Tuesday School is proud to have teachers with years of experience in Early Childhood Education. In addition to education and experience, teachers are hired based on their ability to work with children and their warmth of personality.
Courtney Smith (Pre-K)
Miss Courtney studied at Savannah College of Art and Design and majored in Elementary Education at University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has continued her education by taking courses in Early Childhood Development, Preschool Fundamentals, and Core Curriculum Foundations. She has been the lead teacher in the 4 year old Pre-K class at Tuesday School for three years now. She has years of experience working with children from toddler to school ages. Courtney is a mother of 3 children herself, (ages 12, 10, and 4). They have lived in the Tryon area for 5 years now and love the community. Courtney has done a lot of volunteer work to give back to the community and schools, including serving as President of the Tryon Elementary School PTA for two years.
Katharine Janes (Pre-K)
Miss Katharine is the assistant teacher in the 4 year old class. She has a degree in Elementary Education from RI College and a degree in Studio Art from U.N.C. at Asheville. She has a special passion for doing art and science projects with the children. In her spare time, Miss Katharine keeps busy with her granddaughter, reading novels, taking long walks and painting pictures.
2-3 Year Olds
Teresa Cantrell (2-3 yo)
Miss Teresa is the lead teacher for our 2-3 year old classroom. She received her Associates Degree in Applied Science with Early Care and Education from Spartanburg Community College. She graduated with Honors, and was at the top of her class. She has been married for 19 years, and has two children: Max (15) and Sam (12); she also has a stepson, Jacob (25), and two beautiful grandchildren. She has been involved with her community teaching Sunday school at her church. She also helped charter a Cub Scout pack where she taught for 6 years, before chartering a Boy Scout troop where she is currently the Assistant Scoutmaster. She enjoys working with children and watching them learn and grow. In her spare time, she is usually with her family traveling, shopping, camping, or going on new adventures.
Leah Foster (2-3 yo)
Miss Leah is the teacher assistant in the 2-3 year old classroom. She is a native to Polk County. As a preschooler she attended Tuesday School and is excited for the opportunity to teach at Tuesday School. She is currently working on completing her degree in early childhood.
Gaye Johnson (Music)
A native of Green Creek, Miss Gaye has been singing and playing acoustic guitar since she was a child. She and her partner Phil perform their blend of traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass, and country music for audiences all over the United States.