Kimberly Shelton » Bio


I attended Camp Creek Elementary School, home of the Bears, from 1976 - 1984.  This school is much larger now than it was when I was there, but it has the most beautiful setting ever.  It's nestled at the foot of the mountains. 

From Camp Creek I went on to South Greene High School from 1984 - 1988.  The majority of my family have attended SGHS, including my brother Matt and my sister Dana.  I am a proud member of the class of '88.  I enjoyed high school and made many wonderful friends during my days there.  Two amazing teachers, Linda Humphreys & Vera Isbill, inspired me to become an English Teacher. 

From SGHS, I moved on to East Tennessee State University.  To be honest, it wasn't love at first sight or even second or third sight.  It took me a while to decide that I liked being there.  Initially, I wasn't going to be an English teacher; I wanted to be a TV Newswoman.  However, when I learned the camera adds 10 pounds, I quickly changed my mind. : )  I struggled a bit to be sure of my purpose but felt at peace with my decision to become a high school English teacher.  I graduated from ETSU in 1993. 

I went back to ETSU in 1999 to enter the Master of Education cohort in Secondary Classroom Instructional Technology.  I loved this program.  Lots of work, but I learned so many things that I could take from graduate classes directly to my high school classroom.  I graduated in 2000 with an M. Ed. degree.  I've often contemplated going back to school, but I haven't felt "moved" to do so just yet.  I have no interest in becoming a principal or administrator at this point.  My plan is that when I leave the classroom I will leave education.  I love teaching and cannot imagine working in a school and not interacting with my students. 


1994 - 1995 - Helicon, Incorporated, later renamed Children's Comprehensive Services.  Taught at the Youth Emergency Shelter in Morristown, TN.  K-12

1994 - 1995 - Adult Basic Education, Greeneville

1995 - 1996 - Cumberland County High School  - English III, Spanish I

1996 - 2000 - Greene County Schools - GED + 2 - English, Social Studies, Science, and Math

2000 - Present - Greeneville City Schools - Greeneville High School  - have taught all grades of English, ACT Prep, and Great Books


I am the oldest child of Clayton & Deborah Gosnell.  I grew up primarily in the Whitesands Community near South Greene; however, we did move for a brief time to the Debusk area, near the old Shady Springs Golf Course.  In fact, my house was right next to the fourth green.  I have two younger siblings - Matt and Dana.  Both are married.  Matt has three children (2 girls and 1 boy) - Jordan Ashlynn and Brodie.  Dana has a son Wyatt and a daughter Vivian. Talk about the loves of my life - these are!  I adore them beyond words, and it is my distinct pleasure to spoil them rotten!  I am extremely protective of them and would wrap them all in bubble wrap to be sure they wouldn't get hurt, but I think they wouldn't like it. 

I married Warren Shelton in Nov. 1995 - at the time he was not a deer hunter, but now is an avid, obsessed one.  So now our anniversary takes second place to hunting season.  Ah, me. He's addicted to hunting; I'm addicted to books.  Although we do not have children of our own, when I married Warren I acquired wonderful nieces and nephews.  They've grown up too fast by the way.  Two of our nephews have children of their own, so - yes- that makes me a "great aunt.'' However, I think I'm way too young for that.  Warren & I recently said goodbye to our sweet dog named Gregory - after Gregory Peck.  Gregory was very cute and loveable;  I actually got him the first year I came to GHS. We miss him very much, but  we added a new dog to our family.  Willie is a three-year-old black cocker spaniel.  He's very cuddly and funny.  Willie is named after Willie Gault, a former UT and Chicago Bears football player.  Both teams are my husband's favorites. We also have a new puppy named Zeb.  

Warren & I were blessed to serve as statewide youth directors for the Churches of God (Anderson,IN) in Tennessee.  We planned two annual events that were attended by youth across the state.  In the spring, we planned a youth convention that is held in Gatlinburg, and in the fall, we hosted a Fall Retreat that is held at a camp in middle Tennessee.  We've been very blessed to meet many wonderful young people and make lots of new friends during the past nine years while serving in this capacity.  From this, we've been able to bring motivational speakers to Greeneville.  Reggie DabbsPreston Centuolo, and Keith Elias have all come to Greeneville, as well as Master's Commission, to speak all county & city high school students.We look forward to being able to do more of this.