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5th Grade Frequently Asked Questions

5th Grade Team Members

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 10th 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 16 years, including 7 years in which I taught in Arkansas.
Deanna Grisham   Email   Website

Hello, my name is Deanna Grisham. I teach 5th grade RLA (Reading, Language, and Writing) and Social Studies. I have a degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Rene' Keesler   Email   Website

I am so excited to be teaching 5th grade Reading and Social Studies this year. This will be my 9th year as an educator at Barkers Mill. I received my undergraduate degree from Hawaii Pacific University, my Masters degree in Education from Austin Peay State University. I recently completed my EdS in Education Administration at Austin Peay State University in 2015. I love teaching students skills and strategies needed to become successful academically. I feel very passionate about reading. I believe that reading is the ticket to freedom.
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Melinda Manges   Email   Website

Welcome to 5th Grade. I can't wait to see what this year has to bring. This is my first year teaching at BMES; I moved from Indiana to Clarksville to further my teaching career. I graduated from Vincennes university, but I am a Florida Gators fan. I spend my spare time with my dog and cheering for my Florida team. I love teaching and can't wait to see what this year will bring!
Julie Miller   Email   Website

I have been teaching for 12 year but this is my first year in Tennessee! I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. I earned my Masters Degree in Elementary Ed. in 2005. I just moved to Clarksville from North Carolina this summer and I love it. I taught fourth grade for four years, fifth grade for two years, and kindergarten for four years. Last year I taught near Fort Bragg, NC. I have two grown children. My son, Logan, is 28 and lives in PA, and my daughter, Shelby, is 23 and lives in NC.
Kirsten Van Orden   Email   Website

Welcome to fifth grade! I am looking forward to a great year together. This is my eighteenth year teaching with ten years teaching outside Tennessee. I have taught in California, North Carolina and in upstate New York. I have two sons who married two beautiful women, and they all live here in Clarskville. I also have a Golden Retriever named Bailey. My husband has retired from the Army so we decided this was where we would build our happily ever after. I love teaching and am blessed to be a part of your child’s life.
Shelby Wilson   Email   Website

Welcome to 5th Grade! I am truly looking forward to a wonderful year, and I can't wait to get started. This is my second year teaching at BMES; I moved to Clarksville from Michigan to further my teaching career. I graduated from Michigan State University and love to cheer for the Spartans. In my spare time I enjoy taking my dogs for walks and spending time on the lake. Let's have a great year!

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