Nedra Lynnell Smith Darden began her teaching career in Knoxville, Tennessee, after graduating from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. After working as a Special Educator in an elementary resource position for three years, Lynnell then moved back to her hometown of Springfield, TN., where she began teaching Special Education in the middle school setting. After several years as a resource teacher, she then became a teacher/coordinator. During this time she attended Tennessee State University and received a Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision. She was then named a Coordinator of Special Education which led to her position as a Supervisor of Special Education for the Robertson County School System. She held that supervisory position for 15 years, assisting teachers through professional development, observations, and inclusionary practices to help meet the needs of all students. She has completed the TEAM Observation Process and is a Certified TEAM Observer. Lynnell recently retired from the school system with over 33 years of service.
Realizing there was still a desire to be actively involved in education and life’s learning processes, Mrs. Darden has become a Master Clinician with the Ready2Teach Program with Austin Peay State University in September 2011. She is excited about the opportunity to work with mentor teachers, clinicians and supervisors, as they work together to help develop future educators.
Lynnell enjoys reading, walking, listening to music, sports and traveling in her spare time. She is also a Certified Lay Speaker in the United Methodist Church. She and her husband John are both graduates of The University of Tennessee and are public educators. They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this year (2011) and are the proud parents of a daughter, who will be graduating from The University of Tennessee in December (2011).
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