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Stephanie Boyd

Stephanie Boyd

Rural LIFE Coach

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Stephanie has 20 years of teaching experience in Tennessee public schools.  Prior to teaching 6th and 8th grade ELA for the last seven years, Stephanie worked as a guidance counselor and special education teacher, started behavior programs for high school and elementary students, taught special education at the middle school level, started a district-wide program for students with autism, and taught 6th grade math and science.  She has served as a personalized learning facilitator, district-wide personalized learning coach, Secondary Literacy Council member, and as a SCORE education fellow.  Stephanie is certified as a level 1 and level 2 Google educator and an Education Elements personalized learning teacher.  She has served in many teacher leader roles throughout her career and been recognized as the Rotary Middle School Teacher of the Year for Putnam County in 2011 and Algood Middle School’s Teacher of the Year in 2018. Stephanie is passionate about equity in student achievement opportunities and closing gaps by providing high-quality rigorous opportunities for all students every day; middle schoolers are her favorite people. Stephanie has been married to Jerry Boyd for 27 years and has three children. Killian is 26 and a graduate of TTU with a history degree; Calista is a 22 year old doctoral student at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville studying comparative politics and statistics; Silas is 19 and majoring in chemical engineering at Tennessee Tech University.

Our Rural LIFE Staff

Tracy Ballew

Dr. Tracy Ballew

Rural LIFE Coach

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Stephanie Boyd

Stephanie Boyd

Rural LIFE Coach

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Candace Carpenter-Herman

Candace Carpenter-Herman

Rural LIFE Coach

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Pam Cox

Pam Cox

Compliance Officer

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Brooke Drinnon

Brooke Drinnon

Rural LIFE Coach

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Catherine Edwards

Dr. Catherine Edwards

Rural LIFE Coach

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Bethany Fillers

Dr. Bethany Fillers

Director of Professional Learning, Rural LIFE

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Richard Kitzmiller

Dr. Richard Kitzmiller

Vice President, Niswonger Foundation


John Payne

John Payne

Director of Technology and Innovation


Brittany Seybert

Brittany Seybert

Communication & Dissemination Coordinator

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Linda Stuart

Linda Stuart

Rural LIFE Coach

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Brandi Wilson

Brandi Wilson

Rural LIFE Coach

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