My name is Joann Anderson and this is my 20th year here at DMS. For 19 years I worked as a secretary in the office. This is my first year as the DMS bookkeeper. It’s an exciting change for me! I’ve lived in Dickson all of my life and attended this very school in the 8th and 9th grade so I suppose “Dragon” blood runs through my veins. Go Dragons!
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."
Kristen Ferree is a Dickson County native and a DCHS graduate from the class of 2007. After high school, she attended Austin Peay State University where she majored in English and minored in distributive teaching. After graduating from Austin Peay in 2011, she joined the faculty at Creek Wood High School, where she spent a decade teaching English to grades 9 – 12 and learning the value of being part of a team. Mrs. Ferree later returned to APSU and earned her MAEd in Educational Leadership. Her course of study from APSU left her with the lasting impression that a leader in today’s schools must be a person of dynamic ability, one who values people, processes, and practices. She hopes to be a leader of this nature and feels honored by the trust the community puts in Dickson Middle School to serve and nurture the students that walk our hallways.
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
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."
Ryan is a native to Dickson County. He attended Charlotte Elementary, Charlotte Junior High and Dickson County High School. He signed a college baseball scholarship to play at Jackson State Community College and transferred to Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Kentucky from there to finish his playing days before transferring back to Austin Peay State University to finish his B.S. in Health and Human Performance with a minor in Education. He got his first M.S. in Theory and Practice of Education from Arkansas State University and received his second M.S. in Educational Leadership from Austin Peay State University.
Ryan taught Physical Education at Charlotte Elementary for ten years before moving to Creek Wood to teach Personal Finance and Physical Education for a year and nine weeks. He finished the remainder of the 2018-2019 school year as an assistant principal in an interim role at Charlotte Elementary.
Throughout finishing his B.S. at APSU and teaching career, he has accumulated fifteen years of coaching experience in both baseball and football. His experience spans one year of CMS baseball, fourteen years of CWHS baseball, eight years of CMS football, three years of head freshman coach CWHS football, two additional years of CMS football before returning to CWHS football as defensive coordinator for two years.
He is excited for the opportunity to create and develop relationships with the students, faculty/staff, and the community.
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