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Maggie Ramsay (Foundations in Writing, Literature/Composition, and English I/II)
With a BA in Secondary Teaching and an MA in Education, Maggie Ramsay holds certificates in both English for grades 8-12 and writing for grades K-12. Additionally, she possesses extended certification in Language Arts for grades 5-8. Maggie has taught at both Model Lab and Berea Community as a long term substitute teacher for middle school language arts. More recently, she taught for four years at Madison Southern High School, as a 9th Grade English Teacher.
Maggie brings needed understanding to the nuances of teaching writing to middle and high school students. Her experience is solid as well as diverse. She has not only tutored for programs like First Steps and Upward Bound, but she has also worked as a home school tutor utilizing the IEW program.
Maggie has enjoyed traveling through Europe, including a summer program at King’s College in London studying women writers in Victorian England. A native of London, Kentucky, she is now married with two small children. Brimming with expertise and enthusiasm, she will undoubtedly be an asset to Wellspring’s Academic Center!
Leann Calico (General Science, Physical Science, Chemistry I)
A graduate of EKU and UK, Leann Calico has a BS in Chemistry with a minor in Math as well as a BS in Chemical engineering. She worked steadily in her field as first a process engineer, then a packaging engineer and finally a project engineer, over the course of six years. Prior to and during that time, she worked as an Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor and an Introductory Chemistry Lab Instructor for EKU. . Her work for the Center for Applied Energy Research at UK in the experimental study of water-gas shift catalysts was published and appears in such journals as Applied Catalysis A, Catalysis Letters, and The Journal of Physical Chemistry B. .
Leann is married with two preschool daughters. She is excited about education and has shifted her focus in that direction as she anticipates the possibility of schooling her own children. At her church, she has served in a tutoring program as a private tutor. She has had several years of experience tutoring students at all levels of education from elementary school to post-secondary.
We welcome Leann and the wealth of experience she provides!
Gabrielle Steere (Intro to Spanish and Spanish I)Gabrielle Steere is nearing the end of a Masters Program in Teaching World Languages through the University of Kentucky. As a graduate of Berea College, she received her BA in Spanish with a French minor. Teaching foreign language is her training specialty. She offers a wealth of knowldege and cutting edge experience. Most recently, Gabrielle interned as a Spanish teacher for Dunbar High and Beaumont Middle schools, creating lesson plans, administering grades, and managing the classroom. Gabrielle has also taught college-level Spanish labs at UK and worked as a college language lab supervisor and tutor at Berea College.
As a part of her college study abroad program, Gabrielle spent time studying in Segovia Spain and learning Spanish culture. In 2008, she worked alongside missionaries at an orphanage in San Jose de Pinula, Guatemala, acting as a translator. She also spent time studying the socio-economic standards of children belonging to various social classes in other cities in Guatemala such as Zacapa, Tikal, and Antigua in an independent study with three other classmates.
Alongside her husband, Jess, Gabrielle serves and mentors college students through the InterVarsity chapter at her alma mater, Berea. Together they are also interning as college pastors at their home church, River of Life. Their son, Clay, will be one year old in May. Delighted to to put her skills to use in our academic center, she is also curious and excited to learn more about the home school community since she hopes to teach her son at home someday.