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Contact: Helen Bryenton
I was raised in Crossville attending a very small church group that felt like family. As an adult, I searched for that same feeling in a couple of different churches. When I finally found Westminster Presbyterian, I got that feeling that I had when I was growing up in that small church. It feels just right!
I grew up doing plays at The Playhouse and being outside exploring the woods and farm. I went to UT and majored in Theatre. I have held many jobs that include working at Walt Disney World, being a travel agent, tour guide, and waitress. I was a professional actress for many years in Chicago, and worked at The Second City comedy club doing work both on and off stage.
Kenny and I have been together for 25 years and thought Knoxville was a great place to raise a family. Our children, Ella and James, attend Bearden Middle. I homeschooled the kids during their last elementary school years. I love the natural learning process of children and believe learning should be fun, not torture!
My husband, Ed, and I were both born and raised in Knoxville, and graduated from UT (Go Big Orange). We have raised two girls, Rachel and Sarah. Rachel is married, living in Corryton, and has 2 young children ages 3 and 6 that I have spoiled with no guilt attached. Sarah is single and lives here in Knoxville. I am a retired Knox County elementary teacher. I taught mostly Kindergarten, with several years of 1st and 2nd mixed in as well. I began teaching in 1972 and had to resign in ‘86 when our second child was born. She had congenital deafness and some respiratory issues that required our full attention. I returned back to work in ‘96 as the director of Second Presbyterian Preschool where we were members. I went back to teaching with Knox County in 1999.
I spend a lot of my time taking care of the needs of my 86 year old mother who lives here. I volunteer time at Lonsdale elementary where our oldest daughter, Rachel, teaches. I miss teaching and working with children, but not the hassles of the educational system. I like to read, especially James Patterson books. I am a member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society, and attend Tai Chi classes at the O’Connor Senior Citizens Center and other classes around town. I spend a lot of time with our grandchildren; taking care of them when they are sick, and providing “taxi” service as needed due to parent’s working schedules.
This is an exciting time at Westminster with so many new families joining. I look forward to interacting with you as parents and with working with your children.
Peace and Grace to you,