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Jeannine La Bate
Visual Arts Teacher

Jeannine La Bate is a graduate from Palm Beach Atlantic University, and considers it a privilege to join the Germantown High School family as a teacher. While living in Nashville, she was the Resident Costume Designer for the Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project. She is currently working to complete her Masters in Art in Teaching at Memphis College of Art.

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Kellie McDonald
Visual Arts Teacher

Kellie McDonald is a graduate of Germantown High School where she was actively involved in the visual arts department the PPP costume department. Ms. McDonald attended the University of Mississippi where she received a B.F.A. in Imaging Arts. In 2009, she completed her thesis of alternative photography and documentary filmmaking about racial reconciliation on campus. Before returning to Germantown, she worked on productions for ABC and Cartoon Network's Ben10: Alien Force. Ms. McDonald is currently working to complete her Masters of Art Education.

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Teresea Phipps
Visual Arts Teacher

Teresa Blackburn Phipps joined the Fine Arts Faculty at Germantown High School in 2009 and has been actively involved in the arts since childhood.  Prior to teaching art, Ms. Phipps was involved in classical ballet, performing and teaching, merging the methods of Vagonova and Royal Academy of Dance Instruction. Ms. Phipps received her BFA in Fine Art from the Memphis College of Art and completed her Master's in Art Education in 2011. Ms. Phipps has been actively involved in with the Poplar Pike Playhouse Productions and has worked with the costume design team on numerous plays and musicals. She is one of the sponsors of GHS Art Spectrum Club.

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Joe Mitchell
Visual Arts Teacher

Joe Mitchell is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis. Mr. Mitchell is excited about being a new addition to the Visual Arts team and is a first year teacher. He is married with three uniquely talented sons. Mr. Mitchell is a proud abstract artist who is grateful for the opportunity to teach the students of Germantown High School.

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