MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM
Mrs. Amber Baker, Science
B.A. Science, University of Connecticut
M.Ed. Sacred Heart University
Mrs. Baker has 12 years of teaching experience, two of them at Sullins Academy. She loves the water and can often be found spending the day boating with her family out on South Holston lake.
Henry Ford once said, "Whether you think you can, or you think you can't, you're right." "My favorite part about teaching is bringing students to the level that they know they can! Watching a student be both impressed and proud of something they accomplished is extremely rewarding. "
MEET OUR TEAM:
Mrs. Jessica Compton, Public Speaking | Tennis Coach
B.A. Communication Studies, University of Virginia's College at Wise
M.S. Corporate and Professional Communication, Radford University
Mrs. Compton has 12 years of teaching experience, with five of those being at Sullins. Her hobbies include playing tennis, watching football, and spending time with friends and family.
"I teach because I love to watch a person learn, improve, and become more confident. I find joy in celebrating each student's individual accomplishments. I teach at Sullins because middle school is a prime age for students to polish their speaking skills. Strong oral communication skills are vital to a student's success in higher education. Sullins Academy provides unique speaking opportunities for our students."
Mr. Scott Hopkins, Social Studies
B.A. History, East Tennessee State University
M.A. Educational Leadership, Union College
Mr. Hopkins has 19 years of teaching experience, with this being his third year at Sullins. His hobbies include reading, playing sports, and sport card collecting.
"I am a fourth generation educator. Education is a passion for me, and I enjoy passing that enthusiasm to my students. I teach at Sullins for the academic freedom to teach in a variety of different methods to meet each learners' needs."
Mrs. Amy Morris, English
A.A.S. Virginia Highlands Community College
B.S. Early and Middle Education, Radford University
M.S. Reading Specialist, Radford University
Mrs. Morris has taught for 29 years, with 18 of them at Sullins Academy. Mrs. Morris is married to Ben Morris. Her children both attended Sullins; Blakeleigh is living and working in St. Louis as a TA for South High School. She is also the head girls' swim coach for South High School and is currently working on her Masters Degree at University of Missouri. Kane is a senior at the University of Tennessee and is pursuing a degree in History with a minor in Political Science.
Mrs. Morris enjoys reading, watching sports, playing with her dogs, and being with friends and family.
"I teach because I have always loved learning. I love that every day is different and challenging. Those moments when a student ‘gets it’ are the best. I teach at Sullins because we are a family, and I can be the teacher I want to be!”
Mrs. Amanda Williamson, Math
B.A. Psychology, King University
Mrs. Williamson has three years of teaching experience, with two of them at Sullins Academy. Mrs. Williamson and her husband, Ryan, enjoy being active with their three children. Running, hiking, and swimming are some of their favorite activities.
“That moment when you see all the dots finally connect reminds me why I love to teach. The look in students' eyes when that moment happens is inspiring. Education can change the world, and to know that we have the future sitting at a desk listening, observing, thinking, and learning is a phenomenal privilege and opportunity.”