Ms. Leah Darnell graduated with her Bachelor's of Art in English from East Tennessee State University. She has worked for Kingsport City as an after school tutor, substitute teacher, GED assistant, and completed an interim at Dobyns-Bennett High School before going on to teach 7th grade for Johnson City Schools for six years. In 2015, Leah choose to returned to Kingsport in order to teach high school English.
Last year, Leah was selected as a RangeFinder and Validity Advisor for the Tennessee State Board of Education on TNReady testing. She has continued this work and is grateful for the rare opportunity to work closely with the state. She hopes to continue her work representing DBE in Nashville.
In her spare time, Ms. Darnell enjoys playing kickball, freelancing makeup, or spending time with her friends and family. One of her favorite moments is when she is able to curl up with her dog, Millie.
Ms. Darnell loves working at DBE because of the relationships she is able to build with not only her colleagues, but also, her students. This makes Leah an excellent addition to DBE!