L-R: Ms. Jamie, Ms. Gale, Ms. Ashley (4th grade), Ms. Ashley (2nd grade)
The Learning Center! Charter School has added 3 new teachers and one new assistant this year, increasing their staff to an all-time high of forty two teachers and staff members. New this year are teachers Ashley Gibbs, Jamie Hill, Ashley Tate, and assistant, Gale Oliphant.
Ashley Gibbs, from New York, is a second grade teacher with a focus on language arts. She also works as an E.C. teacher. Ashley has a B.A. in elementary special education and a Masters in Literacy and is a Reading Specialist.
Jamie Hill hails from New York and serves as one of a team of 3 intervention teachers at the school. In addition to elementary certification, Jamie is presently completing a master program for Exceptional Children.
Gale Oliphant is an assistant with physical education after school activities and assists the intervention team. She comes to the school from Weaverville Primary in Weaverville, NC.
Ashley Tate teachers fourth grade and hails from Marion VA. In addition to elementary certification, Ashley holds a B.A. in English literature and a M.A. in Educational Psychology.
The dining commons staff was also increased to enable the school nutrition manager to continue to develop the Nutrition Based Learning Program that is unique to the school. School financial officer Patty Ferguson said the increase in staff was due in part to the increase in enrollment this year. “We are up 15% from last year and now serve 180 students,” said Ferguson. When asked to what she attributed the increase, she replied, “ I think its because we have a great program here like our strings program and Odyssey of the Mind. We also have a great reading intervention program and after school program. One of the big things that parents respond well to is the one-on-one attention our tailored curriculum affords their child.”