Lori Shelton

Lori Shelton is a retired educator with 28 years of experience.  In addition to her 15 years in the classroom, she also served as a reading facilitator, an academic interventionist, a literacy coach, and an adjunct reading instructor at a local college. During Lori's tenure as a state literacy coach, she attended a Phonics First training through the Brainspring Educational Academy. The program is a multisensory approach that supports struggling readers with dyslexic tendencies in becoming successful readers.   Lori is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and Belhaven University. She is endorsed as a K-12 Reading Specialist.  Currently, is also serving as a certified trainer in Student Motivation and Engagement Strategies with the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. She and her husband, Greg, live in Brandon, Mississippi. 

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Cheryl Saffle

I am a native Jacksonian and Mississippi State graduate that has lived in Brandon, Mississippi for the past 20 years.  I am married to Thomas Saffle, Jr. and we have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.


I am an active highly qualified teacher with 48 years of teaching experience in elementary education in both the public and private sector.  I have earned a Masters Degree in elementary education and a Master’s Degree in Exceptional Education in the areas of EMR, LD, & Gifted.  In addition, I have a Specialist’s Degree in early childhood education with an emphasis in reading and am Nationally Board Certified.  


My passion for teaching stems from teaching children how to read.  I am not a certified therapist but have had training in the Scottish Rites program for Dyslexia and have been working with students who have dyslexia tendencies for the past 20 years.   I am very interested in helping your child to learn to enjoy the advantages of being a confident reader.


Gerry Britt

I am a retired math teacher, having taught public school for 28 years.  Currently I teach part time at a private academy.  I have Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Educational Specialist degrees.  Over the past 30 years, my students have ranged from junior high to college level.   My experience includes preparation for the math portion of the ACT, the PSAT, the GRE, and the ASVAB.

In 2004, I opened A+ Tutoring Center.  At A+, my staff and I worked with students of all ages.  A+ Tutoring Center was a place that parents could find help for their children’s academic needs, including test prep.  My motto for A+ was that we were trying to work ourselves out of business.  Success and confidence for the client was our focus.   I closed A+ in May of 2018 so that I could devote more time to my students rather than the day-to-day routine tasks  of running a business. 


Jeffery Spears

My name is Jeff Spears, and I am a retired science teacher with 35 years of experience teaching secondary science. Courses I have taught include Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Anatomy and
Physiology, and Advanced Placement Chemistry. For the last 7 years I have tutored students in all science classes and prepared students for the ACT science section. My wife, Dianne, and I live in Pearl.

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Andrea Mcswain

I am Andrea Mcswain.  I have 8 years experience in general education and special education.  I am very passionate about helping students with special needs.  I have a Master in the Art of  teaching, which I obtained in 2015.  In 2017, I was selected to receive a Specialist in Teacher Leadership Award. I am a graduate of William Carey University located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


Stacey Bennett

 I am Stacey Bennett.  I am married and we have one daughter.  I have 16 years of teaching experience.  I have an elementary education degree from Belhaven University.  My endorsements are Kindergarten-4th Grade.  I enjoy football, baseball, shopping, and spending time outdoors.