Rosa Rebecca (Becky) Duncan, Bio Page
Rosa Rebecca Duncan
RTI Leader and Teacher
Tellico Plains Elementary School
I was born in Madisonville, Tennessee, but I spent most of my childhood in Alcoa, Blount County. At the age of 14, my family returned to Monroe County, and I graduated from Vonore High School in 1978. The day after graduation from high school, I went to work at Tellico Industries before transferring to Valley Bank as a teller. In 1980 I married my high school sweetheart, Dennis Duncan, and we will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary in May, 2020. We have two biological children, Alan and Amy, and we adopted two children from Haiti in 2013, Chedeline and Sony. Alan and Hannah live in East Knoxville with my two granddaughters, Addie and Haven. Alan is a placement coordinator for Youth Villages and Hannah is a special education teacher at Gibbs Elementary. Amy and Nathan live in Kenya where they serve as missionaries at Chogoria Hospital. Amy is a surgeon and Nathan is a nurse practitioner with his doctorate, so they both serve with World Medical Missions, through Samaritan’s Purse, Amy in the operating room, and Nathan as an E.R. nurse and teacher at a nursing college. Chedeline is a junior at Tellico Plains High School and Sony is in 8th grade at Tellico Plains Junior High School.
My alma maters for earning my teaching degree are Hiwassee College (1991-1993) and Maryville College (1993-1995). My teaching career started in August, 1995 as a kindergarten teacher at Vonore Elementary School. In August, 2001, I finished my master's degree in Instructional Leadership at Tennessee Technological University and became the assistant principal, and in January, 2002, I became the principal of Vonore Elementary School. I completed my Ed. Specialist degree with TTU in 2003.
After serving in administration for 7 years, I left Vonore Elementary and returned to the classroom at Madisonville Intermediate School. Two years later, I applied and was hired to fill a position as a reading specialist at Tellico Plains Junior High School, and remained in that position for 9 years. During the academic year of 2018-2019, I served as a teacher and assistant principal at Monroe County Alternative School, starting up the first elementary classroom for our county's alternative education program. In August, 2019, I returned to Tellico as the RTI leader at Tellico Elementary School.
It has been a joy to work with students at all grade levels over the years, and I am thrilled to come full circle and work with elementary students again. I look forward to growing as a teacher and person in my new position this year, my 25th year in education.
Our students are worth all of the efforts we can expend on their behalf! One Team, One Mission!