Ephesus Elementary Welcomes Five New Teachers
Ephesus Elementary School is welcoming five new teachers for the 2021-2022 school year. These teachers include Caroline Daniels (Art - also at HCES and CES), Maggie Henderson (1st), Megan Holtzclaw (4th/5th ELA), Brice Keith (K), and Dustey Meadows (3rd). “These five ladies have an eager spirit to learn and grow professionally,” claimed Ephesus Elementary Principal Melanie Brooks. “They bring new and innovative ideas to the classroom to enhance the learning of our students, and have already made efforts to get to know our students and community through home contacts, setting up class facebook pages, and time spent with families during open house. We are blessed to have them at Ephesus Elementary.”
Henderson, who will be starting her teaching career this year, just graduated from the University of West Georgia in May with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education. Henderson is excited to be returning to the county where she was raised. “I chose Heard County because it is the school system that molded me into the person I am today,” declared Henderson. “It is my only wish just to be able to pour back into the community that poured into me so greatly.”
Holtzclaw, also a life-long Heard County resident, has been serving as a kindergarten paraprofessional at Ephesus Elementary for the past seven years, but this will be her first year as a classroom teacher. While working at Ephesus Elementary, Holtzclaw completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education from Grand Canyon University. “I grew up in Heard County and knew when I made the decision to pursue a degree in education, Heard County was exactly where I wanted to be,” said Holtzclaw. “I love everything about this small community and how everyone feels like family.”
Keith earned her Bachelor's Degree at Point University and a Master’s Degree at Grand Canyon University. Excited to be part of the Heard County School System, this will be Keith’s first year as a classroom teacher. “I chose Heard County because I wanted to be a part of the family environment that is so prominent in Heard County,” claimed Keith. “I have heard nothing but great things about this school system.”
A recent graduate of LaGrange College with a degree in Elementary Education, Meadows will also be starting her teaching career this year. Having grown up in Heard County, Meadows is ready to be part of the community that has had such a big impact on her life. “I chose to teach in Heard County because this is where I grew up and I want to give back to the community that shaped me and the place I call home,” shared Meadows. “Heard County has a great school system and I am honored to be a part of it.” Meadows will also be serving as an assistant cheerleading coach at Heard County High School.