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Kelli Adams
Adams, Kelli
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Jackson, TN
College attended: APSU and TSU
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Working with children
3 things I love: God, Madilyn my grandbaby, all my family
Penny Arnold
Arnold, Penny
School Nurse
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 you heart.
Payton Bell
Bell, Payton
Third 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
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
Dana Burns
Burns, Dana
Title One Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2008 subbing
3 things I love: God, Family and Laughing
Favorite quote: "I can do all things through God who is my strength."
Marcia Cathey
Cathey, Marcia
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: 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
Beanca Clifton
Clifton, Beanca
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Perry County, TN
College attended: University of TN Martin
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Celebrating the seemingly "small" but HUGE successes with my students!
3 things I love: Reading, Coffee, and SLEEP
Favorite quote: For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, "What might have been." - John Greenleaf Whittier
Stephanie Daniel
Daniel, Stephanie
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: The excitement on a child's face when the light comes on
3 things I love: My Family, My children, My friends
Favorite quote: "You may not understand now, but one day you will."
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
Library Assistant
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
Kelly Duran
Duran, Kelly
ELL Teacher
Debbie Erranton
Erranton, Debbie
Pre-K Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing those smiling faces each day
3 things I love: My job, The Beach, Crafting
Favorite quote: Start each day with a grateful heart.
Kim Forster
Forster, Kim
Second Grade Teacher
Abigail Frank
Frank, Abigail
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Hershey, PA
College attended: West Chester University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn and grow
3 things I love: Coffee, My Family, and My Dog
Favorite quote: "Sometimes the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to, it's not for them."
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
Anna Glass
Glass, Anna
First Grade 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."
Rachel Goldstrom
Goldstrom, Rachel
Art Teacher
Born in: Pittsburgh, PA
College attended: Edinboro University and Carlow University
Started teaching in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Exploring art with children, especially paint and the messy, good stuff!
3 things I love: fishing, big trucks, and building things
Favorite quote: Shine your light, make a positive impact in someone’s day
Anna Harris
Harris, Anna
Assistant Principal
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
Ellen Haugh
Haugh, Ellen
Special Education Teacher
Pam Hayes
Hayes, Pam
RTI Assistant Manager
Mellissa Henley
Henley, Mellissa
Title One Assistant
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
Third Grade Teacher
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
Third 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
Megan Holland
Holland, Megan
Special Education Teacher
Stephanie Holland
Holland, Stephanie
Kindergarten Teacher
Emily Horton
Horton, Emily
Fourth Grade Teacher
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
Michaela Jacobs
Jacobs, Michaela
Special Education Assistant
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
John Kovalchick
Kovalchick, John
PE Teacher
Born in: Youngstown, Ohio
College attended: Ambassador College
Started teaching in: 1982
Favorite part of my job: The students
3 things I love: My wife & family, Greyhounds, and wearing shorts
Nicole Lee
Lee, Nicole
Fourth Grade Teacher
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
Pre-K Assistant
Beth Martin
Martin, Beth
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Madison, TN
College attended: APSU
Started teaching in: 1992.
Favorite thing about my job: Working with children!
3 things I love: my family, the beach, and working puzzles
Debbie Martinez
Martinez, Debbie
Title One Assistant
Jacqueline McElrath
McElrath, Jacqueline
Speech Teacher
Melissa McElrath-Russell
McElrath-Russell, Melissa
Pre-K Teacher
Kelsey Melton
Melton, Kelsey
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: UTK, APSU, FHU
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students
3 things I love: My family, my friends, football season
Michael Morjal
Morjal, Michael
Learning Loss Tutor
Born in: Chicago, IL
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Bethel University
Started teaching in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: Helping kids succeed
3 things I love: Family, Hiking, Disney World
Favorite quote: "The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary."
Charles Mullins
Mullins, Charles
SRO
Jordan Osborne
Osborne, Jordan
Special Education Assistant
Sommer Pearson
Pearson, Sommer
Bookkeeper
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Memphis
Started working with children in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Helping find new opportunities for students to lead
3 things I love: books, coffee, traveling
Favorite quote: You preach a better sermon with your life than your lips.
Erica Pendergrass
Pendergrass, Erica
Title One Assistant
Valarie Person
Person, Valarie
Speech Teacher
Pam Puckett
Puckett, Pam
Pre-K Teacher
Born in: Karachi, Pakistan
College attended: Vanderbilt and Cumberland for Masters
Started teaching in: 1985
Favorite thing about my job: Children
3 things I love: My God, My family, My Job
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
Cynthia Richardson
Richardson, Cynthia
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Ft. Benning, GA
College attended: A.P.S.U. and University of Tennessee at Martin
Started working with children: 2009
Favorite things about my job. Students and faculty
3 Things I Love: Jesus, family, friends
Favorite quote: "Never give up!" - Winston Churchill
Ashley Rollins
Rollins, Ashley
Special Education Assistant
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
Tasha Scarazzo
Scarazzo, Tasha
Quiet Room Monitor
Born in: Reno, Nevada
Started working with children in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Working with kids, their families, and teachers (my favorite kind of people)
3 things I love: my family, music, everything outdoors
Favorite quote: "You only live once; but if you do it right, once is enough."
Lisa Smith
Smith, Lisa
Special Education Assistant
Melissa Thedford
Thedford, Melissa
Pre-K Assistant
Joey Tidwell
Tidwell, Joey
Special Education Assistant
Samantha VanHoose
VanHoose, Samantha
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Ashland, KY
College attended: Campbellsville University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing my students learn and grow!
3 things I love: Coffee, My Pets, Traveling
Favorite quote: “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney.
Brooke Welch
Welch, Brooke
Third 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
Sierra Wenck
Wenck, Sierra
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, Tennessee
College attended: Lipscomb University & Arkansas State University
Started: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students
3 things I love: my family, music, and shopping
Favorite quote: The plan for your life far exceeds the circumstances, you are facing today. Never give up.
Trish Willis
Willis, Trish
Librarian
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
Lauren Wofford
Wofford, Lauren
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College and Freed-Hardeman University
Started Teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: The students!
3 things I love: Disney, musical theatre, my family/ friends
Favorite quote: Mistakes are proof that you are trying.
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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