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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.

Christian Moore

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Ms. Moore is a native Memphian and has been in education for 6 years. She has experience in kindergarten, first grade, and second grade. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State and a Master’s in Education from Christian Brothers University. Currently she is pursuing her Education Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership from Union University. Ms. Moore exemplifies what it means to be a life longer learner and is excited about instilling the same passion for learning in her scholars.

 We are so excited to have her on our team as a Founding Kindergarten Teacher!