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Sharla Conklin Staff Photo
Subjects Taught
Language, Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, Spelling


I am proud to say that I grew up in Hamblen County and received my education in the Hamblen County public school system.  After graduating from East High School in 1992, I attended Walters State Community College and then moved on to Tusculum College, where I received my BA in Elementary Education.


The 2010-2011 school year was my first year as a classroom teacher.  I was fortunate to have been placed at John Hay for my student teaching experience in 2007.  In 2009, I began substitute teaching and spent the majority of my time at John Hay.  Due to the decision to remain at home with my small children until they began school, substituting was my only form of experience during this time.  As the 2010-11 school year came near I began hoping and praying for a opening at John Hay.  I learned there was an opening for an interim position for 1 year so I applied and was selected.  After my 1st year as an interim I was then hired on as a full-time employee.  The current 2014-15 school year marks my 5th year as a first grade teacher at John Hay.  I have never been happier or more fullfilled with any job in my life.   


I currently live in Morristown with my two children. My daughter, Macy, is 11 and my son, Drew, is 8.  Macy and Drew both attend John Hay.  I also have a cute little yorkie named Tucker that eagerly waits daily for the 3 of us to return home in hops of some cuddle time.  After graduating from Tusculum in May of 2007, I made the decision for to stay home with my small children. I planned to begin my teaching career once they started school.  I was very excited about getting into the classroom.   Waiting was not easy, but I felt it was best for my family at that time.  I began substitute teaching a few days a week in 2009 in Hamblen County Schools.  I was happy to have spent the majority of my substitute teaching placements at John Hay where I strengthened my love for this school.  I became aware of the opportunity to work as a classroom teacher for the 2010-2011 school year and decided to apply.  I am so fortunate to have been selected for the position of a first grade teacher here at John Hay.  I am working among a wonderful staff and couldn't ask for better grade-level teammates.  Not to mention, I absolutely LOVE these kids!