Barrow Arts & Sciences Academy Junior Varsity Competitive Cheer

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Coach – McKendree Ramsell

2019-2020 will be McKendree Ramsell’s eleventh year teaching in Barrow County, and her fourteenth year teaching in the state of Georgia. Her teaching experience includes 5th grade, 6th grade advanced & accelerated math & science, 8th grade math & language arts, as well as 7th grade advanced/gifted math & advanced/gifted social studies. She taught in both Clarke and Gwinnett County prior to her move to Barrow. Russell Middle School was where Mrs. Ramsell taught for the first ten years of her teaching career in Barrow. She was chosen to serve as the Russell Middle School Teacher of the Year for the 18-19 school year. Currently, she is working in a new position as the 7th grade mathematics, science, and agri-science teacher in the Arts and Innovation Magnet Program (A.I.M), at the Center for Innovative Teaching (C.F.I.T). Mrs. Ramsell has been working with ArtsNow in the Arts Integration Pilot Program since 2017. 

McKendree Ramsell is certified to teach every subject area; mathematics, language arts, science, and social studies. Both early childhood & middle grades' fields are included in her certification; grades pre-K through 8th, along with her gifted endorsement. She has 6 years of experience coaching football cheerleading, 5 years of experience coaching the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Team, and 2 years of experience leading Jr. Beta Club as a sponsor. 

McKendree Ramsell’s undergraduate and master's degrees are both from the University of Georgia. Mentoring student teachers from UGA is a great way for her to give back to her alma mater, so she often has practicum students working alongside her in the classroom. 

Mrs. Ramsell has lived in Winder for the past 13 years with her husband and two daughters. She is more enthusiastic than ever about the direction our school system is heading! She is “Barrow Bold” not only as an educator, but also as a parent. Her daughters have attended Barrow County Schools for their entire academic careers and she couldn’t be more proud to have them in such a student-centered & innovative school system. 

Teaching truly is Mrs. Ramsell’s passion and she looks forward to every day that she’s given the opportunity to have a positive impact on the young citizens of her community. 


Coach – April Balenger

April is a native of Beaufort, North Carolina. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia in the late 1980s to grow her family and pursue her passion in teaching. Prior to her appointment in Barrow County Public Schools, she worked with Title- One students from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, as well as various educational abilities in Clayton and Henry County. She has been a dynamic and innovative leader in her field for well over two decades. Upon completing her master’s degree in 2000, she recently completed her specialist degree in 2017 from Brenau University. April has show-cased her strength in content knowledge by leading professional learning classes for fellow teachers, as well continually being a learner herself through professional development classes and seminars. As a trailblazer, April has brought in new and exciting leadership opportunities for students by establishing and maintaining Jr. Beta Clubs at several of the schools she has worked at. She is also heavily involved in coaching and developing cheer programs. She will be one of our coaches at BASA for the new JV competitive team.

When she is not in the classroom, April likes spending time with her two dogs and family. At home, she enjoys working on various art projects, catching up on the Hallmark channel and being involved in community through the Athens Junior League and being president of her neighborhood’s Homeowners Association. April’s life motto is simple: Sprinkle a little sparkle in every day and be kind.


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