New Faculty 2019-2020

  • Jennifer McKelroy, 5th and 6th Language Arts Teacher

    new teacher Tell us all about you!

    I was born and raised in Memphis! I graduated from Crichton College with a degree in Elementary Education. I have taught in both public and private schools teaching elementary and middle school. This school year will mark my 20th year of teaching. I enjoy spending time with my niece and four nephews, as well as the rest of my family. I heard about Woodland from some of my friends who teach at another private school and I am so thankful they brought it to my attention.

    I love watching college football.... especially Mississippi State. Hail State! Go Dawgs! I also enjoy watching baseball... Go Cardinals!

     

     

     

    How did you spend your summer?

    This summer, I took a beach trip to Orange Beach, AL and a trip to the mountains of North Carolina to visit my grandmother and other family members. I also had my annual "Camp Sissy" at my house with my niece and nephews-it's always so much fun!

    Here are a few of the books I have read recently that I really enjoyed:
    The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
    Where the Crawdad's Sing by Delia Owens
    Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

    What song do you know all the lyrics to?

    Jesus Freak by DC Talk

    What is your favorite childhood memory from your school days?

    When I was in the fifth grade, we did a unit called "Mini-society". Each 5th-grade class had to create their own city or town. Groups had businesses where they made and sold products to other classmates. My class lived in Raisin Town. I think I still have the newspaper we printed from our week of mini-society.

    What cafeteria food item was your favorite as a child?

    I NEVER ate from the cafeteria at school!!! I forgot my lunch in 3rd or 4th grade one time and cried when I knew I had to eat lunch in the cafeteria. I still bring my lunch to school with me every day.

    What inspires you?

    The Bible

    What makes for a “good day” at school?

    Seeing students learn something new for the first time or finally having the "light bulb click" on something they have yet to understand; seeing students help others and getting along with one another.



    Hope Magee, Art Teacher

    new teacher  Tell us all about you!

     I am a recent graduate of Union University in my hometown, Jackson, TN. I completed a   yearlong internship at Pope Elementary where I worked with students K-6.

     Although I call Jackson home, my parents are both from Memphis, as well as, most of my   extended family. I am the youngest of 4 children and have 3 older brothers. Fun fact: 29 years   ago, before my parents moved from Memphis, my mom used to take aerobics classes at   Woodland!

     I like to play tennis and watch tennis and basketball.

     How did you spend your summer?

     Traveling with my family and enjoying time with friends and family.

     Do you have a hidden talent?

     I can sing the entire “50 states” song in order!

    What is your favorite childhood memory from your school days?

    When my mom picked me up from school one day, in third grade, and told me we were going on a surprise trip to Disney World and leaving that night! 

     

    What inspires you?

    Art!

    What else would you like for Woodland to know about you?

    Outside of school, I love to do all things artistic and enjoy painting abstract paintings. I enjoy working out and doing yoga and CrossFit. I also love plants and gardening and grow my own blueberries.



    Anne Johnson, Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teacher

    new teacher Tell us all about you!

    My name is Anne Johnson. I am originally from Middle TN but have lived in Germantown for 22 years by way of California and Oregon. I have had the privilege of teaching in Middle TN, California, Oregon and in Memphis. I have a son who lives in Nashville and a daughter who is also a teacher and resides locally. I have always known about Woodland and have heard wonderful testimonies from various friends and acquaintances. I like to watch SEC football and the Predators ice hockey team!

    I am so excited to be a part of the Woodland Team!!

    How did you spend your summer?

    I spent my summer relaxing, doing projects around the house, and going to the beach. However, the majority of my summer was spent preparing for my nephew's wedding in Lake Tahoe. We had a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends.

    This summer, I read The Other Side of the Mountain and several Karen Kingsbury books.

    Do you have any hidden talents?

    I am always at school on time! :)

     

     

    What song do you know all the lyrics to?

    The Happy Birthday song. 

    What is your favorite childhood memory from your school days?

    Teachers that were personable and made learning fun!!

    What cafeteria food item was your favorite as a child?

    I always took my lunch because I preferred a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    What inspires you?

    Having the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life.

    What makes for a “good day” at school?

    Watching a child learn something new and seeing the excitement and joy that it brings them.



    Ashley Walker, Pre-Kindergarten Associate Teacher

    new teacher Tell us all about you!

    I'm from Memphis, TN. This is my first-year teaching, though I have been at woodland for 3 years in the after-school care program. My mother and father are Asonya and James Walker and my brother is James Walker, III. I first heard about Woodland through a friend and sorority sister that worked in after school care. I have a dog named Leo whom I love very much. He will be 12 in September and my dad has several saltwater and freshwater fish! I use to run the 100 and 200 meters and I threw shot put and discus in track and field. I played volleyball and basketball in middle school and I cheered and played soccer, all of elementary school. I love watching football, track, and gymnastics, especially when it gets closer to national and world competition time.

    How did you spend your summer?

    I worked Blast camp this summer. I was also a bridesmaid in my friend Codie's wedding. I got to see my wonderful cousin Shayla get married July 27th and welcomed my new cousin Ryan into our family!

    I've been enjoying the growth mindset book that Dr. Jordan gave me this summer. It has really made me look at my inner self and how I approach challenges and goals.

     

     

    Do you have any hidden talents?

    I can draw and paint well. I haven't in the past couple of years, but I'm hoping this year leaves me time to really get back into it. I also played a lot of sports growing up.

    What song do you know all the lyrics to?

    I think there are too many to write about, but mostly Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, Adele, or Rihanna songs. I know those lyrics by heart.

    In which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?

    Hufflepuff 

    What is your favorite childhood memory from your school days?

    I'd say a cultural week in elementary, we learned about a different country, her people, their culture, and their food. It was the best experience I could have had at that age. It really awakened my need to learn about others’ countries history and how its people live.

    What cafeteria food item was your favorite as a child?

    They had these beef taquitos in middle and high school that were awesome, so definitely those!

    What inspires you?

    I feel like there are so many things that inspire me: my mom, my dad, my brother, my cousin Shayla, my Aunt Janet, my Uncle Jamar, they've always been my biggest role models and inspirations. My friends inspire me, my co-workers and their lives inspire me, watching people and tiny people really learn something and seeing everything click inspire me, art and music inspire me, and seeing the amazing things animals do inspire me!

    What makes for a “good day” at school?

    Having a smile on your face, a positive attitude, kindness, and sleep.

    My favorite color is blue, (light blue especially!) then yellow, and burnt sienna orange! I Love wolves and dogs!



    Al Graham, 5th and 6th Social Studies Teacher

    new teacher Tell us all about you!

    I was born in Memphis on January 10, 1994. I moved to Oxford, MS before I turned 1 year old and lived there until the summer before my 4th-grade year and moved back to Germantown, TN. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family, attending sporting events on the weekends, helping players improve at basketball, and playing golf. This will be my first year teaching and I found out about Woodland from playing basketball against them when I was 7th Grade. I also began helping two Woodland students, who were in 6th grade at the time, at the school.

    Do you have any pets?

    My family has a Yorkshire Terrier named Sophie.

     

    Do you play any sports and like to watch sports?

    I played Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Golf growing up and now I only play Basketball and Golf. I enjoy watching College Football, College and NBA Basketball, and Pro Golf.

    How did you spend your summer?

    I spent my summer preparing for the upcoming school year, hanging out with friends, and helping coach basketball camps. I also coached a summer 3rd-grade basketball team.

    Did you read any good books this summer?

    Sports Illustrated (If that counts haha)

    Do you have any hidden talents?

    Playing golf

    What song do you know all the lyrics to?

    High Hopes - Panic at The Disco

    In which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?

    Hufflepuff

    What is your favorite childhood memory from your school days?

    My favorite school days childhood memory was when my 2nd grade when my teacher, Mrs. Womer, did not "believe" in homework. Also, giving my 5th-grade speech was memorable.

    What cafeteria food item was your favorite as a child?

    Cheese Pizza 

    What inspires you?

    Seeing young people succeed and helping them develop their aspirations to take the talents they have been blessed to share them with others. 

    What makes for a “good day” at school?

    Guiding students throughout the day and giving them the necessary tools to think critically and expand their knowledge. Then helping athletes improve their skills and develop the confidence needed to succeed in their sport.

    What else would you like for Woodland to know about you?

    Woodland Presbyterian School is a great place with a rich tradition of developing students. I am blessed to be in the situation I am and I will work very hard to help your child leave Woodland a better student and a better person that will have the tools necessary to achieve his or her dreams in the future. Go, Warriors!!



    Lauren Dalton, 4th Grade Teacher

    new teacher Tell us all about you!

    I am originally from Water Valley, MS, but last summer I moved to Hernando, MS with my husband, Matt, and my dog, Dunder. This is my fourth year teaching and I am so excited to be spending it at Woodland. I heard of Woodland from a family friend whose son is a current eighth-grade student, Ross Kaye. They raved about it and so when Woodland got my information from another school I had to see it for myself and the rest is history!

    I like to watch football - Mississippi State and Ole Miss and basketball - Duke and the Lakers.

    Do you have any pets?

    A 2-year-old female Goldendoodle, named Dunder (Mifflin) Dalton - she is my heart and soul.

    How did you spend your summer?

    I spent my summer with Meredith Grey, Tim Riggins, and all of my other friends on Netflix. LOL! It was a very laid-back summer enjoying not having an agenda!

     

    Did you read any good books this summer?

    I just started the Harry Potter series this summer and I have to say - I do NOT know what took me so long!

    What song do you know all the lyrics to?

    Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
    Goodbye Earl by the Dixie Chicks

    In which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?

    Hufflepuff

    What is your favorite childhood memory from your school days?

    Being chosen for one of the lead roles in the school play when I was in fifth grade. Believe it or not, I used to be painfully shy and I truly believe that was a turning point in my life socially and ultimately prepared me to be a professional adult, as well.

    What cafeteria food item was your favorite as a child?

    Chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce!!

    What makes for a “good day” at school?

    Seeing all my kids come in and go home with a smile!