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Maci Adkins
Adkins, Maci
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Started working with children in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing all of their smiles, being apart of their school day
3 things I love: coffee, my dogs, family
Victoria Barkett
Barkett, Victoria
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Helping support students to accomplish their IEP goals
3 things I love: Dogs, Naps, Chic-Fil-A
Stephanie Beard
Beard, Stephanie
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: When you can see the “light bulb” come on!
3 things I love: family, photography, traveling
Tish Beard
Beard, Tish
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Princeton, IL
College attended: University of TN at Martin
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Helping teachers and students solve problems
3 things I love: reading, animals, the beach
Favorite quote: Seize the Day!
Lauren Betts
Betts, Lauren
Speech Therapist
Born in: Memphis, TN
College attended: Harding University; Tennessee State University
Started working with children in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students overcome challenges and see their successes
3 things I love: my family, decorating, and shopping
Morgan Bowker
Bowker, Morgan
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: The opportunity to work with, teach, and learn from students with many different abilities.
3 things I love: dance, my friends/family/furbaby, and shopping
Favorite quote: "Find out who you are, and do it on purpose." - Dolly Parton
Landry Brewer
Brewer, Landry
Pre-K Teacher
Born in: Franklin, Tennessee
College attended: Covenant College
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to see that priceless moment and reaction when a student grasps a concept they've been working on
3 things I love: God, my family (including my 4 dogs and 3 goats), and Hiking
Favorite quote: "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin
Annie Buchanan
Buchanan, Annie
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Bethel University and Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Watching kids learn!
3 things I love: friends, family, and paper crafting
Britney Bussell
Bussell, Britney
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay & Trevecca University
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Making connections with students and watching them grow throughout the year.
3 things I love: My family, being outdoors, reading
Justin Byrne
Byrne, Justin
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children learn and grow as people
3 things I love: Reading, hiking, and spending time with family.
Favorite quote: "The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing." - Isaac Asimov
Melissa Clifton
Clifton, Melissa
Interventionist
Born in: Nashville, TN
College Attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the children each day and the progress they make over the year
3 things I love: My family, my friends, and traveling
Favorite quote: "It's not what we have but who we have." - A.A. Milne
Heather Coker
Coker, Heather
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: St. Paul, MN
College attended: Columbia State Community College and MTSU
Started teaching in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Making a difference in someone's life
3 things I love: hiking, making crafts, and being with family and friends
Heather Conner
Conner, Heather
Music Teacher
Born in: Sheffield, AL
College attended: Northwest-Shoals Community College, The University of Alabama
Started working with children in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: I get to create a love and appreciation of music and making music in children.
3 things I love: Travel, Disney, Family time
Favorite quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
Melissa Creasy
Creasy, Melissa
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Camden, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2014.
Favorite thing about my job: teaching the kids
3 things I love: Jesus, trips with my family, running
Dawn Crosman
Crosman, Dawn
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville,TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Old Dominion University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children reach their full potential
3 things I love: My family, my dog, pigs
Katrina Damaschun
Damaschun, Katrina
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Monroe, Louisiana
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Students' stories
3 things I love: my twins, my dog, and reading
Favorite quote: If you ain't first, you're last. - Ricky Bobby, Talladega Nights
Taylor Dawson
Dawson, Taylor
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Centerville, TN
College attended: Freed-Hardeman University
Started teaching in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: My kids become my family!
3 things I love: Reading, traveling, and playing softball
Favorite quote: “Strive to be better today than you were yesterday.”
Emily Dickall
Dickall, Emily
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: The moment it clicks, you see in the kiddos' eyes that they get it, and the pride that follows.
3 things I love: Reading, Writing, Cooking
Favorite quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Julie Escue
Escue, Julie
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
College attended: University Of Tennessee
Started teaching in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: listening to the kids funny stories
3 things I love: family, friends, and live music
McKray Farris
Farris, McKray
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Paris, TN
College attended: Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Being around my students and the homey feel of my school
3 things I love: My family, crafting, and every holiday between October and December.
Favorite quote: The 23rd Psalm
Rachel Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald, Rachel
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Martin, TN
College attended: The University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Everyday is a new experience
3 things I love: Iced coffee, my dogs, and snow
Melinda Fortner
Fortner, Melinda
Principal
Born in: Burns, Tennessee
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the wonderful students and faculty at Stuart-Burns
3 things I love: Learning new things, socializing, and chocolate!
Favorite quote: Be the reason someone feels welcomed, seen, heard, valued, loved, and supported.
Michelle Fussell
Fussell, Michelle
Art Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: MTSU, APSU
Started teaching in: 2005
Favorite thing about my job: Being the place where children can unwind and just be kids
3 things I love: painting, outdoors, & dance
Favorite quote: “That which is done with love is well done.” - Van Gogh
Megan Gallup
Gallup, Megan
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: UT Martin, Bethel University
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know kids and help them learn to love science
3 things I love: reading, theater, being in the water
Favorite quote: "A room without books is like a body without a soul." - Cicero
Julie Grambow
Grambow, Julie
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Providence, Rhode Island
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Working daily with my students!
3 things I love: Family, Hiking and Traveling
Mackenzie Hall
Hall, Mackenzie
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College, Freed-Hardeman University, Austin Peay State University
Started: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: The children, the school, and the Bobcat Pack family!
3 things I love: Being a mom, my people  and learning new things!
Favorite quote: "It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” -Dolly Parton
Pam Harris
Harris, Pam
RTI Assistant Manager
Born in: Griffin, Georgia
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1994
Favorite thing about my job: Working with a great group of teachers
3 things I love: Reading, family, flowers
Regina Hendrickson
Hendrickson, Regina
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Alexandria, Virginia
College attended: APSU and Bethel
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: The children
3 things I love: my family, the beach, kayaking
Sarah Howell
Howell, Sarah
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children learn and succeed in math
3 things I love: my 2 boys, being outdoors, sports
Favorite quote: In a world you can be anything, BE KIND.
Jami Hutcheson
Hutcheson, Jami
Attendance Secretary
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee Knoxville
Started working with children in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: my coworkers
3 things I love: fall weather, baseball, and chocolate
Favorite quote: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth
Tyler Imhoff
Imhoff, Tyler
P.E. Teacher
Born in: Cincinnati, Ohio
College attended: Tennessee Tech University, Austin Peay University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Being a positive influence in kids' lives
3 things I love: my wife, my son, hunting
Favorite quote: The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
Wendy Jackson
Jackson, Wendy
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Middle TN State University, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: The children
3 things I love: Jesus, my twins, cooking
Carlie Jennette
Jennette, Carlie
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College Attended: Western Kentucky University
Started teaching in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Forming lasting relationships with my students
3 things I love: The beach, dogs, and family time
Diane Jennette
Jennette, Diane
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite part of my job: Working with children
3 things I love: Reading, Spending time with family, Going out to eat
Favorite quote: Be Kind.
Julie Johnson
Johnson, Julie
Educational Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the students progress as time goes on
3 things I love: my children and mom, the river, and church
Favorite quote: "She believed she could, so she did."
Catherine Jones
Jones, Catherine
School Nurse
Born in: Bayshore, New York
College attended: Tennessee Tech Center and Austin Peay University
Started working with children in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: The kids and the staff here
3 things I love: The Lord, my family, and being a grandma
Favorite quote: God is good all the time; and all the time, God is good.  
Andrea Lampley
Lampley, Andrea
Cafeteria Manager
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with students in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with the students everyday
3 things I love: Time with grandchildren, cooking and working in flower garden.


Amanda Latimer
Latimer, Amanda
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Corinth, MS
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn new things
3 things I love: visiting the beach, watching movies, spending time with family
Rhonda Madden
Madden, Rhonda
Fifth Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College Attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1983
Favorite thing about my job: Getting students interested in science
3 things I love: reading, walking, my fur babies: Sassy and Gizo
Favorite quote: A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.
Michelle Maddox
Maddox, Michelle
Guidance Counselor
Born in: Ft. Rucker, AL
Colleges attended: UTM and APSU
Started working with children in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships and helping students learn all the skills/tools they need in order to be successful
3 things I love: Fall, family vacations and traveling, reading
Favorite quote: "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." - Dumbledore (J. K. Rowling)
Monica Mays
Mays, Monica
Pre-K Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Started working with students in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing children's smiling faces
3 things I love: Jesus, my family, and work
Favorite quote: "And this too shall pass..."
Erica McPherson
McPherson, Erica
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
Colleges attended: UT Martin, Belmont
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students learn and blossom!
3 things I love: Coffee, Zumba, Fishing
Favorite quote: "Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." -Mother Teresa
Andrea Miller
Miller, Andrea
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Fairview, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College and Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Being with kids, witnessing them "get it"
3 things I love: traveling, music, food
Favorite quote: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you, give you hope and a future and not to harm you." Jeremiah 29:11
Andrew Nicholson
Nicholson, Andrew
SRO
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College & Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy
Started working with students in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: The children...helping them, eating with them, playing with them, learning with them, and most of all teaching them DARE.  
3 things I love: Football, Hunting, Fishing
Favorite quote: "It ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward.  How much you can take and keep moving forward.  That's how winning is done."  - Rocky Balboa
Daniel Nolen
Nolen, Daniel
P.E. Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching kids athletic skills that I learned while in school
3 things I love: God, Family, Friends
Favorite quote: “Tough Times never last, but tough people do.” - Robert H. Schuller
Jennifer Nolen
Nolen, Jennifer
Instructional Coach
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Arkansas State University
Started Teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Helping teachers reach their student's potential
3 things I love: Traveling, Reading, the New York Yankees
Favorite quote: "The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. "- Mark Twain
Shana Nolen
Nolen, Shana
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Instilling the knowledge and love of reading in a child
3 things I love: faith, family, and friends.
Favorite quote: "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Suzanne Parham
Parham, Suzanne
Interventionist
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students learn and love to read
3 things I love: family, baseball, beach
Joy Parks
Parks, Joy
ELL Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: Working with my students
3 things I love: my family, my dog, reading
Courtney Paslick
Paslick, Courtney
Speech Teacher
Born in: Lexington, KY
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Kids often teach me how to be more compassionate towards others
3 things I love: My nieces, my job, and my cats
Favorite quote: Definition of Meraki: Doing something with soul, creativity, or love...when you put "something of yourself" into your work.
Julie Perdue
Perdue, Julie
Deaf Education Specialist
Born in: Kalamazoo, Michigan
College attended: Ball State University, University of Memphis
Started teaching in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: The staff, students and support that I receive
3 things I love: My family, the beach, Mexican food
Favorite quote: "The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, those are good days." - Ray Wylie Hubbard
Kimberly Pierce
Pierce, Kimberly
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching littles...watching them learn to read and manipulate numbers!
3 things I love: God, Family, Life on the Farm
Favorite quote: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Romans 12:12
Ginger Potter
Potter, Ginger
Interventionist
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: UT Martin, Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students become more fluent readers
3 things I love: family, friends, coffee
Favorite quote: Be kind and kindness will find you back.
Sheryl Ridenour
Ridenour, Sheryl
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Detroit, MI
College attended: Maryville College, Tusculum College
Started teaching in: 1984
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children question and discover while finding themselves!
3 things I love: being a mother, reading, helping others
Favorite quote: A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart.
Patti Scherer
Scherer, Patti
Bookkeeper
Born in: Dickson, TN.
College attended: UT Martin
I started working with children in: 1999
Favorite part of my job: Working with the teachers and interacting with the students to create a productive learning atmosphere
3 things I love: Jesus, my family and my precious grandchildren!
Favorite quote: Great is thy Faithfulness! - Lamentations 3:23
Jennifer Shearon
Shearon, Jennifer
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Hammond, IN
College attended: Union University, Trevecca University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students discover something new
3 things I love: My family, My faith, Reading
Jessica Smith
Smith, Jessica
Assistant Principal
Born in: Paris, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin and Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to share my passion for education with all of my teachers and students
3 things I love: Riding our motorcycle, spending time with family and friends, and reading for pleasure
Lesia Smith
Smith, Lesia
Computer Teacher
Born in: Waverly TN
Started working with children in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Working with students
3 things I love: Sewing and alterations, having my grandkids over, and making crafts
Favorite quote: I can do all things through Christ.
Winnie Smith
Smith, Winnie
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Martin Methodist College and Middle Tennessee State University
Favorite thing about my job: Collaborating with other teachers and working with children to meet their goals
3 things I love: reading, photography, and spending time in the mountains
Favorite quote:  "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" - Dr. Seuss
Kayla Springer
Springer, Kayla
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College, Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students love learning
3 things I love: Reading, painting, drawing
Favorite quote: "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." - Dr. Seuss
Heather Taylor
Taylor, Heather
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Jackson, Tennessee
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Working with children and seeing them grow and learn
3 things I love: family and friends, Christmas, and shopping
Montana Thompson
Thompson, Montana
Third Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Teaching children to love learning and seeing their growth
3 things I love: shopping, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends
Favorite quote: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Seuss
Sharon Thompson
Thompson, Sharon
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Assisting teachers in helping students reach their goals
3 things I love: Coffee, Reading, Genealogy research
Favorite quote: "Giving in its purest form, expects nothing in return."
Tanya Turner
Turner, Tanya
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Fairview, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: The excitement of children and their willingness to accept new challenges
3 things I love: my family (husband, 2 kids, and dogs), traveling, anything in water
Christal Vanderpool
Vanderpool, Christal
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Greeneville, Tennessee
College attended:  Texas A & M University
Started teaching in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: The "A-ha!" moment when kids "get" a new skill or concept for the first time
3 things I love: my children, Miniature Dachshunds, and the fall season
Favorite quote: "From tiny seeds, grow mighty trees" or “From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow.” -Aeschylus
Kylie Walker
Walker, Kylie
Secretary
Born in: West Palm Beach, Florida
College attended: Trevecca Nazarene University and Grand Canyon University
Started working with children in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Loving on teachers and our students
3 things I love: Family, Nutrition, and Jesus
Favorite quote: Be who you needed when you were younger.
Amanda Weaver
Weaver, Amanda
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Phoenix
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Making a difference in the lives of my students
3 things I love: Hanging out with my family, coffee, and jeeping
Holly Williams
Williams, Holly
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville,TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Building a new classroom family each year
3 things I love: family, my cats, and naps
Favorite quote: “It’s not about what it is. It’s about what it can become.” -Dr. Seuss
Bethany Woodard
Woodard, Bethany
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Florence, AL
College attended: WGU
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing my students have “light bulb moments”
3 things I love: My husband, my kids, and reading
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