Betsy Phillips, MEd and MA


I graduated from MTSU in 2002 with my BA in English and with minors in Secondary Education and French. After three years of teaching middle school, I continued my education at MTSU and graduated in 2007 with a MEd in Administration and Supervision. Finally, I returned a third time to earn my MA in Creative Writing in 2016, this time from SNHU.

I have nineteen years of experience inside the classroom in two different systems. In those years, I have taught middle school and high school level courses in various subjects, such as Language Arts/Reading; English II, III, and IV (some honors and inclusion); Dual Enrollment English 1010, 1020, 2130, and 2135; and French I. I was also the assistant band director and color guard instructor for my first four years of teaching.

I have two daughters who keep me quite busy between band, soccer, dance, and tumbling. Theater is another huge part of our lives: You will often find us at SJCC to audition, rehearse, or perform at various times of the year. During quarantine, I really developed my love for baking and spend quite a few hours baking my homemade cakes, cookies, cobblers, and more when not acting as chauffeur to my kids. We also spend our breaks traveling to places we have never experienced and cross them off of our travel bucket list.

I am excited for this opportunity to work with the CCSS Virtual Academy team as we collaborate, develop, and deliver a successful virtual academic year! I look forward to serving the community through this new role and know that we will experience success.

Elizabeth Peckinpaugh, BS


My name is Elizabeth Peckinpaugh. I am originally from Chattanooga, TN and going on year six in education. While growing up, my passion for learning and a growth mindset was always a prioritized concept coming from a family of educators.

I graduated with honors from Bryan College in Dayton, TN, where I majored in early childhood education with a licensure to teach grades K-6 and a dual minor in compository writing and curriculum development. I also played as a striker for the Bryan College Lady Lions Soccer Team.

I moved to Murfreesboro, TN, in 2017 to continue my career at Rock Springs Elementary in Rutherford County where I met my wonderful husband, Bradley.

In 2018 I was offered a position serving LEAD Public Schools in Metro Nashville as the Science Curriculum Coordinator and Tier III intervention instructor at LEAD Neely’s Bend Middle School. Being a science content lead allowed me the opportunity to develop an effective curriculum using a discovery learning model where teachers deliver content with collaborative real-world connections.

Bradley and I are so excited to have moved from Murfreesboro to the Coffee County Community where he will continue his engineering career at the Arnold Airforce Base, and I will be facilitating the Coffee County Virtual Academy. We have a beautifully energetic “dog-daughter” named Ellie who keeps us busy and active. During our free time, you can find us (and Ellie) on the Percy Priest Lake or camping. Any chance we get, we are traveling in search of new camping spots and hiking trails.

I am extremely excited and honored to kick-off the next chapter of my career at the Coffee County Virtual Academy. I truly gain the most joy in this field when I see the enthusiasm and engagement of students taking ownership as they dive into content. I believe in the importance of relevant instruction that allows scholars the opportunity to develop a growth mindset and expand in self-reliance. When a student is able to take pride and ownership in their learning, it is truly a beautiful thing.