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Jessicia Ahne
Ahne, Jessicia
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University & TSU
Started Teaching:  1995
Favorite thing about my job: I love to watch students grow and be confident in their learning.
3 things I love: God, my family, all kinds of crafts
Favorite quote: Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Karleigh Arbogast
Arbogast, Karleigh
Tier 1 Parapro
Penny Arnold
Arnold, Penny
School Nurse
Born in: Okinawa, Japan
College attended: Christian Life College, TN Tech Center, Excelsior College
Started working with children in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: The Students and staff
3 things I love: Family time, Camping, and Reading
Favorite quote: "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how to answer every man." Col 4:6
Kristina Arturi
Arturi, Kristina
Music Teacher
Born in: Rockledge, FL
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the happiness on children's faces as they create music
3 things I love: Jesus, my family, and cheesecake!
Favorite quote: Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Payton Bell
Bell, Payton
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: The people I work with
3 things I love: exercising, reading, gardening
Raianna Bowens
Bowens, Raianna
Office Assistant / ISS
 Born in: Clovis, CA
College attended: Nashville State, and currently attending Western Governors University
Started working with children in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the Students, and watching them grow
3 things I love: My Family, Basketball & Coffee
Favorite quote: Work Hard In Silence, Let Success Make The Noise

Melba Brake
Brake, Melba
Attendance Secretary
Born in: Dickson, TN
Colleges attended: Tennessee Tech
Started working with children in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Smiling and the children
3 things I love: Walking, time with family, cooking
Brendonmuhl, Chelsea
Special Education Assistant
Dana Burns
Burns, Dana
Title One Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2008 subbing
Favorite thing about my job: The one on one with the students in small groups and getting to know them personally is by far my favorite thing about my job 
3 things I love: God, Family, and the Lake
Favorite quote:  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!
Ryan Castaneda
Castaneda, Ryan
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Hanford, CA
College attended: Belmont University
Started teaching in: 2022
Favorite thing about my job: Putting failures and mistakes into a growth perspective.
3 things I love: God, Spending time with my family, and exercising.  
Favorite quote: “Be Curious, Not Judgmental”
Marcia Cathey
Cathey, Marcia
Title One Interventionist
Born: Dickson TN
College Attended: APSU
Started Teaching In: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: Watching kids learn
3 things I love: family, reading, friends
Favorite Quote: We dislike what we don't understand
Kim Cato
Cato, Kim
Title One Interventionist
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: University of TN, Knoxville; Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn to read and succeed!
3 things I love: My family, Reading, Shopping
Ashley Cummings
Cummings, Ashley
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
Colleges attended: Nashville State Community College & Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2023, but have worked with children since 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students have their lightbulb moment.
3 things I love: Jesus, Disney, my family!
Favorite quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it." -Walt Disney 

Stephanie Daniel
Daniel, Stephanie
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: the hours
3 things I love DIY projects, family, Nature
Favorite quote You may not understand now, but someday you will. 
Deirdre Dansby
Dansby, Deirdre
Title Assistant
Elease Dansby
Dansby, Elease
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: A smile on the kid's face, the hugs, and the wonderful people I work with
3 things I love: The color orange, The VOLS, and my family
Favorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde
Crystal Donaldson
Donaldson, Crystal
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Phoenix
Started working with children in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Helping create an academic foundation as well as social-emotional friendly learning environment for our students
3 things I love: My children and family, animals and farm life, and being outdoors
Favorite quote: "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." - Percicles
Michaela Easley
Easley, Michaela
Preschool Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Welch College
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children grow and learn in the way that is appropriate for them
3 things I love: Family, Reading, and Camping
Favorite quote: "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." - J.R.R. Tolkien 
Tracy Etheridge
Etheridge, Tracy
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Waverly, TN
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University, Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with students
3 things I love: Family, my fur babies, and books
Favorite quote: "Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them." Lady Bird Johnson 
Kim Forster
Forster, Kim
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Atlanta, GA
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing student growth throughout the year
3 things I love: family, church, animals
Haley Gerber
Gerber, Haley
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Jackson, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to be a part of students lives and watching them grow academically
3 things I love: Reading, Music, Theater
Favorite quote: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I have would not a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. - Erma Bombeck
Gibson, Sherry
Title Assistant
Anna Glass
Glass, Anna
Social Skills Teacher
Born in: Madison, GA
College attended: Western Governors University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students realize their potential and watching them have those lightbulb moments
3 things I love: My kids, our animals, coffee
Favorite quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."
Gunn, Shea
ELL Teacher
Born in: Houston, TX
College attended: Austin Peay State University and University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the "lightbulb" moment when children understand a difficult concept.
3 things I love: My family, cupcakes, and spa treatments
Favorite quote: "She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future" Proverbs 31:35
Andrea Hall
Hall, Andrea
Special Education Assistant
Anna Harris
Harris, Anna
Assistant Principal
Born in: Dickson, TN
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University and Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students learning and growing
3 things I love: my girls, the beach, being outside
Favorite quote: "Hope anchors the soul."  Hebrews 6:19
Anita Hartsfield
Hartsfield, Anita
Instructional Coach
Born in: Goldsberg, Missouri
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1994
Favorite thing about my job: Collaborating with teachers
3 things I love: Family, Grandkids, Eating at different restaurants
Favorite quote: Remember the Past, Enjoy the Present, Embrace the Future
Pam Hayes
Hayes, Pam
RTI Assistant Manager
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended:  David Lipscomb College and TN State University for Master’s degree
Started teaching in: 1980
Favorite thing about my job: Working with small children
3 things I love: traveling, scrapbooking, reading
Favorite quote: “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” - Jimmy Johnson
Mellissa Henley
Henley, Mellissa
Bookkeeper
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Working with children and seeing them make gains
3 things I love: Grandchildren, Family and BASEBALL!
Favorite quote: Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about, BE KIND, ALWAYS!
Julie Herring
Herring, Julie
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students see their potential
3 things I love: My family, my job/ my students, sports
Favorite quote: "The future belongs to those that believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Melissa Hill
Hill, Melissa
Pre-K Assistant
Born in: Las Vegas, Nevada
College attended: Holmes Community College , Goodman Mississippi
Started assistant teaching/subbing/and working with children in 2009 in Mississippi ; started working with children 2019 In Tennessee and working at Oakmont in 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Inspiring my students to do their very best everyday with love and kindness
3 things I love; Spending time with my family and friends, reading my Bible, and listening to Worship Music
Favorite quote:Proverbs 31:25
Misty Hodge
Hodge, Misty
Principal
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: APSU and TSU
Started teaching children in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Observing great lessons and discussing success with staff
3 things I love: God, friends/family, sports, country music, & desserts
Favorite quote: “Leadership is communicating to people their worth and potential so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.”
April Hodges
Hodges, April
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Waverly, TN
Colleges attended: University of Tennessee at Martin and Walden University
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Making a difference in my students' lives every day.
3 things I love: My family, a good book at the beach, Diet Mountain Dew
Favorite quote: "Try to be a Rainbow in Someone's Cloud." - Maya Angelou
Ashley Holland
Holland, Ashley
Art Teacher
Born in: Dickson, Tn
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started:  2023
Favorite thing about my job: creating art with the students
3 things I love: Spending time with my family and friends, Art, Outdoor activities (fishing and kayaking)
Stephanie Holland
Holland, Stephanie
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay and Arkansas State
Started teaching in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: The kids
5 things I love: My cows, farm, horse, dogs, and family
Favorite quote: ‘Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions.’ - Unknown
Jane Hughes
Hughes, Jane
Pre-K Teacher
Born in: Waverly, Tennessee
College attended: University of Phoenix and University of Tennessee Martin
Started Teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Interactions with children
3 things I love: spending time with my grandsons, yard work, and reading
Mae Keele
Keele, Mae
Custodian
Born In: Pontiac MI
College attended:
Years working with kids: 15 years
Favorite thing about your job: The people I work with
3 Things you love: Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper and my grandkids
Your favorite quote: "Enjoy life"
Angie Kelley
Kelley, Angie
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Tuscumbia, AL
Colleges attended: Nashville State University, (WGU) Western Governors University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Having fun with my students and seeing the lightbulb go off!
3 things I love: Jesus, My family, my pets
Favorite quote: "As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart" Proverbs 27:19
Jodi Kidd
Kidd, Jodi
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Oak Park, Illinois
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students
3 things I love: Reading, sitting on my back porch, my family
Favorite quote: "Anyone who can only think of one way to spell a word obviously lacks imagination." - Mark Twain
Nicole Lee
Lee, Nicole
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching the kids; watching them learn and grow
3 things I love: Reading, family, watching TV
Favorite quote: Jeremiah 29:11
Elizabeth Lee Hanes
Lee Hanes, Elizabeth
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University & Freed-Hardeman University
Started teaching in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students learn to never give up
3 things I love: Being creative, joking with my class, spending time with family
Hannah Lewis
Lewis, Hannah
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Murray Ky
Colleges attended: Murray State University, Nashville State Community College
Started teaching in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Encouraging my young students to be excited about learning, collaboration with teachers
3 things I love: Reading, traveling, photography
Megan Lopez
Lopez, Megan
Special Education Assistant
Kristen Mallard
Mallard, Kristen
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Huntingdon, TN
Colleges attended: University of Memphis
Started teaching in: 2023
Favorite thing about my job: Helping kids explore new things and step outside their box.  
3 things I love: Reading, Crafting, Being Outdoors
Favorite quote: "It isn't what we say or think that defines us. Its what we do" - Jane Austen 
Sarah Mangrum
Mangrum, Sarah
Tier 1 Parapro
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College and  Austin Peay State University
Started working with children in: 2022
Favorite thing about my job: The days are always filled with adventure.
3 things I love: My family, my job, and George Strait
Favorite quote:  " If it doesn't challenge you, It won't change you."- Fred Devito
Debbie Martinez
Martinez, Debbie
Title One Assistant
Born in: Americus, GA
Started working with children in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children learn and be loved
3 things I love: God, Family and Life
Jacqueline McElrath
McElrath, Jacqueline
Speech Teacher
Melissa McElrath-Russell
McElrath-Russell, Melissa
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Maury, TN
College attended: Columbia State, MTSU, TN Wesleyan
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching children new things and watching the light bulb go off when they learn something new
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, outdoors/hunting, being crafty
Favorite quote: Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.....It's learning to dance in the rain.
Murphy, Mary
Tier 1 Parapro
Erica Pendergrass
Pendergrass, Erica
Pre-K Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College; East Central University
Started working with children in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Working with kids and teaching them
3 things I love: Coffee, reading a good book, and traveling
Favorite Quote: "Don't quit 5 minutes before the Miracle." - Anonymous
Lori Proffitt
Proffitt, Lori
Third Grade Teacher
Katelyn Qualls
Qualls, Katelyn
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Franklin, TN
Colleges attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2022
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the growth that my students have. Not just in my class, but with each passing year when seeing them in the halls. 
3 things I love: Cherry Coke, Soft Rock, My Husband
Favorite quote: "Education is the movement of darkness to light.” - Allan Bloom
Beth Raynor
Raynor, Beth
School Counselor
Born in: Macon, Georgia
College attended: Mississippi College, University of North Alabama
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to build relationships with the students and staff
3 things I love: My dog, Reading, Dr. Pepper
Favorite quote: "People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be." - Carl Rogers
Stephanie Reynolds
Reynolds, Stephanie
First Grade Teacher
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Karen Roe
Roe, Karen
Tier One Parapro
Born: Dickson TN
College attended: MTSU, APSU
Started working with children: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: the smiles of the students and my teacher friends
3 things I love: Jesus, Iced Coffee, Family &Sports
Favorite quote:  I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength- Phil 4:3
Jerry Rye
Rye, Jerry
PE Teacher
Born in: Erin, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Nova Southeastern University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Providing healthy activities to get students moving
3 things I love: Fishing, Music, Movies
Jessica Shelton
Shelton, Jessica
School Support Specialist
Born in: Hermitage, TN
Colleges attended: Kennesaw State University, University of Tennessee
Started working with children here in: 2021 (2023 officially with the district)
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with students.
3 things I love: Traveling, Singing, Crafts
Favorite quote: "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." -Mother Teresa
Ashlee Shockley
Shockley, Ashlee
Third Grade Teacher
Beth Smiley
Smiley, Beth
Librarian
Born in: Waverly, TN
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Helping kids learn that reading is FUN!
3 things I love: Reading, traveling, and cooking 
Jackson Tidwell
Tidwell, Jackson
Tier 1 Parapro
Joey Tidwell
Tidwell, Joey
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson,TN
Started working with students in: 2020
3 things I love: Spending time with my 3 children, Traveling & Photography
Favorite quote: "She remembered who she was and the game changed."
Melissa Tinsley
Tinsley, Melissa
Cafeteria Manager
Born in:
College attended: APSU, American Inst of Banking
Years working with children: 20 plus
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the kids
3 things I love: chocolate, fall and my new grandbaby
Favorite quote: "Always go the extra mile." 
Brooke Welch
Welch, Brooke
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
College attended: University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Austin Peay University
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Working with kids
3 things I love: reading, traveling, and gardening
Brett Wilson
Wilson, Brett
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Columbia, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the students and helping them to be successful
3 things I love: Family, Basketball, Football
Samantha York
York, Samantha
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Welch College
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children grow to be their best
3 things I love: family, crafting, reading
Favorite quote: "Believe you can and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt
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