By Student Reporter Emma Benzing
Germantown, Tennessee—November 2, 2020--
The election in November has yielded two new members and one returning member to the Germantown Board of Education. GMSD congratulates Brian Curry, Amy Eoff, and Ryan Strain.
Amy Eoff, Position 5
Ms. Eoff has served in Position 5 for the past four years and will be continuing to serve our community for another four-year term.
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, 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.
Ryan Strain, Position 1
Mr. Strain will be serving in the seat previously occupied by Ms. Linda Fisher.
Ryan Strain 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.
Brian Curry, Position 3
Mr. Curry will be serving in the seat previously occupied by Rev. Rebecca Luter
Brian has lived in Germantown since 2007. He and his wife, Kristi, have 2 daughters in GMSD schools. His oldest is in the 7th grade at Houston Middle School and his youngest is in 3rd grade at Forest Hill Elementary. Brian currently serves as the Legislative Chairman on the board of the Forest Hill PTO and serves as a community advisor for the Farmington Presbyterian Day School.
Professionally, Brian has been with FedEx for 24 years and is a Process Improvement Advisor. Over the course of his FedEx career, he has been in operations management and operations management training. In his role in training, he conducted training and implementations both domestically and globally. Brian is thrilled to bring this perspective to our school board.