Meet Our New Teachers!
We are so excited to welcome many new amazing staff members to Cherry Tree this fall! Below you will find a bio written by the teacher. We hope this helps you get to know these great CTE Patriots!
Adrienne Chyba – First Grade
Britney Smith – Kindergarten
I grew up in Frankfort, Indiana. Frankfort is known as the ‘Home of the Hotdogs’ because of our infamous mascot. After graduating from Frankfort High School in 2008, I attended Ball State University and became a Cardinal. After studying for 4 years, I graduated with my teaching degree. Then I got married to my husband, Jeff Smith. I started teaching kindergarten at Eastern Elementary in Greentown, Indiana, where I became a Comet. My husband and I moved to Noblesville in 2013. Then in 2016, we welcomed a baby girl into our family named Evelyn. We are now a family of 4 including our cat, Sammy! I am excited to begin my 5th year in kindergarten at Cherry Tree Elementary and become a Patriot!
Kristen Parkevich – Kindergarten
Irvington, a fun and thriving historic district on the Eastside, was where I was born and where my roots were planted. As a child, our family moved to Burlington, IN where my father pastored a small church. I was blessed to experience both a rural upbringing and keep my urban roots planted when we would return to Irvington every weekend and in the summers.
Upon graduation from IUPUI I was quite excited to enter the classroom. I began teaching fifth grade in Perry Township on Indianapolis’ south side. At Glenns Valley Elementary I was fortunate to experience intermediate and primary grade levels where I taught over the course of eight years. During that time my husband, Nick, and I welcomed the birth of our daughter, Gwenyth, and two years later our son, Grant.
I was so very blessed to have the opportunity to move to Carmel and focus on raising Gwen and Grant. They attended Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery school early on and both attended pre-k at Orchard Park Learning Center. As my son, Grant, was ready to head off to kindergarten I too was eager to return to the classroom. Both of our children now attend Cherry Tree as Patriots in kindergarten and third grade this year. They are loving it already!
When I am not at Cherry Tree growing young minds and leaders I love to spend time with my family in the outdoors, go for a run with my Aussies, River and Ben, and spend time with any of my three brothers who are my best friends. Thank you for welcoming me as a Cherry Tree Patriot. My family and I are honored to be here and to be part of this community!
Devin Mendenhall – Kindergarten
Hi! I am Devin Mendenhall. This is my fourth year teaching; third year teaching Kindergarten. I student taught and was a Reading Interventionist IA at Carmel Elementary. I taught two years (Kindergarten & Third Grade) in Lebanon Community School District. I came back to Carmel last year and taught Kindergarten at Smoky Row Elementary. Now, I am here and excited to be a part of the Cherry Tree family! I am a newlywed–my husband and I were married in Puerto Rico! We are currently living in our house in Whitestown, Indiana with our dog, Finn! We love to travel and spend time with family and friends!