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Brian Baker
Baker, Brian
Health/PE Teacher
I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Physical Education and Health. My vision is to create an environment full of learning experiences that will not only instill respect and teamwork but will also generate a passion for physical fitness and health that will last a life time. My goal is to make education fun and purposeful striving to promote long term carryover of healthy life skills. With a variety of diverse teaching methods, I believe all students can learn and have fun while doing it.
Karen Breeden
Breeden, Karen
PE
I completed my B.S. in Health and Human Performance at
Austin Peay State University with an endorsement for all content in 4th-8th
grades. My first four years at Dickson Middle were spent within the classroom
teaching 7th and 8th grade science. While I am now in the
gym, my goal is to implement a love of not only physical fitness and healthy
lifestyles, but also instill a love of learning in all students. I aspire to
teach my students to work interdependently within their teams to achieve their
goals while in the gym, in hopes that it carries over to their daily lives.
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.
Kayla Long
Long, Kayla
Art Teacher

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. I am certified to teach art to all grade levels, K-12. As a graduate of Creek Wood High School, my roots are here in Dickson County and I’m thrilled to be the art teacher at Dickson Middle. I am an advocate for the arts and hope to instill an appreciation for all types of art within our students. I believe in teaching discipline-based art education (art history, art aesthetics, art criticism, and cross-curriculum) as well as life-long skills. I strive to create a respectful, welcoming, and loving environment for my students and to encourage them to express themselves through art. When I’m not teaching, I’m a busy wife, mom of two boys, and a professional photographer.


“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” -Pablo Picasso

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. 
Kelsey Mullinicks
Mullinicks, Kelsey
Health Teacher
Raised in Dickson County, Kelsey Mullinicks is a graduate of Dickson County High School. She went on to continue her education at Bethel University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Child Learning and Development and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. Kelsey resides in Dickson and is married to her husband, Tom. They have two children, Maddox and Jax. 

Emily Murphy
Murphy, Emily
Music Teacher
I graduated from Bethel University in 2015 with my Bachelor's degree in Music Education. I taught 6 - 12 band, choir, and music classes at MJHS and MHS from 2016 - 2018 and I am so excited to be a Dragon now! I strive to create a classroom where we explore music through hands-on learning. My goal is to broaden horizons of my students and to encourage them to think creatively. I hope to help them come to have a love and appreciation of music and the arts, and also the ability to work independently and to think outside of the box. I am director of the Dynamic Dragon Chorale and I also co-direct theatre productions on the DMS Stage. When I am not teaching or performing on stage I can be found at home my husband and our cat Biscuit and dog Solo. 
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.
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