Academic Support Services
Mrs. Melissa Edwards graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She continued her studies at Appalachian earning her Masters Degree in Elementary Education and a Reading K-12 Certification. After several years of teaching, Mrs. Edwards also added an AIG certification. After teaching 17 years of Kindergarten and 1 year of 1st grade at Edward Best Elementary, Mrs. Edwards became the AIG Resource teacher at Edward Best Elementary. Beginning in 2017, Mrs. Edwards serves 2 schools, Edward Best Elementary and Laurel Mill Elementary as the AIG Resource Teacher.
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Exceptional Children's Department
Ms. Rebecca Peel is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, TN. There she received her B.S. in Special Education. She recently graduated with her M.A. in Christian Education and Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. This is Ms. Peel's first year as a teacher, but she has had experience working with children with disabilities as an Instructional Assistant for two years. She enjoys reading books, taking walks in nature and traveling.
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Speech and Language Pathology
Kim Sledge is a graduate of Appalachian State University, earning a Bachelor of Science, and the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, earning a Master of Science, both in Speech Language Pathology. Her career has extended over 41 years, with experience working in hospitals, clinics and home health, as well as in schools with students from birth to 21 years of age. During this time, she has had the opportunity to attend and present at state and national conferences and also earned the Autism Certificate from East Carolina University. Mrs. Sledge enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult daughters (anywhere is fine, but preferably at the beach!) as well as reading, power walking and listening to music.
Favorite quote or Educational Philosophy: “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.” – Mae Jemison, American engineer, physician and first African American female NASA astronaut