our teachers

  • Ms. kelley

    DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

    I am a native of East Tennessee and a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, TX.  I began teaching two and three year olds at Mother's Day Out in 2010 and became the director of the program in 2012.  I also lead and serve in a variety of children's ministries here at Ridgedale, including Awana, Vacation Bible School, and our Sunday morning program Discovery Ridge.  I am incredibly blessed to be surrounded by children on a daily basis and to see the love of Christ through their eyes.



  • ms. jenny

    I have been teaching at Ridgedale since 2012 in both the twos and the threes classes.  In college, I majored in education at Kansas State University and have used my experience at many age levels all over the world.  My husband and I settled in the Knoxville area when our daughter, Penelope, was born.  We now have a little boy, Eldon, and our girl has started Elementary school.  When I'm not chasing my kids around, I love eating Chinese food, drinking coffee, writing for the Knoxville Mom’s Blog, and serving our Faith Promise Church, Blount Campus.  I’m so grateful for all that Ridgedale has meant to our family over the years and I love being able to bless our Mother’s Day Out families in return.

  • ms. casey

    I have lived in Knoxville my whole life, and I have been married to my best friend, Tony, since 2008.  I have two beautiful girls, Kaylei and Rylyn,  and a wonderful step-son, Alex.  I knew at a young age that God had called me to work with children.  I graduated from Tusculum College in 2009 with a BA in Elementary Education K-6 and have taught children of all different ages for over ten years.  My favorite age group, however, is preschool.  Their willingness to learn and their vivid imaginations amaze me.  I enjoy spending time with my family, and I have recently discovered a love for camping.  I was made to be outdoors.


  • ms. tai

    I was born and raised in Knoxville and have a degree in Medical Transcription, but my heart is for teaching children and watching them blossom.  I am married to my wonderful husband, Jimmy, and we have three awesome kids: Mya, Mady, and Jake.  We also love our pets, including a rescued turtle that has been a part of our family for over two years.  I am a member of Ridgedale Baptist Church where I also volunteer in the Awana program.




  • ms. elisha

    I have been a teacher at Ridgedale MDO since 2013.  I have my BS degree in Education, and I am a devoted mother to my precious son, Dylan.  From a young age I have always had a heart to work with children.  My desire is to provide a safe environment, equipping students with the basic fundamentals that will give them confidence as they promote to the next classroom.  I feel truly blessed to have this opportunity to love and teach the students of Ridgedale.




  • Ms. Heather

    I was raised in the small town of Dandridge, Tennessee.  In 2005 I went to Michigan for four years to be a live-in nanny to four children.  When I moved back to Tennessee, I took the Certified Nursing Assistant program at Walters State Community College.  I worked at University of Tennessee Medical Center for almost five years where I met my husband.  After our daughter was born, I prayed for a way to have more time at home with her, and shortly after was led to serve at Ridgedale MDO.  I love teaching my students about God's love and growing a relationship with them and their families.  The verse I live by is "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men."

  • Ms. Sarah

    I am a native of East Tennessee where my husband and I have decided to call home and begin raising our family.  We have one son who was born in June 2016.  After our son was born, our priorities shifted and God made a way for me to share time with my son while continuing to pursue my passion of teaching.  Knowing that I am helping  influence the great minds of the next generation is my driving force.  I have been working with infants-preschoolers since 2010 and have an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education. I truly believe that if you “rain up a child in the way he should go, when he is old he will not depart from it.”  I am excited to be at Ridgedale where I can teach what I believe.


  • Ms. Terilyn

    I will graduate from the University of Tennessee in 2017 with a Bachelor's in Child and Family Studies.  I have fallen in love with the children I have worked with here at Ridgedale, and I am thankful to the Lord that I have gotten the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young children.  I love to watch my students grow.  They have taught me about patience, kindness, and the Lord's unfailing love.





  • Ms. Kendal

    Children take the first steps in their faith at a young age, and I am so grateful to be able to help teach them.  I have always had a strong passion for children and cannot imagine doing anything else.  In addition to teaching, I am also a member of the United States Air National Guard.  I love dogs, riding my motorcycle, running, and doing anything outdoors.  I am beyond blessed to have been a part of this ministry since 2013.