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Amber Brown
Brown, Amber
Special Education Teacher
Carla Burroughs
Burroughs, Carla
Speech Teacher
The kids call me: Ms. Carla 
Grades I have taught: As a speech language pathologist I have worked with people of all ages.
My favorite thing about teaching: Developing relationships with my students and watching them grow and their skills improve. 
Favorite Quote: "If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all."
Jana Buttrey
Buttrey, Jana
Speech Teacher
The kids call me: Ms. Jana 
Grades I have taught: Newborns-Geriatric Adult speech therapy 
My favorite thing about teaching: Speech therapy is such a rewarding career that positively impacts people of all ages with their communication skills. School-age children bring so much joy into therapy and strive very hard to meet their goals. 
Favorite Quote: "Throw kindness around like confetti!"
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. 
Rosanne Klimasara
Klimasara, Rosanne
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me: Rosanne
Grades I've taught: First through third grade Autistic Support; Third through Fifth grade Mild Moderate SPED; and currently second through fifth grade ERC.  
Why I teach: I teach because it makes me feel good helping students reach their potential.
Favorite Quote: " There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more." - Robert M. Hensel
Starla Miller
Miller, Starla
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me: Mrs. Starla
Grades I've taught: Pre-K, Kindergarten, first, and second grade aide
My favorite thing about teaching: I love to see the light bulb moments that every child has.
Favorite Quote: "There is no failure except in no longer trying."
Paula Nokes
Nokes, Paula
ELL Teacher
The kids call me: Ms. Paula.
Grades I've taught: I have taught all grades from Pre-k through grade 12.
My favorite thing about teaching: I love watching children learn new things.
Favorite quote: "Character is what you are when no one is looking." - Dr. Mike Miller
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

Annette Richards
Richards, Annette
Special Education Teacher
The kids call me: Mrs. Annette
Grades I've taught: kindergarten, third grade, first grade, special education
Why I teach: Teaching is a very hard but rewarding job. It is very rewarding to know that I have been able to reach children and help them on their way to future independence.
Favorite Quote: "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
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
Jennifer Salley
Salley, Jennifer
Special Education Teacher
The kids call me: Ms Salley
Grades I've taught: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, middle school, preschool, and special education.
My favorite thing about teaching: I love to foster a sense of wonder and determination in students.
Favorite Quote: "He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein
 



Amy Wood
Wood, Amy
Special Education Assistant
The kids call me: Ms. Amy
Grades I've taught: PreK-2nd
My favorite thing about teaching: Is being able to make a positive impact on others.
Favorite Quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." Eleanor Roosevelt
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