BES Welcomes New Teachers

Mrs Tinch Welcomes new Faculty and Staff


Amelia Guenther
Hi! I'm Amelia Guenther and I have the blessed opportunity to teach Kindergarten at Burks this year! This is my eleventh year teaching. I previously taught Kindergarten and First Grade at Northeast Elementary in Cookeville. I live in Muddy Pond with my husband Bryon. We have a son named Hudson who turned three in May. We love spending time as a family by gardening, going to worship, reading, and cooking together. 
My love for teaching began when I was a little girl in Kindergarten. I would come home from a day at school and reenact the entire day with my sister at home. I started "teaching at 5" and have known ever since I wanted to be a teacher! I absolutely love getting to know my students and their families and I am beyond excited to be a panther!!!

Caitlin Dillon
Hello! My name is Caitlin Dillon. I am a Putnam County native. I graduated from TTU this spring with honors! I will be joining the first grade team at Burks this year. I recently completed my residency at this school. Burks has felt like home from day one. I have learned so much from my mentors here. I am very excited to be working along side of some of the best teachers in Putnam County. I have always had a love for teaching. I come from a long line of teachers in my family. Teaching is my passion, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be at this wonderful school. I have a two year old son, and he is the light of mine and husband's life. We enjoy lake weekends and swimming. I have loved spending my summer with him, but I'm excited to get back into the first grade groove!
Let's go Panthers!

Chastity Key

Hi, Burks family! My name is Chastity Key and I am super excited to be joining Burks Elementary and teaching first grade.  This is a huge honor for me.  I have lived in Monterey my entire life and attended Uffelman Elementary and Monterey High School.  I graduated Tennessee Tech University with a Bachelors in Multi-disciplinary studies and have taught 2nd, 3rd, and 6th grades. Being an elementary teacher in my home town has been a dream of mine for many years. I have a wonderful and supportive family who are also excited for my new position; husband Blake, son Drew and his wife Katie, son Chase, and daughter Anniston. I cannot wait to start the new year and meet my new students, as well as work with the amazing teachers and staff at Burks Elementary.

Hannah Herbert

Hello everyone! I am Hannah Herbert! I am very excited to be teaching at Burks Elementary this year! I will be the new Fourth Grade, Math and Science teacher! I recently graduated from Tennessee Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. I live in Livingston with my husband (as of May this year) and our new kitten! I worked Summer Learning Camp for Burks as a Fourth Grade ELA teacher, and continued to fall more in love with the Burks community. I am looking forward to teaching and loving all the students this year! It is a privilege to begin my official teaching career with your students! Go Panthers!!

Becky Jones
My name is Becky Jones, and I am so excited for this new journey as the RTI Assistant at Burks Elementary! I have five years experience and enjoy watching children grown in confidence and in their passion for learning. I am an alumni of Monterey High School. I have been married to my husband Andrew for 21 years, and we have a daughter that is beginning her sophomore year. I love family time, outdoor activities, and photography.  

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