Evin Symmes may be teaching, tutoring, or eating Sidewall pizza with her husband, but she’s always the person who is one step ahead: organized, savvy, compassionate, and versatile. This multi-talented young woman wants all students to discover their inner math genius.
One student at Chandler who made immense progress inspired Betty Johnson to become a part of the school. She believes that students who might normally be overlooked or misunderstood benefit from Chandler's small classes, individualized attention, and the OG approach to language.
Gwen Daughtry has two dyslexic sons so she knows as a parent and a teacher how wonderful the instruction is at The Chandler School. Students who struggle with language-based and attention issues and executive functioning difficulties are accepted for who they are and are challenged to become more than they ever thought they could be.
After working in other schools for more than 35 years, Gail James loves working at Chandler because it is a welcoming place for kids who struggle with reading and writing. Students work hard and realize they can succeed. "There’s no way to describe the look on children's faces when they read a book by themselves for the first time."
It took a car accident five days before her wedding to point Monica Cox in the direction of teaching. Years later, her Orton-Gillingham training would benefit one of her children. She took the plunge with Dana on Year One of The Chandler School, and lived (barely) to tell the tale. She eats, sleeps, and breathes to inspire kids to love stories like she does.
Yvonne Stephenson could be geocaching (treasure hunting) or just exploring, but her passion is inspiring kids to question, to reason, to dig deeper. She loves seeing kids change their "I can't." to "I can."
When she’s not teaching, Gwen Bozeman leads the cavalry charge on her handsome horse Maverick. A veteran teacher of public and private schools, Gwen brings decades of experience as a speech pathologist to benefit Chandler students of all ages.
When Eliza Gray visited Chandler, she realized she wanted to be part of its unique learning environment. She immediately saw that teachers collaborate together with the sole purpose of each student's success. As a teacher, Eliza sets high expectations and loves to see her students accept the challenge to meet them.
Jessica Cavan employs a firm and a gentle approach gained from many years teaching primary students. Her goal is to instill a love of literature to even the most reluctant reader. Jess’s classroom (The Nest) is a safe place for all students to thrive.
Hartlee Blackhurst makes a mean taco and has personal experience with learning differences having grown up dyslexic. She teaches Social Studies in creative ways including hands-on projects that illustrate the point while keeping students engaged, learning, and happy about it.