Faculty Directory

  • Jen Hackett

    Junior Kindergarten 4

    B.A. Early Childhood Education (birth-3rd) — University of Tennessee of Chattanooga

    M.A. Supervision and Instruction — Lincoln Memorial University

    I believe that every child is special and unique. Each child has personality traits and cognitive ideas that make a classroom a special, dynamic place. It is my job as a teacher to take children’s interests, thoughts and ideas to then inspire them to dig deeper for reasoning, questions, and answers. I do this by having a personal relationship with my students, creating a confortable/positive learning environment, and by continuing my own individual pedagogical formation.

    • (865) 777-4211
    • hackett@esknoxville.org
  • Gay Hall

    Fourth Grade Assistant

    A.A. – Emory at Oxford College

    B.A. English – Agnes Scott College

    • hall@esknoxville.org
  • Philip Hoffman

    MS Art

    B.A. Fine Art, Metalsmithing and Jewelry–Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA

    M.F.A. Metalsmithing and Jewelry–Towson University

    M.S. Education, Teacher Ed. and Art Ed.–University of Tennessee

    I believe in the power of Art.  My studio based classes are designed to introduce students to a variety of Art techniques and processes.  My intention is to stimulate and support their personal growth through their art-making.


    • (865) 218-4453
    • hoffman@esknoxville.org
  • Jeannie Hoover

    Fourth Grade

    B.F.A. Communication Design – University of Tennessee

    M.S. Multicultural Education (Emphasis: Reading) – University of Colorado, Boulder

    Learning is a natural process that is nurtured in a loving, safe environment.  I believe children need to be marinated in good literature.  They need to be read to, read with and read by themselves. Reading and writing need to be integrated into all subjects with rich, hands-on activities.

    • (865) 218-4471
    • hoover@esknoxville.org
  • Sheau-Fei Huang

    Mandarin Chinese

    B.S. Foreign Languages & Literatures – National Taiwan University

    M.S. Special Education – University of Tennessee

    The goal of my teaching is to engage students in active learning.  I strive to create a secure, caring and stimulating environment in which each student can develop a deep appreciation for the subject, himself/herself and each other.

    • (865) 777-4218
    • huang@esknoxville.org
  • Megan Jenkins

    Third Grade

    B.S. Psychology – University of Tennessee

    M.S. Elementary Education (K-6) – University of Tennessee

    I believe that every child is a unique individual with endless potential — it is our job as a community to work together to unlock that potential through the means that work best for each unique individual. 

    • (865) 218-4463
    • jenkins@esknoxville.org
  • Susan Lancaster

    MS Language Arts/Literature

    B.A. English–Rhodes College

    M.A. English–Vanderbilt University

    I teach because I love to see the “aha” moment on my students’ faces.  I know that our students will shape the future and as teachers, we “plant trees under whose shade we will never sit.”

    • (865) 218-4464
    • lancaster@esknoxville.org
  • Erika Letsinger

    Learning Specialist

    B.S. Special Education – University of Tennessee

    M.S. Special Education – University of Tennessee


    Just as people are very much individuals, I feel that education is an individual journey. While we need to meet/reach common goals, the journey we take to get there is very much a different path for each of us. It’s not that we can’t get there, it’s how we get there. 

    • (865) 777-4217
    • letsinger@esknoxville.org
  • Cayla Lockhart

    MS Science

    B.A. English/Literature – University of Tennessee

    M.E. Education (K-6)/6-12 English – Tusculum College

    I teach because I want to make a difference. 

    • (865) 218-4458
    • lockhart@esknoxville.org
  • Mary Lovely

    Director of Admissions

    B.S. Education – University of Tennessee


    I believe education is a dynamic, engaging process that should inspire us to be lifelong learners and that reading is the key to understanding our true self and others.

    • (865) 218-4467
    • lovely@esknoxville.org