Jessica Lusk is a familiar face to current and former students at Grundy County High School. She teaches marketing, management, business economics, and the popular Jobs for Tennessee Grads course. She is a native of Grundy County and is very active in the community.
“I was born and raised in Palmer, and later moved to Gruetli-Laager. My husband and I are building our dream home in Monteagle and will hopefully be moving in sometime this summer.
“My parents are Keith and Renee’ McBee. Keith is the former county trustee and retired from Ben Lomand Telephone. Renee’ is the manager of Citizens Tri-County Monteagle. I have a younger sister, Lindsey, who is a radiologic technologist at Memorial Hospital-Hixon.
“I attended Palmer Elementary School and graduated from Grundy County High School in 2002.
“I hope I make an impact on my students the way some of my former teachers did on me. I have several that I still hold very dear to my heart and I’ve even had a few I’ve had the privilege of working with. Just a few that stick out to me most include Dennis Mainord, my social studies teacher at Palmer Elementary; Karen Dickerson, my journalism teacher; and Judy Brown, my high school English teacher.
After graduating from GCHS, Jessica continued her education at Chattanooga State, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee State University.
“I received my Associates Degree from Chattanooga State in 2004, and obtained my Bachelors of Business Administration Degree in 2006 from Middle Tennessee State University.
“I later began teaching at GCHS while taking courses at Tennessee State University to obtain my professional teaching license. I have been teaching at GCHS since 2007.”
Jessica enjoys working with GCHS students both in and out of the classroom.
“I have my hand in a little bit of everything at GCHS, I am the lead DECA advisor and the Youth Leadership Grundy advisor. I am the chairperson for this year’s junior/senior prom. I am an active member of the TNACHE grant board. I’ve been the Jobs for Tennessee Graduates Specialist for the last eight years. I assist with coordinating several activities at the high school including the senior mock interviews, the college and career fair, and I coordinate with the election office to provide student assistants for elections.
When not at work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her growing family.
“My husband is Justin Lusk. We have been married for almost 12 years. He is a business loan advisor for ASCEND Federal Credit Union in Tullahoma.
“Justin and I have two children and one on the way. My son Brooks is six and in kindergarten at North Elementary School. He has a passion for all sports, especially football and baseball.
“My daughter Willow is going to be three next week. She is a mess and constantly keeps us on our toes. We have no idea what our new bundle of joy is just yet, but he or she will make their arrival around September 16.
“I enjoy spending time watching my son play ball, shopping for my daughter, planning events, and attending Vols football games with my family. Go Big Orange!
Jessica’s “one thing” will surprise many of her co-workers and students.
“One thing people may be shocked to know about me is that I never wanted to be a teacher. Every interest profile test proves that my initial idea of never teaching was wrong, but I always laughed at my friend who wanted to teach. Even though that’s how I felt then, at this point in my life, I can’t imagine doing anything else. So, I guess, the moral of the story is never say never!”
Jessica attends AirView Baptist Church in Skymont, where she often teaches Sunday School and assists with VBS, the church’s annual Reality House, and various other events.