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Amy Adams
Adams, Amy
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Dyersburg, TN
College attended: Dyersburg State and Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: Being able to help students become lifelong learners
3 things I love: Reading, The Beach, 80's Music
Favorite quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Kristi Albright
Albright, Kristi
Title One Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University and TSU
Started teaching in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching and helping students become confident and successful
3 things I love: Family and friends, the beach, my job
Favorite quote: The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Jill Allbert
Allbert, Jill
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay, Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students learn and master new skills
3 things I love: Coffee, Music, Sports
Mandi Archer
Archer, Mandi
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Jamestown, NY
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: building relationships with students and families
3 things I love: coffee, bargain shopping, podcasts
Favorite quote: “Look for the helpers; you will always find people that are helping” - Fred Rogers
Karen Berry
Berry, Karen
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, Tennessee
College attended: APSU and Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: helping students achieve their best
3 things I love: family, traveling and reading
Favorite quote: Do your best and let that be enough!
Amber Brown
Brown, Amber
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Fisk University and George Mason University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students grow through out the year!
3 things I love: watching sports, hunting, and spending time with family
Favorite quote: "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth
Shelia Brown
Brown, Shelia
School Nurse
Born in: Jackson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Tech, West Texas A&M University
Started working with children in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: All the smiles ;)
3 things I love: God, Family and Friends, and vacations
Favorite quote: "They may forget your name, but they will never forget the way the way you made them feel"  Maya Angelou
Barbara Buhler
Buhler, Barbara
Title One Teacher
Born in: Evansville, Indiana
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1979
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students reach their potential
3 things I love: My family, My home, My God
Favorite quote: "Ask not what this country can do for you. Ask what you can do for this country." JFK
Jenny Burgess
Burgess, Jenny
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin and Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Making a difference
3 things I love:  family time, farming outdoors, and fitness
Favorite quote: "The biggest mistake you could ever make is being afraid to make one." - Unknown
Rachel Burns
Burns, Rachel
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: When students have "lightbulb" moments
3 things I love: Jesus, Family, Coffee
Favorite quote: "The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still." Exodus 14:14
Carla Burroughs
Burroughs, Carla
Speech Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: TN State University
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the students grow and succeed
3 things I love: My family, crafting, and reading
Favorite quote: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Jana Buttrey
Buttrey, Jana
Speech Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
Colleges attended: Columbia State Community College, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students improve their communication skills.
3 things I love: Music, Coffee, Friends/Family
Favorite quote: "Throw Kindness Around like Confetti!"
Tammy Cummings
Cummings, Tammy
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Lawrenceburg, TN
College attended: University of North Alabama
Started teaching in: 1991
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching children to read
3 things I love: family, friends, my job
K. K. Curcio
Curcio, K. K.
Art Teacher
Born in: Little Rock, AR
College attended: Trinity University and Belmont University
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Watching children discover new talents and abilities
3 things I love: my family, my art studio, mini chewy sweet tarts.
Favorite Quotation: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.” - Pablo Picasso
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.  
Pam Dwyer
Dwyer, Pam
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: hugs, laughter, and when students share powerful words and thoughts during class discussions
3 things I love: Funyuns, movies, and yoga pants
Favorite quote: "The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."
Susie Garrett
Garrett, Susie
School Secretary
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Meeting new children and parents each year
3 things I love: Chocolate, snow, and quiet time
Amanda Gasiecki
Gasiecki, Amanda
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Miami, FL
College attended: UT Martin and Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Fostering a love of learning and building a classroom community
3 things I love: traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Favorite quote: Always go the extra mile, it is never crowded.
Luci Gentry
Gentry, Luci
Preschool Teacher
Born in: Cheverly, Maryland
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the children's joy when they learn a new skill.
3 things I love: God, Family and Shopping!!!
Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Phil. 4:13
Lauren Griffin
Griffin, Lauren
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Murray, KY
College attended: UT Martin
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Instilling a love of learning
3 things I love: family, coffee, backpacking
Favorite quote: Wander often. Wonder always.
Katey Hargrove
Hargrove, Katey
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, Tennessee
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Creating an environment that is fun for learning
3 things I love: My love, Taylor Piper, and my animals: Asher, Milo, Boris, Buckle, and Pooter
Favorite quote: "Faith allows miracles to happen." - me
Amanda Himes
Himes, Amanda
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Jackson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Nashville State Community College
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students get excited when they have that "ah ha" moment
3 things I love: being on the river, traveling, hanging out with family and friends
Favorite quote: "The Power of YET"
Tianna Hudspeth
Hudspeth, Tianna
Bookkeeper
Born in: Dickson, Tennessee
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started working with children in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: The schedule and co-workers
3 things I love: Disney, my family, and my pug, Otis
Favorite quote: Hakuna Matata. It means "no worries".
Jessica Jackson
Jackson, Jessica
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the kids sweet smiling faces every morning!!
3 things I love: My Family, The Beach, Coffee
Ashley Jarman
Jarman, Ashley
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the kiddos learn and grow!
3 things I love: Cooking, Caring for animals, and Star Wars/Harry Potter
Favorite Quote: “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” - Albus Dumbledore
Bianca Kanis
Kanis, Bianca
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Romania
College attended: University of Iowa
Started working with students in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: The "Ah-ha" moments
3 things I love: My family, cooking, and my dog
Favorite quote: "Don't give up! I believe in you all! A person's a person no matter how small!" - Dr. Seuss
Rosanne Klimasara
Klimasara, Rosanne
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Tacoma, Washington  
College attended: Park University and Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Started working with children in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Having a positive impact on students
3 things I love: My family, outdoor activities, and learning new things regularly
Favorite quote:  "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believe in that it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
Linda Lane
Lane, Linda
Preschool Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know the children and their families
3 things I love: spending time with family, coffee, and reading a good book
Favorite quote: Thank God for each day on this earth!
Amy Lewis
Lewis, Amy
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Reidsville, NC
College attended: Nashville Tech, Emmaus Bible College, and Trevecca
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Connecting with families and seeing my students' LOVE for learning
3 things I love: Antiquing, Crafting, and Traveling
Favorite quote:  "Change your thoughts and you can change the world."
Erica Logan
Logan, Erica
Assistant Principal
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the students grow up and become contributing members of society
3 things I love: Farming with my family, riding four-wheelers, and shopping.
Favorite quote: What would you accomplish if you knew you couldn't fail?
Jennifer Lunn
Lunn, Jennifer
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Memphis, TN
College attended: UT Martin and Austin Peay
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the joy on the kids faces when they improve week after week.
3 things I love: Baking, Photography, Nature
Favorite quote: Life is a gift not a promise.
Emily Matlock
Matlock, Emily
Librarian
Born in: Michigan
College attended: Cornerstone University, Trevecca Nazarene University, East Tennessee State University, University of West Georgia
Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Reading stories aloud
3 things I love: God, Family, Fancy Coffee Drinks
Favorite quote: "No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally, and often far more, worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond." - C.S. Lewis
Sallie Mcmeen
Mcmeen, Sallie
Office Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College
Started working with children in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Giving students a quiet place to regroup
3 things I love: My Family, My Dogs, The Beach
Favorite quote: Be still and Know.... Psalms 46:10
Starla Miller
Miller, Starla
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Eldarado, IL
Started working with students in: 1998
Favorite part of my job: Watching those "light bulb" moments with kids!!!
3 things I love: Coffee, Family, Reading
Alicia Payne
Payne, Alicia
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Celebrating even the smallest successes with students
3 things I love: spending time with my family, coffee, and crafting
Favorite quote: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt
Johnna Perez
Perez, Johnna
Title One Teacher
Born in: Joelton, TN
College attended: Middle TN State University and Cumberland University
Started in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: every week is different
3 things I love: weekends, spending time with my husband and 3 daughters, attending/watching various sports
Kristy Proffitt
Proffitt, Kristy
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Seguin, TX
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students to understand and love learning!
3 things I love: Coffee, my daughter, boating on the river
Favorite quote: The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. - Nelson Mandela
Kathey Pulley
Pulley, Kathey
Cafeteria Manager
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: being a part of childrens' lives and making sure they don't go hungry
3 things I love: God, family, giving
Mary Grace Reed
Reed, Mary Grace
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Birmingham, AL
College attended: University of Tennessee and Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students
3 things I love: boating on the river, my family, dogs
Annette Richards
Richards, Annette
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children overcome obstacles
3 things I love: coffee, running, outside
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
Ronda Robinson
Robinson, Ronda
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students be successful and making new friends every year
3 things I love: beach, coffee, reading
Janessa Rodgers
Rodgers, Janessa
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: UT-Martin and Arkansas State
Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: the kids, watching something "click" for the first time, teaching them to read
3 things I love: Family/Friends, coffee, and traveling!
Favorite quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney
Keith Ross
Ross, Keith
PE Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Union University
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Working with kids
3 things I love: God, family, baseball
Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Vicky Rowland
Rowland, Vicky
Computer Lab Teacher
Born in: Byrdstown, TN
Started working with children in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Influencing the future by giving children the skills they need to go out into the world and succeed
3 things I love: God, my family, and my dachshunds
Favorite Quote: “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”
Jessi Russell
Russell, Jessi
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Witnessing students “aha” moments
3 things I love: God, Family, Friends
Favorite quote: Perhaps you were created for such a a time as this.
Ashley Sanders
Sanders, Ashley
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Started teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing children learn to read
3 things I love: My family, Traveling, and Disney
Sarah Sensing
Sensing, Sarah
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: The students...teaching and learning from my students!
3 things I love: family, coffee, and friends
Favorite quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Crysti Sheley
Sheley, Crysti
Principal
Born in: Johnson Air Force Base, Japan
Colleges attended: Middle Tennessee State University, University of Tennessee, and Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Making a difference and the people are great!
3 things I love: Paper Crafts, Reading, Baking
Favorite Quote: Every little thing is going to be all right!
Kitzie Shepard
Shepard, Kitzie
Instructional Coach
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of TN Knoxville; Belmont University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Influencing student strengths, imaginations, choices, and direction
3 things I love: my family, hiking, and hats
Favorite quote: "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa
Madison Shepard
Shepard, Madison
Music Teacher
Born in: Knoxville, TN
College attended: Union University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children be creative through music
3 things I love: cooking, playing the piano, worship music
Favorite quote: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
Marty Spann
Spann, Marty
Guidance Teacher
Born in: Corinth Mississippi
College attended: Austin Peay
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Kids
3 things I love: Travel, Shopping, Family
Chike Stevenson
Stevenson, Chike
PE Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University, American Intercontinental University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Shaping kids for the future and seeing the progress as it unfolds
3 things I love: Family, Sports, and Music
Favorite quote: "Personality can open doors; only character can keep them open." - Anonymous
Brenda Thompson
Thompson, Brenda
Preschool Assistant
Born in: Davidson, TN
Started working with children in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: The children and people I work with
3 things I love: My Family, The Lord, Cooking
Brittany Walls
Walls, Brittany
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Just simply working with kids and making an impact, even just a small one, in daily lives.
3 things I love: God, my family, and teaching
Favorite Quote: "If you ask me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you without hesitation. I was born to be a teacher." - Robert John Meehan 
Jackie Ward
Ward, Jackie
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Doing science inquiry and STEM activities
3 things I love: animals, horseback riding, eating out at nice restaurants
Favorite quote: Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
Sandra Warf
Warf, Sandra
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Every day is a fresh start.
3 things I love: German chocolate cake,  puns, sweet tea
Favorite quote:  "Teaching kids to count is fine but teaching them what counts is best." - Bob Talbert
Melissa Webb
Webb, Melissa
Title One Teacher
Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Building confidence in students' abilities to read by meeting their needs individually!
3 things I love: hiking, my two sons and husband, and the holidays!
Favorite quote: Be present where your feet are.
Paige Wigington
Wigington, Paige
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Olney, Maryland
Colleges attended: Lipscomb University, Belmont University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know each student's unique personality and watching them grow over the school year
3 things I love: Coffee, Animals, Traveling
Favorite quote: "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Beth Williams
Williams, Beth
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Marietta, Georgia
College attended: University of West Georgia
Started teaching in: 1983
Favorite thing about my job: The excitement of my students when they learn something new
3 things I love: My family, visiting new places, and hiking
Favorite quote: "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin
Traci Williams
Williams, Traci
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College Attended: Freed Hardeman University
Started teaching in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the joy on children's faces when they understand something
3 things I love: Jesus, family, chocolate
Lori Wilson
Wilson, Lori
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Watching my students grow and seeing the changes that take place in just one short academic year
3 things I love: my family, bonfires, coffee
Favorite quote: "If you don't like the road you’re walking, start paving another one." - Dolly Parton 
Rita Wilson
Wilson, Rita
RTI Assistant Manager
Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
Colleges attended: Middle Tennessee State University; Austin Peay State University; University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Started teaching in: 1975
Favorite things about my job: It is exciting when I can see the progress students are making in their PLB groups!
3 things I love: I love working with children, listening to music, and gardening.
Favorite quote: Every day may not be good but there is something good in every day. - Alice Morse Earle
Amy Wood
Wood, Amy
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Tennessee
College attended: Pensacola Christian College
Started working with children in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children to learn that they can do hard things
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, playing with my dog, and relaxing.
Favorite quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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