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5th Grade Frequently Asked Questions


What is "departmentalization"?
At Barkers Mill, fifth grade is departmentalized. That means that your child will have a different teacher for every subject. Fifth grade has class periods, and students rotate to a different class each period. It operates just like middle school with the exception that students rotate with their homeroom class rather than having an individual schedule.

5th Grade Team Members


Kimberly Carlisle   Email   Website

Hi, my name is Kimberly Carlisle and I will be your 5th grade Science teacher! This will be my 14th year of teaching. I have two sons, Vincent and Dane Michael and Mr. Carlisle is a fire fighter. I love Science and teaching and I hope you come to my room ready to learn!
Jennifer Curry   Email   Website

I am a native of Stephens, Arkansas. I am married and have 3 children, 2 sons and a daughter. This is my sixth year to teach 5th grade here at Barkers Mill Elementary. I will be teaching math this year. I have been in the education field for 12 years, including 7 years in which I taught in Arkansas.
Deanna Grisham   Email   Website

Hello, my name is Deanna Grisham. I am teaching 5th grade Reading, Language Arts, and Social Studies. I have a degree from Middle Tennessee State University. This is my nineth year teaching.
Christy Mauk   Email   Website

Hi! My name is Mrs. Mauk. I am excited to be your child's first grade teacher this year. This is my eighth year of teaching and my fourth as a Barkers Mill Bobcat. I received my B.S. in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. I obtained my Master's degree in Elementary Administration from William Woods University. I am currently working on my doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. My husband, Brian, and I have two wonderful children, Maddi and Will. We also have two dogs, Stella and Kina, and a cat named Orange Julius. I look forward to a fantastic year and hope you will contact me with any questions or concerns. Let's work together to make this a successful year!
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Carie McDonald   Email   Website

Courtney Vaughn   Email   Website

Welcome to 5th Grade! I am truly excited to have a new bunch of students this year, and I can't wait to get to know everyone. Just a few tidbits about myself. This is my twelfth year of teaching-five of those years were spent in Texas, as my husband was in the US Army. I have one son and one daughter. I look forward to spending the year with each of you. We have LOTS to accomplish, and our wonderful journey begins now!