Board of Education

Our next Board Meeting is

May
19

Semester Exams

Wed May 19 2021
to Fri May 21 2021

Ryan Strain, TLN Representative, School Board Position 1

Ryan Strain Bio Photo

 
Ryan and his wife, Sarah, grew up in Germantown and returned in 2017 to raise their family.  Ryan and Sarah’s primary reason for moving back to Germantown was so they could send their children to Germantown schools.  Currently, they have two sons who attend Dogwood Elementary.  A third son will start kindergarten at Dogwood soon.

Ryan attended Dogwood Elementary, Houston Middle, and Houston High (class of 2001).  Ryan graduated from the University of Memphis in 2005 with a degree in history, and then graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School in 2008.  Ryan works in the Memphis office of a law firm with offices across the Southeast.  His focus is civil litigation, though he has counseled clients on various other matters, as well.

Ryan has a heart for serving others and education.  He has received honors from his law firm for his pro bono legal service, and he has been involved with or volunteered for the Dogwood PTO Board, the Dogwood Dads, the City of Germantown’s Historic Commission, Leadership Germantown, the Juvenile Court of Memphis, and Shelby County Foster Care Review Board, the United Way, and the Memphis Grizzlies Charitable Foundation TEAM Mentoring Program.  He is also on the Board of Directors for Operation Broken Silence, a nonprofit helping to fund a primary and secondary school in Yida Refugee Camp near the border of Sudan and South Sudan.  Ryan is also an active member of First Evangelical Church, where he serves on the Memphis Ministries Team.

Betsy Landers, Vice-Chairman, School Board Position 2

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Landers comes to our district equipped with a very impressive resume. Her tenure as the President of the National PTA was preceded by several years of service to children in Germantown, Shelby County, the State of Tennessee –and lastly, the entire nation.

From the moment she joined her first PTA in 1989, Landers’ dedication to education has been unwavering. When she encountered challenges with her first PTA experience, she stayed with the group to ensure future volunteers had a better experience. Twice she helped form a parent organization at schools her children attended when there was an absence of an organization. She took on increasing responsibilities for Shelby County Council PTA, and the Tennessee PTA. Her goal was to help foster a widespread culture of excellence throughout the county and the state.

As Tennessee PTA State President, Landers led the organization in collaborating with the State Board of Education and several legislators to write what would become the Parent Involvement Act, a Tennessee law that mandates all school districts to have a written parent involvement policy. In 2002, was named one of the "50 Women Who Make a Difference" by Memphis Women’s Magazine, and in 2004, she was honored with the Shelby County Schools Board of Education Community Service Award.

Most recently, she has occupied the pro bono position of “Parliamentarian” for our current GMSD School Board. As Parliamentarian, Landers oversaw the use of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (a code of conduct for the business of board meetings) and assisting the board chair to resolve conflicts during the meeting if any were to arise. Her experience in board proceedings comes from a long list of board positions and affiliations she’s held—ranging from the National Emergency Medical Services to Children, to the Coalition for Tennessee’s Future.

In addition to a strong belief in parent involvement, Landers has a special devotion to children’s safety. She has dedicated time to the National Emergency Medical Services to Children (EMSC) Partnership for Children Stakeholder Group, the Tennessee EMSC Foundation, the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Care, and the Trauma Care Advisory Committee of Tennessee.
 
She and her husband Ben G. Landers have three children—Benton (Courtney), Nicholas, and Mary Frances (Martin), and one grandson, Tripp. They live in Germantown, Tennessee.

Brian Curry, School Board Position 3

Bio pic of Brian Curry
 
Brian Curry has been a resident of Germantown since 2007.  He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, majoring in Transportation and Logistics.  In 1996, while in college, he began working for FedEx and after graduation, became an Operations Manager.  Brian managed FedEx station operations at multiple locations across Mississippi and the Nashville area.  After an 8-year stint in management, Brian moved to FedEx World Headquarters and became a Management Facilitator.  In this role, he trained managers and engineers and conducted training and implementations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia, Australia, Europe, and South America.  He currently is in charge of Best Practices for domestic and international operations.
 
Brian is a member of the Forest Hill Elementary PTO, serving on the board as the Legislative Chairman.  He was on the Bylaws Committee that helped form the PTO at Forest Hill Elementary and was thrilled to be a part of opening a brand new school.  He previously volunteered with the Dogwood Dads as part of the Dogwood PTO.  He also currently serves as a Community Advisor on the board of Farmington Presbyterian Day School, a leading preschool program in the city of Germantown that many of our GMSD students utilize for its before and aftercare programs.  He has served in the past as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Cedar Lake Homeowners’ Association.   
 
Brian has been married for eighteen years to Kristi Curry.  They have two daughters, Caroline and Linley.  Caroline is in the 7th grade at Houston Middle School and Linley is in the 3rd grade at Forest Hill Elementary School.  Brian enjoys traveling, diving, playing golf, and being active in the community.  He is a proud Eagle Scout.  Brian and his family attend Germantown Church of Christ. 

Angela Griffith, School Board Position 4

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Angela Griffith is a third-generation resident of Germantown and attended our own Riverdale Elementary School before graduating from Germantown High School (Class of ’94). She then earned a BA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, majoring in history and political science.
 
 After college, she completed the course for Rule 31 Family Mediation Certification and began giving back to one of her favorite organizations from childhood, the Germantown Youth Athletic Association. Griffith served as co-director of the association’s softball program from 1999-2001. In 2005, Griffith became a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) through Shelby County Juvenile Court to be the legal advocate for children who were removed from their parents’ custody.
Professionally, Griffith has worked in foodservice sales and marketing since 1999, and she now works as regional sales manager for St. Clair Foods, a local food manufacturing company, since 2002.
 
 She and her husband Brad have been married since 2007, moving back to Germantown in 2010 to raise their family. They have two sons: Henry, a 7th grader at Houston Middle, and John David, a 4th grader at Dogwood Elementary. 
As a member of the Dogwood PTA/PTO, she has volunteered for the school’s annual Springfest and Book Fair and has served on the Dogwood 40th Anniversary, Gift and Appropriations Committees.  
 
 Griffith recently served as the 2nd Vice Chair on the board of Farmington Presbyterian Day School, one of the primary preschools that feed into GMSD. As an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church in East Memphis, she has taught fifth grade Sunday School since 2005.
In her leisure time, Griffith enjoys traveling, fishing, and listening to live music of any kind. As a political history buff and an avid sports fan, she faithfully pulls for the Tennessee Vols, St. Louis Cardinals, and Dallas Cowboys and hopes to visit every Presidential Library and Major League Baseball Park. Griffith says that it is her greatest honor to serve her hometown and its schools. She is a strong proponent of educating the whole child while representing all stakeholders knowing that the success of our schools directly impacts the future of our city. 

Amy Eoff, Chairman, School Board Position 5

Amy Eoff Bio Pic

 
Amy Eoff and her husband, Edward, have called Germantown home for most of their lives. They have been happily married for twenty-four years and have three children. Adam and Alex currently attend Houston High School, and Anna is a 2020 graduate. Amy earned her bachelor’s degree in Home Economics Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She taught 7th and 8th-grade family studies in Baltimore County, Maryland before returning to the Mid-South to be closer to family. 

Over the last fourteen years, Amy has volunteered in multiple capacities in Germantown schools. 

From room parent to PTA President to band booster volunteer, she has seen first hand the importance of positive teacher-parent teamwork in the success of our students. In 2015, Amy was awarded the Tennessee PTA Life Achievement Award for her commitment and work to benefit the school community. 
Amy’s service is not limited to school buildings. She has served in various roles in church including deacon, Sunday School teacher, preschool missions teacher, the missions committee chairman, and member of the Tennessee Cooperative Baptist Fellowship coordinating council. She currently attends Germantown Presbyterian Church with her family.  Amy is also a proud member of Pegasus where she has served as president and secretary. 
  
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