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Deborah Allen
Allen, Deborah
6th Grade ELA/Science Teacher
CMS will be welcoming back Debbie Allen and we are thrilled to have her teaching ELA.
Brad Andrews
Andrews, Brad
PE Teacher
Alyssa Baker
Baker, Alyssa
8th Grade ELA/SS Teacher

Hello, everyone! I will be teaching ELA and Social Studies for the 2021-2022 school year. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December of 2020, with a Bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Professional Education. I started teaching at Charlotte Middle School in January of 2021. I love all things baseball and football, Disney, Marvel, and literature. I consider myself a lifelong learner because I am always excited to learn new things and incorporate them into my classroom. I am so excited to be teaching ELA and Social Studies, and I cannot wait to see where this year takes us. 

Let's go Tigers!!

Dr. Justin Barden
Barden, Dr. Justin

Welcome to CMS

I am privileged to start my sixth year as principal at Charlotte Middle. I served as assistant principal at Dickson Middle School for three years prior to coming to CMS. I served as an assistant principal, a P.E./Health teacher, and a football/baseball coach in the Humboldt City Schools system before my family moved to Dickson County. I earned my Educational Doctorate degree from Union University in Jackson, TN.
My beautiful wife, Allyson, and I have been married for 18 years. We have four awesome kiddos—Baylee (9th), Kynlee (5th), Jackson (4th), and Deacon (3rd). We attend church at First Baptist Dickson, where I am honored to serve as a Sunday School teacher.
I enjoy spending time with my family as I know that my kids are growing up very fast. I also enjoy playing golf, disc golf, fishing, and riding the golf cart around the neighborhood.
I look forward to having another great year at Charlotte Middle as we continue to change students’ lives in positive ways every day. GO TIGERS!
Justin Barden, Ed.D.

Dana Beard
Beard, Dana
Health Teacher
Raianna Bowens
Bowens, Raianna
Special Education Assistant
Hey Tigers!!
My name is Raianna Bowens, I am from California, currently, I live in Dickson TN. I am a mother of 4 children and 3 stepchildren,  7 in total.
I am Married to my Amazing husband, Alonzo Bowens. When I do get free time I like to spend it with my children and spouse. I enjoy watching lifetime movies and video games. During the summer I enjoy being outdoors and doing home crafts. I am currently in college seeking my bachelor's degree in Education.  I have 2 years left.
as a Teacher, I look forward to this school year and being able to help students succeed and accomplish their goals.
Jordan Brainard
Brainard, Jordan
7th Grade Math/Science Teacher
Hello I’m Clara Jordan Brainard. I am a 7th grade math and science teacher here at CMS. I graduated from Austin Peay State University with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in middle school mathematics.
When I am not at school, I enjoy spending my time with family. I am a proud mom of two boys that keep me busy. As a family, we love spending our time outdoors fishing, kayaking, and so much more!  
“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
Hello! I am Hillary Capes and I am excited to start my first year at Charlotte Middle School, but my eighth year as a teacher. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communication and a Master's Degree in Elementary Education both from Middle Tennessee State University. I have one daughter named Kennedy that is in the 4th grade at Charlotte Elementary.
Fun facts about Ms. Hillary:
- I attended CMS the first year it was a middle school!
- Before I was a teacher, I was a wedding planner.
- I am SUPER creative and we will do some fun, but crazy things in our class!

I am looking forward to having your child in my 6th grade Math or Social Studies class.
Robert Capes
Capes, Robert
8th Grade Science Teacher

My name is Robert Capes. This will be my 27th year of teaching. I’ve spent 22 years teaching 6th grade and 18 of those teaching Science. I am married to Patricia Capes, and we have two children: Hillary and Courtney. I am so excited about teaching 8th grade science this year! I feel confident that if we all work together we will have a GREAT year!

Holly Cherry
Cherry, Holly
6th Grade Science Teacher
Hello! My name is Holly Cherry. This is my 3rd year as a Charlotte Tiger and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else. I teach 6th grade science and I'm so excited to have your child in my class. We will have tons of fun doing our experiments and labs! I chose to be a teacher in hopes that I can make a difference in at least one child's life. I love being able to teach not only science, but life skills that our students will need to be successful in life after school.

My husband, Justin, and I have two children, Mia and Lou. They are 1 and (almost) 3 and certainly keep us on our toes! We also are the parents to 3 fur babies named Copper, Ozzie, and Dwight. When I'm not at school, I love to read, exercise, and go watch the St. Louis Cardinals!

Cullum, Zane
6th Grade SS Teacher
Ashley Daniel
Daniel, Ashley
7th Grade Math Teacher

My name is Ashley Daniel, and I am a 7th grade Math teacher here at CMS. This is my 21st year in education. My first 16 years were at Charlotte Elementary and this will begin my 5th year at CMS. I have a bachelor’s  degree from Austin Peay in interdisciplinary studies, and a master’s degree from Arkansas State in theory and practice. I have 2 children. Whitley who is a sophomore at UTC, and Wyatt who is a junior at Creek Wood. My husband and I live on his family dairy farm that he continues to run. I am excited to be here for your children, and I’m looking forward to a great year. 

“Life is a math equation. In order to gain the most, you have to know how to convert negatives into positives.”

“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
My name is Amelia Darden. This is my 6th year at CMS! I teach 6th grade ELA. In my ELA class, I try to get students to find the joy in reading and writing. We like to do lots of different activities in my room, so we can learn in many different ways! I chose to be a teacher because I love teenagers! I want to make a difference in my students' lives. I want to help bring out the best in each student, and teach them about ELA at the same time!

I am also the Girls' Basketball Coach here at CMS! My husband, Terrence Darden, is the Boys' Assistant Basketball coach at CMS! We have 3 children. Laila is a 7th grader here at CMS, Ace is 3, and Lainey Rai is 1! In our spare time, you can probably find us at some kind of sporting event, because we all love sports!
Teresa Decoursey
Decoursey, Teresa
7th Grade ELA/SS Teacher
Penny DeLoach
DeLoach, Penny
Marisa Dore
Dore, Marisa
8th Grade SS Teacher

I have been teaching at CMS for over a decade. History is a fascinating subject and I am constantly learning new things. I enjoy helping students analyze and learn about our nation’s past and how it relates to the present.

I have earned several awards such as the VFW Teacher of the Year, Humanities Educator of the Year for Tennessee, and the SAR Educator of the Year for Tennessee and 2nd in the nation for the middle school category. I also am the advisor for Student Government. 

Lora Dotson
Dotson, Lora
Career/Life Skills Teacher
I am originally from East Tennessee. My husband and I moved to Middle Tennessee 31 years ago. We have two amazing sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren. This will be my 23rd year as a teacher and my 20th here at CMS. This year I am looking forward to teaching Life Skills and Careers (this is a new adventure for me). In 2020 I received my Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Reading Intervention. I am an RTI interventionist and the school RTI manager. If you have any questions about the RTI process, please feel free to email me. 
Ashley Estes
Estes, Ashley
Instructional Coach
I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a BS in Elementary Education (K-8) in 2005. I began my teaching career at Dickson Middle School where I taught 7th grade Science for 10 years. In 2014, I received my Masters Degree in Curriculum & Instruction. This is my 7th year at Charlotte Middle School as the Instructional Coach and I enjoy working with the staff and students. I am also the Assistant Girl's Basketball Coach for CMS. My husband and I are Dickson County natives and we are excited to raise our kids, Allie and Jake, in our hometown. Watching students grow and achieve their fullest potential gives me tons of joy!
Gaither, Cecily
8th Grade Math/Algebra Teacher
Trudy Harrington
Harrington, Trudy
Educational Assistant
Beth Harris
Harris, Beth
I'm excited to begin my 11th year as a school counselor! This will be my 4th year with Dickson County schools after previously working for 7 years at McEwen High School in Humphreys County.  I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Austin Peay State University and my Masters degree in Professional School Counseling from TN State University.  Dickson, Tennessee has been home for most of my life and that is where I live with my husband, Steven, and our family.  I have two wonderful step-daughters, Rebecca & Eva, and a spunky five year old daughter named Carleigh.  I'm a huge fan of the TV Show FRIENDS .  I was born and raised a die hard Vanderbilt Commodores fan so it is fitting for me to be at Charlotte Middle with my favorite color combination being Black & Gold! My goal as a school counselor is to be an advocate for every student and to help them reach their potential academically and personally and to inspire them to become more than they believe they are capable of becoming!

Favorite Quote:  "Be the change you want to see in the world!"
Haley Harrison
Harrison, Haley
Special Education Teacher
Hey, y'all! My name is Mrs. Haley Harrison, and I am an Interventionist for 6th grade.
This is my third year teaching at Charlotte Middle School.
I attended college at Austin Peay State University where I earned my bachelor's degree in Corporate Communication, and my master's degree in Special Education.
In 2020, I married my amazing husband, Reese, and we moved to Charlotte, TN with our two dogs & kitten.
I love shopping, cooking, and spending my weekends adventuring with family & friends.
As a teacher, I want to help students build confidence, acquire life skills, and set personal goals.
I am so excited for the 2021-2022 school year! GO TIGERS!
Lynn Harter
Harter, Lynn
Art Teacher

Ms. Harter was born into a large family in Kentucky. There, she developed a love of the arts. She pursued an education, earning a Bachelors, in Art Education and a Masters, in Administration and Supervision, from TSU. This will be her 23rd year teaching Art at Charlotte Middle School. Ms. Harter continually strives to motivate students to express themselves through positive creativity. Her desire is to foster compassion, kindness and an appreciation for others and their cultures. She enjoys traveling, reading, painting, photography, theater, music...basically all things creative. She has two children and currently resides in Dickson, TN. 

Hartman, Kathryn
8th Grade ELA Teacher
I am excited to be your teacher this year! I grew up in Clarksville, but my mom grew up in Charlotte. We spent a lot of time with our grandparents on the family farm! Several generations of my family have come through this building and I am thrilled to be a part of that tradition. My husband, Zach, and I have a dog named Buddy. He's an adorably sweet puppy, very chill and fluffy! I have taught for 16 years. During my years teaching middle school, I have taught in all three grade levels in some capacity. I've taught reading and English separately and combined, and so much more! I definitely love my 8th graders the most! I have always loved reading! Whether a long novel or short story, a well-developed plot has always been able to capture my attention. I'm looking forward to this school year. Go Tigers!
Horsley, Debbie
RTI Assistant Manager
Norma Jones
Jones, Norma
Office Manager
I have been with Charlotte Middle School since 2015 as the Attendance Secretary.  Prior to that I had worked for a number of years in the dental and legal secretarial fields.  I enjoy spending time with my husband, our families and friends, our “fur babies,” bowling, gardening, crafting, camping and watching/cheering on grand children in their various sporting events.  I also enjoy bon fires, movies, board games, card games and brain teaser games such as word searches, matching 3D, jigsaw puzzles, tetris, lumosity and adult coloring.
Lisa Kelley
Kelley, Lisa
7th Grade Science Teacher
April Killebrew
Killebrew, April
Assistant Principal
I have been in education for 32 years, eighteen years as a teacher and fourteen years as an administrator. I have taught both elementary and middle school grades. I love working with students, seeing them grow academically and into young adults. My goal is to make a positive impact on my students and have them know I care about them completely, not just academically.
I have two sons, ages 26 and 23 and 1 grandson who is 7 years old. I enjoy traveling, reading, and working on puzzles.
Tammy Lindsey
Lindsey, Tammy
Cafeteria Manager
Hello All my name is Tammy Lindsey, the cafeteria manager and I have been serving the staff and students at Charlotte Middle School for 23 years. I have two sons that also came through CMS and then attended CWHS to graduate.
Jenny Logan
Logan, Jenny
6th Grade Math Teacher
My name is Jenny Logan. I am starting my 5th year at CMS and teaching 6th grade math. I have 3 children, Chase is 20, MacKenzie is 10, and Alexis is 8. My daughters are students at CES. You will certainly see me at most extra-curricular activities. I enjoy sporting events and supporting our students in their activities.
I graduated from APSU with a Finance degree, then years later went back to school and earned a Masters degree in education.
I look forward to working with my students and learning all about them.
I believe in supporting our children and helping them be true to themselves.  #beauthentic

Jeffery Martin
Martin, Jeffery
Music Teacher

I'm originally from Henderson, Ky. and currently live in Charlotte.
I attended Union University where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education.
I have conducted Post graduate studies at Florida State and APSU.
I have taught publicly for fifteen years in the Houston, Humphreys and Dickson School systems.
I was the Director of Piano and Music Technology at the Renaissance Center for seven years.
I have two grown children.
Michelle May
May, Michelle
Special Education Assistant
This is my 4th year at Charlotte Middle as a Special Education assistant. I also drive bus 11 and this is my 2nd year doing that. I love what I do. I grew up in Cumberland Furnace and went to school in Charlotte from K-12. I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else because this is home. I have 2 kids that both attend Vanleer Elementary. I have been married to my husband for 7 years. I am starting school this fall to get my teaching degree to become a Special Education teacher. 
Rittenhouse, Sheri
Office Assistant
Andrea Robertson
Robertson, Andrea
8th Grade Math/Science Teacher
Hi! My name is Mrs. Robertson and I am very excited to begin this new school year. I have been teaching for 5 years. I started at CMS right before COVID and was lucky enough to come back last year. I grew up in Illinois and attended Western Illinois University. I am a Disney loving mom of 2 little girls. My favorite things include Dunkin’ Iced Coffee, Hockey (Go Preds!), and Math.
Denise Rougemont
Rougemont, Denise
Special Education Teacher
Denise Rougemont was born in La Plata, MD. She was raised in Dickson County.
She graduated from Dickson County Senior High. She received her Bachelor of
Science degree from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. She received her
Masters of Education degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville.
Mrs. Rougemont started her career at Charlotte Junior High, which became
Charlotte Middle School. She taught 7th grade science for 17 years. She went on
to receive her Special Education endorsement and began teaching ERC (Extended
Resource Class). She is currently the SPED Interventionist at Charlotte Middle
Mrs. Rougemont is married to Calvin Rougemont and together they are
raising 5 children in Vanleer. Mrs. Rougemont believes attitude is everything and
one of her favorite
Ryder, Katelyn
Band Teacher
Dorothy Sanders
Sanders, Dorothy
7th Grade ELA Teacher
Cassie Semore
Semore, Cassie
Speech/Language Pathologist
Heather Stockton
Stockton, Heather
School Nurse

Hi! I am starting my 6th year with Dickson County Schools and my 5th year at Charlotte Middle. I have been a nurse for 14 years and have worked in a variety of settings. I am a Dickson County native and graduated DCHS in 2003. After high school, I decided to go into nursing and graduated in 2007. I am currently working on getting my BSN at Western Kentucky University and plan to eventually get a MSN. I have 2 children who are also Tigers. Baleigh is in the 7th grade and Logan in the 6th. When I’m not at CMS, you can find me with my kids and family. I love being on the beach, traveling to new destinations, attending concerts, attending sporting events and spending time with friends. I support all things Vols, Preds, Titans, and Chiefs. I love working with families to keep our students happy, healthy, and ready to learn. 

Marci Suggs
Suggs, Marci
ISS Monitor
Eric Tscheschlok
Tscheschlok, Eric
7th Grade SS Teacher
I grew up in Palm Beach County, Florida.  My childhood home was three miles from the Beach!  I attended college at Florida Atlantic University and Auburn University.  I hold B.A. and M.A. degrees in history.  In 2005, I moved to Dickson County, Tennessee, and I joined the staff of Charlotte Middle School in 2006.  Since that time, I have taught 7th grade social studies at CMS—2021-2022 is my 16th year as a CMS Tiger.  Working in this place has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  Establishing positive relationships with the young people of Dickson County has enriched me and, I hope, them as well.
Brenda Vaughan
Vaughan, Brenda
Special Education Teacher
Brenda Vaughan
ERC Teacher
I was born and raised in Nashville, TN. My family and I moved to Dickson County in 2000. I have worked in Dickson County Schools for 17 years. I have a Bachelor degree in Comprehensive Special Education K-12 and a Master degree in Educational Theory and Practice. I have been married to my husband, Chuck for 33 years and we have two children: Chase, 27 and Brooklynn, 14. I am excited about the school year and watching my students grow. 
"“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

Hello! My name is Jessica Warren. I am a reading interventionist for 7th grade and work with 7th grade special education. This is my 7th year at CMS. I was born and raised in Charlotte and live just a few minutes from the farm I grew up on. I attended CES, CMS and graduated from CWHS.  I am married and have 3 children, ages 15, 10 and 9. 

A few things about me:

College: King University in Bristol, TN

Favorite Food/Drink: Anything chocolate and Dr Pepper

Hobbies: vacations with friends and family, anything water related (fishing, boating, swimming) 

Free time: reading about history and historical people, craft projects

Why I teach: I love the feeling of knowing I have helped a young person learn something new, overcome learning obstacles they have had and building relationships with students that go beyond the classroom doors. 

Scott Willey
Willey, Scott
Special Education Assistant
Scott Willey
                       Age: 55
                       Graduated: Dickson County High School Class of 1985
                       Started in the Dickson County School System in Nov. 2007
                       School Bus Driver/ Educational Assistant
                       Worked in the Baldwin County School System in Alabama
                       School Bus Driver/ Sub-Teacher
                       Currently Employed with the Dickson County School System
                       School Bus Driver/ Educational Assistant Charlotte Middle School
                       Have two Children and a Grandson

                                   GO TIGERS
Michelle Winstead
Winstead, Michelle
Computer Teacher
I am originally from Houston, Texas. The military is what brought me to this wonderful area of Tennessee.  I have a magnificent husband, 6 children and 11 grandchildren. We love to camp and travel. I received my Bachelor's and Master's degree from Austin Peay State University and my Educational Specialist degree for Arkansas State University.  I have been teaching for 21 years in Tennessee. I have been here at Charlotte Middle School  for the last 15 years. I have taught several subjects and grades but have ended up with what I love to do which is working with computers. 
Autumn Wood
Wood, Autumn
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
Greetings from Tiger Country!
CMS has been my home for nearly two decades. I am the Media and Technology Specialist. I also teach classes in the Related Arts area.
I taught at Creek Wood High School and Charlotte Elementary.
Reading is my favorite school activity. Laughing with my students and watching them "get it" when a new concept or idea shines a lightbulb over their head is my greatest delight at CMS.
I am a mother of two wonderful young men and the wife to an incredible husband. 
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