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Ashley Barnhill
Ashley Barnhill
Title One Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Nashville State
Started working with children in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Showing children that they are loved and important and working with an amazing group of educators
3 things I love: Photography, Vacationing, Learning new things
Favorite quote: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
Monica Earhart
Monica Earhart
Speech and Language Therapist
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the students and watching them progress
3 things I love: Family Time, Reading, Crafting
Favorite quote: You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and loved more than you know.
Rebecca Felts
Rebecca Felts
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: NSCC
Started working with children in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the growth in my students both inside and outside of the classroom
3 things I love: Spending time with my children, being at the ballfield, relaxing at the end of the night with a good book.
Favorite quote: "We Accept the Love We Think We Deserve" - Stephen Chbosky
Kayla McCormick
Kayla McCormick
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Inspiring children to do their best and be their best
3 things I love: My family, my friends, my job.
Deborah Milam
Deborah Milam
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Erin, TN
Started working with children in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: The kids
3 things I love: My family, My home, and My bed
Favorite quote: Bible Verse - II Corinthians 4: 8-9
Dorothy Monteiro
Dorothy Monteiro
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Rabun County, GA
College attended: Austin Peay, Walden University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the smiles on my student's faces
3 things I love: family, taking care of my cat, and reading
Favorite quote: There's a great big beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of everyday." - Walt Disney
Whitney Newsom
Whitney Newsom
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Oak Harbor, WA
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Having a positive impact on a student's day
3 things I love: My Family, Dr Pepper, Napping
Favorite quote: “We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." - Arthur O'Shaughnessy
Karen Roe
Karen Roe
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: MTSU and Austin Peay
Started working with children in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Making connections and seeing my students actively learning
3 things I love: Vanilla Iced Coffees, Reading, and Watching sports
Favorite quote: "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."
Beverly Widener
Beverly Widener
ESL Teacher
Born in: Los Angeles, California
Colleges Attended: Austin Peay State University, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing children's faces light up when they learn something new
3 things I love:  my family, animals, and teaching
Favorite quote:  "I am only one, but I am one. I can not do everything, but I can do something. I will not let what I can not do interfere with what I can do." - Edward Everett Hale
Thomas Widener
Thomas Widener
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College, Austin Peay State University, Trevecca Nazarene University
Started Teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Working to help students
3 things I love: My Wife, Fishing, Hunting
Favorite quote: Everyone smiles in the same language.
Sandra Yuenger
Sandra Yuenger
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Toledo, Ohio
Started working with students in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: When I see the lightbulb turn on in a student's face
3 things I love: My students, the beach, and cooking/baking
Favorite quote: "One day at a time; one foot in front of the other..."
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