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6808 Northshore Drive: An Opportunity to Realize Your Dream

6808 Northshore Drive: An Opportunity to Realize Your Dream
By Kathleen Goonan

You may dream of owning your own business. That was my dream, too. I wanted to positively affect the lives of children and engage in community outreach through owning and operating my own Montessori school. To this end, after obtaining an English degree, I enrolled in an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training course and, after graduating, gained experience by teaching in two Montessori schools and a United Way Daycare Center.

A year after moving to Knoxville, I realized my dream in 1979 by opening a Montessori school, with a partner, in a church. Enrollment grew rapidly, and we quickly began a search for a permanent location where we would have full control over our environment; a place where our school could blossom and reach its full potential.

We had several important fixed criteria. The building had to be convenient for drop-off and pick-up of children. The physical building had to be large enough, meet health department, fire safety, and human services criteria, and had to meet zoning requirements. If you are presently searching for the perfect location for your daycare or preschool, you know how challenging it can be to meet all these requirements.

It took me a year to find what seemed to be, at times, a chimera, since it was predicated on so many variables. Once we found our building, it was necessary that we obtain a zoning permit, work through all of the municipal challenges, bring it up to code through extensive renovations while working with appropriate city, county, and state officials, and prepare our building to house 50 children, who ranged from toddlers to nearly five years old.

Giving Tree Montessori moved into 6808 Northshore Drive in the fall of 1981 and thrived. It proved to be a perfect location and has continued to be a successful preschool/daycare location for 35 years.

After 14 years of teaching, I began the process of realizing another dream – that of becoming a writer. I succeeded in that, becoming a well-known science fiction writer and a Professor of Science Fiction Studies and Creative Writing at Georgia Tech. Despite that success, I still miss the joy and fun of daily interacting with young children during those years of rapid, amazing physical, emotional, and intellectual growth, and have engaged in an ongoing process of outreach in all of my careers to generate awareness of the crucial importance of the preschool years.

Since buying my partner’s half of 6808 Northshore in 1992, I have rented the building to three successful preschools.

What makes 6808 Northshore such a great place for a preschool or daycare?

» Location: Northshore Drive is a main commuting artery for West Knoxville. Visibility is high – 14,000 cars pass 6808 Northshore each day. A separate entrance and exit to the paved parking lot make drop-off and pick-up easy.

» Zoning: 6808 Northshore was granted permission for use as a child care center by the MPC in 1981.

» Building: With newly refinished hardwood floors, a large, carpeted, vaulted-ceiling room, a passive-solar room, new bathrooms, hand washing stations, a screened porch perfect for rainy days or lunch, an asphalt pad for bikes, and a large fenced playground, 6808 Northshore is a cheerful, adaptable building that can be used for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

» Income potential: Christian’s Preschool, which was in this location for the past 18 years, was licensed for 49 children. Tuition for West Knoxville preschools and daycares range from $500 to $800 per month and more for high-quality preschool education and infant through preschool child care.

I loved teaching and growing my own small business at 6808 Northshore. My life’s journey has shown me that owning and operating one’s own preschool or daycare is a powerful way to further one’s own vision for the future.

If your dream is to own your own business, to have that business reflect and further your positive vision for the future, and be an integral part of the community, this opportunity to buy a proven business location is your chance to realize that dream. Interacting with children, parents, and the community will reward you every single day. Completely refurbished and updated, 6808 Northshore is an excellent, proven business ready for a new owner.

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The Goddard School

Introducing Hardin Valley’s The Goddard School

By Anoula McCarren

The Goddard SchoolAs the daughter of immigrant parents who owned and operated a small business as I was growing up, I’ve experienced entrepreneurship on many different levels. But never did I imagine the response that we have received from parents since my husband, Don, and I launched The Goddard School here in Hardin Valley. While it is the goal of every business owner to satisfy their customers, it’s difficult to express the overwhelming and positive response we receive from our students’ parents.

“Matthew has enjoyed every single day, has grown both emotionally and developmentally, and has developed many great friends that we hope to see in kindergarten,” said Matthew’s mom, Nicole. “Thank you for the great work you do and the tremendous amount of patience and love you have for our children. Our family will treasure the memories as our youngest journeys to kindergarten well prepared.”

I truly believe that one of the greatest rewards that I and our team of trained professionals receives is the knowledge that, in our warm and nurturing environment, we help your youngest family members begin their social and academic journeys that can make all the difference in a child’s life. Not a daycare, our team of dedicated educators include certified undergraduate and graduate instructors who help provide your infant through school age children with well defined pre-school educational opportunities that will help them make the most out of their future social and academic experiences. Fully accredited, The Goddard School offers students an award-winning curriculum designed to guide your infant’s early learning experiences, resulting in a lifelong love of learning that allows each baby to develop at his or her own pace.

Our toddler program encourages your child’s natural curiosity in a fun and active learning environment, while our preschool program introduces preschoolers to cognitive skills, social skills, language skills, and art skills. Our pre-K program focuses on kindergarten preparedness, encouraging cooperative play and collaborative problem solving skills, all customized to your child’s progress, needs, and age.

Parents also appreciate receiving daily reports for each of their children describing the day’s curriculum, student progress, and memorable moments, all designed to help inform them of their student’s individual progression.

Due to the success of early childhood development programs, the overwhelming response of our parents, and our growing “wait list,” we are pleased to announce that The Goddard School in Hardin Valley will be adding 3,100 square feet of classroom, gym, and multi-purpose facilities to its existing campus beginning this fall, which will allow us to accept additional students in the months ahead.

There are very few things that we can offer our children that are more valuable than a great education, which we believe begins early on in your child’s life. While we don’t know where life’s journey will ultimately take our students, we’re confident that we can assist you in assuring that his or her journey will be joyful and productive.

If you would like to discover just how The Goddard School can help prepare your child for a lifetime of social and academic success, I invite you to call or visit me. Let’s begin together!

The Goddard School
10720 Virginia Pine Way
Knoxville, TN 37932

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Being Played the Fool by an Overvalued U.S. Stock Market?

Recent comments by Fed chief Janet Yellen have many wondering about stock valuations and whether or not there’s still room for more on the upside.

But are stocks overvalued? Yellen caused quite a stir recently when she said that stock valuations were “generally quite high.” She has reason to say so. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 have set all-time highs, while the Nasdaq Composite has flirted with record closes during the past few months.

It’s too soon to tell whether stocks are overvalued, but investors are always vulnerable when they have “all their money stuffed in the same mattress.” Even if that “mattress” is the stock market. There is a reason diversify is the battle cry of many financial analysts.

But what other options are out there?

That’s where Real Estate Investment Trusts, or REITs, come in. A REIT is a company that manages a portfolio of commercial real estate to earn potential profits for shareholders who invest in the company. A REIT may receive special tax considerations if they pay out at least 90% of their net income to their investors. REITs may be publicly traded or what is called a Non-traded REIT. Each type has its own benefits and risks, so it is important to understand the different structures, fees, and risks.

REITs have the potential to be a solution for the savvy, sophisticated investor. Not only can REITs provide possible tax benefits, but they can potentially add diversification to a portfolio. Because REITs are considered an alternative investment, they historically have not been correlated to traditional investments such as stocks and bonds. This allows investment and exposure to the Real Estate sector while removing the “landlord headaches” of actually owning real estate property.

Want to learn more about REITs, diversifying your portfolio, and not being so tied to the stock market? Attend our July 23rd Workshop. For more information, call 865-690-0049 or visit

Swofford Financial
251 N. Peters Road
Knoxville, TN 37923

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Knoxville Christian School

Discover a Life-Changing Investment in the Future of Your Children

Knoxville Christian SchoolOur children’s futures impact not only our community but our world as well. Each child has the potential to directly or indirectly impact the lives of thousands of others, for good or bad, during his or her lifetime. Just how they impact their futures and the futures of others is often determined very early in life, largely at home and at school.

Today’s parents are finding it increasingly more difficult to find the sound educational environment for their children, particularly if the wish for it includes a Christ-centered foundation. Fortunately, Knoxville offers a premier Christian education for young people from Pre-K3 through 12th grade with both a spiritual basis and outstanding scholastic program. Located on a rolling 77-acre campus in West Knoxville, Knoxville Christian School offers students a full range of educational and athletic opportunities. Students’ test scores exceed local, state, and national averages, resulting in 96% of graduates pursuing degrees at major colleges.

Their mission is an important one: Develop children spiritually, emotionally, academically, and physically with Jesus as the standard and the Bible as their foundation, preparing them to be Godly representatives in their community, church, and home. But perhaps, most importantly, Knoxville Christian School offers students a spiritual foundation whose standard is the Lord Jesus Christ. A foundation not commonly found in today’s educational environment. A foundation that becomes the building block upon which a child learns and applies what they have learned later in life.

Would you like to learn more about Knoxville Christian School? There are two upcoming opportunities. Open Houses will be held on April 17th and May 6th. Information sessions will be held from 9-10 am and tours from 10-11 am. Discover firsthand how you can make a life-changing investment in the future of your children and just why Knoxville Christian School’s attendance has tripled during the last three years.

Knoxville Christian School
11549 Snyder Road off Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37932

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Webb School: Building for Tomorrow Today

Webb School of Knoxville copyA central goal of Webb School is to prepare students to enter into, and be successful and fulfilled at, competitive colleges around the country. As a college preparatory school, that is our core business. But beyond that end, Webb is equally committed to an engaging means – the daily experience of every Webb student every day – and we create programs and foster relationships that support those means. We also support our programs and students with exceptional facilities to inspire a best effort from all, and the newest phase of campus development reflecting that support is in full swing.

Four projects highlight this latest stage of development. The centerpiece is a 35,000-square-foot multipurpose building that will house a K-12 dance studio, a new robotics center, a broadcast journalism set/classroom, and additional classes for world languages and music. It will also hold a new gym used for Lower School P.E. and athletic teams.

The second project is an enhancement to the Upper School, including a new front entrance, an expanded weight training facility, and additional study space.

The third undertaking is an outdoor pavilion near Webb’s Lower School, which will enable Lower School classes to be held outside and provide sheltered space for social/recreational interaction.

The fourth project is a courtyard centered within our Upper School. It contains an outdoor classroom and gathering space for social interaction and/or quiet reflection and study. Its feature attraction is an eight-foot-high Spartan (the school mascot) crafted from scrap iron, stainless steel, and copper. This project is complete.

Exceptional facilities are not a prerequisite for a quality education, but being able to learn on a campus designed to inspire one’s best is an advantage for any student, and having specific facilities to support specific activities is important. Webb takes great pride in the work of our students and faculty, and we invest in and design our facilities to best ensure that their work is supported.

Webb School of Knoxville
9800 Webb School Drive
Knoxville, TN 37923

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UT’s MBA Program Executive Director – Amy Cathey

Amy CatheyAlthough Amy Cathey is the Executive Director of the University of Tennessee’s full-time MBA program, she credits a lot more people than herself when asked about the success of the program.

“We have such a committed group of students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as the ability of the program to deliver students with the skills that are needed to help businesses grow and succeed in this economy,” Cathey said. “We have a great faculty and have really worked hard to identify areas where businesses need talent, and we want to develop students who are well-equipped to succeed in these fields.”

The MBA program recently has been top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and Forbes, as well as by Poets & Quants, a composite of five major ranking systems. Cathey, who earned three degrees herself from UT, has been director of the full-time MBA program since 2008.

“Before I decided to come back to school for my Ph.D., I lived in Memphis and had a great job in market research,” Cathey said. “I loved the people and the company, but realized that I wanted more – I wanted to make more of a difference in people’s lives. I love teaching and getting to know the students and helping them reach the truly amazing goals they set for themselves.”

Cathey’s days are spent troubleshooting any issues, promoting the need for scholarships and strong career partners, and making sure students have a good experience. “We recently have instituted some outstanding fellowship opportunities for our students,” Cathey said. “The more of these opportunities we can develop, the more competitive we can be as a program in attracting the best talent.”

Cathey wants UT’s MBA students to graduate with new ideas, lots of new people in their network, and new skills that have prepared them to succeed.

Though her job comes with its share of challenges, such as making sure students become trained and well-prepared for their careers and making the program accessible for the brightest students out there, Cathey says the rewards make the hard work worth it. She juggles her job along with service to the community and spending time with her husband and three daughters.

“[I love] seeing the excitement that students have when they learn something new or meet someone that allows them to expand their professional network; the level of professionalism that so many of our students and faculty bring to the learning experience; and seeing everyone involved with the program coming together and working so hard to help these talented young men and women move forward in their careers,” Cathey said. “Our students and faculty are constantly pushing to take the program farther and higher, to expand our outreach and our connections within the community and across the world.”

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