Spotlight on Teachers

Teacher: Magen Jones Magen
Grade Level Taught: Kindergarten
Academic Background- Freed Hardeman University, bachelors degree- double major in Child and Family Studies and Early childhood education and a minor in general Bible
How long have you been at Baxter Primary- this is my first year!
Tell us why you became an educator:
I began to really love teaching at the age of 11 when my younger sisters (7 years younger than me) would sit and let me teach to them with my "old school"overhead projector that I asked for as a Christmas gift! I soon realized that I could help other children develop a love for learning just like I did for my sisters, and the rest is history!
What most excites you about working at Baxter Primary School: The dedication I see in all the staff to help others and every student. It is an environment that pushes me to want to be better each day and to never stop being a life long learner!
Baxter Primary School is unique because... it's sole focus is on early childhood education-the ages I love the most! I love that we are able to put our time and energy into just three grades (PreK, K and 1st) and can help these students even more because of that.
Last Book Read: Lost at School
What do you like to do in your own time/ when your not working? Making crafts, camping, and cooking
Favorite Food: it changes from day to day, but I always love shrimp and steak!
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? Zooey Deschanel
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising...When I was a little girl I was in a clothing magazine modeling an outfit for sale!
When I grow up, I want to be a......mom and a teacher

Teacher: Mrs. Erica MillerErica
Grade Level Taught: 1st

Academic Background- TTU, MDSE K-4 with middle school endorsement (I wish I would have gotten pre-k endorsement instead ?) Masters in Instructional Technology
How long have you been at Baxter Primary-
3 years
Tell us why you became an educator: I became an educator to make a difference. . . .For 7 hours a day I have an impact on children and their future. For 7 hours a day they know they are loved and cared for and safe. Especially at this age they LOVE to learn and be loved on and that is something I LOVE doing!
What most excites you about working at Baxter Primary School: That is a primary school, we can directly focus our attention to them, at this age, setting them up for success in the future. It's more about them than the testing too! We have an amazing staff that allows this to happen, it's worth the drive to me!
Baxter Primary School is unique because...

See above ? I feel as if that is what makes our school so special and unique, as well as our awesome kiddos!
Last Book Read: "You and Me Forever" by Francis and Lisa Chan
What do you like to do in your own time/ when your not working? Spend time with my husband and family! We are always on the go from taking trips to being at the lake we love it all.
Favorite Food: BBQ

A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? Julia Roberts ?‍??
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising... I love to bowfish with my hubby (many people find this surprising) lol
When I grow up, I want to be a... sky diver

Teacher: Lori SappLori Sapp
Grade Levels Taught: I have taught K (most of my career), 1, 2,and 3
Academic Background- Polk Community College, AA; University of South FL, Elementary-Early Childhood Education, BS; Graduate: Walden University,
Elementary Reading and Literacy, MS
How long have you been at Baxter Primary- I cannot believe that this is my 10 th year at BPS (formerly Baxter Elementary School).
Tell us why you became an educator:
I have always loved working with young children. I have always wanted to help children to have a successful life. I found my passion when I began to take "education classes". I am reminded of the proverb, "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."My hope is to teach children to love to learn so that they will be "lifetime learners". I love hearing from formser students who are leading successful lives!
What most excites you about working at Baxter Primary School: I love the atmosphere of our school. EVERYONE from the principal, office staff, lunch staff, custodial staff, teachers and everyone else love the kids! Our school is student-centered. We know that we must incorporate the "whole child"(healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged). We all want the students to be successful and work together to help that happen. At BPS, the faculty and staff work as a team!
Baxter Primary School is unique because...our school is the only school in the county that only has Pre-K, K, and 1.
Our school is very inviting. The school is decorated and very visually appealing (my class loves finding posters/maps about things we havelearned about).
I love how we are able to work with parents (such as the Olympic Award papers); I love reading about "our kids". I love how we showcase students (such as the newspapers displayed). Students learn as they walk down the hall (they hear songs ....my class loves hearing nursery rhymes and songs about things we have learned about).
Students have a sense of belonging at our school. They love to see pictures of themselves or their friends on the walls. They love to find "their projects"throughout the school. I love seeing the rocks that were painted (each child was represented)and I can...t wait for the flowers to bloom (that each child planted). It is important for students to have a sense of belonging. These are the things that they will remember! Our school is very special!
Last Book Read: Personal: Patchwork (a novel by my aunt...Ruth Rodgers); Professional: Books about Mindset; Children...s Book: Love You Forever (I read this to my students).
What do you like to do in your own time/ when you...re not working?
I spend time with my family. I have a husband and 3 boys (which keeps me busy). There is never a dull moment! Sometimes, we go fishing; I love to fish with a cane pole.
When I get time to myself, I love to thrift shop.
Favorite Foods: I love lots of different foods: (fresh seafood, navel oranges, fresh veggies/salad with Ranch dressing, chicken/ribs from Sonny...s, etc.)
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? Amy Poehler or Mandy Moore.

Teacher: Kristin BrownKristin
Grade Level Taught: Kindergarten
Academic Background: Tennessee Tech University, Early Childhood Education
How long have you been at Baxter Primary: This is my second year!
Tell us why you became an educator: I became a teacher because I love working with kids. No matter what sort of day you are having, a child's little hug can make everything better. I just want to be the light and be the positive influence that so many teachers have been for me in the past. Teaching is not all about academics, but also about how to get through this thing called life ?
What most excites you about working at Baxter Primary School: The atmosphere! Everyone is a family and works together, which leads to a positive working environment ? I love that we are a pre-k through 1st school!

Baxter Primary School is unique because...it's the school that my mom taught at for 35 years and where I went to school, so many memories have been made there ?
Last Book Read: Trying to read the Bible through this year!
What do you like to do in your own time/ when your not working?: I love spending time with my cute little niece, Salem Rose, being with friends and family, reading, and watching Netflix!
Favorite Food: Mexican food
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? Reese Witherspoon
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising...I love going to the beach and throwing frisbee in the waves!
When I grow up, I want to be a......Librarian!

Teacher- Dee Bean Grade Level Taught: 1st GradeDeen Bean
Academic Background- University of Tennessee, BA in Human Ecology/Early Childhood Development (1999)
Tennessee Technological University, Masters in Instructional Leadership (2002)
How long have you been at Baxter Primary- Hired January 2003, 15 years
Tell us why you became an educator: I fought being a public school teacher for several years. Everything in me kept bringing me back to working with children. I love watching their development and watching them learn. I finally knew that God had called me to be a teacher. I quit fighting it and have not regretted that decision!
What most excites you about working at Baxter Primary School: I love the age group that we work with. Being involved in the foundational development of my students is exciting and challenging. Everyone that I work with gives their all to the school. Whether they are teachers, assistants, custodians, office staff, etc. EVERYONE does their BEST!
Baxter Primary School is unique because...we serve students PreK-First grade. We work to help develop a strong foundation for our students in the early years. We want to develop the whole child and let them know that they are loved and supported!
Last Book Read: Working through 2 right now: Lost at School and Teacher Efficacy
What do you like to do in your own time/ when your not working? Running, shopping, spending time with family
Favorite Food: Pizza
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? Minnie Driver
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising...I want to live at Disney World(o:
When I grow up, I want to be a......Principal(o:
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Shannon Manning HaggardShannon Haggard
Grade Level Taught: KDG
Academic Background- College(s) attend and degrees earned - Tennessee Tech University - Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
Masters Degree - Instructional Leadership
How long have you been at Baxter Primary- 21 years
Tell us why you became an educator: I love teaching because it allows me to give my students the opportunity to learn in a way best for them. I want my students to feel accepted, respected, and loved in my classroom.
What most excites you about working at Baxter Primary School: I love all of the new and fun things we are doing at BPS.
Baxter Primary School is unique because it is a small school with a focus on Early Childhood Education.
Last Book Read: Lost at School
What do you like to do in your own time/ when your not working? I like to spend time with my friends and family shopping and eating out.
Favorite Food: anything chocolate
A movie is being made about your life. Who would they cast to play you? Anne Hathaway
Fun fact your students might not know about you/might find surprising... in college I worked at Cedar Creek Sports Centers where you can play putt putt, ride go carts, and ride in bumper boats.
When I grow up, I want to be a teacher.

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