Debbie Gentry

7th and 8th Grade Science Teacher


Although Chattanooga, Tennessee is still home, I've lived in Georgia, New Jersey, and Texas and enjoyed each state for its unique gifts. I earned my teaching degree from Middle Tennessee State University, anticipating that my husband and I would later join the staff of Campus Crusade. My first teaching position was at Brown Middle School in an open sixth-grade classroom with two other teachers and ninety-plus students. Over the next seven years, I taught fifth and sixth-grade students in the same school, but walls were eventually added to our classrooms. In 1985 I retired from teaching to be home with our first son. For the next few years, I taught part-time for a "prevention through education" nonprofit facilitating field trips for Health House at Erlanger Hospital until we moved to New Jersey. From 1993 to 1997, I taught fourth grade at Chattanooga Christian School. In 1997 I joined the Covenant faculty as a fifth-grade teacher. During my tenure at Covenant, I've taught science, math, history, and Bible in grades five through eight. Although my youngest son graduated in 2010, I love being part of the Covenant family.

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Looking back on my childhood, I can see how God was leading me to teach, although I didn't realize it at the time.

Why do you choose to work at CCA? I love being at Covenant and believe I am doing what God has called me to do.

What is one fun fact about you? This is my third time living in Texas.

What is your favorite book of all time? I love The Velveteen Rabbit and The Little Prince because they teach such deep truths in a beautiful and simple way.

What is one thing that can instantly make your day better? An unexpected blessing

What do you like to do for fun? Travel, garden, read, cook, take in God's beauty in nature, try new restaurants

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