Fourth Grade Teachers

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Amy Varga is a fourth-grade teacher at Battle Creek Elementary.  She is a highly-enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who loves working with children of all ages and abilities.  She is highly qualified in all subject areas. Amy has taught middle school for 13 years 5th through 8th grade English and Social Studies.   For the past seven years, Amy has been employed at Spring Hill Middle School.  While being there, she initiated and managed the Green Team.  She also was a manager of the Builder’s Club for several years.  She embraces student leadership, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and technology. 

She was also employed at Oliver Middle School in Brentwood, TN for six years where she taught fifth grade English and Social Studies.  While at Oliver Middle School, she led the Recycling Team, Women of Worth, was a member of the School Leadership Team, and was a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee. 

Amy attended Belmont University and received a Master’s in Education certification PreK-8 with 3.95 grade point average in May 2006.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude undergraduate degree Bachelor of Arts in May 2005 with a double major in Music and History with 3.88 grade point average.  She was a member of Alpha Chi, Kappa Delta Phi, and Phi Alpha Theta.

Amy is committed to her students and creates and facilitates daily and unit lesson plans providing whole-group and small group instruction based upon student data.  She builds an instructive and safe-learning environment for all students within her classroom.
Currently, Amy resides in Spring Hill, TN where she lives with her husband and two children.  She loves being active and running long distances and marathons.  She also enjoys hiking, swimming, biking, and any sport or activity outdoors.  Feel free to contact Amy Varga at 


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Beverly Gonzalez has served in education for 27 years, primarily in California, where she was named California Teacher of the Year in 2011.  She has served in many capacities in education and has a driving passion for creating learning environments where all students are thoroughly engaged, feel safe, and learn at high levels.  She and her husband previously lived in Tennessee for two years and have recently permanently relocated to Spring Hill where their son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter have lived for the past 6 years.  Their older son lives in California with his wife and three sons. 

Mrs. Gonzalez is very excited to be a Battle Creek Cub.  She believes that teaching is a “team sport” and gladly welcomes family members to visit and 
help out, as schedules allow.  She emphatically says that there is absolutely nothing else that she would rather do than teach! 


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Originally from Memphis, TN, Mrs. Cockrell is coming to Battle Creek Elementary from Chattanooga.  Mrs. Cockrell attended University of Tennessee Chattanooga and earned a degree to teach Pre-K through 8th grade, as well as special education Pre-K through 3rd grade .  After graduating from UTC, she worked as a 3rd and 1st grade interim teacher at Normal Park Museum Magnet School.  She has worked as a 4th grade teacher at Nolan Elementary on Signal Mountain for four years.   Mrs. Cockrell will graduate from Carson-Newman University's Educational Leadership Masters of Education program in December of 2019.  

Mrs. Cockrell and her husband are had their first child, a baby boy, on July 3rd! In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors, running with her dog, practicing yoga, and reading.  She is very excited to be a Battle Creek Cub!  




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Laura Johnston earned her degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Memphis in 2006 and began her teaching career with Shelby County Schools in Memphis, Tennessee. She spent her first six years in the classroom gaining professional experience with multiple elementary grade levels. Two of those years were devoted to teaching in a classroom focused on specialized education for diverse learners.  

A move to Atlanta, Georgia with her husband allowed Laura to dedicate her time to educating herself more about children with learning differences. She spent four years working in a private setting, facilitating one-on-one day school for children with cognitive and academic deficits that hindered their success in the general education setting. During Laura’s time at Academics Plus, she was able to further her own education and developed a passion for understanding the inner workings of our children’s minds. She has a unique perspective into what exactly is required of our brains to do the “task” of learning at the deepest levels and is excited to bring that knowledge and experience to her Fourth Grade classroom at Battle Creek Elementary.  

After welcoming her son in 2016, Laura made the decision to begin teaching Fifth Grade math for the Georgia Cyber Academy, an online public charter school system serving students all over the state of Georgia. The virtual education environment presents its own unique challenges because students, teachers, and families are not physically together on a day-to-day basis. Laura prides herself on a positive rapport and “team” mentality with all of her students and their families. She believes every child deserves to know that he or she has a cheering section both at home and at school.  

Laura is ecstatic to be moving home to Tennessee with her husband and two year old son. She is looking forward to meeting and developing meaningful relationships with each of our wonderful Battle Creek Elementary School families!