Our Team

Our mission is to provide a high quality education for our students.

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Dr. Hannah Reeder, Owner

Dr. Reeder received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Appalachian State University. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University. She also has her K-12 school administration certification. Dr. Reeder’s career includes experiences as an elementary classroom teacher and assistant principal. In addition to owning and operating High Country Academy, she serves as the Director of Clinical Education at Appalachian State University in the Reich College of Education. Dr. Reeder loves sharing her passion for learning with the families at High Country Academy.


Lauren Fearrington, Director

Lauren moved to Boone from upstate South Carolina where she taught elementary school for ten years. She holds a masters degree in elementary education from Converse College, where she also earned an additional endorsement in gifted education. Lauren handles all of the day-to-day operations of the center and will be your first contact when inquiring about tutoring. Call her at (828) 263-4233 to learn how High Country Academy can help you and your family.



sarah Scrattish

Sarah is an elementary education major at Appalachian State and plans to graduate May of 2020. She is also working towards receiving her masters degree in reading education through App’s Accelerated Admissions Program (4 + 1 program). She is hard working and has the utmost passion for teaching young children and ensuring their success. Sarah is dedicated to meeting each student’s specific needs in order for students to thrive and enjoy learning.



Debbie is a high country local with 27 years experience as a classroom teacher in public education, and has worked at Hardin Park and Cove Creek Schools. She believes middle schoolers should have a strong foundation for high school and they should dream big. Debbie has served as the Watauga County Association of Educators President and North Carolina Association of Educators District President.  Debbie holds a Masters in Education from Appalachian State University.


Maddie Endsley

Maddie is currently a student at Appalachian State University working towards a degree in Elementary Education with two minors in Special Education and Communication Disorders. She has experience assessing the needs of elementary students in both math and reading and then creatively finding ways to help them meet their goals. She meets her students where they are and helps them grow, build their confidence, and achieve academic success.


hannah nixon
k-12 Math & Science
sat & act Prep

Hannah attends school at Appalachian State University and plans to graduate in 2020. She’ll graduate with a degree in Business Administration: Computer Science and a minor in Chemistry. With a love for all things math and science, Hannah has tutored elementary school math and science up to college calculus and chemistry. As an Honors student, the president of App’s Student Art League, and a tutor, she has a busy schedule, but “if your job is something you love, it’s not work at all.”



Natasha graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Elementary Education and currently teaches middle school math at Valle Crucis School. She takes time out of her busy schedule to tutor because she wants to be able to reach more students and make more of a difference. She says that being a tutor gives her the opportunity to make one-on-one connections with students, which is priceless. To her, it is all about that “light bulb” moment when students make connections.



Meet Dan, our lead high school math and science tutor. Dan was originally a businessman who began his teaching career through SAT classes. SAT tutoring led to tutoring in calculus, physics, chemistry, and other subjects. Dan found that he really enjoyed explaining the subject matter to students. Dan holds a graduate degree in Law from Rutgers and has over ten years experience tutoring students.