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Jim Akins
Akins, Jim
Science Teacher
College attended: UT Martin, University of Memphis, and Austin Peay
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: The students I work with
3 things I love: God, my family, and my friends
Nikki Akins
Akins, Nikki
Education & Training - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin and Concordia University
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Watching my students graduate, go to college, and become teachers with students of their own!
3 things I love: my family, cooking, and the beach
Favorite Quote: “It is what it is, but it will be what you make it.” - Pat Summitt
Stephanie Allison
Allison, Stephanie
Class of 2022 Counselor
Born in: Detroit, Michigan
College attended: Eastern Michigan University, Morehead State University
Started working with children in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: The opportunity to meet students where they are and help them 'plant seeds' for a better tomorrow
3 things I love: my family, music, and podcasts
Favorite quote: "If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jennifer Alt
Alt, Jennifer
Health Science Education - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Preparing students for careers in healthcare
3 things I love: My family, Jesus, and coffee
Favorite quote:  Teamwork makes the dream work!
Elizabeth Arwood
Arwood, Elizabeth
Agriculture - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Johnson City, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: The opportunity to share knowledge and positivity with every student that I teach
3 things I love: Family, animals, and baking
Favorite quote: "Be somebody that makes everybody feels like somebody."
AubreyAnna Badon
Badon, AubreyAnna
College/Career Advisor
Born in: Franklin, TN
College attended: Austin Peay
Started working with children in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the joy when students realize they can achieve their dreams
3 things I love: Reading, studying classic literature, and learning mythology from around the world
Favorite quote: "Nothing is Impossible. The word itself says I'M POSSIBLE!" - Audrey Hepburn
Bridget Baron
Baron, Bridget
English Teacher
Born in: Dallas, TX
Colleges attended: Creighton University, University of St. Thomas
Started teaching in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Helping my students believe in themselves so they can be mentally, emotionally, and academically healthy
3 things I love: Coffee, Legos, Corgis
Favorite quote: "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Karen Bateman
Bateman, Karen
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Westpoint, NY
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn math
3 things I love: my grandchildren, fishing, being at home
Favorite quote: It is not our mistakes that define who we are; it is how we recover from those mistakes.
Brad Beaubien
Beaubien, Brad
Science Teacher
Born in: Fort Smith, AR
College attended: UT Knoxville, APSU
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Sharing the love of my subject matter with my students
3 things I love: Travelling, College Football, and Cooking
Favorite quote: "The important thing is to never stop questioning." - Albert Einstein
Karen Bell
Bell, Karen
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Charlotte, TN
College attended: Cumberland University
Started working with students in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Daily laughter
3 things I love: Jesus, food, and singing
Favorite quote: "Stay on the ship" - Jesus of Nazareth
Don Berry
Berry, Don
Welcome Center
Born in: Ft Campbell, KY
College attended: TN Tech, USMC, DOC Academy
Started working with children in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Protecting kids and staff 
3 things I love: fishing, outdoor sports, swimming in the ocean
Favorite quote: ''Life is a beach, so ride the waves.''
Dr. Joseph Bradley
Bradley, Dr. Joseph
Graduation/Instructional Coach
Born in: Union City, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University; Bethel University; University of the Cumberlands
Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Being able to connect with students and teachers
3 things I love: Faith & Family, Nashville Predators Hockey, St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
Favorite quote: “We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy."
Donna Bryant
Bryant, Donna
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Wills Point, Texas
Colleges attended: Tyler Junior College, Pellissippi State University, Austin Peay State University, and Tennessee State University
Stated teaching in: 2000
Favorite things about my job: Building lasting relationships with my students and watching them mature into incredible people
3 things I love: My dog Lola, traveling with students, adults, friends, gardening, and cooking
Favorite quote: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Grace Buckner
Buckner, Grace
Guidance Secretary
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College
Started working with students in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Bonding with my coworkers and helping students
3 things I love: My husband, Crocheting, and Disney
Favorite quote: "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Winnie the Pooh
Gregory Burns
Burns, Gregory
Physical Education Teacher and Football Head Coach
Born in: Houston, TX
College attended: McNeese State University, Lipscomb
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Never a dull day
3 things I love: family, football, cajun food
Curt Butler
Butler, Curt
Personal Finance and Fine Arts Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Western Kentucky University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: The moment eyes light up because they get it
3 things I love: God, Family, Teaching
Favorite quote: "The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life." - Rabindranath Tagore
Jill Butler
Butler, Jill
Fine Arts Teacher and Choral Director
Born in: Orlando, FL
College attended: UCF, LSU
Started teaching in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: Making a difference in kids' lives
3 things I love: sleeping, music theatre, and being with my son
Chris Cardona
Cardona, Chris
Science Teacher and Soccer Head Coach
Born in: Colorado Springs, CO
College attended: University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Austin Peay, Carson Newman
Started working with children in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students understanding how Biology relates to their life
3 things I love: Hiking, Soccer, Football
Favorite quote: "You can't always be the most talented person in the room, but you can be the most competitive."- Pat Summitt
Kylie Carlson
Carlson, Kylie
English Teacher
Born in: Waimea, Hawaii
College attended: Austin Peay
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Editing and reading students' writing
3 things I love: Reading, coffee, and nature
Favorite quote: "God didn't bring you this far to leave you." - Philippians 1:6 
Chandler, Eric
Student Resource Officer
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: T.L.E.T.A
Started working with students in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Building positive relationships with students
3 things I love: God, family, and football
Favorite quote: "If you're not first, you're last!"
Jacklyn Clements
Clements, Jacklyn
Mathematics Teacher and Volleyball Head Coach
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Northeastern State University; Grand Canyon University.
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Helping kids
3 things I love: my family, coaching, and traveling
Jeff Clifton
Clifton, Jeff
PLTW (STEM) - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Dickson TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know the kids
3 things I love: Family, God, Football
Favorite quote: "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
Alicia Corlew
Corlew, Alicia
Social Worker
Born in: Providence, Rhode Island
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University and Austin Peay State University
Started working with children in: 2011
My favorite thing about my job: Working with students and the family atmosphere within the school
3 things I love: Collecting keychains from different places, personal time with those I love, and a great television show
Favorite quote: “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” - Maya Angelou
Amy Crowder
Crowder, Amy
English Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Reaching the sometimes unreachable students
3 things I love: my family, animals, the beach
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
Allee Cude
Cude, Allee
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Harding University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Working with awesome teens!
3 things I love: My dog Elsa, Cooking, Singing
Chuck Daniel
Daniel, Chuck
Physical Education and Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: MTSU, Cumberland University, and Arkansas State
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: Relationships
3 things I love: Sports, Outdoors, Bonfires
Favorite quote: Little things lead to big things in all things.
Dwayne Daniel
Daniel, Dwayne
In School Suspension Monitor
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: ITT Technical Institute
Started working with students in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Helping kids figure out problems
3 things I love: Wife, kids, and the Bible
Favorite quote: "That's how to be great!"
Davidson, Pamela
Educational Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Tennessee Applied Technology School
Started working with students in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: The children and their different personalities
3 things I love: Family gatherings, Sports of all kinds (especially the ones my family are involved in), Animals
Favorite quote: "It is what it is."
Mark Dawson
Dawson, Mark
Residential & Commercial Construction - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2004
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching students carpenter skills hopefully they can use the rest of their lives
3 things I love: Watching my Dodgers play baseball, going to Titans games, riding around in our corvette with my wife
Favorite quote: Don't worry about things you can't control.
Kay Dodd
Dodd, Kay
Spanish Teacher
Born in: Murfreesboro, TN
College attended: Lipscomb University, Salem University
Started teaching in: 1978
Favorite thing about my job: Laughing with my students and faculty family
3 things I love:  Faith, Family, Friends
Favorite quote: "The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see." - Winston Churchill
Steve Dodd
Dodd, Steve
Basketball Head Coach
Born in: Huntington, West Virginia
College attended: Lipscomb University and Austin Peay
Started working with students in: 1978
Favorite thing about my job: The kids
3 things I love: Coaching, music, and sports
Favorite quote: "Some men see things as they are and say, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and say, 'Why not?'" - RFK
Cindy Donaldson
Donaldson, Cindy
Educational Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 1995
My favorite part of my job is: Leaving each day hoping that I helped a young student achieve their goal in education and know that someone cares about them
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, crafting, puzzles and board/card games
Favorite quote: Love others like you would want to be loved or treated, always follow your dreams, and never give up. Keep your faith.
Dan Dufty
Dufty, Dan
Social Studies Teacher and Tennis Head Coach
Born in: Nashville, TN
Colleges attended: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and University of Tennessee
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with the kids
3 things I love: Football, Golf, Weather
Favorite quote: "It cost a lot to win and even more to lose."
Kristen England
England, Kristen
Digital Arts & Design - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University,  University of TN Martin
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students work through real life scenarios of jobs in Graphic Design
Favorite quote: "Act as if what you do makes a difference, IT DOES." William James
Stejana Fernandez
Fernandez, Stejana
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Tennessee State University, Belmont University
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Work with and for good people
3 things I love: my family, my friends, and good food!
Amy Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald, Amy
Registrar
Born in: Lexington, TN
College attended: Jackson State Community College
Started working with students in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: The people that I work with
3 things I love: Reading, Swimming, and Sports
Riley Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald, Riley
Educational Assistant
Diana Fussell
Fussell, Diana
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin, Murray State University, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the "Aha" moments
3 things I love: Coffee, Crafting, Animals
Favorite quote: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Mara Hope Gash
Gash, Mara Hope
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Tennessee Technological University, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students have their "Aha!" moment
3 things I love: Dogs, Crafting/decor, Fall
Favorite quote: “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” - Albus Dumbledore
Steven Gerber
Gerber, Steven
JROTC Teacher
Born in: Watseka, Illinois
College attended: University of Louisville, Austin Peay
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the difference I make in young peoples' lives (that "aha" look)
3 things I love: working out, old cars, helping people
Favorite quote: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Michael Jordan
Otis Gerron
Gerron, Otis
Student Resource Officer
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay
Started working with students in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with the students
3 things I love: Family, sports, and working out
Favorite quote: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the dog." - Mark Twain
Teresa Gill
Gill, Teresa
Office Administration Secretary
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Started working with students in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: My people at DCHS!
3 things I love: My Lord, my husband, and my children
Leslie Gray
Gray, Leslie
Cheer Head Coach
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: The lasting relationships made with the students I teach and coach
3 things I love: the Lord, my family, Cougar Pride
Favorite quote: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” - Abraham Lincoln
Earlene Green
Green, Earlene
Secretary
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with students in: 1994
Favorite thing about my job: Multi-tasking and working with my amazing co-workers and students daily...also having summers and snow days off
3 things I love: My God, my Family, thrift shopping
Favorite quote: "SHINE YOUR LIGHT."
Robin Gunn
Gunn, Robin
Class of 2023 Counselor
Born in: Dickson, Tn
College attended: APSU, WKU
Started working with students in:1997
Favorite thing about my job: working with students
3 things I love: quilting, machine embroidery, reading
Favorite quote: Romans 8:28
Kimberly Hale
Hale, Kimberly
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Champaign, Illinois
College attended: University of Tennessee, Austin Peay State University, Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Geometry
3 things I love: Reading, Quilting, Traveling
Favorite quote: “Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.” - Thomas Henry Huxley
Joseph Hall
Hall, Joseph
Science Teacher
Born in: Tennessee Ridge, TN
Colleges attended: Tennessee Tech, University of Memphis
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students navigate the world of Science
3 things I love: Golf, Traveling, and Reading
Favorite quote: "When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." - Elon Musk
Sonya Hall
Hall, Sonya
Cafeteria Manager
Born in: Lima, Ohio
College attended: Nashville State Community College
Started working with students in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the children grow and remember me even after they leave
3 things I love: Family, friends, and movies
Favorite quote: "I have nothing to lose but something to gain."
Teresa Hall
Hall, Teresa
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students overcome their fear of math
3 things I love: My Family: 3 children and 8 grandchildren, traveling, and music; but God above all
Favorite quote: "God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December." - James M. Barrie
Diana Hearndon
Hearndon, Diana
Spanish Teacher
Born in: Mexico
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Being able to support my students
3 things I love: Family, Dogs, and Basketball
Favorite quote: "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
Rachel Hedge
Hedge, Rachel
Fine Arts Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Lipscomb University and Western Governor's University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students discover a love of art and building relationships with my kids
3 things I love: God, my family, and creating art
Favorite quote: If you can't make waves, make ripples.
Bryan Henson
Henson, Bryan
Fine Arts Teacher and Band Director
Born in: Ft. Walton Beach, FL
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching students how to express themselves through music
3 things I love: My wife, my children, and time spent with them.
Michelle Herbert
Herbert, Michelle
Health Science Education - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Waverly, TN
College attended: The University of TN at Martin
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students understand Healthcare
3 things I love: coffee, chocolate and outdoor activities
Favorite quote: Bad habits are made in good times, good habits are made in tough times.
Eric Hickerson
Hickerson, Eric
Virtual High School Teacher and Track Head Coach
College Attended: Ohio Valley College, Lipscomb University, Trevecca Nazarene
Started teaching in: 1994
Favorite thing about my job: Students
3 things I love: God, My family, the band RUSH
Favorite Quote: "We each pay a fabulous price for our visions of paradise, but a spirit with a vision is a dream...with a mission." - Neil Peart

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Tina Hogin
Hogin, Tina
Educational Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay University
Started working with children in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Working with amazing individuals
3 things I love: walking, riding bicycle, and being with family
Favorite quote: "I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Joey Holley
Holley, Joey
Principal
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: MTSU, Grand Canyon University
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Working with family on the Hill
3 things I love: Golfing, Mowing, Cooking
Favorite quote: "They don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care."
Kristy Hollinsworth
Hollinsworth, Kristy
Fine Arts Teacher
Born in: Charlotte, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University and Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Helping others
3 things I love: Photography, Drawing and Traveling
Favorite quote: "An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision." - James Whistler
Donna Holt
Holt, Donna
Class of 2025 Counselor
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle TN State University and Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1991
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students grow and develop into productive citizens as well as celebrating the milestone of earning a high school diploma and moving on to new adventures
3 things I love: Gardening, dancing
Favorite quote: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jennifer Howington
Howington, Jennifer
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: UT-Knoxville, APSU, Trevecca Nazarene
Started teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to see the amazing things our students are capable of
3 things I love: hiking, trips, reading
Favorite quote: “Sometimes I’ll start a sentence and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way.” - Michael Scott
Rachel Johnson
Johnson, Rachel
English Teacher
Born in: Charleston, West Virginia
College attended: Southeastern Illinois College, Spalding University
Started teaching: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know students, helping them grow up, and sharing a love of English with my students
3 things I love: God, my children, running Spartan races
Favorite quote: Iron sharpens iron.
Dr. Blake Jones
Jones, Dr. Blake
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Western Kentucky University, Arizona State University, and Western Governors University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Preparing students for their next step in life
3 things I love: Watching Football, Cooking, Reading
Favorite quote: “For the narcissist sees the world–both the past and the present–in his own image. Mature historical understanding teaches us to do the opposite: to go beyond our own image, to go beyond our brief life, and to go beyond the fleeting moment in human history into which we have been born. History educates (“leads outward” in the Latin) in the deepest sense. Of the subjects in the secular curriculum, it is the best at teaching those virtues once reserved for theology–humility in the face of our limited ability to know, and awe in the face of the expanse of history.” - Professor Sam Wineburg
Brady Jones
Jones, Brady
Science Teacher
Born in: Parsons, Tennessee
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the lightbulb come on above
3 things I love: Hunting, Sports, Teaching
Favorite quote: “Great leaders are not always popular.” - Nick Saban
Carrie Joyce
Joyce, Carrie
English Teacher
Born in: Columbia, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Tennessee State University, Morehead State College
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Insightful discussions
3 things I love: My family, my French horn, my library
Favorite quote: "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Betty Karpowecz
Karpowecz, Betty
Spanish Teacher
Born in: Panamá, Central America
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Observing as students acquire a second language and grow to demonstrate learning
3 things I love: German Shepherd, my grandkids, God
Favorite quote: Our limitation is God's opportunity.
Shannon Kwiatkowski
Kwiatkowski, Shannon
English Teacher
Born in: Lebanon, Indiana
College attended: University of Central Florida and Nova Southeastern University
Started  teaching in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the students become who they are
3 things I love: my family, travel, and hockey
Favorite quote:  "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Valerie Littleton
Littleton, Valerie
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: UT Knoxville and Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 1991
Favorite thing about my job: Being inspired by my students everyday; because of them I have hope for out future
3 things I love: God, my family, and UT football
Favorite quote: "Unless someone like you cares a whole lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not!" - Dr Seuss
Stefan Logan
Logan, Stefan
Architectural & Engineering Design - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Nashville TN
College attended: Austin Peay, UTK
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: the relationships with my students
3 things I love: my wife and kids, farming
Tony Longtin
Longtin, Tony
Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Germany
College attended: Nashville Auto/Diesel, Nashville State, and TSU
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: When students keep in touch and share their future progress
3 things I love: Family, friends, and RC racing
Favorite quote: "That train only goes one way."
Rachel Lutton
Lutton, Rachel
Class of 2024 Counselor
Born in: Newport News, VA
College attended: University of Tennessee Knoxville, Austin Peay State University
Started working with children in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students and when they can't wait to share sunshine moments with me!
3 things I love: My sons, kayaking, and rollercoasters
Favorite quote: "In any given moment we have two options; step forward into growth or to step back into safety." - Abraham Maslow
Dawn Martin
Martin, Dawn
Bookkeeper - Office Administration
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Favorite thing about my job: My work family!
3 things I love: Grandbabies, shopping, relaxing
Favorite quote: "Today is a Good Day for a Good Day!"
Rhonda McElroy
McElroy, Rhonda
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Kenton, Ohio
College attended: Capital University
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students and seeing them get excited about learning
3 things I love: Coffee, Reading, Running
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
Robyn Miller
Miller, Robyn
English Teacher
Born in: Houston, Texas
College attended: UT Knoxville, David Lipscomb University, and Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: My students and my cougar family
3 things I love: My family, books, Camp Rainbow, and traveling
Favorite quote: "And though she be but little, she is fierce!" - William Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night's Dream
Carol Moore
Moore, Carol
Librarian
Born in: Lafayette, TN
College attended: Martin College, MTSU, UTK
Started teaching in: 1984
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students find that they love reading when they find the right book
3 things I love: reading, counted cross stitching, travelling
Keri Nash
Nash, Keri
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Making connections with students
3 things I love: Reading, Disney movies, helping lead the DCHS Dance Team, and my family
Favorite quote: "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." Walt Disney
Lori Neblett
Neblett, Lori
Educational Assistant
Bert Newberry
Newberry, Bert
Softball Head Coach
Christa Nichols
Nichols, Christa
Fine Arts Teacher
Born in: Logan, WV
College attended: Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students
3 things I love: Spending time with my family and friends
Rodney Parker
Parker, Rodney
Physical Education Teacher and Baseball Head Coach
Born in: Clarksville TN
College attended: Austin Peay
Started teaching in: 1994
Favorite thing about my job: Inspiring young people to be great!
3 things I love: GOD, My Family, Baseball
Favorite quote: Be the best you you can be!
John Patterson
Patterson, John
Criminal Justice - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Fontana, California
College attended: Liberty University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing our students grow into responsible young adults
3 things I love: Jesus Christ, University of Georgia Football, working at DCHS
Favorite quote:  Treat Everybody Like They Are Somebody.
Katherine Perez
Perez, Katherine
Assistant Principal
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Tennessee Tech University, Bethel University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students be successful and supporting teachers to best help students
3 things I love: family time, God, being on the lake
Cheyenne Perkins
Perkins, Cheyenne
English Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Being able to share the love of reading and writing with my students!
3 things I love: being with my family, cooking and eating food, and reading and writing.
Favorite quote: "Be curious, not judgmental." - Walt Whitman
Tiffany Peters
Peters, Tiffany
Business & Marketing - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Lipscomb University, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn, so they can have a better future
3 things I love: God, watching my kids play sports, being outdoors
Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.
Mitch Pierce
Pierce, Mitch
Assistant Principal
Born in: Dickson, TN
Colleges attended: Tennessee Tech University, Austin Peay State University, Carson Newman University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Working with young people in order to help them achieve their goals
3 things I love: Family, Sports, and The Great Outdoors
Favorite quote: "The Pink Panther was pink, but he was cool." - Randel Allen Harrel
Nelson Pierce
Pierce, Nelson
Physical Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: UT Martin
Started teaching in: 1985
Favorite thing about my job: Summers off
3 things I love: Family, Hunting, Fishing
Favorite quote: Only thing worse than a quitter is a coward who is afraid to begin.
Pattye Post
Post, Pattye
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Camden, TN
College attended: Murray State University
Started teaching in: 1978
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students develop a love of math; or at least see the need for math knowledge in life
3 things I love: My family, reading a good mystery, relaxing on the beach as I listen to the ocean sounds
Favorite quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13
Randy Powers
Powers, Randy
JROTC Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing Cadets grow and assume responsibility for their actions
3 things I love: Sports, outdoors, and traveling
Favorite quote: How many chances do you get to make a first impression?
Jay Powlas
Powlas, Jay
Residential & Commercial Construction - Career & Technical Teacher and Athletic Director
Born in: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
College attended: MTSU
Started working with children in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: The kids
3 things I love: My family, dogs, farm
Favorite quote: You can’t calm the storm, stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.
Curtis Primm
Primm, Curtis
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with students in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Being able to see smiling faces daily
3 things I love: Food, faith, and fellowship
Favorite quote: "If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you."
Nikki Pulley
Pulley, Nikki
Instructional Coach
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Lee University, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Helping others develop their love and craft of teaching students!
3 things I love: family time, hunting arrowheads, walking the creek
Favorite quote: "A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are made for."
Edward Rakus
Rakus, Edward
Science Teacher
Born in: Key West, FL
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Students!
3 things I love: Family, Sports, Pets
Ginger Regen
Regen, Ginger
Health Science Education - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Jackson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Preparing kids for the healthcare field
3 things I love: God, family, scrapbooking
Favorite quote: "Dare to be different!"
Angela Richardson
Richardson, Angela
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Altus, Oklahoma
College attended: Cameron University
Started teaching in: 1984
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students, teachers, and staff
3 things I love: God, family, and friends
Favorite quote: "May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,  LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer." Psalm 19:14
Sara Robertson
Robertson, Sara
English Teacher
Born in: Flint, MI
College attended: Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Connecting with students and watching them grow throughout their time at DCHS
3 things I love: My family, Reading, Pyrography
Favorite quote: “Be weird. Be random. Be who you are. Because you never know who would love the person you hide.” - C.S. Lewis
Cheryl Roth
Roth, Cheryl
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: Every day is different.
3 things I love: Family, my flower garden, and the beach
Anita Russell
Russell, Anita
Secretary
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College
Started working with children in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with families and students
3 things I love: Art, sports and discovering new places
Favorite quote: You have to be a friend to have a friend.
Matthew Salewsky
Salewsky, Matthew
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Dickson County
College attended: UT Martin
Started teaching: 2018
3 things I love: God, My family, and TN Football
Favorite quote: "If you ain't first, you're last." - Ricky Bobby  
Sheila Salewsky
Salewsky, Sheila
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing children excited about learning
3 things I love: traveling, reading, my grandkids
Favorite quote: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Margie Shelby
Shelby, Margie
French Teacher
Born in: Woodlawn, TN
College attended: David Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Sharing my passion for French with awesome students
3 things I love: my family, friends, and teaching
Favorite quote: "Be courageous" Joshua 1:9
Risa Sims
Sims, Risa
ELL English Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students succeed!
3 things I love: Family, Reading, Beach
Favorite quote: "Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment, until it becomes a memory." - Dr. Seuss
Sheri Sinks
Sinks, Sheri
Health Science Education - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Granite City, IL
College attended: APSU and Excelsior
 Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Sharing my passion about nursing and helping my students to become better people
3 things I love: God, family, and helping others
Favorite quote: Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today!
Brittney Smith
Smith, Brittney
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students in the classroom and getting to know them throughout the year
3 things I love: Kentucky basketball, coffee, and running
Favorite quote: "Good things take time" - John Wooden
Curtis Southerland
Southerland, Curtis
Fine Arts Teacher

As an art educator, I strive to provide the highest quality learning environment and opportunity to students by means of preparation, constant planning and reflection that will allow student mastery of daily objectives. The design and goal of my classroom is to make students feel safe and comfortable while preparing them for the responsibility and expectations of the real world. Honest communication to self and each other is the classroom's foundation for learning together and building strong student/teacher relationships. Mistakes are expected as part of the learning process and responded to in a constructive way. A rigorous classroom is evident every day as students show accountability and problem-solving skills through daily group interactions.

I obtained my formal education from Freed-Hardeman University, University of Tennessee, and Austin Peay State University and hold a Bachelors in Fine Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, with a focus in non-profit administration and also a Masters in Education. Experience includes: nine years of private instruction, six years as a corporate gallery curator, ten years teaching at the public elementary level, as well as my current position at DCHS.

Justin Spurlock
Spurlock, Justin
Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Freed Hardeman University
Started teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the youth of America
Things I love: I love traveling and writing short historical stories.
Kelly Stevenson
Stevenson, Kelly
Physical Education Teacher and Virtual High School Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University
Started teaching in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students achieve their goals
3 things I love: my family, my friends, and basketball
Favorite quote: "Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confident or scared, will most likely happen." - Pat Summitt
Stephanie Stiltner
Stiltner, Stephanie
Speech Teacher
College attended: Western Kentucky University, University of West Alabama, Union University, University of TN at Martin, University of North Alabama
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing a student master a skill
Things I love: Hot-power yoga, running, a combination of coffee and dark chocolate
Favorite quote: "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is one of the greatest accomplishments." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whitney Stock
Stock, Whitney
Human Services - Career & Technical Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching students about healthy eating and new cooking skills
3 things I love: Family, reality TV, and Salt and Vinegar chips
Randy Sullivan
Sullivan, Randy
English Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 1984
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to see kids grow and succeed
3 things I love: my family (wife, son, grandson, nieces/nephews), my dogs, doing yard/farm work
Favorite quote: It often takes longer to set up a job than to do the job.
Adam Taylor
Taylor, Adam
Science Teacher
Born in: Utah
College attended: Brigham Young University
Started teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Helping Students Smile, Learn and Figure Things Out
3 Things I love: 1. Family 2. Learning 3. Chasing Plastic
Favorite Quote: "Food is my favorite thing to eat." - Mike Gilchrist
Maria Thornton
Thornton, Maria
Spanish Teacher
Born in: Ponce, Puerto Rico
College attended: University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1991
Favorite thing about my job: Communicating the love for teaching and learning to my students
3 things I love: My family, coffee, and watching action movies
Favorite quote: Nunca es tarde para aprender. It is never too late to learn.
Toni Tucker
Tucker, Toni
Physical Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students
3 things I love: family, friends, and traveling
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
Ashlinn Turnbow
Turnbow, Ashlinn
English Teacher
Born in: Chattanooga, TN
Colleges attended: Union University and Bethel University
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Relationships with teachers and students
3 things I love: Jesus, my family, and Chick-fil-A
Favorite quote: "And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good." 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Kara Underwood
Underwood, Kara
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Showing students that math doesn't have to be scary
3 things I love: Brownies, Purple, and Family
Favorite quote: "Good mathematics isn't about what you know, it's about what you do when you don't."
Thornton Vaughn
Vaughn, Thornton
Student Resource Officer
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: King College
Started working with students in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to interact with the kids
3 things I love: My family, my job, and the people I work with
Favorite quote: "Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Til' your good is better and your better is best."
Ty Weaver
Weaver, Ty
Agriculture - Career & Technical Education
Born in: Vanleer, TN
College attended: UT Martin
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching shop and large animal classes 
3 things I love: Jesus, cows, and my family
Favorite quote: "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the cornfield." - Dwight Eisenhower
Erin Webb
Webb, Erin
Physical Education Teacher and Girls Basketball Head Coach
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing kids become the best versions of themselves
3 things I love: traveling with my husband, my four kids, coaching basketball
Favorite quote: “I am the door, anyone who enters by me will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy, but I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.” John 10:9-10
Regina Webster
Webster, Regina
Assistant Principal
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1986
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students find their happily ever afters
3 things I love: Reading, Drawing, Exercising
Favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi
Karen Willey
Willey, Karen
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1984
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the students
3 things I love: Spending time with my grandson, Rhett; reading, and antiquing
Favorite quote: "For I know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not hurt you." Jeremiah 29:11
Dr. Charles Williams
Williams, Dr. Charles
Mathematics & Special Education Teacher
Born in: San Diego, California
College attended: Trevecca Nazarene University, Belmont University, and Cumberland University 
Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Helping others learn to problem solve
3 things I love: God, wife and ALL our pets
Favorite quote: "Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion." - W. Edwards Deming
Paul Williams
Williams, Paul
Science Teacher
Born in: Memphis, TN
College attended: Lambuth University; Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know the kids
3 things I love: Sports, God, and family time
Favorite quote: "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing." - Vince Lombardi
Troy Williams
Williams, Troy
Assistant Principal
Born in: Gallatin, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University, TSU, Cumberland
Started teaching in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students deal with their situations
3 things I love: The Lord, my Family, and others
Favorite quote: "To live is Christ, To die is gain." - Paul in Philippians 1:21
Anna Wilson
Wilson, Anna
Mathematics Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: UT Knoxville, Peabody at Vanderbilt, MTSU, UT Martin
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn and meet their goals
3 things I love: God, Family/Friends, DCHS
Favorite quote: "I pray that the God who gives hope will fill you with much joy and peace as you trust in him. Then you will have more and more hope, and it will flow out of you by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13
Charlotte Wisdom
Wisdom, Charlotte
Attendance Secretary
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with students in: 1985
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students and my friends
3 things I love: Jesus, family, and food
Favorite quote: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart..." - Proverbs 3:5
Kerri Woodard
Woodard, Kerri
ESL Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
Colleges attended: University of TN at Chattanooga, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students gain confidence
3 things I love: Family, Coffee, Books
Favorite quote: "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Maya Angelou
Milton Wuertz
Wuertz, Milton
Science Teacher
Born in: Montgomery, Indiana
College attended: Purdue University and Grand Canyon University
Started working with children in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Speaking into the lives of young folks
3 things I love: My wife, My boys, and The Outdoors
Favorite quote: “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
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