8th Grade

Zoom Schedule

Jesse Bragg

Science/Social Studies



I'm the Science and Social Studies teacher for  8th grade at TCMS.  I have a wide range of experiences from manufacturing to military that will help Science and Social Studies come to life.  A little about me: my wife and I have two daughters and no pets!!  I love sports, building things out of wood, and reading Puritan literature.

Laura Cass


This is my fifth year teaching eighth grade Science. I received my Bachelors degree from Appalachian State University and my Masters Degree in Middle Grades Education from UNC-Charlotte. Links to Zoom and anything you will need will be linked on my Canvas page.

Helen Fowler

Language Arts


My name is Helen Fowler and I teach 8th grade English Language Arts at Third Creek Middle.  I have 2 grown daughters, Stephanie and Danica.  I also have 2 granddaughters, Elizabeth and Isabella.  I have a BA and BS in English/History from Bluefield State College and Concord University in WV.

I love reading. It’s my passion, and I hope I can help you learn to love it too!  We will focus on i-Ready and Ready lessons while incorporating novels as we go through the school year.

This is my 6th year teaching at SMS, now TCMS.  I’m thrilled to be in our new school!

Leigh Frederick

Social Studies


My name is Leigh Langley Frederick. This is my 21st with Iredell Statesville Schools. This is my 2nd at TCMS teaching Social Studies. I earned my B.S. in Behavioral Science from North Carolina Central, and my teaching certificate from UNC Chapel Hill. 

I have adult kids, a wonderful husband and two four legged kids. Not sure which are my favorites :)   I love sports and going tubing with friends.

Christopher Macemore



Patricia Plyler

Language Arts


Hello. My name is Mrs. Plyler. This is my 26th year in education and my 8th year teaching at Third Creek Middle. I love to read books and teach students how to better use and understand the English language. 

I am married with 2 children. My daughters attend school in ISS. I have a pitbull named Brownie. I love to craft and read in my spare time.

Alex Thornhill




This is my second year teaching and I am so excited to be teaching at Third Creek Middle this year. I teach eighth grade math. I love teaching 8th graders as we start thinking about high school and college.  I look forward to a great year in 8th grade math.