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Billirene Crosby
Crosby, Billirene
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me Ms. Bebe. I attended O'More College of Design. I have been teaching a SPED Assistant for 2 years and have been at Centennial for 2 years. Before that, I taught Pre K at Nashville Christian School for 5 years. My favorite thing about my job is all the fun people I work with at Centennial! I am married and have 4 children and 1 grandson. 
Wendy Daniels
Daniels, Wendy
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me Miss Wendy. I have been teaching 3rd grade inclusion for 3 years and have been at Centennial for 5 years. Before that, I taught preschool for 20 years. My favorite thing about my job is watching the kids grow. I have 4 children.  
Jessica Donnerstag
Donnerstag, Jessica
Speech Teacher

The kids call me Mrs. Jessica. I graduated from The Community College of the Air Force in 2006, Middle Tennessee State University in 2008, and Tennessee State University in 2015. I have been providing speech, language, and fluency therapy for 11 years and have been at Centennial for 7 years. My favorite thing about my job is watching my students grow and progress through the years. "Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." - Rita Pierson

Bianca Kanis
Kanis, Bianca
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me Miss Bia. I graduated from The University of Iowa in the REACH program. I have been teaching as a special education assistant for one year, and have been at Centennial for one year. My favorite thing about my job is helping students be successful. 
Starla Miller
Miller, Starla
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me Mrs. Starla. I graduated from DCHS in 1982. I have been a teaching assistant in 2nd grade for 6 years and have been at Centennial for 13 years. Before that, I was an assistant at Oakmont for 10 years. My favorite thing about my job is seeing kids have their "light bulb" moments. I am married and have 3 children. "There is no failure except in no longer trying." - Elbert Hubbard
Paula Nokes
Nokes, Paula
ELL Teacher
The kids call me Ms. Paula. I graduated from MTSU in 1980 and Trevecca in 2008. I have been teaching ESL for 13 years and have been at Centennial for 6 years. Before that, I taught 4th and 5th grade for 6 years, preschool for 11 years, and was a substitute teacher for 5 years. My favorite thing about my job is my students. I am married and have 2 children and 1 grandchild.
Alicia Payne
Payne, Alicia
Special Education Teacher

The kids call me Mrs. Alicia. I graduated from Austin Peay in 2000. I have been an interventionist at Centennial for the past 12 years. My favorite thing about my job is helping students find success in the hard things. I am married and have 2 children. "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein

Deborah Prichard
Prichard, Deborah
Speech Teacher
The kids call me Ms. Debbie. I graduated from Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota. I have been a Speech Therapist for 35 years and have been at Centennial for 20 years. My favorite thing about my job is working with my students. I am married and have 3 children, 2 dogs, and 1 cat. 
Annette Richards
Richards, Annette
Special Education Teacher
The kids call me Mrs. Annette. I graduated from MTSU in 2000. I have been teaching special education for 5 years and I have been at Centennial for the past 10 years. My favorite thing about my job is that I get to spend each day helping children unlock their curiosity and unraveling their uniqueness.
Jessi Russell
Russell, Jessi
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me Mrs. Jessi.  I have been a paraeducator for 9 years at Centennial. My favorite thing about my job is when I see children become successful at things that are not easy for them or that they may have once struggled with. I am married and have 3 children. "By perseverance the snail reached the ark." - Charles Spurgeon
Kim Walton
Walton, Kim
Special Education Teacher
The kids call me Mrs. Kim. I graduated from Blue Mountain College in 2009. I have been teaching Special Education for 2 years and have been at Centennial for 10 years. My favorite thing about my job is helping ALL children learn. I am married and have 3 children. "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly." -Robert F. Kennedy
Petra Wattigney
Wattigney, Petra
Special Education Teacher
The kids call me Ms. Petra. I graduated from Union University in 2018. I have been teaching Special Education for 2 years and have been at Centennial for 2 years. My favorite thing about my job is my students. 
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