Faculty Directory

  • Margaret Googe

    Fifth Grade

    B.A. Elementary Education — Wake Forest University

    I teach because I love to learn and I want to share that love with my students. 

    • (865) 777-4216
    • googe@esknoxville.org
  • 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
  • Alice Harris

    Admissions Director

    B.S. Family and Consumer Science – University of Mississippi

    • (865) 218-4494
    • harris@esknoxville.org
  • Joshua Hill


    BA – Emory & Henry College
    M.Div. – Yale University
    Certificate in Youth and Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
    Certificate in Anglican Studies, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale

    The word ‘education’ itself refers to drawing out that which is already within. I believe (and science confirms, see Lisa Miller 2015) that all children have an innate, natural spirituality that should be celebrated and nurtured by trusted adults. The spiritual companionship they need is not about depositing something foreign like religious information into a child’s head/heart but journeying together with that child on a lifelong path of inner-self discovery. The symbols of religious experience are thus tools for that discovery at the child’s pace. I believe when young people have relationships with adults who are eager to walk that spiritual journey with them while they are young, they will be happier, healthier, and more successful people throughout life.  

    • (865) 218-4480
    • hill@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
  • Mary Jones

    Second Grade Assistant

    Not having any formal “teaching” education I constantly strive to follow the teaching philosophy and practices of my lead teacher. I love each child individually and help each one achieve to their very best ability. 

    • mjones@esknoxville.org