About Mrs. Ballenger! <br>

About Mrs. Ballenger

Hello! My name is Saurahnee Gayle Cadwell Ballenger. I am thrilled to be 
teaching 5th grade at Palmetto Charter School this year!  I live in Palmetto 
with my husband,Byron,our 3 children, Brady, Kai,and Emry.

I am an only child. I love to shop, swim, decorate, cook and travel. I have 
visited many places. Some of my favorites are Israel, Egypt, St. Thomas, St. 
Maarten, Belize, and Alaska. 

I am a vegetarian. I don't eat meat, eggs, or seafood. 

I also LOVE to Coupon! 

I attended Bradenton Christian School from Kindergarten through 12th grade 
and graduated from there in 1991.  I graduated from the University of South 
Florida in 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education.

I met my husband at USF. He is teaching 4th grade this year at Palmetto

Our son, Brady, was born July 17,2007. He just celebrated his tenth
birthday. We are excited that he is in Fifth Grade at PCS this year!  
We have 2 daughters, Kai and Emry. Kai is 8 years old and is in Third Grade
at PCS. Emry is four years old and is in pre-school this year! We are so
thankful for 3 beautiful children. 

Before coming to Palmetto Charter School, I taught 4th and 5th grades at 
Palmetto Christian School for 12 years. In 2003, I was selected as "Palmetto 
Christian School Teacher of the Year!"  Before I began my teaching career, I 
enjoyed working at the Palmetto Boys and Girls Club. 

I am the Palmetto Charter School yearbook editor and have been creating 
school yearbooks for about 19 years. That's a long time...and a lot of 

Every year, parents and students ask about my favorite things and various 
other information, sometimes they ask me to fill out surveys...Hopefully 
this helps...

Color: Purple, but not to wear... I prefer Black and Pink
Restaurants: Red Mesa, O'Hana, Maggianos, Olive Garden,  Demetrios

Flower: I like them all

Jewelry: Silver, Brighton, Tera's Handmade Silver on 43rd street. 
Monogramming:I LOVE anything monogrammed...towels, sheets, jewelry...you 
name it...I LOVE IT!!!

Stores: Rustic Rose, Crowder's, Bath & Body Works, the Outlet 
Mall, Home Goods, Tera's Handmade Silver, Marshalls

Vacation: I love to go on cruises
Movies: I'm not a movie person, but I do enjoy going to the Ruskin Family
Drive-In with my family

Candy: Chocolate... Peanut M&M's, Cadbury Creme Eggs & mini eggs(my favorite!!) 
Beverage: Dr. Pepper, Any ice cream based coffee cooler (McDonald's Mocha 
Frappe/Starbucks White Mocha Frappaccino...)
Etc.:  I love Tervis Tumblers!

Music: Country
TV Shows: Dancing with the Stars,Fixer Upper, Property Brothers, Alaskan Bush

Books: Cookbooks--I love to bake!
Things to Collect: I do not collect anything! 

Cake: Carrot Cake, chocolate cake, Publix cake
Pie: Coconut Cream, Key Lime
Cheesecake: Any kind. I Love Cheese cake
Cartoon Character: Dopey from Snow White

Birthday: September 14, 1973
Anniversary: May 21, 2005
Children: Bradyn Lafayette Ballenger "Brady"--born July 17 ,Kai Emerson --
born December 18; Emry Joi--born March 29, 2013
Pets: Akita/Boxer mix named Nik

I'm looking forward to a great year! If there is anything else you'd like to 
know about me... just ask!



The mission of Palmetto Charter School is to create a superior learning 
environment founded upon the shared values of hard work, honor, self-
discipline, community and parental involvement, with the purpose of preparing 
students for academic and social success, in high school and beyond.