Kindergarten Teachers

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Carrie Head attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia where received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education. She spent 8 years teaching Pre-K students in her hometown in southeast Georgia before relocating to Spring Hill with her husband in the fall of 2017 and accepting an Instructional Coaching position with Metro Nashville Public Schools. She spent a year coaching Pre-K teachers in MNPS before following her heart back into the classroom and accepting a Kindergarten position at Spring Hill Elementary. She is excited to be part of the Battle Creek Elementary team as a Kindergarten teacher! 


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Jennifer Searfoss is from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and this is her second year teaching kindergarten in Tennessee. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2016 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and student taught in kindergarten and second grade. She is certified to teach in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Maryland. In Pennsylvania, Ms. Searfoss worked as a long-term substitute teacher in kindergarten and an extended-leave substitute teacher in third and fourth grade special education as well as a day-to-day substitute teacher in fifteen kindergarten classrooms across five elementary buildings. In her free time, she enjoys teaching the preschool class at church and camping during the summer with family. 




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Lori Mizer  has 23 years of teaching experience.  Her years of teaching include Pre-K, 1st and 3rd grades.  However, the majority of her tenure (15 years) has been in Kindergarten. 

Originally from the Memphis area, Lori graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in Elementary Education.  She later completed her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education at Arkansas State University.  Lori taught in Mississippi, Arkansas and Missouri before she and her husband, Mike, planted their roots in Maury County. 

Lori strives to help her students achieve the personal and academic goals they set for themselves.  She is looking forward to giving her students hands-on, collaborative experiences to help them develop a love for school and learning.  She loves watching the growth of her Kindergarteners from their first day of school throughout their elementary years.

In addition to her leadership in the classroom, Lori helped start the cross-country program at Marvin Wright Elementary School.  She has dedicated time outside the classroom to assist in coaching students in this program for 8 years.  This is another way she helps students learn, grow, and reach personal goals. 

Outside of school, Lori enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.  She and Mike have a son, Quent, who attends Spring Hill High School.  They love baseball, the beach, and their dog, Rebel. 


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Ms. H has spent her teaching career as a lower elementary teacher. Andrea taught at Spring Hill Elementary School eight of nine years as a Kindergarten teacher and looped one year to First grade. Andrea earned an Associate of Science in Education (K-6) from Columbia State Community College.  She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-6) from Middle Tennessee State University.  She also earned a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from MTSU in 2012. Engaging students and creating a love for learning is Andrea’s desire. Her multisensory techniques reach and teach to all learners. One teaching strategy she provides is incorporating sign language in her daily tasks.  

For three years she had the privilege to serve as the Problem Based Learning Coach for SHES.  In 2016, Andrea was announced as Maury County’s Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She was also awarded   Amazing Teacher Award from Family Advantage Credit Union 2016.   

Andrea will tell you her proudest moments are mothering four incredible sons.  However, her delightful moments are spent with her three dogs and one cat! Andrea has been longing to teach at a STEM focused school.  She believes that Battle Creek Elementary School is just the place for her!  She is excited to be a cub!! 



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Mrs. Partida is a third year teacher and loves teaching at Battle Creek Elementary School. Mrs. Partida grew up in Columbia and attended schools in the area, and she currently lives with her husband in Spring Hill, Tennessee. She graduated from MTSU in 2017 and is licensed and certified to teach K-6. Her first year of teaching took place in Kindergarten at Marvin Wright Elementary School starting in September 2018. Mrs. Partida has a passion for learning and strives to share that passion with others. She seeks to provide engaging, innovative activities in her classroom and school environment in order to allow students to take learning into their own hands.