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Adams, Jessica
Teacher Assistant
Bailey, Sarah
Batey, Wanda
Andrea Beaubien
Beaubien, Andrea

I am married and have a son and a daughter. My husband is a teacher, also. My family loves to watch sports, travel, and do things with our church. I love to read and run. My favorite foods are coffee, bacon, and peanut butter. I have been an educator for 20 years.

Helen Bell
Bell, Helen

This is my 6th year as a Speech Language Pathologist here at WBES.  I received both my Bachelors and Master Degrees at Tennessee State University.  I love my family, friends, pets, music, and reading.  
Caitlin Bigness
Bigness, Caitlin
Instructional Coach

 Instructional Coach

I have been teaching in Dickson County for the past 8 years. This is my first year at WBES. I have been married for 5 years. We have the most precious pup, Jayci Lu. We love to spend our time loving on Jayci Lu, traveling the world, and eating yummy food. My favorite thing about coaching is assisting our teachers and staff with tools to implement in their classroom.

Holly Brooks
Brooks, Holly
Special Education Teacher

 Special Education Teacher

I graduated from Austin Peay in 2014. This is my sixth year teaching (third at WBES). I am married and have two cats. I enjoy reading, coloring, and playing music. I love being able to make a positive impact in children’s lives.

Stephen Buttrey
Buttrey, Stephen
3rd Grade Teacher

 3rd Grade Teacher

This is my 5th year teaching and 2nd at WBES.  I moved to White Bluff 4 years ago from Nashville and I love it here.  I have been married to my wife Kristen, who is also a teacher, for 17 years.  We have 2 daughters, Sydnee and Hannah. Sydnee is a junior at Creek Wood and loves the art department.  Hannah is in 8th grade at William James and is the captain of the cheer squad this year. My goal every day is to make the students feel welcome and loved.  It is a joy to walk through these doors every day. I am so lucky to be a part of the Wildcat family.

Sheila Clifford
Clifford, Sheila
3rd Grade Teacher
Jennifer Coffey
Coffey, Jennifer
ERC Assistant
I have two childern and a niece, Lillyan, that's awesome ! I've worked in education for Ten years and tought Pre-k for six years. I love rice crispy treats, diet cokes, shopping. and spending time with my family,friends and wonderful dog Stanley.
Racey Coffey
Coffey, Racey
3rd Grade Teacher

This is my second year as a teacher. I love teaching third grade. I am so happy to teach at WBES! Some of my favorite things include: my dog, my boyfriend, my family, and any kind of pasta. My classroom runs on laughing, learning, dancing, and creativity.  
Kaytlyn Cole
Cole, Kaytlyn
Kindergarten Teacher
Layne Cooper
Cooper, Layne
Kindergarten Teacher

 Kindergarten Teacher 

I have been teaching for 8 years. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends. My favorite thing to teach is reading. I love children’s literature and sharing my passion with my students.

Ann Cothron
Cothron, Ann



I have worked for Dickson County Schools since 1993.  I love my job as WBES Librarian. My favorite thing to do is to read aloud to all of our Wildcats!  

Ellen Davidson
Davidson, Ellen
1st Grade Teacher
JP Dotson
Dotson, JP
4th Grade Teacher

Eblen, Amanda
5th Grade Teacher

 5th Grade Teacher

I have been in 5th grade at WBES since 2008. I teach reading and math. I have one son who is in the 8th grade. In my free time, I love traveling and beautiful sunsets

Cynthia Faircloth
Faircloth, Cynthia
Staff Member

RTI  Interventionist

I have been teaching at WBES for 20 years.  I am married and have 1 daughter and son in law and they have a little boy who will be turning a year old very soon. Yes, I am a “CiC”i and  I love it so much. I enjoy traveling, decorating, going to the beach and shopping for unique things. I have worked with children for over 25  years and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

Charlene Griffin
Griffin, Charlene
Staff Member
Lila Gunson
Gunson, Lila
Kindergarten Teacher

 Pre-K teacher

I have been the pre-k teacher at WBES since it started in 2007. I am married with 4 step children. Reading books and “playing” with the students are my favorite parts of teaching.  

Hamilton, David
Madena Harrington
Harrington, Madena
First Grade
Shawna Hatley
Hatley, Shawna
Fourth Grade

 4th Grade Teacher

I began teaching in 2003, and have been apart of WBES since 2014.  I am married with three children. I have taught Kindergarten, First, Second, Fourth, and even Eighth Grade!

Lindsay Herndon
Herndon, Lindsay
ERC Teacher
This is my second year being part of the White Bluff family. I love to travel over breaks, especially to foreign countries. When I'm not at school, you can usually find me reading a book, spending time in the sunshine, or cuddling my dogs. I have three.
Carolyn Hickerson
Hickerson, Carolyn
RTI- Reading Interventist
Hunter, Robin
Fifth Grade

 5th Grade Teacher

I have been a teacher at WBES since 2002. I teach English and math. I love when my students tell me they heard someone using incorrect grammar!!! I am married and have three wonderful children. In my free time, I love to shop and watch Hallmark movies.

Jackson, Susie
Kim Jones
Jones, Kim

This is my 28th year to be a teacher. I have taught grades 3, 4, and PE. I have a BS Degree in elementary education, grades 1-8, a Masters Degree in Administration/Supervision, and an endorsement for PE, grades K-12.  I attended Austin Peay State University on a basketball scholarship, 1987-1991.  I am married with 2 daughters - one is a Jr. at APSU, and the other a Jr. at Creekwood High School.  Some of my favorite things:  cheescake, anything Reeses, family, reading, and crossword puzzles.  My pets:  2 chickens, 1 dog, and 3 cats.  My motto:  "Do good."  I teach a Wednesday Night Bible class for 2 and 3 year olds at Burns Church of Christ.
Neva Joslin
Joslin, Neva
Staff Member
Tammy Karnes
Karnes, Tammy
Book Keeper
Niki Kelso
Kelso, Niki
Fifth Grade

 5th Grade Teacher

I have been in 5th grade at WBES since 2007. I teach science and math. I love technology and Google classroom. I am married with three children. In my free time, I like to make crafts and cook yummy food! 

Janine Langley
Langley, Janine

English Language Learner Teacher

White Bluff Elementary is an AMAZING school and I am so blessed to have the opportunity to teach here! I have been in Education for over 20 years. Along the journey, I’ve taught kindergarten through college age students.  I have four grown children and two precious grandchildren. Some of my favorite things include cooking, decorating, and spending time at the lake. 

Lankford, Jessica
Guidance Counselor
I've been at White Bluff Elementary for a large part of my life, since I attended school here before graduating from DCHS.  I started teaching here in 2001, and I taught 1st , 5th and 3rd grades before becomming the school counselor in 2013.My husband and I have 3 children in high school and college and in our free time we like to camp, boat, and ride our ATV's . I also love to read and do all things crafty.
Trina Lewis
Lewis, Trina
Fourth Grade
Kelly Maggart
Maggart, Kelly
First Grade
Crystal McElvain
McElvain, Crystal
Second Grade

This is my eighth year teaching in Dickson County.  I am a graduate of APSU and have taught grades kindergarten through fifth.  I am married with two children and two dogs.  

Linda Mckinley
Mckinley, Linda
Staff Member
Leah Morgan
Morgan, Leah
Second Grade

This is my 13th year as a teacher. I have taught fourth grade for one year and second grade for 12 years. I have a Bachelors Degree in Science and a Masters Degree in Education Theory and Practice.  Some of my favorite things include: reading, listening to music, spending time with my family, and laughing.  A motto that I strive to live by is:  "Yesterday ended last night, today is a brand new day.  And it's yours."  
Victoria Nolan
Nolan, Victoria

-Kindergarten Teacher 

I have been a kindergarten teacher at WBES for 13 years.  I truly love working with children and watching their eyes light up when they are having fun learning! I am married to Michael and we live on the family farm with our four children, Emma(16), Cannon(9), Leyton(5) and Bo(3). Some things I LOVE…. spending time with my family, cats, the beach, Disney World, summer, candy, swimming and being outdoors.

Osborne, Elizabeth
Andrea Owen
Owen, Andrea
Staff Member

This is my 9th year as Pre-K Assistant. My favorite is chocolate.  My motto is "Be kind."
Briana Owen
Owen, Briana

The 2019-2020 school year is my first year teaching, and I received my Bachelors of Music in Music Education in May 2019 from Austin Peay State University.  In addition to teaching, I am a photographer.  Some of my favorite things include: learning new things, traveling, spending time with my family, watching musicals, and snuggling with my Goldendoodle, Maple June.
Preston Pigg
Pigg, Preston
Stephanie Ragsdale
Ragsdale, Stephanie
4th Grade Teacher

 4th Grade Teacher

This is my 15th year as a teacher.  I have taught grades second through fifth.  I have a Bachelors of Science and a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision.  Some of my favorite things include: vanilla ice-cream, Skittles, the beach, spending time with family, and reading.  My motto is: “Treat others the way you would want to be treated.”

Donna Ruf
Ruf, Donna
3rd Grade Teacher

3rd grade teacher

   I have worked at WBES for 30 years.  I am married and have 3 adult sons. I enjoy reading, gardening, and painting.  I love to share books with my students.

Lindsay Saunders
Saunders, Lindsay
Staff Member
Kristi Smith
Smith, Kristi
Staff Member
Amy Southerland
Southerland, Amy
Staff Member

This is my 16th year to teach Art at WBES.  I am a wife and Mama to three little boys.  I enjoy helping students find and develop personal strengths outside the realm of academics, and encouraging creativity and problem solving.
Jessica Southerland
Southerland, Jessica
Staff Member

 RTI Interventionist

I have been teaching at WBES for 14 years. I am married with 3 boys ranging in age from 10 to 4. My greatest joy in teaching is seeing those “light bulb” moments in my students’ eyes. In my free time, I love to read and knit.

Stephanie Sowienski
Sowienski, Stephanie

In January, I began my 9th year of teaching. I have taught grades K-5 as a special education teacher and third grade as a general education teacher.  I have a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education with an endorsement in special education and a minor in music.  I also have a Masters of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis.  I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and Licensed Behavior Analyst in the State of Tennessee.  I am originally from Iowa and enjoy reading, research, and running.  
Stiltner, Stephanie

Speech-Language Pathologist

I have taught for nine years and transitioned to the role of Speech-Language Pathologist, after returning to school at WKU.  I am married. We live on a farm and love to be outdoors. I love to run and participate in yoga classes. I am also an avid reader.  Derek and I love to travel in our spare time.  

Glenda Sullivan
Sullivan, Glenda
Assistant Principal
Being a lifelong learner is my goal - whether in school, at church, or learning from friends and family.  My husband and I have both been educators most of our lives. When we are not working, we are happy to spend time out of state with our son and his wife and our grandson as much as we can. Because we are both English, speech, and theater teachers, my husband and I enjoy reading, performing, or watching performances.  We also enjoy traveling, playing with our four dogs, helping others, keeping up with former students, and playing trivia games.
Swaw, Reba
Vicky Teal
Teal, Vicky
Staff Member

-4th Grade Teacher

I have taught in Nashville, Hickman County, and at WBES. I have taught pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade.  I have three adult children that live in Michigan.  

Kayla Terry
Terry, Kayla
3rd Grade Teacher

This is my 7th year as a teacher. I have taught grades first through third. I have a Bachelors of Arts in education and a Masters Degree in ELA. Some of my favorite things include: the beach, the mountains, camping, spending time with my family, being outside, ice-cream, and M&M's. I am so blessed to be a part of the WBES Family.
Martha Terry
Terry, Martha
Fifth Grade Teacher

 5th Grade Teacher 

I have been at WBES since 2005. I teach Social Studies and math. I have three sons and a nephew. In my free time,I love visiting new places and relaxing on the beach.

Brittany Tidwell
Tidwell, Brittany
Kindergarten Teacher

Kindergarten Teacher

I have been teaching in Dickson County for 6 years now and I love every minute. I am recently married to my husband, Justin. In my spare time I enjoy shopping, reading, and spending time with my friends and family. My greatest joy is getting to spend my days with my wonderful kinder babies as I watch them grow and learn.

Sherry Weaver
Weaver, Sherry
ERC Assistant

 ERC Assistant

I have been married for 26 years with two daughters and five grandchildren, I race mud trucks on the weekends. I”m also a Dickson county bus driver and have worked in the school system for 4 ½ years. I love working with children. 

Whitfield, Leigh
Staff Member

 Computer Lab Assistant

This is my first year as the Computer Lab Assistant, but I have had various positions at WBES for the last four years. I am married with two sons and one on the way. My favorite part of my job is watching the kids get excited when they master a lesson.

Williams, Merry
Staff Member
Christina Wilson
Wilson, Christina

I am a mother of 3 wonderful, young adults.  I love reading, spending time with my family and friends, and good food.  This is my 7th year teaching, but my 3rd year teaching Special Education.  

Lisa Wise
Wise, Lisa
First Grade Teacher

1st Grade Teacher

I am a Mississippi native, and graduated from Mississippi State University (GO DAWGS!) with both a Bachelor’s (1996) and Master’s (1997) degree in Elementary Education. I began my teaching career in 1997. I am starting my 20th year here at White Bluff Elementary, but have 23 years total. I am a mother to a daughter. Her name is Aeryn.  

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