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Tristen Adkins
Tristen Adkins
Art Teacher
Born in: Sikeston, Missouri
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2019.
Favorite thing about my job: Our students!
3 things I love: My family, painting, and teaching Art!
Favorite quote:  'Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he/she grows up." -Pablo Picasso




 
Candice Aguilera
Candice Aguilera
ISS Monitor
Born in: Covina, California
College attended: Nashville State Community College
Started working with children in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the look on a child's face when they realize they've succeeded
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, my job, and baking
Maison Anderton
Maison Anderton
PE Teacher
Born in: Pegram, Tennessee
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students enjoying being active
3 things I love: Coaching, fishing, and family
Andrea Bledsoe
Andrea Bledsoe
Principal
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Auburn University,  APSU, and MTSU
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Students
3 things I love: Reading, traveling, and college football
Nick Brown
Nick Brown
Assistant Principal
Born in: Bath, NY
College attended: SUNY Geneseo, Alfred University, Union University, Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students and watching them grow
3 things I love: hiking, the beach, spending time with family
Favorite quote: “Impossible is for the unwilling.” - John Keats
Lori Clayton
Lori Clayton
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Hohenwald, Tennessee
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University & Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: My students!
3 things I love: Music, Beach, Writing
Favorite quote: "There is no small service to God; it all matters." - Rick Warren
Sandra Cook
Sandra Cook
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Columbus, GA
College attended: University of TN: Martin, Belmont University
Started teaching in: 1991
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the lightbulbs go off and enjoying watching their interactions with me and each other
3 things I love: God, Family, Crafts
Favorite quote: "Do the right thing... even when no one is looking."
Joy Dotson
Joy Dotson
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Fort Mcpherson, Georgia
Started working with children in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Knowing all kids are special, not just our kids with special needs
3 things I love:  My Lord, my family, canning and cooking
Favorite quote:  Always on my mind; forever in my heart.
Shelby Dunn
Shelby Dunn
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing a student finally achieve something they have been working hard for!
3 things I love: Riding RZRs, Traveling, Clogging
Kay Eaton
Kay Eaton
School Nutrition Manager
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: the kids
3 things I love: my grandkids, my kids, crafts
Jackie Elston
Jackie Elston
Music Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1981
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching music
3 things I love: Yoga, reading, the beach
Favorite quote: “I will wait silently for the Lord. He is my rock and salvation, my fortress. I will not be shaken.”
Christina Flowers
Lunch Room Monitor
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Belmont University
Started teaching in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students being successful and seeing the 'lightbulb' moment
3 things I love: shopping, chips and dip, reading
Favorite quote: "People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care."
Vanessa Flowers
Vanessa Flowers
Second Grade Teacher
Born: Dickson, TN
Colleges attended: Belmont University and Grand Canyon University
Favorite part of job: Seeing  the “lightbulb” moment when students realize that they can read!
Favorite things: shopping, reading, watching tv
Favorite quote: People don’t care how much you know until they realize how much you care.
Deborah Fuller
Deborah Fuller
ELL Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: MTSU and Trevecca
Started teaching in: 1991
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching children and watching them grow
3 things I love: Reading, Charlie Brown, Gardening
Favorite quote: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Tracy Gilliam
Tracy Gilliam
Title One Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students have fun while learning; co-workers
3 things I love: crocheting, spending time with friends and family, grandbabies
Christy Hawthorne
Christy Hawthorne
Bookkeeper
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Greeting the students in the morning and working with the staff
3 things I love: camping, riding trails in our side-by-side, coffee
Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Phil. 4:13
John Holland
John Holland
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students reach their potential
3 things I love: Dogs, Sports, University of Tennessee athletics
Favorite quote: "You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones." - Dale Earnhardt
Carrie Horzsa
Carrie Horzsa
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Decatur, Indiana
College attended: Ball State University
Started working with children in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: I love the children and my coworkers. We are like family.
3 things I love: Watching sports, doing things with my son, and reading books
Favorite quote: Stay Positive!
Tracey Jackson
Tracey Jackson
School Nurse
Born in: Waukegan, Illinois
College attended: TCAT Dickson and Nashville State
Started nursing in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Watching all the students grow
3 things I love: Jesus, Tennessee Titans, My family
Favorite quote: If you want to succeed, focus on changing yourself...not others.
Katherine Kocourek
Katherine Kocourek
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Texas at Arlington, Cameron University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: The kids!
3 things I love: Iced Coffee, Hobby Lobby, the beach
Favorite quote: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don´t believe in magic will never find it." Roald Dahl
Karen Lagan
Karen Lagan
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing success in each student
3 things I love: Spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking
Favorite quote:  Reading is like learning how to tie your shoe laces, we all learn at different times.
Kim Lambert
Kim Lambert
Speech Teacher
Born in: Watertown, New York
College attended: State University of New York in Morrisville and Plattsburg
Started teaching in: 1994
Favorite thing about my job: Decorating my therapy room and planning creative and fun activities for my students
3 things I love: My family, being a mom, and bubble baths
Favorite quote: "Obstacles are those things you see when you take your eyes off your goals."
Christy Lawless
Christy Lawless
Learning Support Assistant
Born in: Washington D.C.
College attended: MTSU, Walden University, TSU
Started working with children in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the students, staff, and families
3 things I love: my family, the beach, and reading.
Favorite quote: "Just keep swimming."
Emily McCallister
Emily McCallister
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Mount Pleasant, MI
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students grow
3 things I love: My family, baking, and reading
Favorite quote: "Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world." - Roald Dahl
Lisa McFarlin
Lisa McFarlin
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Tennessee Technological University and Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job:  Seeing the students learn academically, socially and emotionally
3 things I love: God, family, and traveling
Favorite quote: “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
Abigail Miranda
Abigail Miranda
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite part of my job: Building relationships
3 things I love: Jesus, my family, traveling
Jennifer Opdenbrouw
Jennifer Opdenbrouw
Library Teacher
Born in: Memphis, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Trevecca University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students find books they LOVE to read!
3 things I love: My family, the beach, sports
Favorite quote: "A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it." - Samuel Johnson
Thomas Opdenbrouw
Thomas Opdenbrouw
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Poughkeepsie, NY
College attended: Dutchess Community College, SUNY Oneonta, Belmont University
Started working with children in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Relationships with students
3 things I love: God, my family, and sports
Favorite quote: “A life is only as important as the impact it has on others.” - Jackie Robinson
Christy Perez
Christy Perez
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing how the students eyes light up when something finally "clicks"
3 things I love: Jesus, my family, and horses
Favorite quote: "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
Larson Petty
Larson Petty
SRO
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started working with children in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Being able to impact people in a positive way
3 things I love: My family, The Outdoors and Motorsports
Favorite quote: "Everyone has a happy ending, if you're not happy, it's not the end." - Unknown
Johanna Powell
Johanna Powell
ELL Parent Liason Teacher/ Daycare Director
Born in: San Juan, Puerto Rico
College attended: American University of Puerto Rico
Started working with families in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Helping parents to translate/Daycare time playing, talking to kids
3 things I love: My kids, grandson & working out
Favorite quote: "People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing." - Dale Carnegie
Amanda Rachford
Amanda Rachford
Instructional Coach
Born in: Lawrenceburg, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, NOVA Southeastern, & Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2004
Favorite thing about my job: Helping build capacity in teachers and students
3 things I love: Family, Reading, Mexican Food
Favorite quote: Nothing is impossible: the word itself says "I'm Possible!" - Audrey Hepburn
Olivia Rhett
Olivia Rhett
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Jackson, MS
College attended: Mississippi State University
Started working with children in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Creating relationships with children
3 things I love: exercising, cooking, and reading
Favorite quote: "Be the reason someone smiles today!"
Jennifer Salley
Jennifer Salley
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Madisonville, KY
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University, Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students & helping them find their potential
3 things I love: Hiking, my family, my pets
Favorite quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver
 



Joye Street
Joye Street
School Secretary
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: the 1980's
Favorite thing about my job: Being helpful to our staff and parents
3 things I love: reading, people, sewing/quilting
Favorite quote: "To every thing there is a season and a purpose..." Ecclesiastes Ch 3
Sharon Sullivan
Sharon Sullivan
Lunch Room Monitor
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with students in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Everyday is an adventure, and I love my co-workers and students!
3 things I love: God, my family, and being outside gardening
Favorite quote: "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself."
Rochelle Taylor
Rochelle Taylor
Pre-K Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Tennessee Technological University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Building positive relationships with students, parents, and co-workers
3 things I love: crafting, sports, reading with animation
Susan Tomlinson
Susan Tomlinson
Pre-K Assistant
Born in: Gary, Indiana
Started working with children in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students experience things for the first time
3 things I love: cooking, reading, and spending time with my grandchildren.
Teanna Turner
Teanna Turner
Computer Teacher
Born in: Selmer, TN
Colleges attended: Tennessee State University, Nashville State Community College
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Giving a child the experience of someone who really gets them and accepts them for who they are, without making them feel bad or wrong
3 things I love: Shopping, Traveling, Spending time with family
Diana Vandyke
Diana Vandyke
Title I Teacher/RTI Manager
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: The excitement I see in my students when they learn something new
3 things I love: my grandchildren, sewing, and traveling
Emily Woods
Speech Teacher
Born in: Dickson,TN
College attended: Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Working with children
3 things I love: my family, reading, the beach
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