Faculty and Staff

 

Jo Cullen

Executive Director

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. She is a 2020 graduate of the Vanderbilt Consortium LEND program (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities). This was a year long program focusing on interprofessional approaches to working with children with disabilities and their families.

Jo is the Executive Director of Jeremiah School, responsible for all operations for the school, as well as 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. In her spare time, Jo loves to ride horses, read, and spend time with her family.

Patti Dunlap

Principal

Patti Dunlap has a Bachelors degree from Northern Michigan University and a Masters degree from Fayetteville State University. She is certified in elementary education, special education, and educational leadership.  She has taught students with a variety of ages and abilities, as well as been principal in elementary and middle schools.  She has also served as a director of exceptional children and other special programs.  Patti is passionate about working with students, making decisions based on what is best for them, and building strong support networks with colleagues and families.

Patti and her husband Dean have recently followed their dream of moving to a cabin in Roan Mountain. They have 5 grown children, all married, and 10 grandchildren with more on the way.  They love spending time with their growing family, as well as exploring the mountains of Tennessee.  Patti is excited to continue her career as part of the dedicated team at Jeremiah School.

Andrew Baxter

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.

Susan VanSlyke

Classroom Teacher

Susan Van Slyke is returning to Jeremiah School for the 2021-22 school year as a classroom teacher.

Susan is a native of Wisconsin who earned her B.S. degree in psychology and worked part of her career in the mental health field. She returned to graduate school a few years after she married her husband Jeff, who was a Major in the Air Force. She earned her Master of Education with dual certification in EC-6 generalist and EC-12 special education. She has taught piano to many students, including two with autism. After spending many years traveling in the Air Force, she and her family now live in Jonesborough, secluded on top of a mountain with beautiful views and plenty of wildlife. Susan has two children, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. She is an avid animal lover!

Susan is excited to start her third year at Jeremiah School where she can provide the best individualized support and where she can make a difference in each student’s life. She strives to make learning fun and engaging, while making each student feel loved, supported, accepted, and understood.

Gina Habit

Classroom Teacher

Ms. Gina Habit is joining the Jeremiah School staff as a classroom teacher for the 2021-22 school year.

Gina and her family recently moved from Hughson, California to their new home in Jonesborough. Gina’s experience in education began as a substitute teacher’s aide, which included assignments in a variety of settings. Gina completed her Education Specialist Credential at Teacher’s College of San Joaquin and began working for Turlock Unified School District. She worked as an elementary Resource Specialist and as a high school Mild/Moderate Special Education Teacher.

Gina is thrilled about Jeremiah School’s approach to a student-centered environment and she is excited to join the team!

Lisa Dale

Classroom Teacher

Mrs. Lisa Dale will be joining Jeremiah School for the 2021-22 school year as a classroom teacher.

Lisa is a native of the beautiful East Tennessee mountains. She has been a special education teacher in the public school setting for over 17 years. She received her K-6 general education license from Tusculum College and her special education endorsement from ETSU.  Her hobbies include reading, spending time with her family and dogs, hiking, biking, swimming, gardening, and home canning. Lisa has a history of tirelessly devoting herself to her students and their families. She believes that working with the Jeremiah team will be a positive, productive, joyful experience and she so excited to work with the students.

Brandie Wishon

Classroom Teacher

Mrs. Brandie Wishon is joining the Jeremiah School staff for the 2021-22 school year as a classroom teacher.

Brandie has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a Master of Education. She has been a special education teacher for 9 years. She started her teaching career in Greene County, spent 5 years in Kingsport City, and taught 1 year in Johnson City. She has a variety of experiences, including CDC classes, teaching Life Skills, and teaching middle school. Brandie is married and has a very sweet two-year-old daughter, Charlotte. Brandie is thrilled to join Jeremiah School.

Shaunah Scott

Counselor

Ms. Shaunah Scott is a native of East Tennessee.  Shaunah graduated her Master of Social Work degree from East Tennessee State University in 2010. Shaunah has her Licensed MSW and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, holding this certification from the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She completed her undergraduate internship at a psychiatric hospital and completed her master’s internship at the ETSU Counseling Center.  Since graduate school, Shaunah has worked in an array of clinical atmospheres which include working with adolescents and adults in recovery from substance use, inpatient psychiatric care, transitional living services, hospital case management, and outpatient therapy.  Most recently, Shaunah worked at East Tennessee State University where she taught social work courses and provided individual, couples, and group therapy services in the ETSU Counseling Center.  There, she worked with a diverse population of students, including those on the autism spectrum.  Shaunah’s two clinical loves are working with people on the autism spectrum and working with trauma.

Shaunah’s biggest hope is to join the students right where they are, helping them see their value and worth, and providing support so they can reach their fullest potential. Shaunah believes the relationship with the student is essential, so that healing and restoration can occur. She may employ a variety of techniques in session including (but not limited to) sandtray therapy, tapping, CBT, relaxation training, self-regulation, and skills building.  Shaunah is very thankful and excited that the Lord brought her to Jeremiah School.

Shaunah considers herself a major foodie and loves to try new meals.  In her free time, Shaunah enjoys making soap, diffusing oils, spending time with her family, reading memoirs and thrillers, and traveling.

Jordan Hite

Enrichment Teacher

Mr. Jordan Hite is joining the Jeremiah School staff for the 2021-22 school year as an enrichment teacher. Jordan is an East Tennessee native who studied psychology and education at Carson Newman University. Jordan has worked with the Autism Society, Easter Seals, the Access Academy, and Bold Gold. After years of traveling the country and living on the west coast, he recently moved back to East Tennessee where he now resides with his wife and daughter. They have a baby boy on the way. Jordan is an avid outdoorsman who can be found camping in the blue rides, gardening with his wife, or playing board games on his patio. He has a passion for bringing nature to the classroom and taking the classroom into nature.

Courtney Bailey

Teacher Assistant / Counselor

Courtney Bailey grew up in a small town in Virginia but has since relocated with her husband to Bristol, Tennessee. Courtney received her Bachelors Degree in English from Southern New Hampshire University and went on to receive a Masters Degree from Liberty University with a major in Human Services Counseling. She has now returned to graduate school to pursue a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Courtney has experience in tutoring and mental health services in school settings.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys going to the park with her husband and Australian Shepherd, Marshall. She also enjoys attending sporting events with her husband who is a high school coach. Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends and crafting in her free time.

Courtney is very excited to join the team at Jeremiah School and get to experience being apart of an amazing staff and community of students.

Megan Kent

Teacher Assistant

Ms. Megan Kent is joining Jeremiah School for the 2021-22 school year as a teacher assistant.

Megan recently graduated from Milligan University with her Bachelor’s in Social Work. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work at East Tennessee State University with dreams to work in a school in the future. Megan has experience in working with children, all the way from interning in an elementary school to leading kids through a cave when she was a wilderness guide at Appalachian Christian Camp! Megan is honored to be a part of Jeremiah School and seeks to help each student reach their full potential as independent members of the community. She is excited to make more memories and meaningful experiences at Jeremiah School.