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Hope Bryson
Bryson, Hope
Teacher ELA Middle School 6-8

I have always lived in Dickson County, with the exception of my college years. I graduated from Dickson County High School and Martin Methodist College. I started teaching at Creek Wood High School in 2005, and I moved to New Directions Academy in 2009. I have been teaching English to grades 6-8 at NDA ever since. In my free time I like to knit and watch knitting videos on YouTube. My favorites are The Fat Squirrel Speaks, The Bakery Bears, and Stranded Dyeworks Podcast. I enjoy reading, and one of my favorite authors is Cathy Lamb. When I choose texts for my classes, I try to pick ones I think my students will be interested in. Part of the challenge in getting students to become readers is putting the right books in their hands at the right time. 

Marcia Hazelgrove
Hazelgrove, Marcia
Educational Assistant Middle School 6-8
I am blessed to be the wife of an amazing husband and mother to seven wonderful children. I am constantly going and there is never a dull moment in my life. I love working at NDA. The students and faculty are amazing. I love being able to help the students and watch them grow academically, socially, and behaviorally. 
I started working for the Dickson County School System as a substitute when my family and I moved here from Hardeman County in 2015. I got hired on at NDA at the end of 2015/beginning of 2016. I work as an Educational Assistant in Middle School 6th-8th and middle school ILS/ISS and head up the incentive committee. I implemented a "Student of the Week" program this year. I take pride in everything I do and especially the interaction I have with our students each day.  
David Poppendorf
Poppendorf, David
Teacher Social Studies/Science Middle School 6-8

I earned my Bachelor's degree from East Tennessee State University. Later, I earned my Master’s degree in educational leadership from Lipscomb University. I have taught in the Dickson County school system for 21 years.  I have mainly taught middle school science and social studies in those 21 years.  I am married with four children and one granddaughter.  I love teaching.  Having former students come up to me and thank me for believing in them is very rewarding.  I believe that all students can learn no matter what their circumstances are.  I am very excited about this new chapter in my teaching career. 

April Rolston
Rolston, April
Teacher Math Middle School 6-8
I earned my Bachelor's degree from The University of Memphis and moved to Dickson County to begin my teaching career. Later, I earned my Master's In Teacher Leadership from The University of Phoenix. Over the course of 18 years, I have taught grades k-2 in Dickson, Middle School (all subjects) in Nashville, and Middle School Math in Dickson. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher and I hope I am making a positive impact with the students I serve.
Students who join our middle school program have RTI, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. They rotate through three teachers and receive extra support during their day in their academics. 
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