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Tristen Adkins
Adkins, Tristen
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
Aguilera, Candice

Andrea Bledsoe
Bledsoe, Andrea
Teaching 10+ years
Attended Auburn University, APSU, and MTSU
Hobbies include  Traveling, reading, and spending time with family.
David Bradford
Bradford, David
P.E. Teacher
Bratton, Donna
Staff Member
Neil Brock
Brock, Neil
Music Teacher
Gala Brooks
Brooks, Gala
Guidance Teacher
Nick Brown
Brown, Nick
Assistant Principal
Lori Clayton
Clayton, Lori
Brittney Cunningham
Cunningham, Brittney
School Nurse
Joy Dotson
Dotson, Joy
Educational Assistant
Kay Eaton
Eaton, Kay
School Nutrition Manager
Christina Flowers
Flowers, Christina
Lunch Room Monitor
Vanessa Flowers
Flowers, Vanessa
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!!
Frady, Macy
Third Grade Teacher
Deborah Fuller
Fuller, Deborah
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
Geisler, Kelsey
Fourth Grade Teacher
Tracy Gilliam
Gilliam, Tracy
Educational Assistant
Elaine Hargrove
Hargrove, Elaine
Christy Hawthorne
Hawthorne, Christy
Carrie Horzsa
Horzsa, Carrie
Educational Assistant
Chantel Jones
Jones, Chantel
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
Kocourek, Katherine
Fifth Grade Teacher
Koellein, Linda
Karen Lagan
Lagan, Karen
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
Martin, McKenzie
Fourth Grade Teacher
Jacqueline McElrath
McElrath, Jacqueline
Speech Teacher
Lisa McFarlin
McFarlin, Lisa
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.

Jamie Patterson
Patterson, Jamie

Christy Perez
Perez, Christy
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. 

Johanna Powell
Powell, Johanna
ELL Parent Liason Teaher
Olivia Rhett
Rhett, Olivia
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
Sheffield, Katherine
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
Smith, Jessica
Instructional Coach
Joye Street
Street, Joye
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
Sullivan, Sharon
Lunch Room Monitor
Rochelle Taylor
Taylor, Rochelle
Pre-K Teacher
Susan Tomlinson
Tomlinson, Susan
Pre-K Assistant
Teanna Turner
Turner, Teanna
Computer Lab Teacher

Tricee Turner
Turner, Tricee

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
Vandyke, Diana
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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