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Skyuka Hall educators are the heartbeat for the school: providing a home-away-from-home for each student.  Their classrooms are filled with love.  These special individuals have advanced training, experience, compassion, motivation, innovation, and the understanding needed to teach students who have not maximized their potential in a traditional classroom setting.  With an individualized curriculum for each student, these men and women teach students how to effectively embrace and take ownership of the learning process and utilize the positive experiences at school to face life’s challenges.

Dr. Lindy Blazek

Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Blazek comes to Skyuka Hall with over 30 years experience as a special education teacher in metro Nashville, Chattanooga, and the Hamilton County Department of Education. She has designed middle school curriculums for Chattanooga City Comprehensive Development Classes, designed, published and implemented a keyboarding curriculum for students with learning challenges, coached 44 Special Olympics teams, and has over 45 years as a youth coach in soccer, basketball, volleyball and swimming. 

Affectionately known as "Dr. B," Dr. Blazek is married to Paul. They have four grown children, Mary Kathryn, Melissa, Megan, and Matt, and two grandchildren, Maddie and Caleb. 

  • B.S. Special Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University 
  • B.S. Physical Education, Peabody College of Vanderbilt University 
  • M.S. Urban Education, University of Tennessee Chattanooga 
  • Doctorate of Education, Learning and Leadership, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Ashley Moore

Dean of Students, Social Studies

Kelli Logue

English- Middle and Upper School

Ms. Logue has a B.A. in English and Psychology, a B.S. in Secondary Education: English grades 6-12, and Psychology, with graduate studies in Community Counseling.  She has taught over 10 years.  

Ms. Logue is devoted to her three sons and her boxer dog.  

 

Kaylan Reinisch

Math- Middle and Upper School

With a B.S. in Elementary Education, focused on middle grades and special education, and a Masters of Education in School Leadership, Mrs. Reinisch comes to Skyuka Hall with five years of teaching in the fifth grade. 

She enjoys spending time with her husband and friends, playing tennis, and traveling. 

Samantha Strother

Science- Middle and Upper School

Mrs. Strother has been teaching at the Cottage School in Atlanta (similar mission as Skyuka Hall) for five years, and Hamilton County Schools for one year. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education in Secondary Science.

Mrs. Strother is an avid gardener and homesteader.  She has been married for two years and has one dog and two cats.

Amber Hicks

Math- Lower School

Tiffini Fleck

Literacy- Lower School

Mrs. Fleck has been a special education teacher for six years.  She is certified in Zaner-Bloser Handwriting, Promethean Board, Reading Right from the Start, and Project Wet and Wild.  She holds a B.S. in Early Childhood from Gordon College and a Masters in Literacy from Grand Canyon.  

Mrs. Fleck grew up in middle Georgia on a cow farm.  She has been married to Bobby Fleck for nine years, moving to Ringgold two years ago.  She loves to sing and dance with her four year old triplet girls, Hanna, Isabella and Sophia.

Donna Scott

Science and Social Studies- Lower School

Ms. Scott has taught at Skyuka Hall for over ten years, mostly in language arts.  She has trained in the Linda Mood-Bell programs for language and math, and holds a BS from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.  In her spare time, Ms. Scott takes advantage of her residential contractor's license.

Amanda Wagner

Skyuka Cubs- Lower School

Martha Jones

Literacy Intervention- Lower School

Mrs. Jones holds a BS degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.  She has over 30 years of teaching experience in various educational settings grades 1-5, including a psychiatric hospital for children.  Mrs. Jones enjoys children's literature and storytelling.
A native Chattnaoogan, Mrs. Jones has two grown sons, four grandchildren, and a dog named Charlie.  She enjoys reading, swimming and playing handbells.

Taylor Yother

Activities Coordinator

Coach Taylor is in his second year with the Wolfpack.  With a deep background in sports, Coach earned scholarships in both baseball and cheerleading at Tennessee Wesleyan, Lee University, and the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  In addition to running the physical education department at Skyuka, Coach Taylor has taught gymnastics, tumbling, and stunting for nine years.  Coach is working towards a masters degree in education at UTC.

Julianne Mattson

STEM/After-School Tutoring

Ms. Mattson holds a Bachelors degree from Vanderbilt University in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  She has taught ACT, SAT and GRE prep for two years at the Huntington Learning Center.  Also, she developed curriculum for homeschooled students and tutored math, science and engineering courses for students of all ages in Daphne, AL. 

Ms. Mattson is a personal trainer, has coached running in Fairhope, Alabama, and continues to run in her spare time. 

Beth Burns

Skyuka Explorers

Mrs. Burns holds a BA in Communications from Marist college and a certificate in Art and Design.  She has taught Pre-K for over eight years, taught Spanish and Art in a home school community for over three years, and was a graphic designer with Random House publishing.  Mrs. Burns has been married for 18 years and has two daughters ages six and twelve. 

Jennifer Phillips

Math and Science 2nd and 3rd Grade

Ms. Phillips is in her first year at Skyuka Hall after teaching for seven years within the Hamilton County Department of Education. She earned a bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Tech. University and a Masters in Education from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Ms. Phillips is married to Jason and has two sons, Levi (10) and Cooper (4), and two stepsons, David (13) and Christian (10). Go VOLS!


Aleta Kinsey

Director of Internal Advancement


Ryan Kopet

Director of External Advancement

A Chattanooga native, Ryan Kopet served as Assistant Director of Admissions, Director of Marketing and Head Golf Coach at Girls Preparatory School for seven years.  After visiting the Skyuka Hall campus, Ryan knew she wanted to be a part of the vibrant and hopeful Skyuka Hall family.  Ryan chairs the Pat Summitt Invitational golf tournament which raised over $225,000 for Alzheimer's in 2016. Previously she served on golf fundraising committees for the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and Girls Inc.  Ryan and her husband Brian Kopet have two children, Kate and Anna.