Fairyland Elementary School | Lookout Mountain School
Fairyland Elementary is a high-performing school located on Lookout Mountain that was established in 1931. The school serves students in grades Pre K through 5 and has a strong tradition of academic excellence. The school has been recognized by the state of Georgia as being one of the top 1% of Pre K – 5th grade elementary schools as indicated by their CCRPI School Scores.
Lookout Mountain School is a Kindergarten through Grade 5 public school located in residential community of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. LMS has been designated a Tennessee Reward School for the past three years for being among the top 5% of schools in performance.
5th Grade Graduation Parade 2020
The inaugural parade honoring all the mountain's 5th grade graduates took place on Saturday, May 23, 2020.
Lookout Mountain School Honors Their 5th Grade Graduates
Twelve-year-old Ash Adams has loved his years at LMS. Ash is the son of Kim and Morgan Adams. His favorite memories are of the games in P.E., while his favorite class was library with Mrs. Fessler. “Artemis Fowl” was his favorite book, and Ash enjoyed pizza in the cafeteria. He could not choose a favorite teacher, saying, “I don’t have a favorite. I love them all!” “We Don’t Talk Anymore” is Ash’s favorite song. His father is his hero. Ash hopes to grow up to be a man who earns enough money to pay for food and a place to stay. He will begin his middle school career at The McCallie School in the fall!
Harrison Barnes, age 11, is the son of Elizabeth and Stephen Barnes. He is the grandson of Lookout Mountain’s Janette and John Barnes. Harrison’s favorite hobby is making Lego stop motion movies and coding games on his Raspberry Pi. An avid swimmer, his best stroke is butterfly. The food at Culture Fest is Harrison’s favorite memory, and the hot rolls in the cafeteria are his favorite food! Art with Mrs. Patterson was his favorite class, with the plaster hand being his favorite project. Harrison shared thoughts about his favorite teacher, “Mrs. Caughman gives us a lot of freedom, but still challenges us in our learning.” The “Ranger’s Apprentice” is his preferred reading material, and he turns up David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” when listening to his favorite song. Harrison shared that his hero is his grandfather, Col. W.D. McGill, who is very wise. One day this smart young man hopes to be a surgeon. He will continue his education with a combination of homeschooling at home and with Hilger Higher Learning.
Eleven-year-old Nora Barrington loved having a kindergarten buddy this year in the fifth grade. Nora is the daughter of Charla and Jeff Nix. Mrs. Patterson, the LMS art teacher, was her favorite teacher, while Nora’s favorite subject was math. Ice cream was her favorite food in the cafeteria, and she loves the “Pina Colada Song.” “On the Banks of Plum Creek” was her favorite book. Nora’s turtle, Luna, is her hero. With hopes of being a design engineer one day, Nora is excited to continue her studies at Chattanooga Christian School.
Amy Bastone shared that the carnival this year during fifth grade was her favorite of all times. This bright-eyed 11-year-old loves the delicious, fluffy rolls in the cafeteria. Mrs. Paschal, who works in the office, is Amy’s favorite staff member at LMS, and her favorite class was P.E. “Where the Red Fern Grows” by Wilson Rawls is her favorite book, and her favorite song is “Sunday Best.” Amy has lots of family members on Lookout Mountain, including her parents, Kimber and Travis Hartman, and siblings Stella Bastone, Joseph Bastone, John Hartman and Alice Hartman, as well as grandmother Vel Keplinger. Amy’s father, Jim Bastone, lives on Signal Mountain. Katherine Switzer is Amy’s hero. When asked what she hopes to be when she grows up, she said, “Happy!” With such a fun personality, that is a wish she should be able to attain! Next year, Amy will join her older sister, Stella, at Baylor to carry on the family legacy of attending there!
Emma Virginia Birnbaum, daughter of Ginger and Alex Birnbaum, loved her time at LMS. She described her favorite memory, “My favorite memory is from Field Day when we were all sprayed by the firetruck!” This spunky 11-year old enjoyed BBQ sandwiches in the school cafeteria. An avid reader, Emma Virginia’s favorite class was library with Mrs. Fessler, and her favorite book is “Wonder.” She has too many favorite teachers to name. Dolly Parton’s song “9 to 5” is her favorite song, while her hero is Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Girls Preparatory School is Emma Virginia’s new home, and she hopes to become a biogeneticist, lawyer, and actress in the future. Here’s to the girls, Emma V!
Wyatt Cain, a fifth grade athlete, hopes to be a baseball player when he grows up. His favorite LMS memory is the spring track meet. Wyatt is similar to many 11-year-olds who share a fondness for the cafeteria pizza. Mrs. Inman was his favorite teacher, and he loved math class. However, his favorite book was a piece of historical fiction called “I Survived WWII.” Wyatt’s hero is Jesus, and his favorite song is “How Great Thou Art.” Wyatt is the son of Ashleigh and Jake Cain. He is excited to attend Baylor for the sixth grade!
Hudson Cook, a handsome 11-year-old, is the son of Jessi and Andrew Cook. His favorite memory at LMS is seeing Mrs. White in her Statue of Liberty costume! With quite the palate, Hudson loves General Tso’s chicken and garlic knots in the LMS cafeteria. Hudson loves his fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Inman and Mrs. Kaeser. His favorite subject is math. “Mercy Watson” is Hudson’s favorite book, and his favorite song is “The Macarena.” Much like his friend, Wyatt, Hudson’s hero is Jesus. Hudson is fortunate that all of his grandparents live on Lookout Mountain: Sheila and Paddy Cook and Jeanne and Gregg Terry. An aspiring businessman, Hudson is excited to join his older brother, Bennett, at Chattanooga Christian School for 6th grade. Younger sister, Finley, will still be at LMS.
Isabella G. Davis, age 11, is the daughter of Emily Davis Brown and Michael Connolly. Her stepparents are Winston Brown and Tori Connolly, and Isabella’s grandparents include: Lori and Tom Boyd, Doris and Tommy Davis, and Tammy and Kevin Connolly, Emily Brown and Patty Connolly. This happy young lady loves her memories of the LMS carnival. The cafeteria crispy chicken sandwich is her favorite food. Mrs. Inman was Isabella’s favorite teacher, and math was her favorite subject. “Because of Winn-Dixie” is her favorite book, and she loves the song “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa. Isabella’s heroes are her grandparents. An aspiring photographer, Isabella is looking forward to the sixth grade at Chattanooga Christian School.
Will Fessler, age 11, is the son of Whitney and Mike Fessler. His favorite LMS memory is working on Roxaboxen in the first and fourth grades. He brought his lunch to school every day, so he does not have a favorite cafeteria food! It is no surprise that his favorite teachers include his mother, the school librarian, Mrs. Fessler, and the art teacher, Mrs. Patterson. Naturally, Will’s favorite subject was reading, and Chris Colifer wrote his favorite series called “Land of Stories.” MoreJstu sings his favorite song, “Must Have Snacks.” Will’s dad is his hero. He hopes to be a baseball player when he is older, so he is looking forward to playing baseball at his new school, Chattanooga Christian School.
Emmit Boone French, age 11, is the son Meghan and Jeremy French. His favorite LMS memory is playing games on Field Day. His favorite cafeteria food is the chicken sandwich. Emmit loved all of his teachers, but math class was his favorite. The “Eragon” series by Christopher Paolini is his favorite series to read, and he enjoys the song “Shake It Off.” Emmit’s hero is his Papa, Danny Mendoza. He hopes to be determined when he grows up, and he can’t wait to attend Chattanooga Christian School!
Graham Gervin, age 11, is the son of Edy and Syd Gervin, and the grandson of Graham Burns, all of Lookout Mountain. Graham’s favorite LMS memory is the carnival, and he has never tried the food in the cafeteria! Graham’s favorite class was math, and he doesn’t have a favorite teacher. Graham loves to read the Theodore Boone series. “Can’t Hold Us” is his favorite song, while Roger Federer is Graham’s hero. Graham hopes to become a doctor one day. He is thrilled to continue his education at McCallie under the leadership of his uncle, Lee Burns!
Known for her big smile and sweet spirit, Mae Mae Thomas Garrett is the youngest child of Julie and Carter Garrett. This 11-year-old is the last Garrett to graduate from LMS. Her favorite memory is when she found out that her big brother, Carter, was her fourth grade buddy. She even got to share him with her cousin Lala! The coconut cake was her favorite food from the cafeteria. Mrs. Cain is Mae Mae’s favorite teacher, and ELA is her favorite class. “Land of Stories” is her favorite book, while Daryl Hall and John Oats sing her favorite song, “Rich Girl.” Mae Mae said that her heros are Ned Caswell, Serena Williams, and her mom, Julie Garrett. Mae Thomas cannot wait to join her older siblings Emrick, Carter, and Davis at Baylor!
Oliver Hartmann, age 11, is the son of Elizabeth and Daniel Hartmann. His favorite memory from LMS is Field Day. Math was his favorite class, and he loved Mrs. Kaeser and Mrs. Inman. “Indian in the Cupboard” is his favorite book, and “They Call Me Tiago” is his favorite song. Scotty Cramer is Oliver’s hero. He hopes to be a vascular surgeon and can’t wait to attend McCallie!
Harrison Haley is the son of Elizabeth and Heath Haley. Lynn and Chuck Johnson are Harrison’s Lookout Mountain grandparents. His favorite memory is the cookie scavenger hunt in Mrs. Cook’s Kindergarten class when they found the cookie in Mrs. White’s office! His favorite class was art with Mrs. Patterson, and his favorite teachers are Mrs. Cook and Mrs. Inman. Cheesy garlic bread is Harrison’s favorite cafeteria concoction, and “Hatchet” is his favorite book, while “Congratulations” by Post Malone is his favorite song. Harrison’s dad, Heath, is his hero because he takes care of their family and runs a successful business, Trident Transport, that he started with Harrison’s uncle. Harrison hopes to become an engineer, and he can’t wait to be a Red Raider at Baylor!
Sarah Margaret Hopper, age 11, is the daughter of Lucia and Tommy Hopper and granddaughter of Margaret and Billy Parker. The Alpine Field Trip is Sarah Margaret’s favorite memory, and she enjoyed cafeteria’s tomato soup. Sarah Margaret is a big fan of Mrs. Caughman, and her favorite class was math. “Milkweed” is her favorite book, and she favors books on World War II. With hopes of one day becoming a doctor, Sarah Margaret is excited to follow in her mother and father’s footsteps as she will begin sixth grade at Baylor this fall. Go Big Red!
Thomas Jackson, age 11, is the third child and youngest son of Natalie and Allen Jackson. This math lover said his favorite lunch food is the lunch his mom makes. His favorite memory is during Roxaboxen when he was reading buddies with his older brother, Mac. When asked about his favorite teacher, Thomas said, “It is really hard to choose! It is a three-way tie between Ms. Johnson, Mrs. Inman, and Mrs. Kaeser.” “Unstoppable” by Tim Green is his favorite book, and Thomas loves the song “Delta” by Mumford & Sons. His hero is the Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo. In his wildest dreams, Thomas hopes to be an NFL football player. He can’t wait to join brother Mac at McCallie!
Andrew Leavengood, age 11, is the son of Karen and Albert Leavengood and the grandson of Linda and Jim Richter. Andrew is quite a go-getter and has been the reigning Carnival King for two years, 2018 and 2019, due to his persistence in selling the most coupon books. Another favorite memory is when the firetrucks sprayed the student body on Field Day and after the Boosterthon Fun Run. When asked about his favorite cafeteria food, Andrew aptly replied, “I don’t mind the chicken sandwiches.” This athlete said P.E. is his favorite class, while Cathy Slocumb, his kindergarten teacher, was his favorite teacher. Andrew had the honor of being in the last class Mrs. Slocumb taught at LMS. “The Wingfeather Series” by Andrew Peterson is Andrew’s favorite book, and he loves the song “Circles” by Post Malone. Andrew said that his dad is his hero because he works so hard for their family. With dreams of becoming a veterinarian, Andrew will join his older sister, Kathryn, at Chattanooga Christian School this fall.
Ella Hastings McGinness, known as LaLa to those who love her, is the 11-year-old daughter of Windie and Hastings McGinness. Tara and Joe McGinness are her Lookout Mountain grandparents. Her favorite LMS memory is of the fourth grade hot chocolate party. Ella Hastings loves the BBQ sandwiches in the cafeteria. Her favorite teacher is Mrs. Cain, and her favorite class is writing. “Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great” was her favorite book, and Dua Lipa sings her favorite song, “Don’t Stop Now.” LaLa’s hero is her big sister, Charlotte McGinness. This precious, vivacious, beautiful young lady hopes to be an actress when she is older. She is excited to join sister Charlotte at Baylor this fall!
Moses Mininger, age 11, is the youngest of the Mininger family. He is the son of Angela Ficca and Lucas Mininger. Moses fondly remembers the time the fifth grade spent the day at Alpine Camp and he climbed to the top of the climbing wall pretty quickly. Naturally, ice cream is his favorite food from the cafeteria. Moses shared, “Mrs. Cargill is definitely my favorite teacher.” He really enjoyed writing class and the book “Holes.” John Lennon sings Moses’ favorite song, “Imagine.” Moses delightedly exclaimed, “My amazing mom!” when asked who his hero is! When he grows up, Moses hopes to travel the world to share his love of soccer. He can’t wait to be at CCS for sixth grade, where he will join two of his older siblings, Lucas and Stella.
Nikita Redberg, age 10, is the son of Melinda and Randy Redberg. His maternal grandparents are Jan and Dan Blake. Chicken nuggets are Nikita’s favorite food in the cafeteria. Art class was his very favorite, so of course, Mrs. Patterson, was his favorite teacher. Nikita loves the book “The Series of Unfortunate Events,” and his favorite song is “Hey, Brother” by Avicii. Nikita is excited to attend Chattanooga Christian School with his brother, Sasha.
Sasha Redberg, age 11, is also the son of Melinda and Randy Redberg. His favorite memory at LMS is of making friends. His favorite cafeteria food is Cool Ranch Doritos. P.E. was Sasha’s favorite class, while Mrs. Inman was his favorite teacher. His favorite book is “Hatchet,” and “The Nights” by Avicii is his favorite song. He hopes to be a soccer player when he is older. Sasha is looking forward to sixth grade at Chattanooga Christian School.
William Chapman Roedder IV is the son of Ali and Chad Roedder. This cute 11-year-old loved the surprise field trip to the Polar Express in the first grade. His favorite cafeteria food is cheese quesadillas. Art is Chapman’s favorite class, and his kindergarten teacher, Cathy Slocumb, was his favorite teacher. “Harry Potter” is his favorite book. Chapman shared this about his hero: “My hero is my dad because he’s a great dad and he’s really good at handling tough situations. He always makes me find the good in everything that happens.” An engineer hopeful, Chapman will attend McCallie in the sixth grade.
Win Stribling, age 11, absolutely loved walking to school with his sister and cousins. He is the son of Jennifer and Strib Stribling and the grandson of June and Jackson Wingfield. Win has lots of aunts and uncles and 15 cousins who live on Lookout! He always brought his lunch to school. Win has lots of favorite teachers, including Mrs. Inman, Mrs. Caughman, Mrs. Johnson, and Mrs. Patterson. Art is Win’s favorite subject, “Lord of the Rings” is his favorite book and he enjoys the song “Brand New.” Win’s dad is his hero. When he grows up, Win hopes to be an engineer or fishing guide. The youngest of four children, Win can’t wait to join his older brother, Strib, at McCallie!
Lola Taylor, age 11, is the daughter of Yuemei Wu and Read Taylor, and her Lookout Mountain grandparents are Sally and Jerome Taylor. Her favorite memory at LMS is of making friends. Egg rolls were her favorite food in the cafeteria. Lola loved art class, and Mrs. Kaeser and Mrs. Patterson were her favorite teachers. “Little House on the Prairie” is her favorite book, and “Idol” by BTS is her favorite song. Lola shared that she is her own hero. An aspiring teacher, Lola is excited to continue her education at GPS.
Parker Tolson, age 11, is the youngest child of Amy and Clay Tolson, and her Lookout Mountain grandparents are Joann and John Tolson. This sweet girl loved the class trip to Alpine! Hamburgers were Parker’s favorite LMS cafeteria food. When asked who her favorite teacher was, Parker replied, “I can’t choose! I love them all!” She loved math and art class the most. “Hunger Games” is Parker’s favorite book series, while her favorite song is “House of Gold.” Aunt Holly Tolson Trivedi, a former youth group leader at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, who lives in London, is her amazing hero. Parker is hopeful that she will be a teacher in the future, and she will join her older siblings, Tessa and John Tyler, at Chattanooga Christian School this fall!
Wilder Wingfield, age 11, is the second oldest son of Beth and Joseph Wingfield. His Lookout Mountain grandparents are Hollie and Don Kent and June and Jackson Wingfield. He has four brothers: Teddy, Kent, Hank, and Salt, plus lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins on the mountain, as well! Wilder’s favorite LMS memory is of being Santa in the Christmas play. Popcorn chicken was his favorite cafeteria food. Wilder’s favorite class was math. Mrs. Slocumb, his kindergarten teacher, was his favorite teacher. The Bible is Wilder’s favorite book, and his hero is Jesus. “Dark Horse” is his favorite song. Wilder dreams of becoming a scale engineer and he looks forward to joining his older brother, Teddy, at McCallie next year! He will carry on the Kent and Wingfield tradition in the company of his cousins!
Jack Youngblood, age 11, is the twin son of Melissa Henderson Youngblood and Tim Youngblood. This bright young man is fortunate to have his aunt and uncle, Debbie and Dan Myers, as his neighbors! Jack talked about his favorite memory, “This past year, I swished a kickball into the basketball net when I was batting for kickball in P.E.” This math lover savors the BBQ ribs in the cafeteria. Mrs. Inman was his favorite teacher. Jack really enjoys the “Harry Potter” series, and “The Goblet of Fire” is his favorite book. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons is his favorite song. His mom and dad are his heroes. Jack thinks perhaps he will be an engineer one day, and he is excited to begin sixth grade at McCallie.
Olivia Youngblood is the 11-year-old twin daughter of Melissa Henderson Youngblood and Tim Youngblood. Her aunt and uncle, Debbie and Dan Myers, now live next door to the family in their new home! Art is Olivia’s favorite class, but she has loved ALL of her teachers. The chef salad is her favorite cafeteria food. “The Serafina Series” are Olivia’s favorite books, and she loves to listen to “40 Day Dream” by Edward Sharpe. Olivia reminisced about her favorite memory, “Whenever I pass Mrs. White in the hallway, she tells me that she needs to put a brick on my head!” A dedicated twin sister, her brother, Jack, is her hero! Girls Preparatory School is excited to welcome Oliva this fall. This sophisticated young lady hopes to be a master sommelier one day. Cheers to Olivia!
Fairyland Elementary School Honors Their 5th Grade Graduates
The Fairyland Elementary School is proud to honor its fifth graders. The community is super proud of all of our mountain fifth graders. Learn a bit more about the FES Class of 2020, and some of their school highlights. You’ll learn about this extraordinary class’s favorite cafeteria foods, aspirations and books!
All fifth graders were asked to answer some questions in order to be highlighted in the Lookout Mountain Mirror. Our sincere hope is that everyone saw the email and was able to respond. As the author of this article, I checked many times to make sure I did not miss any of your responses.
By Ann Henley Perry
Eleven-year-old Jesse Arnold loved all of his teachers at Fairyland School. In the third grade, Jesse loved the tradition of Reader’s Theatre, which took place every Friday morning. Students would act out a play during Reader’s Theatre, and one happy winter morning, it began to snow in the middle of the play! Jesse enjoyed the chicken sandwich in the cafeteria, his favorite song is “All Star” and his favorite book is “Hunger Games. With the name of Jesse, it makes sense that his hero is Jesse Owens. Jesse possesses wisdom and a knack for solving problems, so he hopes to be an FBI agent one day. Next year he will attend Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
George Bednar is a handsome 11-year-old who has loved his time at Fairyland Elementary School. His favorite memory is the Fairyland Festival, and his favorite cafeteria food was pizza. Mrs. “Cat” Catanzaro is his favorite teacher, so, of course, her math class was his favorite class. He loved the book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” and his heroes are members of his family. Next year, George will attend Chattanooga Valley Middle School. He hopes to grow up to be a mechanic and basketball player.
Teagan Bell, age 11, loved his first Fairyland Festival and it made quite an impact. Math is his favorite class. When asked who his favorite teacher was, Teagan replied, “I love all of my teachers!” “Redwall” by Brian Jacques is his favorite book, while “Candyland” by Tobu is his favorite song. Bill Watterson is his hero. While he doesn’t yet know what he wants to be when he is older, Teagan is excited to attend Chattanooga Valley Middle School in the fall.
Ten-year-old Preston Lee Branch loved the Chickamauga Battlefield Field trip. Physical education was his favorite class, and Mrs. Davis was his favorite teacher. Preston aspires to be a You Tuber when he is older. “Weird but True” is his favorite book, and “Electric Avenue” is his favorite song. His mom and dad are his heroes. Next year, Preston will attend Dade County Middle School.
Annabelle Brown, age 10, loved the Great Pumpkin Chase during which all of the dads dressed up as hippies from the 80s! Cheese pizza is Annabelle’s favorite cafeteria food, and Mrs. Cat is her favorite teacher. Annabelle loves Christmas songs, and her favorite book is “Wings of Fire.” Annabelle shared that her parents are her heroes. With a great love of animals, Annabelle hopes to be a veterinarian when she grows up. Next year, she will attend Heritage Middle School.
Lulu Burnette, age 11, is the daughter of Sudie and Eric, said her favorite memories are of laughing and having fun with her friends. She normally brings her lunch to school, but also likes chicken nuggets. Lulu loved Mrs. Edwards’ reading group, and Mrs. Millirons is her favorite teacher. Lulu loves the book “Socks” by Beverly Cleary, and her favorite song is “The Best of Both Worlds.” This adventurous girl said her mom is her hero; they share a love of the outdoors and of adventure! Lulu hopes to be a nurse when she is older, and she can’t wait to attend Baylor this fall!
Nya Christie, age 11, hopes to be an Olympic gymnast when she is older. With her love of gymnastics and cheering, her favorite memory is from the fourth grade when she and all of her friends performed a cheer show for a FES assembly. She absolutely loved PE, and her favorite teacher was Mrs. Cat. Nya’s favorite cafeteria food was teriyaki chicken. “Nancy Drew” is her favorite book, whereas Nya’s favorite song is “If We Have Each Other” by Alec Benjamin. One might guess that Nya’s hero is her gymnastics coach, Coach Ann. She will continue her gymnastics and scholastic career next year at Chattanooga Christian School.
Ella Cocker, age 11, loved the time that she and her fifth grade class made paper snowballs and threw them at Mr. Ashworth’s fourth grade class! Her favorite cafeteria food was the Thanksgiving meal, history was her favorite class, and she loved all of her teachers! “Because of Winn-Dixie” was Ella’s favorite book, and the Spice Girls sing her favorite song, “Wannabe.” Jesus is Ella’s hero. When she grows up, she wants to own her own clothing and accessory business. This aspiring boutique owner is excited to attend Hunter Middle School.
Catherine Compton, age 11, remembers fondly the day her favorite teacher, Mrs. Cat, drew with a dry erase marker on the promethean board. In fact, Mrs. Cat inspired Catherine to be a teacher when she is older! Catherine loves the cafeteria pizza, and her favorite class is art. “Harry Potter” is Catherine’s favorite book, and her hero is Leonardo Da Vinci. Girls Preparatory School will be Catherine’s home next year for middle school.
Kayah Davis, age 11, fondly remembers the time she and Ella Cocker were at the Fairyland Festival in the third grade. Along with Hunter Bennett, they were gifted all of the remaining animals in the stuffed animal tent at the end of the festival, and they loved giving them away to the little kids who were still there.
Kayah really enjoyed her ELA class, and Mr. Ashworth was her favorite teacher. “Listen, Slowly” is her favorite book, and naturally, ice cream is her favorite cafeteria food. Kayah’s hero is her pet bird, Kevin and Drip Report’s “I Like Your Sketchers” is her favorite song. The Baylor School will be home for Kayah in the sixth grade, and she hopes to become an architect one day.
Charlie Faulk, age 11, joins many of his peers in choosing the Fairyland Festival as his favorite memory. Cracker Barrel Day was by far the best day in the cafeteria for Charlie. Mrs. Giddens was his favorite teacher, and Charlie really enjoyed learning about history in social studies. His favorite book is “The BFG,” and his favorite song is “Falling” by Trevor Daniel. Charlie hopes to become a baseball player when he finishes school. Jesus is his hero. Next year, Charlie is excited to make new friends and join old friends at Chattanooga Christian School for the sixth grade.
Riley Faulk, Charlie Faulk’s twin sister, loved hanging out with friends during recess the most. Unlike her brother, Riley prefers the cafeteria pizza. Mrs. Edwards is her favorite teacher, and she loves both science and social studies. “Because of Winn-Dixie” is Riley’s favorite book, and she loves the song “Memories.” Her mom is her hero. Riley hopes to be a nurse in the future, and she is excited to be at Chattanooga Christian School next year!
Jovie Good, age 10, is a beautiful young lady who loved playing with friends at Fairyland School. Pizza is her favorite cafeteria food, and Mrs. Cat and Ms. Cairns are her favorite teachers, while science is her preferred subject. Understandably, Jovie hopes to be a scientist when she is older. Brad Paisley sings Jovie’s favorite song, “Come on Over,” while her favorite book is “Key to the Extraordinary” by Natalie Lloyd. Jovie’s mom is her hero. Next year, Jovie is excited to begin the sixth grade at Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
Hannah Elisa Hood, age 12, loves the book “Wilder Girls.” Her favorite song is “ The Man I Want to Be.” Being with her friends and teachers are Hannah Elisa’s fondest memories. In the cafeteria, she enjoyed chicken nuggets and chicken fajitas. Mrs. Cat was her favorite teacher, and math was her favorite subject. When asked to share her heroes, Hannah listed Mrs. Cat, her brother, and her mother. She dreams of becoming a dental hygienist. Chattanooga Valley Middle School will be Hannah’s new school for middle school.
Sawyer Grace Hulsey is a vivacious 11-year-old who shared, “I have many great memories of Fairyland Elementary School, but my favorite was recess on the first day of kindergarten. I was sitting on the swings with a longing in my eyes for a friend, when my friend from Good Shepherd, Mary Eliot Long, came up to me. She went to pre-K somewhere else. I was so happy to finally see her again because it had been a year since we had last seen each other! We hugged, and at that point, I knew I would have an everlasting friend! It is still a memory I will never forget.”
Sawyer Grace’s favorite cafeteria food was macaroni and cheese, but she loved the cafeteria’s ice cream for dessert. Her favorite teacher was Mrs. Cat, so, of course, she also loved Mrs. Cat’s math class. Sawyer Grace loves to read, and one of her favorites is “I Will Always Write Back.” “Chicken Fried” is Sawyer Grace’s favorite song by Zac Brown Band. Jennifer Daniels Neal is her hero because she decided to make her music without a big record label. Sawyer Grace hopes to be a marine biologist, and she is looking forward to Chattanooga Valley Middle School!
Fletcher Kent, age 11, has fond memories of a Silly String war with his friends at the Fairyland Festival! He adored “the chicken nuggets they used to serve before the cafeteria changed.” A history buff, Fletcher preferred social studies as his favorite class. He loved all of his Fairyland School teachers and could not name a favorite! His favorite books include “Wings of Fire, Book No. 5: The Brightest Night” and “Beach Party Surf Monkey.” Imagine Dragons is his favorite band, and he enjoys all of their songs. Fletcher’s parents are his heroes. A hopeful professional athlete, Fletcher can’t wait to be involved in sports at the McCallie School!
Lilly Leigh Landis, age 10, loved first grade with Ms. Davis when the whole class ran to the bathroom because the leprechauns had turned the toilet water green! Lilly exclaimed, “They also left treats in our classroom! It was a fun day that I will never forget.” Chicken nuggets were Lilly’s favorite cafeteria food. Math with Mrs. Cat was her favorite class. Lilly shared, “Ms. Cat and Mr. Ashworth are the BEST!” The “Smile” series is her favorite series of books, and Lilly enjoys the song “Cruise.” Her hero is Fallon Taylor. With hopes of becoming a large animal vet or horse trainer, Lilly will attend Chattanooga Valley Middle School in the fall.
Camp Lehn, age 12, has happy memories of playing on the playground in the snow during recess. His favorite cafeteria food was cheese sticks. Like many of his classmates, Camp said Mrs. Cat was his favorite teacher. Math class was his favorite subject, and he wants to be an engineer when he is older. “Ranger’s Apprentice” is Camp’s favorite book, and “Born Here, Live Here, Die Here” is his favorite song. An avid camper at Alpine Camp for Boys, Camp’s hero is JoJo from Alpine. Camp and his twin brother are excited to attend The McCallie School in the fall!
Thatcher Lehn, age 12, is also fond of math, and he hopes to be an architect when he is older. His favorite memory is what Thatcher dubbed “Mrs. Swim Ford and the cockroach incident.” Mrs. Cat is Thatcher’s favorite teacher, and he loves to read the Homelanders series. Much like Camp, his favorite song is “Born Here, Live Here, Die Here.” Like his twin, cheese sticks were his favorite cafeteria food and JoJo at Camp Alpine is his hero. Thatcher can’t wait to be a Blue Tornado at McCallie this fall!
Eleven-year-old Mary Eliot Long loved her time at Fairyland School, and her favorite memory was meeting all of her friends and becoming better friends than she had ever hoped. Her favorite day in the cafeteria was Cracker Barrel Day, where she enjoyed the macaroni and cheese. Math and Writing Workshop were her two favorite classes. Mary Eliot loved all of her teachers, but she especially enjoyed Mr. Ashworth. Her favorite books are the “Harry Potter” series, and the fifth book in particular is her very favorite. Songs from musicals are her favorites, while her pets are her heroes. Understandably, this young animal lover hopes to one day work for National Geographic in the field with animals. She will continue her path towards making that dream a reality by attending The Baylor School next year.
Rachel Lukens, age 11, has wonderful memories of the Fairyland Festival, gardening, and just being with her friends. Ice cream and macaroni and cheese are her favorite cafeteria foods. Science and math were her favorite classes, and “Heidi” and “The Great Brain” are Rachel’s favorite books. She could not choose a favorite teacher because she said there are too many to choose just one! With hopes of a career in agriculture, Rachel can’t wait to attend Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
Sebastian W. Mantyla, age 10, loved his first Fairyland Festival. He said, “All of the games, food, and fun, not to mention the bouncy houses… who can beat that?” Sebastian loves Fairyland School pizza, and science is his favorite class. He loves his teachers so much that he could not choose just one. Sebastian loves the “I Survived” series. Imagine Dragons sings his favorite song, “Believer.” His heroes include his teachers, his family members, and people like his friend Benjamin. He hopes to be a lot of different things when he grows up. Sebastian replied, “I want to be a software engineer, paleontologist, writer, and an artist. Whatever I end up doing, I plan to be helping others.” Sebastian said that with a second wave of coronavirus expected, he will probably attend sixth grade at home.
Colin Neal, age 11, shared that his happiest memory was becoming friends with Mary Eliot. Chicken on a WG (pronounced wee-gee) bun was his favorite cafeteria food, and PE was his favorite class. When Colin was asked who his favorite teacher was, he quipped, “How dare you!” Clearly, he loves all of his teachers. “The Hunger Games” is his favorite book, while songs he enjoys include “Highway to the Danger Zone” and “Careless Whisper.” His hero is Bill Watterson. Colin hopes to be an actor, singer/songwriter, or artist when he is older. He is excited to begin sixth grade at Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
Another twin, Kate Neal, age 11, said her favorite cafeteria food was corn dogs! Her favorite memory was hanging out with her friends Lilly and Alexis on the playground. Kate adores all of her teachers, but Mrs. Broom’s writing class was her favorite class. Like her twin, Colin, she also hopes to be a singer or musician. Kate loves the song “Hall of Fame” by The Script. She enjoyed the book “A Dog’s Purpose.” This sweet young girl claims that her friends are her heroes. She is thrilled to continue her education at Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
Bennett Ritzema, age 11, absolutely loves the ice cream in the cafeteria at Fairyland Elementary School. His favorite memory is of Coach Hall kissing a pig at the Fairyland Festival! Nonetheless, PE with Coach Hall was his favorite class. Bennett shared that he couldn’t choose a favorite teacher because he likes all of them! Bennett loves book series, including “The Ranger’s Apprentice” series, the “Percy Jackson” series, and the “Harry Potter” series. “Gladiator” by Zayde Wolf is his favorite song, and Bennett’s parents are his heroes. A natural at sports, Bennett hopes to have a job that lets him be active. He can’t wait to attend Veritas Classical School and Hilger Higher Learning for the sixth grade.
James Rogers IV fondly remembers when Riley Swinford put a “no dabbing” sign on Ezra’s desk in the fourth grade. He laughed, “It was even laminated!” This funny 11-year-old loved the chicken nuggets in the cafeteria. Mrs. Red was his favorite teacher, and he enjoyed math and reading class. The “Wings of Fire” series is his favorite book series, and Katy Perry sings his favorite song, “Fireworks.” James said that his dad is his hero. He will continue his education at Chattanooga Valley Middle School, and he hopes to be a game developer one day!
Haddon Salter is a vivacious 11-year-old who loved his time at Fairyland School. Pizza is his favorite food from the cafeteria, and he loves reading “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling. Haddon’s favorite teacher was Mrs. Cat, and social studies was his favorite subject. Lyle Lovett’s song “If I Had a Boat” resonates with Haddon. An avid Georgia football fan, Herschel Walker is Haddon’s hero because he is humble, hard-working, determined and kind. (Go Dawgs!) When Haddon was in the fourth grade in Mrs. Wilson’s homeroom, he loved the time at the end of the day when the class would gather in a circle. Haddon explained, “Mrs. Wilson would toss a stress ball to us. If you caught the ball, you got to stay in the game and toss it to someone else. If you missed, you had to leave the circle and watch. The winner was the last person left. My favorite memory was playing catch in Mrs. Wilson’s homeroom.” Next year, Haddon will begin his middle school years at The McCallie School, and he hopes to be an architect one day.
Zach Stephens, age 12, loved the time that they finished Milestone testing at Fairyland School and were able to play outside for hours! Chicken nuggets with mashed potatoes were his favorite cafeteria foods. Mrs. Davis was his favorite teacher, and math was Zach’s favorite subject. When Zack grows up, he hopes to be an animal caretaker. His favorite book is a comic book he created himself! His favorite song is “No Shame” by Tenth Avenue North. Zach is looking forward to sixth grade at Chattanooga Valley Middle School.
Eleven-year-old Morgan Stuckey remembered the time in the fourth grade in Mr. Ashworth’s class when he was trying to think of what to say, and then he just started singing the “SpongeBob Squarepants” theme song! Morgan said, “We just tagged right along with him! At one point, we could not remember the lyrics of the song. Then, Mr. Ashworth asked someone to look up the rest of the song. Finally, we started singing the rest of the song at the top of our lungs!” Naturally, Mr. Ashworth is her favorite teacher, while social studies is her favorite subject. Her favorite book is “Because of Winn-Dixie,” and “I Lived” by One Republic is her favorite song. Morgan shared that her hero is DeAnna Willingham. Thanksgiving lunch was Morgan’s favorite meal in the cafeteria. She desires to be an archeologist in the future. Girls Preparatory School will be Morgan’s new home.
Katharine Emory Talley, age 11, agrees with her fellow classmates who prefer “Cracker Barrel Day,” the day students enjoy, sweet potatoes, and ice cream! Yum! Her favorite memory at Fairyland was when she won second place in the school Spelling Bee alongside her friend Riley Swinford, who won first place. Katharine mused that Mrs. Cat is her favorite teacher, “because she always keeps class time light and fun, and she connects with students both in class and outside of school, as well.” Her favorite class is Kaleidoscope, which is a gifted program at Fairyland. Katharine stated, “Mrs. Brown teaches the class. She engages us through hands-on experiments and challenges us through self-guided learning. One time we made straw rockets in class and she also let students bring in their own rocket experiments from home to try.” The “Hunger Games” series is her favorite series, and she loves Nick Jonas’ song “Find You.” Katharine said Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath and Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team are all huge inspirations to her. When asked about her future career, Katharine explained, “I am not sure exactly what career I want to pursue just yet, but environmental conservation is very important to me, so probably something in that field.” Katharine will continue to make her mark on the world by attending Chattanooga Christian School this fall.
Zoe Thompson, age 10, has fond memories of being a library helper at Fairyland School. Science was her favorite class, and she especially enjoyed being in Mrs. Davis’ class. A fan of the school’s chicken nuggets, her favorite song is “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” “City of Ember” is Zoe’s favorite book. Her hero is her older sister, Delaney. An aspiring nurse, Zoe is excited to attend Chattanooga Christian School next year.
Noel Hope Warren, age 11, loved Miss Cairn’s library time. Her favorite book is “Wings of Fire No. 6: Moon Rising” by Tui T. Sutherland. She brought her own lunch to school, so she does not have a cafeteria favorite. Along with so many others, Mrs. Cat is her favorite teacher. Mrs. Cat is also Noel’s hero! Noel’s favorite memory is finding Mrs. Cat sitting on a table talking to students. “Oh to See the Dawn” is Noel’s favorite song. She hopes to be a paleontologist one day, and is excited to attend Chattanooga Christian School this fall!
Eve Wheeler is passionate about ridding the world of discrimination. In her words, “Boo, discrimination!” This wise and humorous young lady said her favorite memory was actually hitting her friend, Lulu, in the face with a football when they were playing soccer! Pizza was Eve’s favorite cafeteria food. Her favorite class was social studies, and Mrs. Cat was her favorite teacher. James Patterson’s book “Maximum Ride” is her favorite book, while “Ghetto Memories” by Blanco Brown is her favorite song. Eve is excited to attend Dade County Middle School next year.
T.H. Wingfield, age 11, loved his time with friends at Fairyland School. Teriyaki chicken was his favorite meal in the cafeteria, while writing was his favorite class. T.H. loved his pre-K teacher, Mrs. Burton, and she remains his favorite teacher. “The Harry Potter” series charmed T.H., just as it did many of his classmates. The soundtrack from “Hamilton” is his favorite music. Stoney, T.H.’s big brother, is his hero, and they will be together next year at McCallie. When he grows up, he hopes to be a doctor or lawyer.
Sarah Dade Youmans, age 11, loved it when her friend Jovie put a fake cockroach on the floor and scared Mrs. Swinford! Meanwhile, her favorite cafeteria food was ice cream. Reading was her favorite subject, and “Maximum Ride” was her favorite book. “Panda” is her favorite song. Sadie said, “I don’t have a favorite teacher. I liked them all.” Her heroes are her mom and dad. Sadie is looking forward to attending Baylor School in the fall, and she hopes to be a lawyer one day.
Cooper Zendejas, age 11, has happy memories of playing Frisbee at the top of the hill and throwing it onto the baseball field to see who could throw it the farthest. He packed his lunch every day, and “lunch” was his favorite class! This humorous young man said he loves the song “Foil” by Weird Al. When asked what he hopes to be when he grows up, he replied, “I am only 11; I have no clue!” Mr. Ashworth is Cooper’s favorite teacher. He really loves the “I Survived” book series. The catcher for the Atlanta Braves, Tyler Flowers, is Cooper’s hero. Cooper looks forward to attending Boyd Buchanan School this fall!