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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
Vicky Booker
Bookkeeper
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Tennessee Technology at Dickson, TCAT
Started working with children in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: The kids and my coworkers
3 things I love: Crafting, coffee and watching football
Favorite quote: Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning to dance in the rain.
Bailey Brumit
Bailey Brumit
Title One Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College
Started working with children in: 2021
Favorite things about my job: Making the children smile
3 things I love: Spending time with family and friends, hunting, and fishing
Favorite quote: "The days are long, but the years are short." - Unknown
Maria Buttrey
Maria Buttrey
Cafeteria Manager
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: WSU
Started working with children in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: The kids and my staff
3 things I love: making shirts, cups, and all kinds of crafting and being with my grand babies
Favorite quote: Remember your mood sets the moods of those around you.
Sarah Carter
Sarah Carter
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: South Bend, Indiana
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Learning...teaching offers lots of opportunities for learning, too!
3 things I love: cats, gardening, writing
Favorite quote: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
Cheri Clyde
Cheri Clyde
Title One Interventionist
Born in: Indiana
College attended: Spring Arbor University
Started teaching in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students feel that they are capable and focusing on their success
3 things I love: My Faith, My family, and My pets, Lacy, Miss Jenny, and Twist
Favorite quote: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
Jennifer Coates
Jennifer Coates
School Nurse
Born in: Columbia, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Columbia State Community College
Started working with children in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Interacting with kids on a daily basis because there is never a dull moment in the school setting
3 things I love: my children, reading, and coffee
Favorite quote: "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon
Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins
Fourth Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Arkansas State
Started teaching in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Making a difference in the lives of my students and getting to see the "aha" moments
3 things I love: Reading, Traveling, Watching my son play football
Favorite quote: "They may forget what you said but they will not forget how you made them feel." - Carl Buechner
Gala Cook
Gala Cook
Guidance Counselor
Born in: Memphis, TN
College attended: Delta State University, Delta State University
Started working with children in: 2001
Favorite thing about my job: Learning from my students everyday and seeing them happy when they realize they can achieve more than they thought they could
3 things I love: My husband Timothy, my border collie Remington, and the students, faculty, and administration at SCES!!
Favorite quote: "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."  Jeremiah 29:11
Travis Cothron
Travis Cothron
Fourth Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Gallatin, Tennessee
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2007
Favorite thing about my job: The kids
3 things I love: Reading, golf, and going for a ride
Alison Curtis
Alison Curtis
Title One Interventionist
Born in: Waverly, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started working with children in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students feel confident with reading
3 things I love: My pets, my family, and studying animals
Favorite quote: "To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often." - Winston Churchill
Gabrielle Drew
Gabrielle Drew
Title One Assistant/Daycare Site Director
Born in: Norwalk, Connecticut
College attended: Liberty University
Started working with students in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students learn new concepts and becoming confident in their learning abilities!
3 things I love: Coffee, Cats and Animal Crossing
Favorite quote: "You miss 100 of the shots you don't take". -  Wayne Gretzky, Michael Scott
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.
Leslie Easley
Leslie Easley
Third Grade Science/Social Studies Teacher
Born in:
College attended: Evangel Christian College, Trevecca Nazarene College
Started teaching in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students learn to value our history
3 things I love: Camping, Dark Chocolate, Reading
Favorite quote:  "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?" - Clarence from It's a Wonderful Life
Michaela Easley
Michaela Easley
First Grade 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
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
Kelsey Geisler
Kelsey Geisler
Fourth Grade ELA Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2013
Favorite thing about my job: Pushing students to reach their full potential
3 things I love: Reading, Photography, Traveling
Favorite quote: "To travel is to live." - Hans Christian Anderson
Desiree Gerron
Desiree Gerron
PE Teacher
Born in: Tuscon, AZ
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Watching kids have fun being physically active
3 things I love: Sports, Tacos, Dr. Pepper
Favorite quote: "Life is like a disco. No matter how the music changes, you just keep dancing." - Joy Ojieyan
April Gossett
April Gossett
Title One Interventionist
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Trevecca Nazarene University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students
3 things I love: Animals, outdoors, and movies
Favorite quote: "Be who you needed when you were younger." - author unknown
Renea Horner
Renea Horner
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Columbia State Community College and Austin Peay State University
Started working with children in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: The people I work with are like family and feel like if I truly needed them they would be there for me
3 things I love: my family, hiking, and  Dr. Pepper Zero
Favorite quote: "Enjoy the little things in life...for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things."
Allison Kruse
Allison Kruse
Instructional Coach
Born in: Charlotte, N.C.
College attended: Lipscomb University, Austin Peay University
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Showing people how powerful they are
3 things I love: Watching my boys play sports, spa time, and traveling
Favorite quote: "There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." - Albert Einstein
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.
Doreen Merickle
Doreen Merickle
Fifth Grade ELA/Social Studies Teacher
Born in: Fontana, CA
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2015
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students realize their potential
3 things I love: My family, reading, cooking
Favorite quote: “In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” - Charlie Brown
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
Brooklyn Miller
Brooklyn Miller
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Being a home away from home for my students and providing them with a safe space to learn and be themselves
3 things I love: My fur babies and family, coffee shops, and a good book
Favorite quote: “It always feels impossible until it is done.” - Nelson Mandela
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
Sarah Nason
Sarah Nason
Second Grade Teacher
Born in: Santa Ana, CA
Colleges attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the shining faces of my students everyday
3 things I love: Documentaries, Singing, My family and dog
Favorite quote: "A teacher is one who makes himself progressively unnecessary." - Thomas Carruthers
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
Jason Olson
Jason Olson
PE Teacher
Born in: Karlstad, Minnesota
College attended: Minnesota State University Moorhead
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students succeed at learning a new skill
3 things I love: Fishing, University of Minnesota sports, Golf
Lorrie Parker
Lorrie Parker
Kindergarten Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: My students
3 things I love: spending time with family and friends, the beach, and food
Anna Patterson
Anna Patterson
Second Grade Math Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College and Western Governor's University
Started teaching in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Making an impact on my students' lives forever
3 things I love: my family, farming, the lake
Jamie Patterson
Jamie Patterson
SRO
Born in: 
College attended: Law Enforcement Academy
Starting working with students in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: The DARE program
3 things I love: these students, my family
Tracy Robinson
Tracy Robinson
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Jackson, TN
College attended: University of TN at Martin and APSU
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Having the ability to cultivate a desire to learn math in my students and  encouraging them to fulfill their potential
3 things I love: God, My Friends and Family, and My Students
Favorite Quote: "Education is the wings on which dreams fly." - Unknown
Amanda Roche
Amanda Roche
Principal
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: David Lipscomb University; Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1988
Favorite thing about my job: Working and collaborating with staff to support students
3 things I love: my family, my friends, my cats
Favorite quote: "Life is like a camera. Just Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out…just take another shot."
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."
Alesia Rollins
Alesia Rollins
Music Teacher
Born in: Vermont
College attended: Lamar University
Started teaching in: 2002
My favorite thing about my job: Watching my students light up when they hear a new song they love
3 things I love: Listening to music
Beth Smiley
Beth Smiley
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
Barbara Stinson
Barbara Stinson
School Secretary/DBA
Born in: Chicago, IL
Started working with students in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job:  Seeing all my little friends excited to learn  
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, Sewing, and Reading
Favorite quote: "You are Braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - A. A. Milne
Amber Wallace
Amber Wallace
Art Teacher
Born in: Clarksville, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Introducing children to all of the magic there is to be found in art.
3 things I love:  Spending time with my daughter, Posey, and our menagerie of pets; cooking; making art
Favorite quote:  "Today you are You! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Suess
Serena Warren
Serena Warren
Third Grade ELA Teacher
Born in: Waverly, TN
College attended: University of North Alabama and UT Martin
Started teaching in: 2003
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the kids learn and having fun teaching them
3 things I love: video games, crafting, and loaded teas
Stephanie Warren
Stephanie Warren
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the students grow
3 things I love: Snickers, family, gray
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.
Vicky Williams
Vicky Williams
Computer Lab Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1996
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know all the students and teaching computer skills
3 things I love: my grandkids, my yorkie, Harley, and reading
Favorite quote: "If you cant say something nice don't say nothing at all."- Thumper from Bambi
Mary Wills
Mary Wills
Assistant Principal
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to know and work with students
3 things I love: Family, Nature, Movies
Jennifer Wright
Jennifer Wright
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Weatherford, TX
College attended: Tennessee Tech University
Started teaching in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Laughing with students and reading stories
3 things I love: Spending time outdoors, hanging out with my family and kitties, and traveling
Favorite quote: "Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference." - Jean Goodall
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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