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Maci Adkins
Adkins, Maci
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Started working with children in: 2020
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing all of their smiles, being apart of their school day
3 things I love: coffee, my dogs, family
Victoria Barkett
Barkett, Victoria
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee Chattanooga
Started teaching in: 2016
Favorite thing about my job: Helping support students to accomplish their IEP goals
3 things I love: Dogs, Naps, Chic-Fil-A
Tish Beard
Beard, Tish
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Princeton, IL
College attended: University of TN at Martin
Started teaching in: 1990
Favorite thing about my job: Helping teachers and students solve problems
3 things I love: reading, animals, the beach
Favorite quote: Seize the Day!
Lauren Betts
Betts, Lauren
Speech Therapist
Born in: Memphis, TN
College attended: Harding University; Tennessee State University
Started working with children in: 2009
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students overcome challenges and see their successes
3 things I love: my family, decorating, and shopping
Morgan Bowker
Bowker, Morgan
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: University of Tennessee at Martin
Started teaching in: 2014
Favorite thing about my job: The opportunity to work with, teach, and learn from students with many different abilities.
3 things I love: dance, my friends/family/furbaby, and shopping
Favorite quote: "Find out who you are, and do it on purpose." - Dolly Parton
Melissa Clifton
Clifton, Melissa
Interventionist
Born in: Nashville, TN
College Attended: MTSU
Started teaching in: 1998
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing the children each day and the progress they make over the year
3 things I love: My family, my friends, and traveling
Favorite quote: "It's not what we have but who we have." - A.A. Milne
Emily Dickall
Dickall, Emily
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started teaching in: 2018
Favorite thing about my job: The moment it clicks, you see in the kiddos' eyes that they get it, and the pride that follows.
3 things I love: Reading, Writing, Cooking
Favorite quote: "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou
Mackenzie Hall
Hall, Mackenzie
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Nashville State Community College, Freed-Hardeman University, Austin Peay State University
Started: 2008
Favorite thing about my job: The children, the school, and the Bobcat Pack family!
3 things I love: Being a mom, my people  and learning new things!
Favorite quote: "It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” -Dolly Parton
Diane Jennette
Jennette, Diane
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Nashville State
Started teaching in: 2006
Favorite part of my job: Working with children
3 things I love: Reading, Spending time with family, Going out to eat
Favorite quote: Be Kind.
Julie Johnson
Johnson, Julie
Educational Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2021
Favorite thing about my job: Watching the students progress as time goes on
3 things I love: my children and mom, the river, and church
Favorite quote: "She believed she could, so she did."
Suzanne Parham
Parham, Suzanne
Interventionist
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 1989
Favorite thing about my job: Seeing students learn and love to read
3 things I love: family, baseball, beach
Joy Parks
Parks, Joy
ELL Teacher
Born in: Dickson, TN
College attended: Austin Peay State University
Started teaching in: 1992
Favorite thing about my job: Working with my students
3 things I love: my family, my dog, reading
Courtney Paslick
Paslick, Courtney
Speech Teacher
Born in: Lexington, KY
College attended: Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee State University
Started teaching in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Kids often teach me how to be more compassionate towards others
3 things I love: My nieces, my job, and my cats
Favorite quote: Definition of Meraki: Doing something with soul, creativity, or love...when you put "something of yourself" into your work.
Julie Perdue
Perdue, Julie
Deaf Education Specialist
Born in: Kalamazoo, Michigan
College attended: Ball State University, University of Memphis
Started teaching in: 1987
Favorite thing about my job: The staff, students and support that I receive
3 things I love: My family, the beach, Mexican food
Favorite quote: "The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations, those are good days." - Ray Wylie Hubbard
Ginger Potter
Potter, Ginger
Interventionist
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: UT Martin, Cumberland University
Started teaching in: 2000
Favorite thing about my job: Helping students become more fluent readers
3 things I love: family, friends, coffee
Favorite quote: Be kind and kindness will find you back.
Winnie Smith
Smith, Winnie
Special Education Teacher
Born in: Nashville, TN
College attended: Martin Methodist College and Middle Tennessee State University
Favorite thing about my job: Collaborating with other teachers and working with children to meet their goals
3 things I love: reading, photography, and spending time in the mountains
Favorite quote:  "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go" - Dr. Seuss
Sharon Thompson
Thompson, Sharon
Special Education Assistant
Born in: Nashville, TN
Started working with children in: 2011
Favorite thing about my job: Assisting teachers in helping students reach their goals
3 things I love: Coffee, Reading, Genealogy research
Favorite quote: "Giving in its purest form, expects nothing in return."
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