Staff Directory

Joann Anderson
Anderson, Joann
Secretary
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.
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.
Jessica Blackwell
Blackwell, Jessica
SRO
I have been a Dickson Police Officer since June 2001. I taught DARE at Oakmont Elementary and really enjoyed getting to know those children, so I applied for the School Resource Officer position. I have been a School Resource Officer since August 2011. I started at the Dickson County High School my first year and came to Dickson Middle School the next year. I have enjoyed getting to know these children and love watching them grow.
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.
Karen Breeden
Breeden, Karen
8th Grade Science Teacher
I completed my Bachelors of Science in Health and Human Performance with an endorsement for grades 4-8. My passion for the classroom is to create a learning environment that is relatable to students and their own passions.
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.
William Burton
Burton, William
Principal
My graduate and post-graduate work was completed at Trevecca Nazarene University where I earned my teaching, administration, and educational leadership degrees. Students will grow at DMS with rigorous instruction provided by a professional cadre of teachers. I have a passion for education, and a vision that all of our students are being prepared for college or career readiness.
Kelly Carter
Carter, Kelly
8th Grade Science Teacher
I completed my Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Austin Peay State University. My passion to help students succeed in the classroom and to show them that I care. My vision for the classroom is to use technology as well as hands on experiments to bring our lessons to life.
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.
Jodie Clemmons
Clemmons, Jodie
School Nurse
Jessica Cook
Cook, Jessica
7th Grade Literacy Teacher
I earned a BA in Literature (with a minor in Spanish) from Ohio Northern University, an MA in Teaching from Grand Canyon University, and an EdS in Curriculum and Instruction from Liberty University. I believe that literature opens our minds to opportunities and learning experiences we couldn't get anywhere else, and encourages us to dream a bigger dream. My goal is to help each of my students improve their skills in reading and writing in order to have more opportunities to be successful in whatever path they choose in life.
Tracey Correll
Correll, Tracey
Teacher Assistant

 I am very happy to be starting a new year at DMS. I am very honored and very happy to be a Special Education Assistant Teacher . I love working with children, and if you can make a difference in a child's life. It is such a rewarding and blessed feeling!

I also have children and grandchildren of my own. I am very happy and privileged to be helping raise two of my grandchildren now. They live with us. So I love spending time with my family and my friends. I also have my school family and Its a beautiful blessing to be able to do it all/ Life is precious and I want to enjoy every minute of it. If I can just touch someone's life in a positive way. I feel I am doing my job. I look forward to this year and the years to come! 

Danielle Dotts
Dotts, Danielle
8th Grade Science 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 Md.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.
Crystal Dubach
Dubach, Crystal
RTI Interventionist
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education from Austin Peay State University. I earned my Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University. I enjoy meeting students where they are are and helping them get to where they need to be.  
 
Britney Elliott
Elliott, Britney
RTI Interventionist
 I graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. I have been with DMS since 2014. As the 7th and 8th grade Intervention Specialist, I enjoy finding ways that help all students excel in their studies, find their learning style and reach their full potential. Exceed Expectations!
Kim Estes
Estes, Kim
Attendance Secretary
I started working at Dickson Middle School in 2004. My hope for students (and parents) is that they realize the importance of coming to school is critical to their success not only in school but in their future careers.
Susan Estes
Estes, Susan
ELL Teacher
I graduated from APSU with a Master degree in December, 2011 and began teaching at Oakmont Elem. in January, 2012. I taught there for 3 &1/2 years and then became certified to teach ELL. I have been working with middle school students since. I am married and have twins, a boy and a girl, and a dog named Brady. I love Tennessee Vols football (GBO!), spending time with my family, traveling, and reading mystery/suspense/thriller novels. 
Ethan Fussell
Fussell, Ethan
Guidance Counselor
I received a BS in Psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a Masters in School Counseling from Austin Peay. My vision is to be a student advocate and to help students reach their academic and personal goals.
Sara Glass
Glass, Sara
SPED Interventionist
After graduation from Austin Peay University in 2012 with Bachelor's in K-6 Education, I completed my graduate degree in K-12 Special Education. I have been with Dickson Middle School since 2015 working as an interventionist providing special services to our students.
Michelle Glover
Glover, Michelle
Teacher Assistant
I am excited to be a part of the DMS team working as a Special Education Assistant. I have been working with young children since 2003. I have thirteen years experience in Early Childhood Education. I really enjoy working with young people and making a positive impact on their lives. I take it as a honor and priviledge to have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child. I look forward to learning and growing with the students that I come in contact with each and everyday. I truly believe that creating a culture of community and developing personal relationships with the students is key to moving them in the direction of success
Nicole Gray
Gray, Nicole
7th Grade Math Teacher
I am Nicole Gray, and it is my pleasure to teach your child Mathematics this school year. I am a very enthusiastic teacher who strives to bring out the best in each of my students. I have found the seventh and eighth grade years to be years of great change for my students as they begin their teenage years and begin to develop core values and ideals that will follow them the rest of their lives. My educational background includes a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education and Marketing from Middle Tennessee State University. Adventure, discovery, exploration and creativity are experiences that I intend to provide my students. I also strive to foster a love of learning and a love for mathematics and a respect for its use In everyday life.
Bertha Green
Green, Bertha
ISS Assistant
I have been with Dickson Middle School since 2013. I am the president of the FCA club and want to inspire and uplift the students here at Dickson Middle School.
Tamela Green
Green, Tamela
8th Grade Math Teacher
I received a BS in Mathematics from Middle Tennessee State University and later a M.Ed in Supervision and Administration from Tennessee State University. I have been teaching here at Dickson Middle School since 1997.
Leslie Harrison
Harrison, Leslie
Assistant Principal
I received my Bachelor's degree at Arkansas State University with a degree in Music Education and then went on to receive my Master's in Education and Administration through Travecca Nazarene University. I was a music teacher for 16 years and was lucky to teach in the same building where my three sons were attending school. My goal is to inspire our students to become more than they believe they can be.
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. :-)
Teresa Henry
Henry, Teresa
Bookkeeper
Eric Hickerson
Hickerson, Eric
Health/PE Teacher
Ohio State Buckeye Fan, Running Fanatic... I coach the DMS Cross Country and Track Teams.
Jennifer Hohl
Hohl, Jennifer
7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
Hooks, Jill
ELL Teacher
Lisa Hunt
Hunt, Lisa
Teacher Assistant
Jackson, Jill
7th Grade Science Teacher
Michelle Jennette
Jennette, Michelle
SPED Interventionist
I received a BS in K-12 Special Education from Tennessee Technological University in 2000. I went on to further my education by completing M.Ed in P4 Special Education at Arkansas State University. I have worked with children of all ability levels in the all the years I have been teaching. I firmly believe that all children are capable of reaching their full learning potential, and as teachers we are their guides.
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 band director at Dickson Intermediate School and the assistant director at Dickson County High School. Mr. Joyce lives in Dickson with his wife Carrie and two sons, Carter and Spencer.
Lisa Kelley
Kelley, Lisa
Health/PE Teacher
BS Ed in Elementary Education, Austin Peay State University, MA Ed in Leadership, Austin Peay State University
Hubbell King
King, Hubbell
Assistant Principal
I graduated from Weber State University in Utah in 2005 with my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a Middle School Math endorsement and a K-12 ESL endorsement. I earned my Master's Degree from Union University in Leadership and Administration in 2015. I am currently working on my Educational Doctorate Degree in Strategic Change in Education from Lipscomb University in Nashville. I have a passion for teaching math and helping students learn to love math and to become lifelong learners. I am proud to be at Dickson Middle School and serving this community! 
Sarah King
King, Sarah
7th & 8th Social Studies Teacher
I grew up in Centerville in Hickman County, went to Cornell College, received a B.A. in History, and earned a Master's Degree in Education from Tennessee State University. 

Teaching History is my passion and I adore being with middle schoolers. Students experience Project Based Learning, a variety of Google Apps for Education, and applying Growth Mindset to their learning. I craft lessons where students experience a blended learning environment where they are moving, thinking and accessing technology as well as some traditional approaches to learning the stories of History. I believe that as a society, we will never outgrow our need for good readers and critical thinkers, so lessons often include reading, writing and thinking. I know that both students and teachers don't learn by doing -- rather, we learn by thinking about what we have done. Too often in education, we treat learning like factory work and ask students to just do, rather than reflect. Reflection is key to learning and growth, and I am always reflecting on ways I can be a better teacher, and I think my students know I value what they think too.  For more information about my professionally, visit www.sarahbatesking.weebly.com.

Samantha Lambright
Lambright, Samantha
7th Grade Literacy Teacher
I received a BS in English with a minor in professional education. My vision is to create an engaging learning environment where students can reach goals and succeed.
Casey Lane
Lane, Casey
8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  I have my undergrad degree in History and Archeology. I am currently finishing up my Master's in Education! My vision for my History class is to build a strong and engaging classroom in order to achieve a better understanding of our country's past!
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.

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.
Kristen Lynch
Lynch, Kristen
7th & 8th Grade Literacy Teacher
I received my BS in English/Education from Austin Peay State University. My goal is to teach students in a caring and supportive manor that will foster their love of reading and writing. My vision is for all students to reach their personal academic best through rigorous and engaging learning opportunities that will help them succeed in the future.
Cindy McClenathan
McClenathan, Cindy
Public Speaking Teacher
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in English/American Literature and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance both from SUNY Fredonia and a Masters in Education/Curriculum and Instruction from Austin Peay State University. I have taught literature, language arts, literacy and public speaking at Dickson Middle School since 2002. My goal is for each student to leave my class with improved speaking abilities and greater confidence in expressing his or her thoughts and ideas in a variety of situations both in and out of school.
Courtney Milburn
Milburn, Courtney
7th Grade Social Studies
I earned my secondary history education degree from Greenville College in Greenville, IL. I have been blessed to work as a history teacher at DMS for my entire career thus far. I have a passion for history and aim to make it come alive for the students though fun, engaging activities and discussions.
Dana Miller
Miller, Dana
PE Teacher
 I teach girls Health and PE. I have a BS in Elem Ed, specializing in middle school, and a MaEd in Curriculum and Instruction. Both are from APSU. I’m married with two sons. 
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.
Mary Beth Peery
Peery, Mary Beth
RTI Assistant Manager
I retired from Dickson County schools after 35 years. I am currently the RTI assistant manager @ DMS. I am happy to be back in this part-time position.
Amber Potter
Potter, Amber
Instructional Coach

I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education and my Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Tennessee. After teaching in elementary for13 years, I was hired as the instructional coach for Dickson Middle School. I love being back in my former junior high striving for excellence everyday with students, teachers, and administration.

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!
Celeste Randall
Randall, 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! 
Carla Riley
Riley, Carla
7th Grade Math & Literacy
I graduated from Dyersburg State Community College with an Associate Degree of Science in Nursing. I have been an RN since 1998. I work here at DMS as a Special Education Assistant. My goal is to help my students grow academically and to be successful in life.
Scotty Roberts
Roberts, Scotty
PE Teacher
I have a B.S degree in Physical Education with a minor in Math and a M.ED. in Administration and Supervision. I am married and have 2 sons. My goal every day is to help each child be the best that they can be.
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.
Karen Roe
Roe, Karen
Teacher Assistant
I am a graduate of Dickson County High School. I have experience in Early Childhood Education. I took college courses at Middle Tennessee State University as well as several at Austin Peay State University. I worked as a substitute Teacher in Dickson county for 6 years before I became a Dragon in August 2013.
Brenda Schmitt
Schmitt, Brenda
Staff Member
Shwanda Shoulders
Shoulders, Shwanda
Librarian/Media Specialist
After receiving my B.S. in Elementary Education and M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University, I completed requirements for LBMS certification from the University of Memphis. My vision of the library is a comfortable, dynamic hub of learning for school stakeholders and a welcoming environment for the community.
Brittney Smith
Smith, Brittney
8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.S. in Secondary History. I am also endorsed to teach Geography and Government at the Secondary level. I am privileged to teach Social Studies at this wonderful school. I am also the assistant Girl's basketball coach. I enjoy being around children and watching them grow throughout the year and educationally.
Rick Speigner
Speigner, Rick
Art Teacher
I received a BS in Dramatics and elementary certification from Troy University. I received a M.Ed and EdS from Tennessee State University. My vision for teaching is to provide an environment where students can reach his/her full potential while developing self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline so each can reach the goal in life that he/she sets.
Megan Stanfill
Stanfill, Megan
Teacher Assistant
I have worked at DMS since 2015. I love what this school stands for and I'm glad to call it home. I'm working on my Bachelor's in Education and plan on teaching in a Dickson County School.
Teresa Stavely
Stavely, Teresa
SPED Interventionist
I graduated Austin Peay State University with a B.S in Special Education K-12. I have been with Dickson Middle School since the fall of 1990. I work as an Intervention Specialist and Co-Teacher to help ensure success for students of all ability levels. I believe that all students should have the opportunity to reach their potential. My goal is to help them learn, grow and reach that potential.
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.
Alisha Tolley
Tolley, Alisha
7th Grade Math Teacher
I received a BS in Education from the University of Tennessee at Martin. I am looking forward to providing a rich and beneficial learning environment to all students that enter my classroom doors. My goal is to be a facilitator of positive learning by leading by example, having high but attainable expectations, and pushing my students to be their absolute best!
Nancy Warden
Warden, Nancy
Speech Teacher
Nancy Warden received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and her Master of Science from the University of Hawaii, Manoa. She has previously worked with a variety of children and adults in both the home health and school settings. She provided therapy for a variety of communication disorders, including aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia, cognition, and organic voice disorders in the home health setting and designed and implemented in-service workshops to educate various home health agencies on speech, language, and swallowing resources. While working as a Speech Language Pathologist in the schools and in private practice, Nancy provided therapy to a large multicultural population of school-aged children, as well as developmentally delayed preschoolers, in the areas of receptive and expressive language, articulation, fluency, cognition, dyslexia, autism, and socialization. Nancy holds her Certificate of Clinical Competency and is a member of the American Speech-Hearing Association, Tennessee Speech-Hearing Association, Hawaii Speech-Hearing Association, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Nancy and her husband have three children and one grandchild and live in Franklin. She enjoys reading, sewing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jessica Wester
Wester, Jessica
7th Grade Literacy Teacher
I received a BS in English with a minor in professional education from Austin Peay State University. My goal is to help students improve in their reading and writing skills and encourage them to become lifelong readers.
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 am currently working on 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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