Yellow Ducks

Meet the Teachers:

My name is Katie Duggin, and I want to welcome you to the Yellow Duck classroom at Calhoun Pre-K!  I am so excited to have you in class this year! We are going to learn a lot and have so much fun!

Originally from Manchester, TN, my family and I moved to Calhoun in 2014.  My husband, Jason, works with beef cattle extension for the University of Georgia.  We have two wonderful sons who both attend Calhoun Middle School.  I can't forget to mention that we have a golden retriever named Hondo! Family time is my favorite time, and we like to spend it playing outside, worshiping at River Bend Church of Christ, and watching football!

I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee.  I took some time off when my babies were born, but this will be my eleventh year of teaching Pre-K. I believe with all my heart that children do not care how much you know until they know how much you care, and  I am looking forward to getting to know you and your child this year!

Feel free to contact me anytime by email at or by our class Remind account.  Let's make it the best year ever! Go Jackets!


My name is Lorenda Ballew, and I am excited about working with your child in the Yellow Duck room this year.  I am in my 22nd year with Calhoun City Schools.   I have I have worked at the Primary School in Special Ed and kindergarten, but I LOVE working with the Pre-K students.   I have lived in Calhoun my whole life. I have been married for 34 years, and our children's names are Josh and Julia, and I have one grandson named Jaxon and a granddaughter named Emmie.