First Grade

Betty Coleman

Betty Coleman was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She attended Metro Nashville Public Schools and later graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with endorsements in early childhood and library science. She also has a JD from Nashville School of Law. She has taught in Metro Schools for over 30 years. Before becoming a teacher at Julia Green, Mrs. Coleman was a Julia Green parent. She was extremely pleased with the education and care that her daughter received while attending Julia Green. Each year, Mrs. Coleman strives not only to build a community of learners in her classroom, but also a community of caring individuals. Mrs. Coleman loves teaching the students at Julia Green and getting to know their families. When Mrs. Coleman is not in school she enjoys reading, photography, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

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Millie Lentz

Millie Lentz has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 2002. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a minor in health, and a master’s degree of Instructional Practice grades K-6th from Lipscomb University. She has an English Language Learner Endorsement and a Technology Integration Certificate completing a master’s degree plus 30 hours. Mrs. Lentz has worked for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools since 2014 as a special education paraprofessional, substitute teacher, interim teacher, and a first-grade teacher. Mrs. Lentz believes that all students are unique individuals and that all students can learn! Outside of school, she enjoys exercising, organizing, and spending time with her husband, family, friends, and pets.

Connie Pilkinton

Connie Pilkinton was born in Chattanooga and grew up between Nashville and Chattanooga. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Austin Peay State University, a master’s degree in early childhood education from Middle Tennessee State University, and has 30 additional hours of graduate credits with a reading focus, including reading recovery training. Mrs. Pilkinton began her teaching career in 1984 in Fort Hood, Texas, teaching kindergarten. In 1988, she joined the Julia Green faculty, teaching kindergarten until 2013, when she began teaching 1st grade. Over the years, she has enjoyed building relationships with the children she has taught and their families. When not teaching, Mrs. Pilkinton enjoys spending time with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

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Deann Wooldridge

Deann Wooldridge was born and raised in Nashville and attended Metro schools herself. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Memphis and a Masters in Literacy for the University of Tennessee. She was recently awarded the Ayers Fellowship from Lipscomb University to pursue an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership. When she’s not at school, Mrs. Woodridge enjoys spending time at the lake with her family and friends. She also loves to travel.