifted and resource teacher at Hillcrest Elementary, where she also coaches junior high softball and serves as Academic Bowl team coach.
Miss Spicer graduated from OCCHS in 1997 and then earned a bachelor of science degree in May 2001 and a master’s degree in teaching in December 2002 from Bethel College in McKenzie.
She is also a 4-H camp counselor and Obion County Education Association membership chair.
• Stephanie Traverse, a Hillcrest Elementary fourth-grade teacher who is also TSIPP co-chairman, a member of the yearbook staff and auction coordinator for Fall Fest.
She graduated from OCCHS in 1999 and from UT Martin in 2004.
Mrs. Traverse and her husband, Jason Traverse, have two children, Sean Michael Traverse and Jaci Traverse.
• Angie Partin, a kindergarten teacher at Lake Road School who graduated from OCCHS in 1993 and from UT Martin in 1998.
She is a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church and Lake Road PTO.
Mrs. Partin is married to Tim Partin and they are the parents of two children, Avery Partin and Lane Partin.
• Rebekah Carman, who teaches Algebra I, Pre-Algebra, Algebra II and Geometry at Obion County Central High School.
She is also Student Government Association sponsor.
Mrs. Carman graduated from Union City High School in 2001 and earned a bachelor of science degree in math education in August 2006. She will be receiving a master’s degree in education in August 2008.
She is married to Allan Carman.
• Laura Pitts, an OCCHS Algebra I and Geometry teacher who graduated from OCCHS in 1994 and from UT Martin in 1998.
She is National Honor Society sponsor at the school.
Mrs. Pitts is a member of Kenton Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is also working on her master’s degree.
She and her husband, Matthew Pitts, are the parents of two children, Mary Amanda and Daniel Scott.
• Amy Burcham, a Ridgemont Elementary School English as a Second Language teacher.
A 1992 graduate of Union City High School, she earned a bachelor of science degree in social work in 2001 from UT Martin and a degree in education in 2007 from Union University in Jackson.
She is involved in international and local missions.
Mrs. Burcham and her husband, Brian Burcham, are the parents of two children, Lilly Burcham and James Burcham.
• Joshua Nance, a fourth-grade teacher at Ridgemont Elementary.
He graduated from UCHS in 2001, then earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education in 2004 and a master of science degree in administration and supervision in 2006.
He is married to Jane Nance.
• Richard Tant Sr., who teaches K-4 special education at Ridgemont Elementary.
Tant also teaches after school tae kwon do, is a Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni mentor, is a member of Union City Masonic Lodge 538 and is a UT Martin adjunct instructor.
He graduated from Westview High School in Martin in 1992 and from UT Martin in May 2003.
He is the father of Richard Tant Jr., 15, and Austin Tant, 13.
• Kristy Vincent, a fourth-grade teacher at Ridgemont Elementary.
She graduated from Westview High School in 1995, followed by graduation from UT Martin with a bachelor of science degree in 2001 and a master of science degree in 2003.
Mrs. Vincent is married to Chris Vincent and they are the parents of four children, Hunter, Macy, Makenzie and Jason.
• Greg Barclay, an English I and II teacher at South Fulton High School, where he is also involved in middle school and high school football, high school boys’ and girls’ basketball and high school baseball.
Barclay graduated from SFHS in 1998 and from UT Chattanooga, earning a bachelor of science degree in 2002 and a master of education degree in 2004.
He and his wife, Carmen Barclay, are the parents of nine-month-old Caroline Barclay.
• Leah McFarland, who teaches sixth-grade science and health at South Fulton Middle School.
She graduated from South Fulton High School in 2000 and from UT Martin in 2005.
Mrs. McFarland is a member of South Fulton Baptist Church, where she teaches freshmen and sophomore girls’ Sunday School, and she is involved in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. She also coaches girls’ and boys’ golf.
She and her husband, Josh McFarland, have one child, Brady McFarland.
• Jeremy Roney, an Obion County Career Technology Center instructor who teaches collision repair, transportation care, non-structural repair, structural repair and paint and refinishing.
He also serves as advisor for the student organization Skills USA and Trade and Industry Advisory chairman.
Roney graduated from OCCHS in 1995, then completed classes at Tennessee State University in Nashville in 2007 and received an occupational license in 2008.
He is the father of Kaylee Roney.