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Kindergarten Team

Kindergarten Team

Kandace Hankins


Ms. Hankins is beginning her second year of teaching kindergarten and is excited to become a founding teacher at NSAES. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education with a focus in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K - 3).

 Ms. Hankins loves elementary education because she values the importance of building a solid educational foundation for her students. As a Kindergarten teacher, she loves to incorporate student creativity and individuality into her instruction throughout each core content area. She is driven by her students' energetic spirits and she aims to set the bar high during their first critical years of learning.

Krystal Earley-McGowen

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As a passionate and lifelong learner, Ms. McGowan began her journey in education by earning her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Memphis. She then pursued her Master’s degree in instruction and curriculum with a focus on elementary education.

With five years of experience, and a supportive educational background, Ms. McGowan describes herself as a versatile educator who believes in a participatory pedagogical approach. It is with this approach that she creates conducive environments that aims for cooperative learning within the classroom, and the integration of various learning strategies, catered to the visual, kinesthetic and auditory learner.

As an educator who has been privileged to work in a variety of settings, she has also had the opportunity of working with a wide variety of students, including those afflicted with ADHD, cerebral palsy, exceptional learners, and autism. It is from this experience, she has been able to remain sensitive to the uniqueness of each student’s needs, provide individualized support and cultivate a supportive and positive learning environment.

Through her teaching, Ms. McGowan aims to provide an alternative method of traditional teaching methods, promote individual growth and critical thinking skills.

Lindsey Weeden


With a family full of educators, Ms. Weeden always knew teaching was her calling. She is native Memphian and passionate about the city she calls home. Ms. Weeden joins Nexus as a founding kindergarten teacher. She currently holds a Master’s degree in Literacy studies from Ole Miss and a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Middle Tennessee State University. 

Ms. Weeden brings to Nexus her passion of creating strong  life long readers. By using the whole language approach to instruction, Ms. Weeden enjoys incorporating language development throughout the entire school day. You will find that her instruction derives by incorporating hands-on engaging instruction that is child centered and meaningful. She says the most satisfying thing about teaching in early childhood education is watching children not only learn to read, but become passionate about what they are reading.