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Danielle Dotts
Dotts, Danielle
6th Grade Math Teacher
I attended East Tennessee State University for my Bachelors as well as my Masters. I have a Masters of Art in Teaching. I plan on going back to school to receive my Ed.D in the near future. My goal is to help students achieve academically as well as in the real world so they can be successful in their future.
Lindsay Godsil
Godsil, Lindsay
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
I received my B.S. in Education from Austin Peay State University. I began teaching 6th grade in Dickson County in 2016. My goal is to ensure learning and growth for every child in a fun and inviting atmosphere. 
Patrick Hazen
Hazen, Patrick
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher

I graduated from Austin Peay State University with my B.S. in secondary history education, with a focus in geography in 2013. I am married with a beautiful daughter that is my everything. I strive to bring history to life and to hopefully play at least a small role in every student's success story.

Jill Jackson
Jackson, Jill
6th Grade Science Teacher
I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Unitersity of Tennessee in Knoxville, and I am certified to teach 1st-8th grade. I have taught for approximately twenty-five years. I enjoy the learning process and the growth that see in the children that I teach.
Shane Joyce
Joyce, Shane
Band Teacher
Mr. Joyce has been the band director at DMS since the year 2000. After receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Tennessee Tech University, he received his Master's degree in Administration in 2006. In addition to DMS, he also works as the assistant band director at Dickson County High School. Mr. Joyce lives in Dickson with his wife Carrie and two sons, Carter and Spencer.
Kirby, Erica
School Nurse
Long, Kayla
Art Teacher
Dana Miller
Miller, Dana
Health Teacher
 I teach girls Health and PE. I have a BS in Elem Ed, specializing in middle school, and a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction. Both are from APSU. I’m married with two sons. 
Mullinicks, Kelsey
Health Teacher
Tracey Nagy
Nagy, Tracey
6th Grade Math Teacher
I attended Austin Peay State University where I received a BS in Education. 
This is my first year at Dickson Middle School and my 32nd year in the classroom.  I am looking forward to helping my students learn, grow, become problem solvers, and face challenges.  I am excited and proud to be part of Dragon Nation! 

Jennifier Patterson
Patterson, Jennifier
Support Staff

I am the Middle School Social Worker for all of Dickson County School.  I graduated from Mid-Continent University with my bachelors in Psychology and Counseling.  I have been working with children and families for 13 years. My family and I moved to Dickson in 2016 from West TN.  My husband, Mike, and I have 3 children and we are foster parents.  I love working with our students and families here in Dickson County and I am blessed to serve in Dickson County Schools.

Cheryl Pierce
Pierce, Cheryl
6th Grade Science
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Austin Peay State University. I have taught 1st, 3rd, 4th grades at Vanleer Elementary School. Last year, I taught 6th grade science at DIS. I am excited to be returning to 6th grade at DMS and continue to teach science.
Julie Potter
Potter, Julie
Librarian/Creative Writing Teacher 6th-8th
      I graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1995 with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a K-8 endorsement. I earned my Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading from Austin Peay State University in 1998. In 2010, I finished my Master's Degree in Library Media Specialist from Trevecca University.  My love of learning led to completing the Gifted Education Endorsement in 2019 from Vanderbilt University. I have 20+ years of teaching experience all in Dickson County. I love sharing my passion for reading and expressing oneself through writing with my students. I am proud to be the Librarian at DMS,  a school my husband, myself and my two daughters have all attended. In my family, our Dragon pride runs deep! #wearedragons
Dondi Sanders
Sanders, Dondi
6th Grade Literacy

Hello! My name is Dondi Sanders and I teach sixth grade Reading/Language Arts. I was born in California but have lived in Waverly, TN for most of my life. I have been with my husband, Adam, for 20 years. We have an 18 year old son, Ethan, who will be attending UT Knoxville in the fall. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. This will be my ninth year teaching. I taught five years in Humphreys County and this will be my fourth year teaching in Dickson County. My hobbies include watching my son drag race, being with friends and family, shopping, and playing with my dog, Moe. I’m looking forward to a great year!

Ryan Sensing
Sensing, Ryan
Assistant Principal
Ryan is a native to Dickson County. He attended Charlotte Elementary, Charlotte Junior High and Dickson County High School. He signed a college baseball scholarship to play at Jackson State Community College and transferred to Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky from there to finish his playing days before transferring back to Austin Peay State University to finish his B.S. in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Education. He got his first M.S. in Theory and Practice of Education from Arkansas State University and received his second M.S. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University.

Ryan taught Physical Education at Charlotte Elementary for ten years before moving to Creek Wood to teach Personal Finance and Physical Education for a year and nine weeks. He finished the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year as an assistant principal in an interim role at Charlotte Elementary.

Throughout finishing his B.S. at APSU and teaching career he has accumulated fifteen years of coaching experience in both baseball and football: one year of CMS baseball, fourteen years of CWHS baseball, eight years of CMS football, three years of head freshman coach CWHS football, two additional years of CMS football before returning to CWHS football as defensive coordinator for two years.
He is excited for the opportunity to create and develop relationships with the students, faculty/staff, and the community.
Stanfill, Megan
Special ED Assistant
Emilie Strawser
Strawser, Emilie
6th Grade Literacy Teacher
I graduated from UT Martin in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in K-6 education. I graduated in 2015 from Bethel University with a Masters in Administration. I taught sixth grade for six years and then taught fourth grade for two. I am excited to be back in sixth grade ELA. Reading is one of my greatest passions and I love to instill it in my students. 
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