Who We Are
Jeremiah School is a therapeutic day school for children in this area with neurological delays in relating and communicating, including autism. The need in our area is great, and we are excited to provide a school where the children are not only educated, but are also encouraged to build relationships with each other and serve a broader community. Jeremiah School is the only faith-based school in East Tennessee dedicated to a focus on diversity in learning while developing relational skills.
Jeremiah School is fortunate to have strong partnerships with local entities such as: Summit Leadership Foundation, ETSU Nave Center, Milligan College, Tri-Cities Behavioral Therapy, Mini-Miracles Ministries, and Brother’s Keeper, just to name a few.
About Jeremiah School
Our Mission: The mission is to provide a Christ-centered education where students on the autism spectrum can connect and grow in a supportive environment. We aim to intentionally and enthusiastically focus on the whole child emphasizing the development of both academic and relational skills to maximize their potential to lead satisfying, self-sustaining lives within their communities.
Our Vision: The vision of Jeremiah School is to create a faith based school that nurtures, develops and challenges students with autism and neurodevelopmental delays to build relations between the home, church, and school for a lifelong passion for learning.
Amy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Amy attends to the managerial aspects of Jeremiah School, maintains financial records, hiring professionals, negotiating contracts, overseeing professional development and extending awareness of Jeremiah School’s approach for others in the professional and parent communities. Amy is a founder of the school. She has a deep passion to see kids on the spectrum succeed in all aspects of life. Her first love is her Heavenly Father! Amy is married to Chris and they have two sons, Garrett and Lucas. Lucas attends Jeremiah School.
“I truly believe it is all about relationships. These kids are sending us the invitation to join them in their world, to meet and engage them where they are. I want them to know and see that the world is the right place to love, right where they are. I want them to know we accept their invitation and we are coming!”
Meet Our Board
President of the Board
David has spent the past 13 years as Senior Portfolio Manager, Wealth Advisor, Senior Vice President – Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services Inc.
Amy graduated with a B.S. in Accounting. She currently resides in Johnson City with her husband and two sons. She has homeschooled her son with Autism for the past 5 years. Amy was in charge of the Angel Tree ministry for 3 years in Indiana.
Creola is a retired educator from the Carter County Schools System. She worked in the system forty-six years as a classroom teacher, reading teacher, mentor teacher, principal, and supervisor. She supervised the Head Start and Pre-K programs for sixteen years before retiring last year. She was also an adjunct teacher at Northeast State in Elizabethton. Creola obtained her BS in Business Education from Milligan College. She obtained her Master’s in Reading and Supervision and Administration from East Tennessee State University. She is married to Shelby Miller and they have two daughters. Her granddaughter Whitney has autism and Creola’s focus is to do everything she can to prepare her to live a happy and productive life. Creola served on the Board of the Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club for many years. She is currently on the Carter County Imagination Library Board, Head Start Health Advisory Board, and Chairperson of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Administrative Office Technology Advisory Committee.
Board Member / Director of School
Jo has 4 years of experience as an Elementary School Principal in the United Kingdom before moving to the United States. Jo obtained her BA in English / Education from York University, United Kingdom, then continued her Education to obtain a Post-Graduate Degree from Ripon &York St. John United Kingdom in Education where she obtained a Teaching Degree and License.
Mark Fulks is an attorney in Baker Donelson’s Johnson City, Tennessee, office. As a member of the Advocacy Department, he represents clients in financial, commercial, and employment litigation. Mr. Fulks works with financial institutions and special servicers in a broad array of legal matters, including judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, receiverships, lender liability claims, and guarantor recovery. He also defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Mr. Fulks is a seasoned appellate lawyer, having argued more than 45 cases before the Tennessee Supreme Court and more than 300 cases in the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He maintains an active pro bono practice, representing indigent clients before the Tennessee trial and appellate courts in various matters, including divorce, conservatorships, and criminal defense. He was recently recognized as an Attorney for Justice by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
As a lifelong resident of Jonesborough, I am proud of my family and my heritage in East Tennessee. My first passion was music, as I began piano lessons at age 5 and continued until age 18. During that time, I enjoyed playing and serving in my church, just like my grandmother. Then during college at ETSU, I taught piano. I then graduated in 1993 with my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. After several years working for Quillen Rehab, my husband and I were blessed with 2 boys and I became a stay-home mom. Once I re-entered the work arena again, I worked in the public school system in Special Education as an Autism caregiver for 4 years, before joining MSHA in 2010, again as a Licensed Psychological Examiner in multiple Behavioral Therapy positions. For the past 5 years, I have served as an LPE for Ballad Health (formerly MSHA) EAP and Counseling Services. I so enjoy spending time with so many wonderful family and friends, gardening in my yard, music, and serving in my community.
Thomas Eorgan is Senior Vice President and Director of Customer Experience for Bank of Tennessee. A member of the bank’s executive management team, Thomas ensures that customers have positive experiences in all of the bank’s delivery channels: retail branches, online banking, mobile banking, ATMs and call center. He is also responsible for leading strategy for the bank’s marketing efforts in a variety of markets across Tennessee.
Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of marketing for digital agency Ntara, and began his career at Country Music Television, where he managed marketing and promotional programs.
Thomas is a graduate of the Johnson City Chamber Leadership 2020 Program, originated the Mountain States Dragon Boat Festival and served on the event committee for several years, and is an active participant in United Way. He is a Deacon at First Christian Church, where he also serves on the television production, security, and parking ministries.
A native of Johnson City, Thomas holds a BS in speech communication and theatre from ETSU, and earned a Master’s Degree in marketing communication from Florida State University. He is married to Cortny and they have one daughter, Sunny Roan. When he is not at work, he can be found exploring our National Parks and snowboarding with his family.
Meet Our Teachers
Transitions Program Coordinator
My name is Martha Worley, I have lived in Bristol most of my life other than a 6-year span that I spent working in Northern Virginia for a non-profit school and in-home program providing services to individuals and families affected by Autism. I have a very large family, I am the youngest of 8, with 19 nieces and nephew and 9 great nieces and nephews plus countless cousins! With this I have learned adaptability and patience. I have always had a passion for helping others in any way. Over the years I have worked in daycares, Montessori school, and private schools focusing on Autism. I become passionate about Autism while spending my time in the homes of individuals I served in Northern Virginia. I saw that the individuals that had no voice had something to say if I listened, as well as those who did have a voice were not always heard or understood.
Over the past 13 years I have been providing in-home and in-school behavioral, social and daily living skills to individuals on the Autism Spectrum in various capacities. I have worked directly with families impacted with Autism providing parent support and sibling interactions. I worked in Richmond with an ABA (applied behavior analysis) based program utilizing many avenues to work and assist the individuals and their families reach their best potential. I graduated with an Early Childhood Development Associates in 2008, A Human Services Counseling with a minor in Family Studies Bachelors East Tennessee State University in 2014. Currently I am pursuing a Masters in Non-Profit Administration. My passion is helping others become the best they can be and seeing the potential others may not. Growing up in a large family and being a very close family I became passionate about helping other families reach that goal of being able to form relationships when others told them it was not possible. Working with families and watching the growth unfold is why I do what I do every day, seeing the person that is behind the “mask” that is autism, come to life is what keeps me going in this field.
I am excited for the upcoming school year at Jeremiah School, and am looking forward to working with all the wonderful students and their families!
Academic Program Instructor
Andrew Baxter is a native of Johnson City who holds an MEd. in Elementary Education K-6 as well as an MEd. in Special Education K-12. He first began working with young people of all abilities back in 2007 through the ETSU Renaissance Camps and decided he wanted to pursue education. He has taught 5th grade Math and Science at Boones Creek Middle School, worked as an interventionist at Grandview, worked in Sullivan County as a resource teacher and just completed a year in Kingsport City Schools in a self-contained room for students with autism and co-occurring disabilities. While in graduate school for special education, he worked as a research assistant under the guidance of Dr. Pamela Mims. He also worked closely for the Attainment Company, Inc. It was during this time, Andrew became inspired by the amazing teachers and students he had the pleasure of working with. As a parent and husband himself, he firmly believes that education is a family enterprise and that important decisions should be made in a collaborative spirit. He is thrilled to be on this journey with the incredible staff and students of the Jeremiah School.
Heather Poston is a native of Bristol, Tennessee. She attended the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University where she earned her Bachelors of Science. She now resides in Johnson City with her husband, Brian, and two kids, Knox and Harper.
Heather has previously volunteered with the Special Olympics and the CDC class at Fairmont Elementary School. She has a passion for working with children. During her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, fitness and running, being outdoors, and photography.