Our Staff

Dr. Ryan Bandy

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Honors Academy Director, Social Studies


Experience: 18th year teaching (18th at Ridgeland) 


Education

Sewanee: The University of the South - B.A. History/Political Science 

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - M.A. Secondary Education

 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Ed.D. Learning & Leadership 


Classes: AP Human Geography (9), AP World History (10), AP Psychology (12) 

Other: Social Studies Department Head, Model UN Sponsor 

Mrs. Sandy Bush

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 English/Language Arts


Experience: 21st year teaching (15th at Ridgeland)


Education:

 Auburn University - B.A. Communications/Public Relations
Hollins University - M.A. Teaching


Classes: Honors English I (9), AP Language & Composition (11), Honors Senior Project (12)
Other: Key Club Co-Sponsor, Bible Club Sponsor

Ms. Jeannette Collins

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Foreign Language


Experience: 22nd year teaching (20th at Ridgeland)


Education

University of Cincinnati - B.A. Spanish, Certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - M.Ed. Spanish


Classes: Honors Spanish 1 (10), Honors Spanish 2 (11)
Other: Key Club Sponsor 

Dr. Darren Crutcher

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 English/Language Arts


Experience: 19th year teaching (18th at Ridgeland)


Education:

 University of Tennessee - B.A. English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - M.Ed. Secondary Education
Valdosta State University - Ed.S. Instructional Technology
Walden University - Ed.D Instructional Technology 


Classes: AP Human Geography (9), Honors English 2 (10), AP Language & Composition (12)
Other: English/Language Arts Department Head, Senior Graduation Coordinator

Ms. Mandi Dean

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 Mathematics


Experience: 4th year teaching (4th at Ridgeland)


Education

Berry College - B.S. Secondary Mathematics Education


Classes: Acc. Algebra I/Algebra II (9), Acc. Algebra II/Geometry (10), AP Computer Science Principles (12)
Other: Cross Country Coach, Robotics Team Sponsor

Mrs. Kirsten Jagger

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 Social Studies


Experience: 7th year teaching (7th at Ridgeland)


Education:

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - B.S. Secondary Education in History
Valdosta State University - M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching


Classes: AP United States History (11), Honors Economics (12), AP Government (12), AP Psychology (12)

Other: Key Club Co-Sponsor

Dr. Jongsuk Keum

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 Mathematics


Experience: 21st year teaching (9th at Ridgeland)


Education

Chonbuk National University - Ph.D. Number Theory
University of Georgia - A.B.D. Ph.D. Mathematics Education


Classes: College Algebra (11), College Precalculus (11), College Intro. to Statistics (12), College Calculus 1 (12), AP Calculus BC (12), AP Computer Science Principles (12)
Other: Math Club Sponsor

Mrs. Candy Bunn

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 Science


Experience: 6th year teaching (6th Ridgeland)


Education

Dalton State University - B.S. Chemistry


Classes: Honors Physics (9), Honors Chemistry (11), AP Chemistry (12) 


Other: Homecoming Sponsor

Mrs. Sandy Weathers

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Science


Experience: 26th year teaching (26th at Ridgeland)


Education

Chattanooga State Community College - A.S. Interpreter for the Deaf
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - B.S. Environmental Studies
Mississippi State University - M.S. Geosciences
Nova SoutheasternUniveristy - Ed.S. Brain BasedTeaching


Classes: Honors Biology (10), AP Biology (12), AP Environmental Science (12)
Other: Science Department Head, Science National Honor Society Sponsor, National Honors Society Sponsor, Supreme Ruler of the Snack Cart