Shondra  Helton Staff Photo
Subjects Taught
Third Grade


        My education began as a kindergarten student at Fairview.  I also attended Lincoln Heights, West Elementary, Meadowview, and Morristown East High School where I graduated in 1989.  I went on to earn an Associate's Degree from Walters State Community College in 1991.  Then, I transferred to Carson Newman College (now Carson Newman University) and earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education (K-8) in 1993.  


     I have been teaching at Alpha since 2003.  During the time, I have taught first, third, and fourth grade spending the majority of my time in third.  I even did my student teaching at Alpha in 1993 working under Mrs. Carol Peterson in kindergarten and Mrs. Phyllis Brady in fifth grade.  I have also been on several committees:  yearbook sponsor, newspaper sponsor, American Education Week, mentor to new teachers, textbook adoption, Thoughtful Classroom training, new standards training, Common Core reading and math training, Alpha's Data Team, etc.  I love my job, and I look forward to knowing all of you better.



           My name is Shondra Helton, and I will be your child's third grade teacher.    I truly believe that teaching is my calling in life, and I will do everything in my power to make this a wonderful year for all my students.  I love to read and try to catch up on my reading in the summer when I'm sitting on the dock at the lake (my favorite place to be in the summer).  Music is also a passion of mine, and I love going to concerts to hear my favorite artists.  Going to watch the Lady Vols or Ice Bears hockey is also something I love to do.   Animals are a must at my house.  Most of my students will tell you all kinds of stories about my now famous cat, Blackie (famous to my kids anyway).  We often use Blackie as a subject to write about in class.  Blackie is very mischievious and definitely likes to be the center of attention.  Finally, I love to sing and often put things to song in the classroom.  The kids will think I'm a little crazy, but they will grow to love it and learn from it!