Staff Photo by Robin Rudd / The Montessori School at Highland Park opens this fall and was rebuilt in the last year on the site of the former Highland Park Grammar School. The school opens its door to students on Thursday, Aug. 5.

Some area schools will start this week

Several Chattanooga-area schools and school systems kick off the first day of school this week.

Hamilton County Schools charter schools and private Catholic schools open Thursday, Aug. 5. These schools include three charter schools — Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Chattanooga Preparatory School and the new Montessori Elementary at Highland Park — and three Catholic schools — St. Jude School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and Notre Dame High School.

School systems opening this week including Chattooga County Schools and Dade County Schools on Aug. 5, followed by Whitfield County Schools, Bradley County Schools and Cleveland City Schools opening Friday, Aug. 6.


UnifiEd selects new board officers

Chattanooga education nonprofit UnifiEd has selected new executive officers to its board. New executive members include:

> Chair - Dr. Kathleen Hunt

> Vice chair, governance - Wayne Brown

> Vice chair, membership - Jaime Jimenez Kerns

> Secretary - Janet Radden

> Treasurer - Joyce Hardaway

The organization began shifting to a member-driven board last year before the pandemic began, with two of the new board officers elected by UnifiEd members.


McCallie School teacher named 2021 Tennessee History Teacher of the Year

Duke Richey, a history teacher at McCallie School, has been named the 2021 Tennessee History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Richey said in a news release that his goal as a social studies educator is "that my students feel that history is intensely personal and that we all have tangible links to the past."

Teachers are nominated for the History Teacher of the Year award by students, parents and faculty. The award, created in 2004, recognizes one K-12 history teacher from each state, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense schools and U.S. territories.

Richey will receive $1,000 and McCallie School will receive history books and education materials from Gilder Lehrman and recognition at the Tennessee Council for History Education in September.

From the state winners, the organization will also select a National History Teacher of the Year later this fall.

Contact Anika Chaturvedi at or 423-757-6592.