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Kindergarten through Fifth Grade


Latin, Science, Homework Club, and Administrator


Kristen Gardner


I am so excited to join the CBT family! 

I am originally from Asheville, North Carolina but have lived in Chattanooga since 2004.  I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, from a very young age.  I attended a small church, so I was able to be extremely involved with the children’s ministry.  The Lord placed the desire of teaching in my heart very early on, and it has remained my passion. 

I met my husband, Paul, at King College in Bristol, TN, while I was studying to earn my Elementary Education degree.  We married in 2004 and ended up staying here in his hometown.  We moved to a house on the back of Lookout Mountain, and I got a job teaching 1st grade at Chattanooga Christian School, Paul’s alma mater.  It was a great fit for me, and I loved teaching kids to read! 

In 2011, I had my first daughter, Eden, and became a stay-at-home mom for the next 10 years.  Then came Ava, in 2014 and Bo in 2016.  Staying home with them was the best decision but definitely hard on the finances, so I eased back into the working world, helping in the MDO Pre-K at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church and then in the 2 year old room at CCS. 

I am extremely excited to be back in a role where I am most passionate!  Children are truly a gift from the Lord, and I look forward to supporting and working closely with the CBT families as they are faithful to the Lord’s call in raising their children.

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