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Beanca Clifton
Clifton, Beanca
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Perry County, TN
College attended: University of TN Martin
Started teaching in: 2019
Favorite thing about my job: Celebrating the seemingly "small" but HUGE successes with my students!
3 things I love: Reading, Coffee, and SLEEP
Favorite quote: For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, "What might have been." - John Greenleaf Whittier
Stephanie Daniel
Daniel, Stephanie
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: The excitement on a child's face when the light comes on
3 things I love: My Family, My children, My friends
Favorite quote: "You may not understand now, but one day you will."
Elease Dansby
Dansby, Elease
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
Started working with children in: 1999
Favorite thing about my job: A smile on the kid's face, the hugs, and the wonderful people I work with
3 things I love: The color orange, The VOLS, and my family
Favorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde
Kelly Duran
Duran, Kelly
ELL Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Lipscomb University, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2002
Favorite thing about my job: Building relationships with my students and their families
3 things I love: My Family, Sleep, French Vanilla Hot Chocolate
Favorite quote: Everyone smiles in the same language.
Ellen Haugh
Haugh, Ellen
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Princeton, IL
College attended: UT Martin
Started teaching in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: The kids!
3 things I love: My family, my boys and watching TV
Hannah Lewis
Lewis, Hannah
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Murray Ky
Colleges attended: Murray State University, Nashville State Community College
Started teaching in: 2017
Favorite thing about my job: Encouraging my young students to be excited about learning, collaboration with teachers
3 things I love: Reading, traveling, photography
Jacqueline McElrath
McElrath, Jacqueline
Speech Teacher
Valarie Person
Person, Valarie
Speech Teacher
Born in: Fairview, TN
Colleges attended: Lambuth University and TSU
Started teaching in: 1993
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the "lightbulb come on" when a student first understands a concept
3 things I love: God and Jesus, my entire family, watching old musicals
Favorite quote: "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
Cynthia Richardson
Richardson, Cynthia
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Ft. Benning, GA
College attended: A.P.S.U. and University of Tennessee at Martin
Started working with children: 2009
Favorite things about my job. Students and faculty
3 Things I Love: Jesus, family, friends
Favorite quote: "Never give up!" - Winston Churchill
Lisa Smith
Smith, Lisa
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Kingsport, TN
Started working with students in: 2012
Favorite thing about my job: Getting to watch all these sweet babies grow and learn everyday and that there are never two days that are the same
3 things I love: God, my family, and fur babies!
Favorite quote: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Joey Tidwell
Tidwell, Joey
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson,TN
Started working with students in: 2020
3 things I love: Spending time with my 3 children, Traveling & Photography
Favorite quote: "She remembered who she was and the game changed."
Brett Wilson
Wilson, Brett
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Columbia, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: Working with the students and helping them to be successful
3 things I love: Family, Basketball, Football
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