Faculty and Staff
Amy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Amy attends to the managerial aspects of Jeremiah School, maintains financial records, hiring professionals, negotiating contracts, overseeing professional development and extending awareness of Jeremiah School’s approach for others in the professional and parent communities. Amy is a founder of the school. She has a deep passion to see kids on the spectrum succeed in all aspects of life. Her first love is her Heavenly Father! Amy is married to Chris and they have two sons, Garrett and Lucas. Lucas attends Jeremiah School.
“I truly believe it is all about relationships. These kids are sending us the invitation to join them in their world, to meet and engage them where they are. I want them to know and see that the world is the right place to love, right where they are. I want them to know we accept their invitation and we are coming!”
Jo is from England and moved to America in 2008 when her husband was relocated with Eastman. She graduated from the University of York, England, with a Bachelors degree in English and Education. She completed a post grad in Elementary education and went on to teach in elementary schools in England for 16 years. She became a school principal there in 2002. During this time, her younger son was diagnosed with autism. She completed a post grad certificate in Aspergers Syndrome at the University of Sheffield, and also underwent TEACCH training with Professor Gary Mesibov.
Jo is the Principal of Jeremiah School, responsible for day to day operations in the school. She manages faculty, students, curriculum, and liaison with parents. She also works hard on marketing, fundraising, seeking out new students, and generally raising awareness of the school within the community. She lives with her husband and younger son in Johnson City; her elder son is a student at Clemson University.
Academic Program Instructor
Andrew Baxter is a native of Johnson City who holds an MEd. in Elementary Education K-6 as well as an MEd. in Special Education K-12. He first began working with young people of all abilities back in 2007 through the ETSU Renaissance Camps and decided he wanted to pursue education. He has taught 5th grade Math and Science at Boones Creek Middle School, worked as an interventionist at Grandview, worked in Sullivan County as a resource teacher and just completed a year in Kingsport City Schools in a self-contained room for students with autism and co-occurring disabilities.
While in graduate school for special education, he worked as a research assistant under the guidance of Dr. Pamela Mims. He also worked closely for the Attainment Company, Inc. It was during this time, Andrew became inspired by the amazing teachers and students he had the pleasure of working with.
As a parent and husband himself, he firmly believes that education is a family enterprise and that important decisions should be made in a collaborative spirit. He is thrilled to be on this journey with the incredible staff and students of the Jeremiah School.
Melanie, a long time resident of Johnson City, is originally from Illinois. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Human Relations with certification in Elementary Education (1-8) and Special Education (K-12) from Milligan College. She completed her Masters degree in Special Education (with a concentration in Gifted Education) at ETSU. She is also certified in Assistive Technology through California State University Northridge. Additional coursework was completed at the University of Connecticut and the University of Tennessee in gifted curriculum.
Melanie has taught in the Bristol TN City Schools and Johnson City Schools. She has served as a Resource teacher, third grade teacher, teacher of the gifted, and Curriculum Specialist. She has developed curriculum for gifted programs, teacher training, summer enrichment, Elderhostel programming, Sunday School classes, and resource programs.
Melanie resides in Johnson City with her husband and child. They attend First Christian Church where they enjoy serving as a family in various opportunities.
Melanie is very excited to be a part of Jeremiah School! She is passionate about her belief that all students can learn. She is looking forward to developing curriculum for students to thrive in a nurturing environment.
Heather Poston is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. She attended the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science. She now resides in Johnson City with her husband, Brian, and two kids, Knox and Harper.
Heather has previously volunteered with the Special Olympics and the CDC class at Fairmont Elementary School. She has a passion for working with children. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, fitness and running, being outdoors, and photography.
Speech and Language Pathologist
Caroline Roberson is joining Jeremiah School as a Speech Language Pathologist. She grew up in Elizabethton and now lives on a farm in Jonesborough. She attended Appalachian State University for her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology.
Before coming to Jeremiah School, Caroline worked with Mini Miracles Pediatric Therapy providing outpatient therapy. She is excited to use her therapy experience in the classroom, working on social skills and working in groups. She has a passion for getting to know kids and the unique way they learn. She is excited to work in the classroom to help give each kid the confidence to interact and participate in their communities.
Jessie Smythe hails from Elkins, West Virginia. She lived there for most of her life, but moved to Tennessee when she decided to attend Bryan College in Dayton Tennessee. During her time at college, she was part of many campus organizations, most notably, Student Government, where she assisted with planning and other administrative functions. Jessie was also leader of the Senior Adult Ministry. She received her degree in Corporate Communications, and moved to Johnson City after graduating. Jessie is married to her husband, Luke, who she met at Bryan College.
Jess has such a passion for people, whether old or young, and making sure they feel seen and loved is what keeps her going. She also enjoys baking, being outside, writing, and spending time with family. Jessie believes that God can use her gifts of administrative work and service as a way to minister to others, and is happy to serve and be an integral part of Jeremiah School and its mission.