Mrs. Melissa Shoemaker

Principal, Pre-K & Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Eastern Kentucky University

Seventh-day Adventist teacher certification

Teacher for 22 years, 20 years at Highland Elementary



Mrs. Linda Riggs

Office Manager

Adventist Health System 28 years, 3 years at Highland Elementary




Mrs. Linda Preston


Accountant, Yeary Howell & Associates



Dr. David Beckworth

School Board Chairman

Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Monetary Policy 

Mercatus Center at George Mason University.





Mrs. Shannon Armantrout

Forrest Kindergarten, Pre-k-8th grade Art

Art grades Pre-K-8th

Bachelor of Science, Southern Adventist University

Forest Kindergarten certification

                                    Seventh-day Adventist teacher certification

Mrs. Gabrielle Groft

First & Second Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Tennessee Technological University

Seventh-day Adventist teacher certification, Southern Adventist University

State of Tennessee Professional Teacher license

                                    Teacher for 5 years at Highland Elementary                              



Mr. Jaime Serrano

Third & Fourth Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Arts, Union College

Teacher for 18 years, 2 years at Highland Elementary




Mr. Bradley Russell

Fifth & Sixth Grade Teacher

Bachelor of Science sports management, Southern Adventist University

Seventh-day Adventist teaching certification, Andrews University

First year of teaching at Highland Elementary



Mrs. Heather Drusky

Seventh & Eighth Grade Teacher 

Master of Arts in Education

Bachelor of Science, Murray State University

SDA Teacher Certification, Southern Adventist University 

                                    State of Tennessee Professional Teacher license

                                    Teacher for 6 years at Highland Elementary


Mr. Haraldo Alvarez

Band Teacher, Highland Academy Music

Master of Arts




Pastor Roger Schmidt

Baptismal Studies

Senior Pastor Highland Seventh-day Adventist

Masters of Theology




Pastor Steve Severance


Associate Pastor Highland Seventh-day Adventist





Mrs. Peggy Hallman
Success Training for Academic Rewards

Bachelors of Science



Support Staff


Mrs. Shirley Crutcher







Mrs. Patti Glisson

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