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Tristen Adkins
Tristen Adkins
Art Teacher
I graduated from APSU in December of 2014. I am married and a mom to two boys and a first year Art Teacher this school year 2019-2020. I am creative and compassionate towards all others. I am excited and honored to be teaching art this year, here at Dickson Elementary School. 
The atmosphere here at DES feels like home, and we are all working together each day with the same objective: to help each student learn and grow. I love my job and I look forward to teaching the students at DES each day about Art, Art History, and some important artists. I am looking forward to a bright and colorful year with our students and staff.


Candice Aguilera
Candice Aguilera

Andrea Bledsoe
Andrea Bledsoe
Principal
Teaching 10+ years
Attended Auburn University, APSU, and MTSU
Hobbies include  Traveling, reading, and spending time with family.
David Bradford
David Bradford
P.E. Teacher
Donna Bratton
Staff Member
Neil Brock
Neil Brock
Music Teacher
Gala Brooks
Gala Brooks
Guidance Teacher
Nick Brown
Nick Brown
Assistant Principal
Lori Clayton
Lori Clayton
Brittney Cunningham
Brittney Cunningham
School Nurse
Joy Dotson
Joy Dotson
Educational Assistant
Kay Eaton
Kay Eaton
School Nutrition Manager
Christina Flowers
Christina Flowers
Lunch Room Monitor
Vanessa Flowers
Vanessa Flowers
First Grade Teacher
My name is Vanessa Flowers. I attended Belmont University. I began teaching in 1995. I have taught first and second grades.
I have always wanted to be a teacher; I remember playing school when I was a little girl. I love helping students learn, and I love seeing "the light bulb" come on when they learn something new! I will be one of those 90 year olds you see on the news who is still teaching! Ha!!
Macy Frady
Third Grade Teacher
Deborah Fuller
Deborah Fuller
ELL Teacher

My name is Debbie Fuller. I attended Middle Tennessee State University for my bachelor’s and master’s degree. I started teaching in 1992.  I have taught Kindergarten through fourth grade.  I have also taught ELL Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  I have wanted to teach since I was six years old. I have had some wonderful teachers over the years. I love the student’s eagerness to learn, their curiosity, and humor. They make me want to come to work each day. 

Kelsey Geisler
Kelsey Geisler
Fourth Grade Teacher
Tracy Gilliam
Tracy Gilliam
Educational Assistant
Elaine Hargrove
Elaine Hargrove
Librarian
Christy Hawthorne
Christy Hawthorne
Bookkeeper
Carrie Horzsa
Carrie Horzsa
Educational Assistant
Tracey Jackson
Chantel Jones
Chantel Jones
First Grade Teacher

My name is Chantel Jones. I attended Murray State University.  I began teaching in 2010. I’ve taught first grade the whole time. When I was in second grade and moved to a new school in the middle of the year, the teacher was so patient and awesome. She had such a fun class and she taught me how to write in cursive. I like how we do fun things in our class that I can say in the hallway and they know exactly what to do. Our classroom climate rocks!

Katherine Kocourek
Katherine Kocourek
Fifth Grade Teacher
Linda Koellein
Karen Lagan
Karen Lagan
Second Grade Teacher

My name is Karen Lagan. I attended Austin Peay State University. I began teaching in 1993.  I have taught academics in kindergarten through second, and fifth/sixth split.  I love working with children and I wanted to be with my own children throughout their education. My husband and my own children inspired me to become a teacher. I love seeing their eyes light up when they accomplish a goal such as reading a book for the first time or solving a problem. I also love it when they accidently say “mom” instead of Mrs. Lagan, this really feels my heart. If you are comfortable enough to call someone mom, you feel loved. 

McKenzie Martin
McKenzie Martin
Fourth Grade Teacher
Emily McCallister
Jacqueline McElrath
Jacqueline McElrath
Speech Teacher
Lisa McFarlin
Lisa McFarlin
Special Education Teacher

My name is Lisa McFarlin. I attended Tennessee Technological University for my bachelor’s degree. I attended Murfreesboro Tennessee State University for my master’s degree. I began teaching in 1999. I have taught fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade with all subjects, resource Math and Reading Language Arts.  I had some great teachers that made a great impact on my life. I like interacting with students and when they are proud about something they have learned that they have worked hard for.

Christy Perez
Christy Perez
Fifth Grade Teacher

My name is Christy Perez. I attended Austin Peay State University. I started teaching in 1998. I have taught Kindergarten, fourth, and fifth grade. I have wanted to be a teacher ever since second grade. I like how it challenges me to always find ways to reach my students. 

Larson Petty
SGRO
Johanna Powell
Johanna Powell
ELL Parent Liason Teaher
Olivia Rhett
Olivia Rhett
Olivia Rhett
Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Olivia Rhett. I attended Mississippi State University. I began teaching in 2017. I have taught and worked with all grades Kindergarten through third. I became a teacher because I love working with children. I enjoy developing meaningful relationships with my students. I also love seeing the moments when they grasp a concept or reach a goal. 

Katherine Sheffield
Katherine Sheffield
Second Grade Teacher

My name is Katherine Sheffield.  I attended University of Tennessee. I started teaching in Louisiana in 1984. I started teaching in the second grade. I have taught from first grade to a split fourth/fifth grade. My favorite aunt and uncle were both educators. They noticed when were all together, that I always wanted to play school with my younger cousins. When I got older, they told me they thought I would make a great teacher. I really love being able to interact with the children with ease. I want them to know, without telling them, that I care a lot about them. 

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith
Instructional Coach
Joye Street
Joye Street
School Secretary
Over the years I have been a secretary/receptionist. All the wonderful years that I was staying home with my children, I was a parent volunteer in schools for many years. Getting to put the two things together fulfilled a wish that I have had for a long time to be a school secretary. I have also worked with children in Girl Scouts, Big Brother/Big Sisters and classes at church.

Sharon Sullivan
Sharon Sullivan
Lunch Room Monitor
Rochelle Taylor
Rochelle Taylor
Pre-K Teacher
Susan Tomlinson
Susan Tomlinson
Pre-K Assistant
Teanna Turner
Teanna Turner
Computer Lab Teacher

Tricee Turner
Tricee Turner
Kindergarten

My name is Tricee Turner. I attended Lipscomb University. I began teaching in 2010.  I have taught kindergarten and first grade. I want to make a difference in the lives of students as an African American teacher. My inspiration comes from my daughter’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Jane Wallace. She recommended I get a degree in Education.  I love to see them show improvement in subject areas. It  fills my heart with joy to see them get excited when they learn something new. 

Diana Vandyke
Diana Vandyke
Title I Teacher/RTI Manager
I graduated from Lipscomb University. My family moved to Dickson in 2000. I am the Title One Teacher and RTI manager this year. I work with students struggling in reading grades K-5th. This is my 20th year at DES. I love teaching and watching my students grow. 

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