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Brad Andrews
Andrews, Brad
PE Teacher
Born in: Franklin, TN
College attended: Austin Peay
Started teaching in: 2001
Alyssa Baker
Baker, Alyssa
8th Grade ELA/SS Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to help my students learn new things in English
3 things I love: Music, reading, and spending time with my family
Favorite quote: "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible.'" - Audrey Hepburn
Dr. Justin Barden
Barden, Dr. Justin
Principal
Born in: Jackson, TN
College attended: Union University and Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students and teachers/staff be the best versions of themselves
3 things I love: My wife and four kiddos, playing golf (don't get to much), being outdoors
Favorite quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Dana Beard
Beard, Dana
Health Teacher
Born in: Ontonagon, Michigan (Almost to Canada)
College attended: Gogebic Community College, Austin Peay, and TSU.
Started teaching in:
Favorite thing about my job: It's my favorite place to be.
Favorite Quote: Teaching is not what I do, but a teacher is who I am.
Raianna Bowens
Bowens, Raianna
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Clovis, California
College attended: Nashville State Community College
Started working with children in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: The chance to help a child succeed
3 things I love: Coffee, Family, Crafts
Favorite quote: "When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts" -Dalai Lama
Jordan Brainard
Brainard, Jordan
7th Grade Math/Science Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Watching kids grow and change over the course of a year
3 things I love: My family, Traveling, and Spending time with family and friends on the river
Favorite quote: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
Hillary Capes
Capes, Hillary
6th Grade Math/SS Teacher
Born in: Mount Carmel, IL
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: The relationships I build
3 things I love: My family, Full House, and crafting
Favorite quote: “Be Different, Be Bold! Instead of taking the stairs, Slide!” - Ron Clark
Robert Capes
Capes, Robert
8th Grade Science Teacher
Born in: Anderson, Indiana
College attended: Vincennes University, Ball State University, Oakland City University, and Liberty University
Started Teaching in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the growth of students throughout the year
3 things I love: Wood Working, Bowling, My Family Time
Holly Cherry
Cherry, Holly
6th Grade Science Teacher
Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio
College attended: TN State University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Having the opportunity to build relationships with my students
3 things I love: My family, exercising, and food!
Favorite quote: "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore
Cullum, Zane
6th Grade SS Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in:2021
Favorite thing about my job: Combining my two loves: education and history...it's the best of both worlds.
3 things I love: hanging out with my friends, my dogs, and my family.
Favorite quote: "The question isn't who is going to let me in; it's who is going to stop me." - Ayn Rand
Ashley Daniel
Daniel, Ashley
7th Grade Math Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know my students and being someone they can talk and relate to
3 things I love: My family, Dancing, Listening to music
Favorite quote: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” - Zig Ziglar
Amelia Darden
Darden, Amelia
6th Grade ELA Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to make a small difference in my students' lives
3 things I love: Basketball, Pumpkin Spiced Iced Coffee, and My children
Favorite quote: "Teamwork is what makes common people capable of uncommon results." - Pat Summitt
Teresa Decoursey
Decoursey, Teresa
7th Grade ELA/SS Teacher
Born in: Eureka, Kansas
College attended: Claremore Jr. College,  Belmont College,  Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Instilling the love of reading
3 things I love: Reading, Wood burning, Traveling
Penny DeLoach
DeLoach, Penny
Bookkeeper
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Nashville State Community College
Started working with children in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: The people I am fortunate to work with
3 things I love: My God, My Family and My Friends
Favorite quote: "When life gets too hard to stand....kneel."
Marisa Dore
Dore, Marisa
8th Grade SS Teacher
Born in: Tacoma, Washington
College attended: Utah Valley University and Western Governors University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Every day teaching in the classroom
3 things I love: my family, the scriptures and relaxing at home
Lora Dotson
Dotson, Lora
Career/Life Skills Teacher
Born in: Charleston, SC
College attended: East Tennessee State University, Concordia University Portland
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students prepare for life after school
3 things I love: Family, Crocheting, Traveling
Favorite quote: "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." -Dr. Suess
Ashley Estes
Estes, Ashley
Instructional Coach
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, American College of Education
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job is: Studying, doing, and reflecting with colleagues; collaborating with each other; looking closely at students and their work; and sharing with each other what we have learned.
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, Boating, and Cooking
Favorite quote: "Smile- it increases your face value." - Truvy in Steel Magnolias
Gaither, Cecily
8th Grade Math/Algebra Teacher
Born in: Berlin, Germany
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students to help see that they can do well in mathematics
3 things I love: My Family, The Denver Broncos, and University of Tennessee Football
Favorite quote: "Fear is a liar."
Trudy Harrington
Harrington, Trudy
Educational Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Being part of a education community/family with the common goal of, "Every Child. Every Day."
3 things I love: Any type of sporting event, My family & God.
Favorite quote: "Smile, it improves your face value."
Beth Harris
Harris, Beth
Counselor
Born in: Jackson, TN
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University
Started working with students in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Being an advocate for every student and working to help them reach their potential academically as well as personally and encouraging them to become more than they believe they are capable of becoming
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, watching college sports & the show "Friends"
Favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi
Haley Harrison
Harrison, Haley
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn in their own unique ways
3 things I love: My Husband Reese, My 3 fur babies, Shopping
Favorite quote: "I am different, not less!"
Lynn Harter
Harter, Lynn
Art Teacher
Born in: Glasgow, Kentucky
Colleges attended: Western Kentucky University, Austin Peay State University and Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Inspiring students to be creative
3 things I love: Art, Traveling, and Reading
Favorite quote: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop
Hartman, Kathryn
8th Grade ELA Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin & Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the light bulb click on when a student gets it!
3 things I love: Reading, music, & painting
Favorite quote: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." - C.S. Lewis
Horsley, Debbie
RTI Assistant Manager
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: David Lipscomb University, Trevecca University
Started teaching in: 1983
Favorite thing about my job: Observing students' excitement as they master new skills
3 things I love: God, Family, and Friends
Favorite quote: "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13
Norma Jones
Jones, Norma
Office Manager
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College and Tennessee State University
Started working with children in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: The friends I've made and the fact that there is never a dull moment
3 things I love: time with family & friends, camping & bonfires, crafting
Lisa Kelley
Kelley, Lisa
7th Grade Science Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1991
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students conducting science experiments and learning about the process
3 things I love: family, friends, travel
Favorite quote: "The future ain't what it used to be." - Yogi Berra
April Killebrew
Killebrew, April
Assistant Principal
Born in: Fort Bragg, NC
College attended: Southeastern Louisiana University, University of New Orleans, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students
3 things I love: puzzles, cats, reading
Tammy Lindsey
Lindsey, Tammy
Cafeteria Manager
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Knowing that I may make a positive difference in a child's life
3 things I love: My family, my pug (Daisy Mae), Riding motorcycles
Favorite quote: If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they're yours; if they don't they never were.
Jenny Logan
Logan, Jenny
6th Grade Math Teacher
Born in: Boone, Iowa
College attended: Austin Peay State University, University of Phoenix, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching/training people and working with children, so teaching combined two of my favorite things into one.
3 things I love: My children, sports (playing and watching), and hiking
Favorite quote: Just because you aren't the best doesn't mean you can't be. Always work hard for what you want.
Jeffery Martin
Martin, Jeffery
Music Teacher
Born in: Henderson, Kentucky
College attended: Union University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: The lightbulb moments
3 things I love: Songwriting, Golf, Kentucky Basketball
Michelle May
May, Michelle
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to help young people grow
3 things I love: Coffee, Hunting, Reading
Favorite quote: "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem." - Jack Sparrow
Rittenhouse, Sheri
Office Assistant
Born in: Dearborn, Michigan
College attended: Hopkinsville Community College
Started working with children in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students
3 things I love: Crafting, Fall, Family
Favorite quote: "All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt." - Charlie Brown
Andrea Robertson
Robertson, Andrea
8th Grade Math/Science Teacher
Born in: Chicago, IL
College attended: Western Illinois University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: A new experience each day
3 things I love: Family, Coffee, Disney
Favorite quote: Everything happens for a reason.
Denise Rougemont
Rougemont, Denise
Special Education Teacher
Born in: LaPlata, MD
College attended: Austin Peay State University and Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the light bulb when a student truly gets it
3 things I love: God, Family, Teaching
Favorite quote: “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” - B. B. King
Ryder, Katelyn
Band Teacher
Born in: Concord, NH
Colleges attended: University of New Hampshire, Bethel University
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching kids through music and that its okay to laugh
3 things I love: My dogs, My husband, Coffee
Favorite quote: ”Your life is an occasion, rise to it.” - Susan Weyn
Dorothy Sanders
Sanders, Dorothy
7th Grade ELA Teacher
Born in: Chicago, Illinois
College attended: Mt Holyoke College and APSU
Started Teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know my students and helping them grow!
3 things I love: Chocolate, Art, Nature
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
Cassie Semore
Semore, Cassie
Speech/Language Pathologist
Born in: Nashville, TN
Colleges attended: Columbia State Community College and Tennessee State University
Started working with children in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Assisting students to enhance communication with peers and staff
3 things I love: Swimming, Golfing, and Being outside
Favorite quote: "Communication is the lifeline of any relationship."-Elizabeth Bourgeret
Heather Stockton
Stockton, Heather
School Nurse
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: TCAT, Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University
Started working with children in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: The family-like atmosphere at both of the schools I work at
3 things I love: My kiddos Baleigh and Logan, the show F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Thanksgiving
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 believing it is stupid." - Albert Einstein
Marci Suggs
Suggs, Marci
ISS Monitor
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Working with kids and helping athletes achieve their personal goals
3 things I love: History, Traveling, Dr. Pepper
Favorite quote: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me."
Eric Tscheschlok
Tscheschlok, Eric
7th Grade SS Teacher
Born in: Palm Beach County, Florida
College attended: Florida Atlantic University; Auburn University; Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Forging positive relationships with students
3 things I love: My two sons; A medium-rare steak seared to perfection; Sarcasm
Favorite quote: "To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason...is like administering medicine to the dead." - Thomas Paine
Brenda Vaughan
Vaughan, Brenda
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started teaching in: 2004 
Favorite part of my job: Watching my students grow
Favorite Quote: “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.” - Unknown
Jessica Warren
Warren, Jessica
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: King University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with students that last for years to come
3 things I love: God, my family and friends, and my job!
Favorite quote: "Teach a child right from wrong; and when they are older, they will not part from it."
Scott Willey
Willey, Scott
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Favorite thing about my job: Helping educate students and working with the staff
3 things I love: Playing Golf, Hanging out at the Beach, Spending time with my Grandson
Favorite quote: "It's not because we're old. We're old because we're good."
Michelle Winstead
Winstead, Michelle
Computer Teacher
Born in: Houston, TX
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students achieve their goals
3 things I love: spending time with my family, camping, and reading
Favorite quote:  “I take nothing for granted. I now have only good days, or great days.” - Lance Armstrong
Autumn Wood
Wood, Autumn
SRO
My name is Autumn Wood. I am the SRO at Charlotte Middle School. I served in the United States Navy as an aviation mechanic. I started at Dickson County Sheriffs Office in January of 2019. I began in the jail and worked as a corrections officer for 2 months before being promoted to patrol. I worked patrol from March 2019- October 2020 then was assigned to the SRO division and placed at CMS. I’m excited for this school year with our Tigers!!  
Jeanna Yates
Yates, Jeanna
Media Specialist and Careers Teacher
Born in: Paris, TN
College attended: UT, Austin Peay, Trevecca, and ASU
Started teaching in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Sharing the adventure you find in books
3 things I love: Hardback books, Paperback books, Kindle books
Favorite quote:  "Today a reader, tomorrow a leader..." - Margaret Fuller
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