My name is Bethany Schklar, and I'm thrilled to be a 4th grade teacher at Normal Park!
I was born in a small town in Illinois. (Fun fact: it's where Heath bars and Marathon gas come from!) My parents' job took our family around the world, so I grew up in the Netherlands and Brazil. I attended Hope College in Michigan, and graduated with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography. I began my career in education at an after school program, and fell in love with it, so I decided to go back to school to become an elementary school teacher. I moved to Chicago and worked for GEAR UP at Roosevelt University, which is a program that targets inner city youth and focuses on college awareness and readiness. During this time, I also attended classes at Roosevelt, and graduated with my Masters degree in Elementary Education in 2008. I taught 2nd grade Gifted for four years, then moved to Nashville where I taught 2nd grade at an International School. I then moved to Chattanooga, and initially worked at Orchard Knob Elementary before finding Normal Park. I have been a proud member of the NP staff since 2015. I feel fortunate to have found my way to Chattanooga, and NP, and I look forward to another great year here!
I'm passionate about teaching, world culture, the arts, and dance. In my spare time, I like to run, read, hike, and plan my family's next adventure.
I have a wonderful husband, and an amazing son named Noah. I love Diet Coke, pizza, fancy teacher pens, and great jokes.
Thank you for allowing me to be a partner is your child's education!
Please feel free to reach out with any questions, or comments you might have.