Faculty and Staff

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.

Tim Atwood

Community Coach

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Working with children is Tim's number one passion. He is a firm believer in the necessity of exercise to help change the chemistry of the brain in children. In addition, teaching personal development supplements exercise through changing how children see and approach life. A combination of the two will help children see and believe that they can accomplish anything they choose regardless of their struggles. 

Tim graduated from Bryan College Suma Cum Laude. He has four children who are his everything. Favorite hobbies are cooking, exercise, and personal development.  

Amber Beason

Director of Admissons

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After more than a decade working in school administration in primary, secondary, and post-secondary schools, Amber has found her home with the Skyuka Hall Wolf Pack.  A native of Chattanooga, Amber attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Masters of Education with a concentration in Social Sciences Research, and a Specialist in Education with a concentration in Instructional Leadership.  She is currently finishing a Masters of Science in Advanced Educational Psychology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where her research focus is learning differences in K - 12 education.  Her previous research has included biological differences in same-sex learning, gender bias in education, and contributing work in an international cross-cultural religiosity study published in 2015.

Amber's favorite part of admission work is sharing the story of Skyuka Hall with our community.  When she isn't bragging about how awesome the Wolf Pack is, you can catch her doing yoga or spending time with her fabulous mini-people Maggie and Ezra.



Amanda Beck

Lower School Faculty

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Mrs. Beck has a Bachelors in Elementary Education from University of Tennessee Chattanooga and has been teaching since 1999.  Mrs. Beck is a Tennessean at heart: originally from Cleveland Tennessee and has resided in Chattanooga for 18 years.  She is married with 2 children and enjoys traveling, shopping and going to the movies. 

Lori Bowman


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Ms. Bowman taught special education with the Hamilton County Department of Education from 2006 to 2017. With a Bachelors degree in Instrumental Music Education (band) grades K-12 from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, and a Master’s degree in Special Education grades K-12 from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she has taught in self-contained, resource, and inclusive settings and co-taught an innovative split-grade classroom for several years. She also taught executive function skills and academics in a therapy setting. Ms. Bowman achieved National Board Certification in 2012. She served as a Response to Intervention liaison in the school district and helped coordinate the RtI model in her previous school.

Ms. Bowman has a son, Alex (wife Samantha) a daughter, Meredith (husband Nick), and two grandsons, Oliver and Cove. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors camping and hiking, reading, and listening to all types of music.  Her favorite 'hobby' is enjoying life with her family and friends and her golden-doodle Tilly. 

Beth Burns

Art, High School Spanish 

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Mrs. Burns holds a BA in Communications from Marist college and a certificate in Art and Design. She 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 20 years and has two daughters ages 8 and 14.  Her family also includes a dog and guinea pig!  Her interests include traveling and exploring new places, anything artsy, and spending time with her family and friends. 


Melanie Covert

Assistant Principal

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Mrs. Covert has been an educator for over 20 years.  She taught elementary students for 17 years in Morristown, TN. before moving to Chattanooga in 2014.  From 2014 to 2018, she taught fifth grade at Ganns Middle Valley/Middle Valley Elementary in Hixson, TN.  She has a Bachelors in K-8 Education from Carson Newman University in Jefferson City, TN, a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix, an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University, and she obtained her Administrative License in 2017.  In 2016, she was selected to be part of the Public Education Foundation's Leadership Fellows Program and in 2017 was a facilitator in the iPLC program which allowed her to work in a community of like-minded professionals sharing effective technology integration practices in education.

Mrs. Covert has four children: Joel (27), Jacob (23), Gabrielle (19), and step-son Gus (7).  She and her husband, Clancy, enjoy camping and spending time with family.  Her other favorite pastimes include gardening, reading, hiking, painting, scrapbooking, and playing with her sweet Maltese puppy, Tucker.

Beverly Davis

Upper School Faculty

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Ms. Davis is a born and bred Auburn University fan, born while her father was an AU student.  Growing up in Huntsville, Alabama, she played school with her dolls and stuffed animals, and her Christmas wish list always included more 'students' and LOTS of books and workbooks.  Early influenced by a peer in elementary school with academic and social struggles, she knew she wanted to pursue a future in Special Education.  Ms. Davis returned to Auburn obtaining a Bachelors in Special Education and a Masters in Learning Disabilities.  She has taught for 30 years in Self-contained and Resource classrooms.  An early reader, Ms. Davis keeps a running list of books to read.  She also loves to cook, garden, craft, and antique!

Ms. Davis has a married daughter Paris, and two precious granddaughters named Payton and Paisley.  She lives in Chattanooga with her sweet kitty Mynne.


Tiffini Fleck

Lower School Faculty

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

Mrs. Fleck grew up in middle Georgia on a cow farm.  She has been married to Bobby Fleck for over 10 years, moving to Ringgold three years ago.  She leads worship at Ringgold United Methodist Church and shares her passion for singing and dancing with her six-year old triplet girls Hannah, Isabella, and Sophia.  

Lynne Forato

Director of Development

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We are excited to welcome Lynne Forato into our Skyuka family. As our new Development Director, she will be raising funds and awareness for Skyuka Hall and leading on marketing and website development. Lynne, a Texas native, recently relocated with her family from England. Passionate about supporting children's communication and education, Lynne most recently worked for over seven years for I CAN Charity, a UK-wide charity supporting children's speech and language development. The role involved working directly with schools, teachers, corporations and trustees to raise funds and awareness. As Head of Corporate and Community Fundraising, Lynne recruited corporate partners and funders and implemented mass participation programs, one that achieved a Guinness World Record. Previously, she spent over ten years working in advertising in Los Angeles, New York and Mexico City. Lynne and her husband Marco have two children, Natalia and Mia, and a Labrador, Cooper.

Amber Hicks

Lower School Faculty

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Mrs. Hicks has BS in Elementary Education, grades K-6, from Indiana University, with over 7 years of teaching experience.  Originally from Indiana, Mrs. Hicks loves all things outdoors.  Hiking and being on the water are her favorite activities.  Her heart is her husband and sweet baby boy. 

Jill Ingalls

Director of Operations

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As Director of Operations, Jill provides leadership and oversight to Skyuka Hall's non-academic operations.  Jill manages and coordinates all external contracts, internal controls, physical property and facilities, as well as management of our student management program, RenWeb.  Jill has a bachelor of science in Psychology with emphasis in Marriage and Family Counseling and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration. Jill has served as the Director of Guidance at Silverdale Baptist Academy and a College Access Advisor at Ooltewah High School. Jill has three grown children Andrew, Claire and Rebecca. She enjoys hiking, yoga and kayaking.

Martha Jones

Lower School Reading Intervention

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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.

Lauren Kilgore

Middle School Science, STEM

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Mrs. Kilgore earned a B.S. in Chemistry and M.A. in Secondary Education from Georgia College and State University.  Before joining Skyuka Hall last year, Mrs. Kilgore was High School Science Teacher at Georgia College Early College in Milledgeville, GA and a High School Physical Science Teacher at Columbia Middle School in Grovetown, GA.

Mrs. Kilgore and her husband Kody have a three year old daughter Kari Beth and are excited to welcome baby Bradley this October!  She loves hiking, cooking, organizing, and going on weekend trips with her family.  They have two dogs named Havoc and Chase, and a cat named Millie.

Ashley Moore

Director of Social Development

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Ashley Moore is the Social Director at Skyuka Hall and teaches Social Skills classes for middle and high school students.  She has been instrumental in organizing and chartering the Medal of Honor Foundation Character Education Curriculum, which began at Skyuka Hall. She is the school liaison for the Parent Organization at Skyuka, the Pack Pride. 

Mrs. Moore has been with Skyuka Hall for 8 years. She has a Level 2 Mentor Certification in the Hill Center Reading Intervention Program and has received training in Behavior is Language, Teaching Children with ADHD, Administering Assessments, Executive Function, Teaching Students with Learning Differences how to take notes, and Brain Stem Learning.

She has two beautiful children and a wonderful husband.

Michael Morgan

Middle School English & Reading

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Mr. Morgan is a first year member of the Wolf Pack and a new resident to Chattanooga!  He has a B.S. in Recreation with an emphasis in Outdoor Recreation Management from Georgia Southern University.  Over the past five years, Mr. Morgan has worked as the Lead Field Instructor at the Academy at SOAR in North Carolina.  In his role as Lead Field Instructor, he has had the unique opportunity of leading students with various learning differences on unique expeditions around the country and abroad for 20 days, 24 hours a day - all while teaching an experiential based curriculum for middle and high school students.  Mr. Morgan is a firm believer in focusing on students' strengths and successess in order to help build confidence.  He has been seen as a role model, guide, mentor, and a source of empowerment for students to reach their true full potential.  He has also instructed and empowered his students in independent living skills such as cooking, organization, money management, health and nutrition, time management, and personal hygiene.  When Mr. Morgan is not sharing life experiences with his students he enjoys climbing, mountain biking, and paddling with his friends.

Mary Parton

Assistant to the Head of School

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Mary is a great new addition to Skyuka Hall this year!  Mary has an Associates of Science in Business Administration from Thomas Nelson Community College in Newport News, VA and is currently working to complete her Bachelors of Science in Business at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Mary lives in Valley Head, AL where she is fur-mom to two adorable Labradors named Dixie and Gunner, and she is busy planning for her wedding that will be taking place in August 2019.  She enjoys traveling, camping, reading, crafting, and cheering on Alabama.. ROLL TIDE!!

Jennifer Phillips

Lower School Faculty

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Mrs. Phillips is in her third year at Skyuka Hall after teaching for seven years with the Hamilton County Department of Education.  She earned a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University, and a Masters in Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Mrs. Phillips grew up in Soddy Daisy and resides there with her husband Jason.  Together, she and Jason have four sons, Levi, Cooper, Davin, and Christian.  Mrs. Phillips enjoys spending time with her family but most of all football time in Tennessee!  Go VOLS!

Robin Smith

Middle School Mathematics

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Ms. Smith has a Bachelor degree in Education and Secondary Mathematics Endorsement from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University.  Ms. Smith has two adult children and three very spoiled cats.  In her spare time she enjoys reading and watching British TV shows.

Diana Stefaniuk

High School Social Sciences & Personal Finance

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Diana Stefaniuk received her B.A. in History with a minor in Russian Studies from The College of Wooster in Ohio.  She pursued graduate studies in both History and Education at Michigan State University.  Having begun her teaching career at Scenic Land School (Skyuka Hall's predecessor), she feels fortunate to be back working with such dedicated faculty, staff, and students in an environment that encourages all types of learners.

Mrs. Stefaniuk is a Chattanooga native.  She and her husband, Dan, enjoy spending time with their three kids.  

Samantha Strother

High School Sciences

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Mrs. Strother is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and has been teaching middle and high school science for ten years.  She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Before coming to Skyuka Hall, Mrs. Strother taught at Cottage School in Atlanta.

Mrs. Strother has been married to her husband Daniel for three years and they have an awesome dog Loretta and a crazy cat named Conway.  She loves gardening, climbing, and hanging out with her family and friends.  She enjoys teaching about environmental issues and doing community services such as recycling, helping in retirement homes, and helping out in our local community.


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David Theiss

Middle School Social Sciences

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Mr. Theiss' interest in social sciences grew out of a love for memoirs and adventure travel stories that dealt with a complexity of social, political and ethical issues. While in college, he stacked up on philosophy classes, truly uncertain about what career path to take. While working with a grassroots organizations in Zimbabwe, he assisted primarily with an education program. It was during this time that social studies education felt like the perfect subsequent route. After graduating, Mr. Theiss began working at a unique boarding school and it would be there that he would realize his passion for working at independent schools. At SOAR, he would learn that teaching goes beyond the curriculum as he began to focus on helping student discover tools that would allow them to overcome some of their biggest life hurdles. After four years at the Academy at SOAR, Mr. Theiss was ready for a new adventure and Chattanooga - with its unique culture and plethora of rock-climbing - seemed like the natural progression.

Mr. Theiss lives in a small bungalow with his partner Aly where they spend most of their free time exploring all of the new climbing crags, creating music, cooking, biking, talking about creating a podcast (but never doing it) and trying to convince their dog and cat to cuddle. He earned his B.S. in Secondary Social Studies Education at Ohio University in Athens, OH. 

Caitlyn Tucker

Physical Education

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Coach T is a wonderful addition to the Skyuka Hall family this year!  She will be fulfilling the Physical Development part of our school's mission with a robust P.E. curriculum this year.  While attending the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga for her Bachelors in Health and Physical Education, she concurrently taught at the Hixson United Methodist Child Development Center.  She also served as Sports Camp Director at the  YMCA in Dayton, TN.  She absolutely loves sports and children, and becoming a physical educator is a dream come true.  Coach T's goal for teaching is that each child will enjoy being physically active and they will carry it on throughout all of their years. 

Coach T is newly married to her wonderful husband Andrew, and they have a golden doodle fur baby named Eloise. In their free time they love to hike, go to the movies, exercise, and explore all of Chattanooga’s local restaurants & coffee shops.  Coach T loves football season, and bleeds orange for the Tennessee Vols!


Babs Zielke

Upper School Mathematics

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Barbara was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, then graduated with a degree in math from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  She began teaching in 1974 and joined Scenic Land School, Skyuka Hall's predecessor, in 1996.  She has worked in several Catholic schools, the public school system, and, in 2009, Barbara began teaching at Bachman Academy, a boarding school for students with learning differences.  When it closed in 2017, she came back to Skyuka Hall saying she "love(s) every minute of being here!"

Barbara has three grown children and very much enjoys time with her extended family.