Ms. Rachel Tellers was born and raised in sunny southern California and moved to Tallahassee with her family back in 1994. When she came to Tallahassee she began her college education focusing on elementary education. She received a BA in Family and Child Sciences and Child Development from Florida State University in 2000 and then went on to receive a Masters Degree in Elementary Education at Florida A & M University in 2001. When she received her Masters she was already working as a 4th grade teacher at Betton Hills Preparatory School.
Ms.Tellers has always had an insatiable hunger for new experiences and eventually entered the world of visual merchandising which led her to get her license in Cosmetology and became a Master Stylist with Chelsea Salon & Spa. She ventured into the world of health and fitness and was “hamstrung” as a Certified Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym. After that she continued on in her adventure into massage and those suffering with chronic pain. She became a Massage Therapist and received her L.M.T. License in Massage Therapy. Ms. Tellers then became a Chiropractic Assistant and assisted doctors with the various types of therapies. She is very talented at massage and many have sought her help with their ailments. Ms. Tellers has been able to heal many people with her out-of-the-box methods. As she worked in these various industries, she also pursued and earned a Masters Degree in Theology and then a Doctorate in Theology from Harvest Bible University at a satellite campus here in Tallahassee, FL with the headquarters in Los Angeles, CA.
She is excited to bring all of her experiences and love of learning to her scholars this year as a 2nd grade teacher. She believes that nothing compares to investing in the next generation as an elementary grade teacher at Tallahassee Classical School. That insatiable hunger she hopes will inspire her young scholar to pursue knowledge and greatness in this life.
Mary Carr – 6th Grade Teacher
Teaching 6th grade Literature, Writing, and History, is Mrs. Mary Carr. She graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Social Science Education. After teaching English for many years, she returned to school and graduated from Liberty University with a Master’s degree in English. Mrs. Carr has been married for twenty-eight years to her best friend and they have five children. As an avid fan of Florida State, her daughter and granddaughter’s recent graduation and conferment of degrees, thrilled Mrs. Carr’s Seminole heart.
Carol Reilly – Math
Emily Monroe – Literature Teacher
Mrs. Emily Monroe is a Tallahassee native going into her second year of teaching. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education and her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from FSU. Mrs. Monroe has a love of the classics that started as a child when her dad would read to her every night. That same love of reading and storytelling has followed her throughout her life and is what fuels her passion for teaching.
Ben Steigner – Literature & Debate Teacher
Brett Butler – Upper School Paraprofessional
Alexandra Stephens – Latin Teacher
Marc Hartline -6th Grade Teacher
Carl Jean-Pierre -Science Teacher
Natalie Goodwin – 7th & 8th History Teacher
Natalie Goodwin originally hails from Southern California, but now considers herself a Tallahasseean, having lived here since 1995. She graduated from Florida State University in 2000 with a master’s degree in Social Science Education. She then embarked on her teaching career as a Social Studies teacher for Leon County Schools. Mrs. Goodwin left her teaching job in 2010 to transition to the challenging new role of mother. Her research in homeschooling curriculum opened her eyes to the many benefits of a classical education. Mrs. Goodwin is very excited to continue her passions for teaching and classical education as the History teacher for seventh and eighth grade at TCS.
Mara Valmonte – Upper School Music Teacher
Daisha Sheets – Drama Teacher
Ms. Sheets and her two children moved back to Tallahassee in 2016 after serving on the mission field in Scotland, UK. Daisha holds a degree in Theatre from Harding University. She has been involved in education her entire adult life, having taught in Virginia as well as homeschooled. Ms. Sheets joins Tallahassee Classical School after having spent the last 6 years teaching Art and Drama at Christ Classical Academy. Developing a drama program for TCS is an exciting opportunity.
Norman Young – K-5 Music Teacher
Mary Kressin – Volunteer
Therese Novak – Substitute
The following teachers are in board-approved positions as out of field teachers for the 2022-2023 school year pursuant to F.S. 1012.42. These teachers meet all of the state requirements to teach in the public schools and are working toward certification or endorsement in the required subject area. A list of these teachers can be found at the link below.
Teachers-In-Field: 15, plus one professionally certified teacher awaiting reciprocity.
Teachers Out- of-Field: 32