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Loran Anderson
Anderson, Loran
8th Grade Literacy Teacher
I have a M.A.T. from Trevecca Nazarene University and a B.S. in English from Austin Peay University. Dolly Parton once said, "Find out who you are and do it on purpose". My goal in the classroom is to help the student find out the learner they are and do it with intention.
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.
Kelly Carter
Carter, Kelly
8th Grade Science Teacher
I attended Austin Peay State University with a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration of 4th-8th grade. I am a mama and wife and enjoy attending sporting events, getting lost in a good book, and spending time at the beach.I enjoy teaching at this level because it is such a critical influencial time in their lives. A good teacher can change a life and I strive to change as many as possible. Setting a child up to use the critical thinking skills for success is the best gift we as teachers can give them.  I hope to have an opportunity to go back to school when my own children are older to become a media specialist.
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
Bridget Lankford
Lankford, Bridget
8th Grade Literacy Teacher

I received a BS in English with a minor in professional education from Austin Peay State University. My goal is to build a sustained reading habit which in turn aids in developing the voice of the student writers I aspire to cultivate in the classroom. I hope to educate and empower each learner to reach their potential.

Long, Kayla
Art Teacher
Trae Mcillwain
Mcillwain, Trae
8th Grade Science
I have lived in Dickson County all of my life. I earned my degree at Austin Peay State University and Grand Canyon University. I currently live in White Bluff with my wife and 3 daughters. In my spare time I raise Labrador Retrievers and I love to farm and fish. I believe in building strong relationships with my students and creating a positive learning environment. 
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.
Simona Newman
Newman, Simona
SPED Interventionist
I am a graduate of Fisk University with a B.S. in Special Education. I am the Intervention Specialist in the area of Math. I'm also the Girl's basketball coach. I enjoy being around children and watching them grow academically and socially.
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.

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
Larry Proffitt
Proffitt, Larry
8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
I received a BS in Elementary Ed from Tusculum College. I am a second career teacher. My time here at Dickson Middle School began in the Fall of 2014. I promote a classroom featuring diverse learning and teaching styles. My students energize me daily as I try to inspire their minds to the fullest!
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.
Justin Spurlock
Spurlock, Justin
8th Grade SS teacher

I teach 8th Grade Social Studies here at DMS. I graduated from the Freed-Hardeman University and I am a former Dickson Dragon and Dickson Cougar. 

I taught History classes and was the head basketball coach for the Christian Academy of St. Louis in Missouri and Holloway High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee before coming home to join the Dragons. 

In the 2018-2019 school year, I was given the Teacher of the Year award from Rutherford County Schools.

I love the Dickson community and I am proud to be teaching where I grew up and where I went to Middle School. 


Stanfill, Megan
Special ED Assistant
Sierra Tidwell
Tidwell, Sierra
8th Grade Literacy Teacher
I received my BS in English with a minor in professional education (grades 7-12) from Austin Peay State University. My goal is to ignite a lifelong passion for reading within my students and to help them make meaningful, real-life connections to literature.
Jacklyn Wilkes
Wilkes, Jacklyn
8th Grade Math
 I attended the University of Tennessee for 4 years, and 1 year at Northeastern State University where I received my B.S. in Mathematics. I just finished my Masters of Education in Secondary Education through Grand Canyon University. I am an assistant coach for our Dragons Volleyball team. My goal is to help all students achieve academically so they can be successful in their future.                
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