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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.
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, lives in PA, and my daughter, Shelby, 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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