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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.

Jill Ingalls

Assistant to the Head of School

Jill Ingalls is a wonderful new addition to Skyuka administration. Her role at Skyuka is ever-changing and growing. As the Assistant to the Head of School, parents and students will come into contact with her frequently for bookkeeping, medicines, event planning, etcetera. As we grow and look to graduate our first class in 2020, Jill will serve as our college counselor for the 2018-2019 school year. 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.

Lori Bowman

Principal

Mrs. Bowman has taught special education with the Hamilton County Department of Education since 2006. With a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education 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. Mrs. 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 school.

Mrs. Bowman has a son, Alex (wife Samantha) and a daughter, Meredith (husband Nick) and two grandsons, Oliver and Cove. Her spare time is spent with her sweet family, her dog, and her travel camper, Dagny.  She loves the outdoors, hiking, reading, and music. Her favorite “hobby” is living life, encouraging others, and sharing enthusiasm.

Lynne Forato

Development Director

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 Beason

Admission Director

Tim Atwood

Community Coach

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.  

Amanda Beck

First and Second Grade

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. 

Beth Burns

Spanish I and II, Art 

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. 

Amber Hicks

Math- Lower School

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. 

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.

Tiffini Fleck

Language Arts- 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.

Lauren Kilgore

Science- Middle School

Mrs. Kilgore is a wonderful addition to the Skyuka staff this year.  She earned a B.S. in Chemistry and M.A. in Secondary Education from Georgia College and State University.  Before joining Skyuka Hall, 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 two year old daughter Kari Beth.  She loves hiking, cooking, organizing and going on weekend trips with her family.  They have a dog, Havoc, and Cat, Millie.

Ashley Moore

Social Development Director, Social Studies, Social Skills

Ashley Moore is the Social Director at Skyuka Hall and teaches Middle School U.S. History, World Geography and World History. Mrs. Moore also teaches 1st through 5th grade Social Skills classes. She has been instrumental in organizing and chartering the new 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 7 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.

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.  

Jennifer Phillips

Science and Social Studies- Lower School

Ms. Phillips is in her second 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!


Robin Smith

Math- Middle School

Mrs. 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

Social Studies Upper School

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

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.

Babs Zielke

Math Upper School

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.