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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"
Lisa Lavender
Lavender, Lisa
Educational Assistant Social Skills
I am one of the 2 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 choose 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. 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 two 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. 
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