new faculty for 2020-21

New Faculty for 2020-2021
Posted on 09/18/2020
Our new 7th Grade/Literature and Religion teacher is a veteran Raider. Mr. Morgan Strobel is a member of the CKS Class of 1991, and of the Father Ryan Class of 1995. He comes to us from McGavock High School where he's been teaching English for the last 17 years. At McGavock he was a Teacher of the Year finalist three years in a row,  was voted Mr. McGavock in 2010, and was the recipient of the Rotary Club of Donelson Teacher Award. Mr. Strobel will join Ms. Brown, this year's new Spanish teacher in coaching Forensics.

Father Ryan has hired a new band instructor and assigned him to CKS. Mr. Curtis Prichard is a euphonium player and orchestral conductor. After receiving his bachelors' degree from Tennessee Tech and his masters from Indiana University, he pursued further work at the University of Michigan and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. 

Ms. Kayla Hammel, a graduate of the University of Georgia, came to us from St. John Neumann Regional School in Lilburn, GA, and joined the faculty in 4th grade. Her former principal described her as dedicated, a thorough planner, and an amazing teacher with a natural ability for understanding what students need and planning instruction accordingly. She is proficient in the instructional software we frequently use in our school, including Class Dojo and Google for Education. Ms. Hammel also brings excitement and energy about her faith to her teaching and is certified in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Ms. Abigail Wigger '08, CKS alumnus and graduate of University of Tennessee Knoxville, assumed the position of 6th grade homeroom teacher. She also teaches 5th grade math class. She holds a Master of Science in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education. Her former principal praised her passion for students and described her teaching as stellar, saying that Ms. Wigger is "truly one of a kind." Her most recent position was teaching at the brand new Academy of Math and Science in Glendale, AZ where she was awarded Teacher of the Month within two months of school opening. Her experience in teaching middle level students and her enthusiasm for math makes her an ideal fit for the middle school team.

Ms. Sydney Brown joined the faculty as our new Spanish teacher. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Ms. Brown last taught Spanish at Magnolia Middle School in Meridian, MS where she used a comprehension-based method of language teaching which incorporated culture. She has a minor in theater and is also directing drama and co-directing with Mr. Strobel in the forensics program. She was described by her references as smart, focused, and energetic. Ms. Brown completed her Master of Arts in Teaching in May.

Mr. Caleb Dinger is our new music teacher at Christ the King. Mr. Dinger has a B.A. in music from Trevecca Nazarene University and is completing his Masters in Music Education at Boston University this semester. He was honored as Musician of the Year in 2016-2017 at Trevecca. Mr. Dinger has been the music director and accompanist at Crievewood United Methodist Church for six years and the staff accompanist at Trevecca University. He has also been a private music instructor, giving piano, guitar, and vocal lessons at several private music schools in the area.  Additionally, Mr. Dinger's experience includes songwriting, recording session musician, and musical director/accompanist in community theater. Mr. Dinger believes that music is a vehicle for exploring connections in our lives and looks forward to helping students find their individual voice. 

We are pleased to announce the addition of Sara Grinbergs to our faculty as a learning specialist for reading/language arts, replacing Ms. Caudle as an interim teacher this year. Ms. Grinbergs is a graduate of Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Language and Literacy. She is passionate about the development of the individual, successful communication, research methods, and the latest  evidence-based practices. She was described by her references as a talented individual with a solid grasp of teaching literacy, whose strengths are her compassion and caring attitude for those who struggle. Her former pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, where she was a choir member and cantor, highly recommended her as an intelligent, hard worker and a wonderful role model for students. Sara Grinbergs will begin teaching in October after her prior obligations are fulfilled.

Please welcome all of these new educators to our school.