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Ted Baker
Baker, Ted
I have twenty one years at the DIckson County Sheriff's Office. I have been the School Resource Officer at NDA, CMS and CES for seventeen years. Also, I have seventeen years of experience as a hostage negotiator. Each day I strive to maintin a safe environment in the Dickson County School System. I provide safety training for school staff and oversee operations of safety within the school. Providing a safe and stable learning environment is of most importance to me. 
Hope Bryson
Bryson, Hope
Teacher ELA Middle School 6-8

I have always lived in Dickson County, with the exception of my college years. I graduated from Dickson County High School and Martin Methodist College. I started teaching at Creek Wood High School in 2005, and I moved to New Directions Academy in 2009. I have been teaching English to grades 6-8 at NDA ever since. In my free time I like to knit and watch knitting videos on YouTube. My favorites are The Fat Squirrel Speaks, The Bakery Bears, and Stranded Dyeworks Podcast. I enjoy reading, and one of my favorite authors is Cathy Lamb. When I choose texts for my classes, I try to pick ones I think my students will be interested in. Part of the challenge in getting students to become readers is putting the right books in their hands at the right time. 

Cooper, Leah
Alicia Corlew
Corlew, Alicia
Social Worker
Alicia Corlew was born in Providence, Rhode Island and raised in Springfield Massachusetts until the age of 18. She graduated in 2006 with her high school diploma from The High School of Science and Technology in Springfield, MA. Mrs. Corlew moved to Nashville in 2006 and attended Fisk University from 2006-2007. In 2007, she decided to transfer to Middle Tennessee State University where she graduated with her Bachelor in Social Work degree in 2010. Mrs. Corlew comes to us with 8 years of experience working with children, youth and their families. She has worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Department of Children Services and Youth Villages. Mrs. Corlew has a commitment to serving children and their families. Mrs. Corlew serves as the Secondary School Social Worker for Dickson County. 
Melinda Draper
Draper, Melinda
School Counselor
I am the School Counselor for all NDA students. This is my first year with Dickson County Schools, but I have been in education since 2002. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Education at APSU in 2001, and I graduated with my Master's in School Counseling in 2011. I enjoy traveling in the US and to other countries. I love to spend time with my family, cook, and to go white water rafting. My favorite sports are baseball, hockey, and hiking. Missouri is home, but I am excited to share half my heart with students of Dickson County Schools.  
Duckett, Amelia
Fitts, Brian
Teacher ELA High School 9-12
I graduated Dickson County High School in 1990 and went on to Middle Tennessee State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1994 and a Master of Arts in English in 1998.  I have been teaching high school English for 19 years with 15 of those years being in Dickson County at NDA.  In my spare time I enjoy collecting bobbleheads based on literary characters and contemplating the wonders of the universe.
Ginger Goad
Goad, Ginger
Teacher Special Education/Social Skills 6-12
I am one of the Special Education teachers at New Directions Academy. I teach the Social Skills class grades 6-12.  I have been in education for over twenty years. Previously, I taught elementary, middle and high school. I am from Franklin, Tennessee where I attended high school at Franklin High School. After high school I attended college at Middle Tennessee State University where I received my degree. I moved to Dickson in 2014 to be closer to family. I have two children, Anna and Aiden. Anna attends Creek Wood High School and Aiden attends Charlotte Elementary. My passion is teaching and learning. My goal in life is for people to know everyone can learn and grow! I am actively involved with the special needs community and believe all people matter!!  "In a world where you can be anything... be KIND"
Hargis, Britney
Educational Assistant High School 9-12
Marcia Hazelgrove
Hazelgrove, Marcia
Educational Assistant Middle School 6-8
I am blessed to be the wife of an amazing husband and mother to seven wonderful children. I am constantly going and there is never a dull moment in my life. I love working at NDA. The students and faculty are amazing. I love being able to help the students and watch them grow academically, socially, and behaviorally. 
I started working for the Dickson County School System as a substitute when my family and I moved here from Hardeman County in 2015. I got hired on at NDA at the end of 2015/beginning of 2016. I work as an Educational Assistant in Middle School 6th-8th and middle school ILS/ISS and head up the incentive committee. I implemented a "Student of the Week" program this year. I take pride in everything I do and especially the interaction I have with our students each day.  
Horsley, Debbie
RTI Assistant Manager
Johnson, Amanda
Amanda Johnson
Johnson, Amanda
Educational Assistant Art K-12
I graduated from Dickson County High School in 1997. I became an employee of NDA in March 2018. Previously, I worked with Developmental Services of Dickson County for several years. In addition to being employed with the Dickson County School system, I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Working at NDA gives me the opportunity to help students be successful both academically and within their personal lives. Providing positive refinforcement and structure for a student is essential for success. I have a child with Autism who has ignited a passsion within me for the special needs community. In my personal time, I work with special needs families to connect them with resources they may need and other families for support and companionship. I also enjoy providing and being a part of special needs events within our county and surrounding areas.  I hope to one day combine my education and my passion for the special needs community to change lives!  I am optimistic for the future and where it may lead me. In the meantime, I get to be a part of some pretty amazing kids' lives at NDA. 
Kovalchick, Wendy
Teacher High School Inclusion/RTI
Lisa Lavender
Lavender, Lisa
Educational Assistant Social Skills
I am one of the three Social Skills Teacher Assistants in the classroom at NDA. I have been married to my husband for thirty years and have two wonderful children Whitley and Ethan. I am also the proud Nana to a grandson Aden ,who is my Sunshine on a rainy day! I chose to be a stay at home mom till both of my children were in school then I worked as a substitute teacher for seven years. I was then offered a full time position with children with special needs at which I worked for nine years., took a two year break then came back to the school system to where I am now . My Happy Place. 
" I wouldn't change you for the world , but I would change the world for you "!
Shanell Love
Love, Shanell
Educational Assistant Social Skills
I am a devoted wife and mother. I have three children, Alevian, Alviyah, Alvin Jr.  My family and friends are everything to me. I enjoy singing and music. I have been blessed with a natural talent of voice and I love to bless others with this gift. I feel that I can reach people through song. I am one of the three educational assistants in the Social Skills class here at NDA. Previous to my current career, I was in childcare for ten years. Hopefully soon, I plan on continuing my education and pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Development. I also enjoy the field of Cosmetology and would love to obtain licensure.  I strive, every day, at NDA to provide a positive and loving enviroment for each of my students. I believe in compassion while providing a structured and consistent environment. Providing this atmosphere ensures success for students. I am proud to be part of the NDA family. 
Dr. Rhiannon Mason
Mason, Dr. Rhiannon

I currently live in Montgomery County with my husband Josh and two boys Seth (16) and Fisher (11).  I was raised in Robertson County and graduated from East Robertson High School. I majored in History at APSU. After my oldest son was born, I started teaching US and World History at Springfield High School for seven years. I was also an Assistant Principal there for three years before my family moved to Dickson County. We lived in Dickson for six years. I worked at SBES for two years and DCHS for four years before coming to work at NDA. 

Poppendorf, David
Teacher Social Studies/Science Middle School 6-8
Darla Price
Price, Darla
Gwen Ragan
Ragan, Gwen
Speech & Language Pathologist
Belinda Rhoads
Rhoads, Belinda
Teacher Math High School 9-12

I graduated from Dickson County High School in 1979. I attended college at Bethel College, now Bethel University, with a scholarship in performance music because I participated in the musical group named the “Bethel Balladeers”. I graduated with a BS in Applied Mathematics and Chemistry with a minor in Choral Musical Performance. I became a mother of four and worked in the insurance business for more than 15 years. After my third child was born, I had an opportunity to stay at home and be a substitute teacher for a nearby county BOE. I did that for more than a year and decided that being a teacher would be a fulfilling job for me. I started to school at TSU while working for Cheatham County BOE. I graduated from Tennessee State University with a MAED in curriculum and instruction. I applied for a job in Dickson County and was called by NDA that same day. I have been at NDA for fourteen years. I have an additional MAED in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics from University of Phoenix and I have forty-seven hours toward my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics. My goal is to make mathematics understandable to all students, even the ones that say they don’t “get it” and to show them that they can “get it”.

Shayn Roby
Roby, Shayn
Teacher Science High School 9-12
Rolston, April
Teacher Math Middle School 6-8
Springer, Beverly
Educational Assistant High School 9-12
Stockman, Dinah
School/Family/Behavior Coordinator
I am a graduate of Dickson County High School, Lipscomb University (bachelor of social work), and The University of Phoenix (master of education in special education). I joined the NDA staff at the beginning of the 2003 - 2004 school year. I am currently the School/Family/Behavior Coordinator and RtI Manager for the school. I enjoy working with students in an effort to help them overcome obstacles and maximize their potential. Outside of school, I have been married since March 1999 and have two sons. I love family time, church activities, sports, and reading. 
"Don't just see who they are, see what (who) they can become." - Kim Bearden
Heather Stockton
Stockton, Heather
School Nurse
I was born and raised in Dickson County. I am a 2003 graduate of Dickson County High School. I attended Austin Peay State University. I started out as an education major but changed to nursing. I graduated in 2007. I started working with Dickson County Schools in 2017 and took the permanent position as school nurse for Charlotte Middle School and New Directions Academy in March of 2018. I have two kids that I adore. Baleigh is ten and Logan is nine. In my free time I love spending time with my kids, friends, and family, especially my niece Sophia and nephew Hudson. I have absolutely fallen in love with being the school nurse at both schools. I love that I never know what's going to happen, but love that the kids and parents trust me to take care of any issues. I never knew how much love my heart could hold for over five hundred kids. I believe all kids deserve to be happy, healthy, and safe. Knowing that I can help them with one of those components makes me feel like I've accomplished something. "You can't educate a child who isn't healthy, and you can't keep a child healthy who isn't educated."
Michelle Street
Street, Michelle
Office Manager/Secretary
I graduated from Dickson County High School in 1988. In 1992 I went to work for the Dickson County Board of Education in Special Education. I also started driving a bus for the school system that year. I transferred to NDA in 1998.  I have been here for twenty years as the School Office Manager/Secretary. Working for NDA has allowed me to be a part of the lives of many different students over the years.  I have made many good memories in my time here and I plan on making many more throughout the coming years. 
Thompson, Jean
Tyer, Jack
Vaccaro, Dylan
Valdes, Laura
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