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Terra Bragg
Bragg, Terra
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with my B.S. in secondary history education with a focus on political science in 2015. I believe that students can reach their fullest potential when they have teachers in their corner, pushing them to succeed.
Shannon Britt
Britt, Shannon
7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
I earned my B.S. in Education from Austin Peay State University. I began teaching at Dickson Middle School in 2010. My goal is to help every student improve his or her conceptual understanding of the math we are learning. I want each to enter high school with confidence in their knowledge and ability to be successful.
Celeste Buchanan
Buchanan, Celeste
7th Grade Science
I earned a degree in K-12 Education at Carson-Newman University in May of 2018. I am certified to teach all content areas K-8, and I am endorsed to teach English 6-12. When I am not sharing my love of science with my students, you can find me reading, painting, hiking, or caring for my two cats Effie and Bastion. My teaching philosophy is based on the idea that students are life-long learners, and that learning needs to be student-centered. My goal is to fuel students' passion for understanding scientific phenomena both inside and outside of the classroom. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio! 
Larrisa Carter
Carter, Larrisa
7th Grade Social Studies
7th Grade World History Teacher
Graduated from Austin Peay State University
Clifton Cathey
Cathey, Clifton
7th Grade Science Teacher
I received my degree from Austin Peay State University. I have been teaching at Dickson Middle School since 2016. My goal is to create a love of science within each student through engaging and rigorous science activities.
Cheyenne England
England, Cheyenne
7th Grade Literacy
I earned my B.S. from Tennessee Technological University and my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from MTSU. I began my career teaching elementary in Dickson County, and have proudly been a middle school ELA teacher for the past 5 years. As a lifelong learner who loves reading, my goal as a teacher is to instill a similar love of learning and reading in my students through fun and engaging practice in my classroom. I enjoy connecting my students to texts that interest and inspire them, and providing challenges to encourage students to push themselves academically. I'm so proud to be a part of DMS Dragon Nation, and look forward to helping students have a fun and successful year!
Rexanna Hartley
Hartley, Rexanna
7th Grade Literacy Teacher
I grew up in West Virginia and graduated from Glenville State College in 1996 with a B.S. in Education with a specialization in Library Media. I moved to Clarksville,TN in 1998. I have taught in WV, TN, AK, and WA. I graduated from Western Governors University in 2014 with a degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Interests and Hobbies: Roller Derby, gardening, and perusing thrift stores for the ultimate treasure. :-)
Jennifer Hohl
Hohl, Jennifer
7th Grade Math Teacher
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
Patrick Layton
Layton, Patrick
7th Grade Math Teacher
I received my Bachelor of Science in History and Bible (Secondary Education) from Free Will Baptist Bible College. I also received my "Highly Qualified" status in Middle School Mathematics.
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
Lisa Murrell
Murrell, Lisa
RTI Interventionist
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from David Lipscomb University and my Master’s Degree in Reading from Austin Peay State University. In 2017, I became a Reading Specialist. My goal is to increase the overall success of my students while creating in them confidence in reading, writing, and math.
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.

Mandy Payne
Payne, Mandy
7th Grade Literacy

In 1993, I graduated from Queens University of Charlotte (NC) with a BA in English and a BA in Communications. For the next 15 years, I worked various jobs in the PR/marketing world. After teaching a Vacation Bible Class with my mother-in-law I decided that I would rather devote my time and energy to helping kids instead of making a company money, so I returned to school to become a teacher. I taught in Western North Carolina for six years before moving to Tennessee in 2015 when I joined the Dickson County School System. I’m most excited when I can help students see that what they learn in Literacy class can be applied to real-world situations to help them be active and productive members of society. 

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
Brad Robertson
Robertson, Brad
Computer Teacher
I earned my B.S. degree at Tennessee State University, majoring in education. I have taught Diversified Technology and Career classes at Dickson High and Creekwood High schools. I do have high expectations of each of my students and will expect them to give their best at all times.
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
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