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.

Lori Bowman


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 is married to Mark and has a son, Alex (wife Samantha) and a daughter, Meredith (husband Nick) and two grandsons, Oliver and Cove. She also has various cats and dogs. She loves the outdoors, hiking, reading, and music. Her favorite “hobby” is living life, encouraging others, and sharing enthusiasm.

Pasco Window

Assistant Principal

Ashley Moore

Social Development Director, Social Studies, Social Skills

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.  

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.

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. 

Babs Zielke

Math Upper School

Allen Rushing

English and History- Middle School

Lauren Kilgore

Science- Middle School

Robin Smith

Math- Middle School

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. 

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.

Amanda Beck

First and Second Grade

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!

Tim Atwood

Physical Education

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.

Donna Scott

Past Teacher- Consultant

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.

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.