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Amber Brown
Brown, Amber
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Fisk University and George Mason University
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students grow through out the year!
3 things I love: watching sports, hunting, and spending time with family
Favorite quote: "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game." - Babe Ruth
Carla Burroughs
Burroughs, Carla
Speech Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: TN State University
Started teaching in: 1997
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the students grow and succeed
3 things I love: My family, crafting, and reading
Favorite quote: If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
Jana Buttrey
Buttrey, Jana
Speech Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
Colleges attended: Columbia State Community College, Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students improve their communication skills.
3 things I love: Music, Coffee, Friends/Family
Favorite quote: "Throw Kindness Around like Confetti!"
Bianca Kanis
Kanis, Bianca
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Romania
College attended: University of Iowa
Started working with students in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: The "Ah-ha" moments
3 things I love: My family, cooking, and my dog
Favorite quote: "Don't give up! I believe in you all! A person's a person no matter how small!" - Dr. Seuss
Starla Miller
Miller, Starla
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Eldarado, IL
Started working with students in: 1998
Favorite part of my job: Watching those "light bulb" moments with kids!!!
3 things I love: Coffee, Family, Reading
Alicia Payne
Payne, Alicia
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University, Arkansas State University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Celebrating even the smallest successes with students
3 things I love: spending time with my family, coffee, and crafting
Favorite quote: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." - Theodore Roosevelt
Annette Richards
Richards, Annette
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children overcome obstacles
3 things I love: coffee, running, outside
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
Jessi Russell
Russell, Jessi
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 2010
Favorite thing about my job: Witnessing students “aha” moments
3 things I love: God, Family, Friends
Favorite quote: Perhaps you were created for such a a time as this.
Womack-Grogan, Jessica
Special Educaiton
Born in: Nashville, TN 
College attended: Nashville State Community College, Middle Tennessee State University, Arkansas State University, and Trevecca Nazarene University 
Started teaching in: 2011 
Favorite thing about my job: Witness children learn and grow
 3 things I love: My family, Real Estate, Outdoors 
Favorite quote: "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest." - B. Franklin 
Amy Wood
Wood, Amy
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Tennessee
College attended: Pensacola Christian College
Started working with children in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Helping children to learn that they can do hard things
3 things I love: Spending time with my family, playing with my dog, and relaxing.
Favorite quote: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt
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