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Students enrolled in our high school program receive face to face instruction for the core academic courses (English, Math, History, Biology, and Physical Science). The other classes are earned through Edgenuity. If for some reason a student has a class that NDA doesn't have access to we work with the home school so the student doesn't get behind. 
Brian Fitts
Fitts, Brian
Teacher ELA High School 9-12
I graduated Dickson County High School in 1990 and went on to Middle Tennessee State University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1994 and a Master of Arts in English in 1998.  I have been teaching high school English for 19 years with 15 of those years being in Dickson County at NDA.  In my spare time I enjoy collecting bobbleheads based on literary characters and contemplating the wonders of the universe.
Linda Mckinley
Mckinley, Linda
Secondary Educational Assistant
Belinda Rhoads
Rhoads, Belinda
Teacher Math High School 9-12

I graduated from Dickson County High School in 1979. I attended college at Bethel College, now Bethel University, with a scholarship in performance music because I participated in the musical group named the “Bethel Balladeers”. I graduated with a BS in Applied Mathematics and Chemistry with a minor in Choral Musical Performance. I became a mother of four and worked in the insurance business for more than 15 years. After my third child was born, I had an opportunity to stay at home and be a substitute teacher for a nearby county BOE. I did that for more than a year and decided that being a teacher would be a fulfilling job for me. I started to school at TSU while working for Cheatham County BOE. I graduated from Tennessee State University with a MAED in curriculum and instruction. I applied for a job in Dickson County and was called by NDA that same day. I have been at NDA for fourteen years. I have an additional MAED in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics from University of Phoenix and I have forty-seven hours toward my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction in Mathematics. My goal is to make mathematics understandable to all students, even the ones that say they don’t “get it” and to show them that they can “get it”.

Shayn Roby
Roby, Shayn
Teacher Science High School 9-12


1985 graduate of Houston County High School in Erin, TN’

BS 1993 Bethel University, Biology Major, Chemistry Minor2005 Tennessee Teaching License-Biology,

Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN

15 Years Teaching in Southern California

                       (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Diego Counties

3 Years Coaching High School Football

 Huntington Park (CA), Montgomery Central (TN), Paramount Hills

2.5 Years Teaching at New Directions Academy, Charlotte, TN

                                                         (2018 to Present)

                                        Biology, Physical Science

Life Experiences

Interpreter (Spanish) for Christian Missionary Team to Mexico

Author:  The Original Light:  The Great I Am


Beverly Springer
Springer, Beverly
Educational Assistant High School 9-12
I graduated APSU with a Bachelor's Degree in business administration with a minor in marketing. I married to Buddy Springer and have two children Tyler and Taylor. I am starting my 9th year with the school system. 
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