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Karen Berry
Berry, Karen
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Dickson, Tennessee
College attended: APSU and Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 1995
Favorite thing about my job: helping students achieve their best
3 things I love: family, traveling and reading
Favorite quote: Do your best and let that be enough!
Mandi Colston
Colston, Mandi
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Jamestown, NY
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: building relationships with students and families
3 things I love: coffee, bargain shopping, podcasts
Favorite quote: “Look for the helpers; you will always find people that are helping” - Fred Rogers
Amanda Gasiecki
Gasiecki, Amanda
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Miami, FL
College attended: UT Martin and Lipscomb University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Fostering a love of learning and building a classroom community
3 things I love: traveling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Favorite quote: Always go the extra mile, it is never crowded.
Jessica Jackson
Jackson, Jessica
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the kids sweet smiling faces every morning!!
3 things I love: My Family, The Beach, Coffee
Sarah Jackson
Jackson, Sarah
First Grade Teacher
Heather Wright
Wright, Heather
First Grade Teacher
Born in: Riverside, California
College attended: California State University, San Bernardino
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: Watching students get those “aha” moments!
3 things I love: Disney, Reading, Holiday Decorating
Favorite quote: “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart” ~Winnie the Pooh
Jennifer Wright
Wright, Jennifer
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

Mrs. Karen's Class Sing-a-long

Mrs. Jenny's Class Sing-a-long

Mrs. Mandie's Class Sing-a-long

Mrs. Jessica's Class Sing-a-long


  • Please, make sure that your child brings a jacket and/or cold weather attire to school each and every day. If the  weather permits, we will try to go outside.   
  • Be sure to send a snack with your student every day.
  • Weekly assessments are completed every Friday.
  • Be sure to read for 20 minutes or more, every night.  
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