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Fifth Grade

Abbie Cowden

Abbie Cowden is a native from Nashville. She attended Belmont University where she received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and later a Master of Arts in Teaching. While attending Belmont, she was a 4 year Division I collegiate athlete on the women's golf team. After school, she taught 2nd grade in Tennessee and then Charleston, South Carolina for a year. Mrs. Cowden believes in building a classroom community that treats each other like family, and recognizes and capitalizes on each student’s individual strengths. Outside of school, Mrs. Cowden loves spending quality time with her family and friends. She also enjoys running Nashville’s greenways, exploring local coffee shops, and traveling to learn about new cultures around the world. 

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Crystal Keefe

Crystal Keefe is excited to be joining the 5th Grade team at JG! She moved to Nashville from Raleigh, NC in 2021, and this will be her 10th year teaching. As a military child, she grew up living around the world and many different places in the United States, and she is happy to now call Nashville home! She earned a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Delaware and a master's degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia. Ms. Keefe is passionate about helping all students discover their dreams and providing them with the tools to chase those dreams. She loves cooking, spending time outside, reading, and doing anything creative!

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