MEET OUR TEACHERS
Academic Program Director
My name is Amanda Byrd and teaching is my passion! I currently live in Piney Flats with my husband Cameron and our 6 children. We have 4 girls, ages 13, 11, 8, and 5; 2 boys, ages 14 and 11. As you can imagine my household is always brimming with activity!
I was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, moved to Plantation, Florida and then Houston, Texas- only to find my way back home to Tennessee. I attended East Tennessee State University and graduated with a B.B.A. in Economics in 2002. I then chose to pursue a career in education and attained a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Phoenix in 2013. Currently, I am in the doctoral program with the University of Phoenix with a completion date of 2018 (fingers crossed)!
I have been blessed to have experience teaching on all grade levels, K-12. I taught Algebra I on the high school level. My middle school experience was in a Social Intervention Program for grades 6-8. On the elementary level I have facilitated students in a “pull-out” and self-contained classroom setting.
I look forward to continuing my professional pathway with the Jeremiah School. I am excited and encouraged to define a student’s educational experience within the context of values and beliefs of the Jeremiah School.
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!