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Joann Anderson
Anderson, Joann
Bookkeeper
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Working with a great group of co-workers
3 things I love: God, my grandchildren & reading suspense/mystery books
Favorite quote: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.
Loran Anderson
Anderson, Loran
8th Grade Literacy Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University and Trevecca Nazarene University
Started working with children in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Sharing time and space with students in the middle of where they're going
3 things I love: reading, listening to vinyl records, and being with family
Favorite quote: "Find out who you are and do it on purpose".- Dolly Parton
Brian Baker
Baker, Brian
Health/PE Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn the importance of being physically active and being a positive role model for all my students
3 things I love: Faith, Family and Football
Favorite quote: Life’s a garden dig it!
Sarah Jane Benton
Benton, Sarah Jane
8th Grade Math Teacher
Born in: Gainesville, FL
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students
3 things I love: Cooking/Baking, Tattoos, Traveling
Favorite quote: "Be yourself, everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde
Terra Bragg
Bragg, Terra
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Nashville, Michigan
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to teach the kids to love history
3 things I love: Sailor Moon, cats, baking
Favorite quote: Believe in yourself and nothing can stop you.
Shannon Britt
Britt, Shannon
7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
I earned my B.S. in Education from Austin Peay State University. I began teaching at Dickson Middle School in 2010. My goal is to help every student improve his or her conceptual understanding of the math we are learning. I want each to enter high school with confidence in their knowledge and ability to be successful.
Celeste Buchanan
Buchanan, Celeste
7th Grade Science Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Carson-Newman University; Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students to become life-long learners and fueling students' passion for understanding scientific phenomena both inside and outside of the classroom
3 things I love: Reading, painting, and hiking
Favorite quote: "You can be whoever you want, even yourself." - Drake
Clifton Cathey
Cathey, Clifton
7th Grade Science Teacher
Born in: Wayne, MI
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: The looks on students faces when it "clicks" and they grasp a concept
3 things I love: Vacationing, Sports, Family
Daniel Chino
Chino, Daniel
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Phoenix, AZ
Started working with children in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students try their best and reach their goals
3 things I love: Painting, reading, and woodworking.
Favorite quote: "The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time." - Abraham Lincoln
Tracey Correll
Correll, Tracey
Teacher Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Working with my children and my DMS peers
3 things I love: Boating, Horseback riding, Taking care of my grandbabies
Crystal Dubach
Dubach, Crystal
RTI Interventionist
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University and Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Working one on one with the students
3 things I love: God, family especially my grandbabies, and reading
Favorite quote: "If you can't say something nice, don't say nothing at all." - Thumper
 
Kim Estes
Estes, Kim
Attendance Secretary
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the students grow and mature as they prepare for high school
3 things I love: family, camping, and Nascar
Favorite quote: "Life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful."
Susan Estes
Estes, Susan
ELL Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the "light bulb" moment in a student
3 things I love: spending time with family, reading, traveling
Favorite quote: "Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
Kristen Ferree
Ferree, Kristen
Assistant Principal
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with people of all ages
3 things I love: people, practices, and processes
Favorite quote: "Not all those who wander are lost." - J.R.R. Tolkien
Ethan Fussell
Fussell, Ethan
Guidance Counselor
Born in: Charlotte, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee, Austin Peay
Started working with children in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students
3 things I love: Family, Golf, Sports in general
Favorite quote: "Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier." - Mother Teresa
Michelle Glover
Glover, Michelle
Teacher Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Having the opportunity of working with young people each day, making a positive impact of their lives, and developing a rapport with them to establish long lasting relationships
3 things I love: CHRIST JESUS, my family and DIY refinishing of antique furniture
Favorite quote: LOVE is what LOVE does.
Lindsay Godsil
Godsil, Lindsay
6th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students that will last them a lifetime
3 things I love: Coffee, Movies, Mexican Food
Favorite quote: "Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value." -Albert Einstein
Bertha Green
Green, Bertha
ISS Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: TTC
Started working with children in: 2017
Favorite part of my job: Loving the kids
3 things I love: Jesus, my kids, and my job
Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 
Leslie Harrison
Harrison, Leslie
Principal
Born in: Brinkley, AR
College attended: Arkansas State University, Travecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students and staff and motivating and encouraging all of my people!!
3 things I love: My family, Coffee and the Beach!
Favorite quote: "We are the Music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams, Yet we are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems...You shall teach us your song's new numbers, and things that we dreamed before: Yea, in spite of a dreamer who slumbers, and a singer who sings no more." - Arhur O'Shaughnessy
Rexanna Hartley
Hartley, Rexanna
7th Grade Literacy Teacher
Born in: Annapolis, MD
College attended: Glenville State College, Western Governors University, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in 1996
Favorite thing about my job: my students, “light bulb moments” and my Dragon work family
3 things I love:  God, family and friends
Favorite quote:  “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” - Aristotle
Jennifer Hohl
Hohl, Jennifer
7th & 8th Grade Math Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2004
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students grow in the classroom!
3 things I love: My kids, traveling, and my pets
Lisa Hunt
Hunt, Lisa
Secretary
Born in: San Francisco, California
College attended: College of Eastern Utah
Started working with children in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students and staff and sharing smiles
3 things I love: The beach, knitting, and decorating
Favorite quote: "Life is not about waiting out the storm, but learning to dance in the rain."
Michelle Jennette
Jennette, Michelle
SPED Interventionist
Born in: Three Rivers, MI
College attended: Tennessee Technological University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing my students have that "Ah-Ha" moment when they finally grasp a concept that they have been struggling with
3 things I love: coffee, swimming, reading
Shane Joyce
Joyce, Shane
Band Teacher
Born in: White House, TN
College attended: Tennessee Technological University and Grand Canyon University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing someone's face light up when they "get it"
3 things I love: My family, movies, and music
Favorite quote: "You can't control the cards you're dealt, but you can control how you play the hand." -Randy Pausch
Patrick Layton
Layton, Patrick
7th Grade Math Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Free Will Baptist Bible College
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Investing in the lives and knowledge of students
3 things I love: Comics, Coffee, Music
Kayla Long
Long, Kayla
Art Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with students while instilling an appreciation for the arts
3 things I love: photography, coffee, reading
Favorite quote: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” - Pablo Picasso
Joey Malone
Malone, Joey
Creative Writing Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Aquinas College, Columbia State CC, and Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships and seeing growth in each student
3 things I love: Coffee, Investing, and Bowling (in that order)
Favorite quote: "I CAN accept failure. Everyone FAILS at something. But I CAN'T accept not trying." -Michael Jordan
Dana Miller
Miller, Dana
Health/PE Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Helping my students learn to live healthy lives and each step throughout
3 things I love: my family and friends, reading and traveling
Favorite quote: “The cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears or the sea.”
Kelsey Mullinicks
Mullinicks, Kelsey
Health/PE Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Bethel University
Started teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with kids and watching them grow
3 things I love: family, sports, traveling.
Favorite quote: "There are two ways to live your life- one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
Emily Murphy
Murphy, Emily
Music Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Bethel University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Making music with the kids
3 things I love: Family, Music, Theatre
Favorite quote: "It will be what it will be but it will become what you make of it."
Lisa Murrell
Murrell, Lisa
RTI Interventionist
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: David Lipscomb University, Belmont University, Austin Peay University
Started teaching in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students
3 things I love: God, family, reading
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
Jennifer Patterson
Patterson, Jennifer
School Social Worker
Born in: Paris, TN
Colleges attended: Mid-Continent University - Mayfield, KY
Started Social Work in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Being a support for students through difficult times in order to successfully achieve their long term goals for their life.
3 things I love: Church Activities, family activities, painting
Favorite quote: Always pray to have the eyes that see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad, and a soul that never loses faith in God.
Mandy Payne
Payne, Mandy
7th Grade Literacy Teacher
Born in: Glasgow, KY
Colleges attended: Queens University of Charlotte, Western Carolina University
Started teaching: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Building lasting relationships with students and helping them grow academically and personally
3 things I love: my family, reading, thrift store shopping
Favorite quote: “Don’t look back, you’re not going that way!”
Julie Potter
Potter, Julie
Librarian/Gifted Teacher
Born in: Cookville, TN
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University, Trevecca State University, and Vanderbilt University
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know the students
3 things I love: Coffee, Reading, My golden retrievers
Favorite quote: “Reading is a way for me to expand my mind, open my eyes, and fill up my heart." - Oprah Winfrey
Larry Proffitt
Proffitt, Larry
8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Newport, TN
College attended: Mt. Olive College/University of Mt. Olive, Walters State Community, Tusculum University
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Opening minds
3 things I love: golf, football, camping
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.”
Alisia Richardson
Richardson, Alisia
8th Grade Literacy Teacher
Born in: Columbia, Tennessee
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Helping young men and women gain confidence in their writing
3 things I love: Iced lattes, any book by Cassandra Claire, and making children feel loved and appreciated.
Favorite quote: "It is only when you take responsibility for your life and actions do you discover how powerful you truly are."
Mrs. Larissa Romine
Romine, Mrs. Larissa
7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
Born in: West Palm Beach, Florida
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Having great conversations with my students & peers
3 things I love: History, Coffee, Pinball
Favorite quote: "We learn about our past, to better understand our future." - L. Romine
Luke Schindler
Schindler, Luke
8th Grade Science Teacher
Born in: Parkersburg, WV
College attended: Marietta College and Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Creating future scientists!
3 things I love: My family, my dogs, and Paintball!
Favorite quote: Don't compare yourself to other people. Compare yourself to who you were yesterday.
Ryan Sensing
Sensing, Ryan
Assistant Principal
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Jackson State CC, Mid-Continent University, Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Working with people
3 things I love: Coaching, people, family
Favorite quote: "Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon."
Josie Smith
Smith, Josie
6th Grade Math Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Tennessee Tech University
Started teaching in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Creating memorable learning experiences, the laughter and humor, and everyday is a new day!
3 things I love: My family, coffee, the beach
Favorite quote: You will never regret being kind.
Megan Stanfill
Stanfill, Megan
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Started working with children in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: The "Aha" moments and building relationships with students
3 things I love: playing with my kids, reading and working with kids
Favorite quote: “You must not let anyone define your limits because of where you come from. Your only limit is your soul.” - Ratatouille
Teresa Stavely
Stavely, Teresa
SPED Interventionist
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Working with core teachers to help students succeed
3 things I love: Family, DD Coffee, the beach
Favorite quote: A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. - Chinese Proverb
Emilie Strawser
Strawser, Emilie
6th Grade Literacy Teacher
Born in: Memphis, TN
College attended: UT Martin and Bethel University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Building strong relationships with my students based on mutual respect
3 things I love: Reading, Disney, Spending time with my family
Favorite quote: "When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind." - Dr. Wayne Dyer
Lisa Swaw
Swaw, Lisa
SPED Interventionist
Born in: Dickson, TN
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students reach their full potential
3 things I love: family, reading, coffee
Favorite quote: "Every student can learn; just not on the same day, or in the same way." - George Evans
Tanya Williams
Williams, Tanya
Instructional Coach
Born in: Fort Worth, Texas
College attended: University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Working with teachers to develop strategies that helps students succeed in all areas of life
3 things I love: Quilting, Camping, Reading
Favorite quote: "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.  The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R. Martin
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