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Third Grade Team Members


Ali Burks   Email   Website

This is my tenth year teaching and my tenth year here at West Creek. We are definitely 'Readers Ahead of the Pack!' I completed an endorsement in Educational Leadership at Trevecca University. I received my M.Ed. from Vanderbilt in Elementary Education. My undergraduate years were spent at The Ohio State University where I received my BS in Human Ecology: Early Childhood Development and minors in Education and Spanish. As I am from Ohio, I was born and raised a Buckeye which was a little hard coming to an SEC area but I make it work. Currently, I reside here with my husband, our daughter, Adalyn, and furry son, Rex. I have truly enjoyed being a part of a departmentalized grade level. Taking on the role of a math and science teacher is exciting and challenging at the same time. I am looking forward to the school year to come and all of the exciting learning that will take place.
Allison Perez   Email   Website

Hello and welcome to third grade! I graduated in 2012 with my Master's Degree from the University of Tennessee. I spent 5 years at UT and love cheering on the Vols. This is my fourth year at West Creek and I am very excited to be your child's teacher. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Elizabeth Ruud   Email   Website

Hello and welcome to third grade! My name is Liz Ruud and I am so excited to be your child's reading and social studies teacher this school year! I am originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a bachelors degree in elementary education and endorsements in early childhood education and reading. I have always had a passion to work with children. I believe that all children have the ability to learn and that learning should be fun! I have been a teacher at West Creek since 2015 and have loved it! In my spare time I enjoy spending time outside playing with my fur baby, Reggie! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. We are going to have a great year!
Leanne Schmotzer   Email   Website

Welcome to third grade. I am so excited to be your reading and social studies teacher. This is my nineteenth year teaching and my second year at West Creek Elementary. I love my job and think third grade is the best grade to teach. I graduated from College of Charleston in South Carolina. I was a military kid and am now a military wife. I have lived in many cool places all over the world. I previously taught in Virginia, South Carolina, and for the Department of Defense Schools in North Carolina. I look forward to working with you this year. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. It is going to be a great year.


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