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Subjects Taught
5th Grade


Ms. McKown graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in both Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education with honors.

Ms. McKown also holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education from West Georgia University with highest honors.

Ms. McKown holds a Georgia Certificate in Gifted Education.


Ms. McKown has taught various grades (K-8) over a period of more than 30 years.  She serves on many school and community boards related to education.  During the summer of 2016, Ms. McKown was chosen as a MEMTA or Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teacher Academy scholar.  She was 1 of 4 from the state of Georgia.  Teachers chosen for this honor represent the top 9% of the nations third through fifth grade math and science teachers who also demonstrate genuine caring for their students. She spent an all expense paid week learning more about hands on learning in science and math with teachers from all over the United States.  This was sponsored by both golfer Phil Mickelson and Exxon Mobil.  Ms. McKown was chosen by her peers as the 2006 Ringgold Elementary Teacher of the Year.  She has participated for 3 years in the People to People organization by educating middle school students from all over the world in Washington, D.C.  For the 2017-2018 school year, Ms. McKown is teaching math and science advanced content classes along with social studies specifically history.    


Ms. Mckown has traveled and lived in many states and world countries. She was the first female firefighter in Catoosa County. She likes to hang glide during the summer, camp and hike, read, sew, do crafts, cook, and plays several instruments. She loves science because science explains the world around us. She often rescues abandoned or abused cats three of which reside at her home.   Ms. McKown serves on the Board of Directors for St. Martin's Preschool, Chattanooga Heart walk committee, UTK Board of Direcotrs for the College of Education, Ronald McDonald House Scholarship Committee and Fundraising Committee, and is president elect of Alpha Delta Kappa sorority.  She also prepares dinner every other month at the Ronald McDonald House and voluntarily manages the RMH on the weekends about four times per year.  Ms. Mckown can often be found at school working even on weekends. In September 2017, Ms. McKown will become a grandmother of a boy, Adam Worthington.  Her daughter and mother were both teachers.  She is a lifelong learner and tries to facilitate that love for learning in her students as well.