WELCOME, NEW FACULTY AND STAFF!
Please give a warm TLS welcome to our new faculty and staff: Alana Stuart, Jo-Ellen Fishback, Lois Babb, Jennifer Jones, David Farmwald, Kylie Russ, Jacob Chen, Morgan Keeler, Sam Bowman, Alana Stuart, Aaron Keeton, Chandra Craig, and Heidi Blair. We have a lot of new folks- full and part-time – to help us better navigate the needs presented by COVID-19, and we are so happy to have this dedicated group join our TLS family.
Alana Stuart will teach the TLS Hybrid Learning-From-Home program for KK, Pre-K, and Montessori I and II students. Mrs. Stuart has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education (P-5) from Midway College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Kentucky. Mrs. Stuart has been subbing in Preschool since 2019, and we are excited to welcome her to this new role at TLS. Alana enjoys spending time with her family, especially on the lake when possible.
Jo-Ellen Fishback will be the Preschool Assistant for the first part of the year. Ms. Fishback has a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications and is known and loved by preschool students as one of our school photographers, Director of Yearbook, and Artist in Residence for the Press Pass photography class in previous years. Jo-Ellen loves her work inspiring future photographers and is always happy to be at The Lexington School.
Chandra Craig has been hired as a long-term Acorns substitute teacher for the beginning of the year and then will transition to the position of Preschool Assistant. Mrs. Craig has an Associate of Arts degree from Eastern Kentucky. Her warm smile will be familiar to preschool students as she has been subbing in Preschool since 2018.
Jacob is a ’19 University of Kentucky graduate who comes to us from Newton’s Attic, a non-profit organization focused on stimulating child interest in science and engineering. He loves figuring out how things work, whether it be through experimentation or by disassembling gadgets down to their basic parts. Coming from the small town of Harlan, Kentucky, Jacob did not have the opportunity or resources to explore his engineering interests and has since committed to the mission of passing science and engineering knowledge down to younger generations. In his free time, Jacob likes to tinker with electronics, having made his own variations of robots and game devices. He also enjoys staying healthy and active and can often be found climbing at the Red River Gorge or snowboarding out west.
Kylie Russ joins the third-grade team as an additional classroom teacher. Kylie, a Lexington native and graduate of the University of Kentucky, has a double BA in Psychology and Elementary Education. She has worked in Fayette County schools in third and fifth grades and is very happy to be a new member of the TLS family. Kylie: “I have a deep appreciation for other cultures and love traveling whenever possible. My wanderlust led me to study abroad in Italy and in Ireland, where I developed my addiction to gelato and all things chocolate. In my free time, you can find me running, playing soccer or tennis, hiking, or kayaking. On my lazy days, I love simply binge-watching New Girl on Netflix with my two dogs, Millie and Landon. It might look a little different, but I can’t wait for an awesome school year!”
Jennifer Jones joins the TLS family after 28 years in Fayette County public schools, primarily Rosa Parks Elementary. Jennifer has a BA in journalism from EKU, a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kentucky. Jennifer popped up on many third-grade screens in the spring when she subbed for Ms. Calkins during remote learning. We are very happy to have her back in-person teaching fourth-grade Math very soon. Jennifer: “I am a Lexington native and grew up in a small, rural community called Fort Springs, which is off Versailles Road just passed the airport. I attended Cardinal Valley Elementary, Beaumont Junior High (Go Colts!!), and Lafayette Senior High (Class of 1980 – Go Generals!!) I am a member of New Vine Baptist Church, where I sing in the choir and work with both the King’s Kids children’s ministry and the Joshua Generation youth ministry. My husband Bobby and I have four children and four grandchildren. We love traveling, fishing, golfing, eating out, and watching movies and sports, especially basketball.“
David Farmwald comes to TLS from Jessamine County schools where he was Social Studies Department Chair and recipient of the “Influential Educator Award” from West Jessamine Middle School. A graduate from the University of Kentucky, with a BA in Education, David joins our fifth-grade team as the Language Arts and Social Studies teacher. He is the husband of our Athletic Trainer, Katie Morris Farmwald! David: “I was lucky enough to have amazing teachers that made me curious and excited to learn, which is exactly what I try to bring to my classroom each day. I have been teaching in Jessamine county for the last 5 years, and I am more than ready to make the transition to TLS! Some of my favorite activities are running, playing/watching soccer, travel, reading, and going on adventures with my new wife and TLS Athletic Trainer, Katie Farmwald!”
THE LEARNING CENTER
Morgan Keeler is a Lexington native with a BA in Education from the University of Kentucky. She comes to us from Russell Cave Elementary School, where she taught fourth grade. The past two summers, Morgan taught in our Learning Center Summer Program. We are happy to have Morgan join the fourth-grade team in The Learning Center. “I am from Lexington, KY and love anything Kentucky! With being home so much during the quarantine I picked up one of my favorite hobbies again, painting! I spent my first year teaching for FCPS in 4th grade. I am so excited to be joining The Learning Center at TLS!”
TLS HEALTH CENTER
Lois Babb has a BA and MA in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She has a certification in school social work. She joins our TLS Health Center after many years of experience working at Rosa Parks Elementary. Alongside Grace Newsome, she will continue to provide support for all TLS students. Lois enjoys fishing, reading, and as an involved mother and grandmother, she enjoys spending time with her family of four children and five grandchildren.
TLS DINING PROGRAM
Heidi Blair is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Sullivan University. She has experience in Lexington restaurants. She is originally from Southeastern Kentucky.
Samantha Bowman is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Sullivan University. She has experience working in Lexington bakeries.
TLS TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT
Aaron Keeton joins our IT team from Winchester, KY. Aaron graduated from EKU with a BA in Network Security. He has worked in IT at Sleep Outfitters and Jen Canna. Aaron joins the Information Technology team as a “point person” for Helpdesk inquiries. We are happy to have Aaron join the support team. In his downtime, Aaron helps as a youth leader at his church and enjoys e-sports.