Teachers and Other Certified Staff Employed for Upcoming School Year

June 14, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has signed contracts with the Professional Personnel for the 2018-19 school year.

Cripps presented a list of the employees to the Board of Education Thursday night.

Certified personnel at each school are as follows:

DeKalb County High School-
Angie Anderson, Charlotte Blaylock, Danny Bond, Amanda Brown, Kevin Burchfield, Cody Burton, Justin Burum, Thomas Cagle, Britney Campbell, Amee Cantrell, Jeanine Cantrell, Todd Cantrell, Gary Caplinger, Mary Anne Carpenter, Karen Clark, Andrew Cook, Lisa Craig, Deborah DePriest, Andrew Dixon, Brittany Dixon, Donna Emmons, Danny Fish, Samantha Fletcher, Lacey Foutch, Amy Fricks, Amanda Fuller, Stephanie Fuson, David Gash, Josh Gulley, Sara Halliburton, Susan Hinton, Sonja House, Randy Jennings, Adam Kefauver, Dylan Kleparek, Brad Leach, Elizabeth Lewis, Tracy Luna, Rebecca Miller, Lori Myrick, Jenny Norris, Scott Odom, Nallely Ortega-Prater, Shelly Painter, Walteen Parker, Linda Parris, Leslie Parsley, John Pryor, Marilyn Roberts, Melissa Ruch, Daniel Seber, Steve Trapp, Stephanie Turner, Chris Vance, Barbara Weller, Michael Whitefield, Seth Willoughby, and Sara Young.

Northside Elementary School-
Marla Beshearse, Mollie Bratten, Linda Bush, Shanea Cantrell, Megan Carroll, Lori Chew, Allison Collier, Trent Colwell, Michael Crockett, Alisha Day, Tabitha Farmer, Lindsay Floyd, Jerry Foster, Carrie Gottlied, Amanda Griffith, Jennifer Griffith, Cynthia Hale, Jessica Hale, Patty Hale, Jennifer Herndon, Lorie Isabell, Shelly Jennings, Karen Knowles, Kristy Lasser, Lisa Mabe, Jama Martin, Lynus Martin, Amanda Mathis, Libby McCormick, Elizabeth Miller, Diana Moon, Melissa Odom, Josh Odom, Beth Pafford, Deb Poteete, Amy Raymond, Kristen Rowland, Melissa Roysdon, Carol Sampley, Tammy Sims, Jessica Styer, Carol Tripp, Cheryl Vandagriff, Kristen Van Vranken, Ginger Wenger, Jared West, and Sandy Willingham.

DeKalb West School-
Joey Agee, Jessica Antoniak, Whitney Brelje, Jenny Cantrell, Jeanna Caplinger, William Conger, Kim Crook, Martha Damron, Rachel Desimone, Tonya Ellis, Janet England, Sabrina Farler, Karen France, Julie Hale, Cathleen Humphrey, Nadina Martel, Jennifer Martin, Shelia McMillen, Amanda Mullinax, Tammy Payne, Lori Pryor, Kelly Pyburn, Jennifer Shores, Cynthia Snow, Katie Stutts, Teresa Sullivan, Ashlee Thomason, Shelia Vanatta, Natasha Vaughn, Susan West, Vicki Wilson, and Amy Young.

Smithville Elementary School-
Misty Agee, Ashley Barnes, Renee Beaty, Lindsey Bouldin, Beth Cantrell, Tiffany Cowart, Edward Dillard, Mykaela Duke, Melba Farmer, Christina Ferguson, Amy Fox, Tina Gash, Katie Haggard, Vicky Hawker, Jennifer Hawkins, Bradley Hendrix, Holly Hendrix, Tanya Howard, Kelly Huling, Ana Jarvis, Sydney Johnson, Amanda Johnson, Niki Johnson, Leah Magness, Kristen Malone, Laura Martinez, Adrienne McCormick, LeVaughnda Midgett, Leslie Moore, Sarah Noe, Macy Nokes, Allison O’Conner, Joy Parker, Anita Puckett, Jane Ramsey, Amanda Rhoady, Bethany Rigsby, Heather Shehane, Melissa Sliger, Cristy Spears, Emily Summers, Allison Taylor, Janet Trapp, Julie Vincent, Kristy Williams, Janet Woodward, Christie Young, Crystal Young, and Sherian Zamora.

DeKalb Middle School-
January Agee, Josh Agee, Suzette Barnes, Kelly Birmingham, Galen Brown, Nancy Cowan, Amanda Dakas, Tena Davidson, Jason Farley, Amy Fletcher, Suzanne Gash, Lesa Hayes, Lori Hendrix, Callie Herman, Sarah Jacobs, Angela Johnson, Teresa Jones, Bryan Jones, Michelle Jones, Natalie Kintz, Alyssa Leslie, Martha Melching, Justin Nokes, Courtney O’Conner, Emily Phillips, Justin Poteete, Cody Randolph, Candice Scrabo, Penny Smitty, Tonya Sullivan, Laurie Sweeney, Carol Tallent, Kitty Thomas, Cheryl Vance, Tad Webb, and Jennifer West.

Central Office Staff-
Dr. Kathy Bryant, Michelle Burklow, Dr. Danielle Collins, Elise Driver, Shea Hennessee, Amy Lattimore, Joey Reeder, and Lori Rogers.

Support Staff Hired for New School Year

June 14, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps has employed the support staff for the 2018-2019 school year.

The personnel report was submitted to the Board of Education during Thursday night’s regular monthly meeting

Those employed at DeKalb County High School are:
Rena Adcock, Vicky Atnip, Wanda Bradford, Kathy Chapman, Norma Dyer, Debbie Eaton, Terry Emberton, Regina Estes, Beverly Ferrell, Betty Fisk, Doris Graham, Yvonne Hale, Ester Holder, Thomas Maney, Charles Martin, Marsha Martin, Paulette McDonald, Tere Mooneyham, Sara Parker, Carol Swope, Brad Trapp, Erin Turner, Norman Underhill, Danny VanDyne, Vicky Walker, Jamie Wright, and Debbie Young.

DeKalb Middle School:
Martha Cantrell, Anita Conley, Tammy Ferrell, Trena Ferrell, Roger Gaw, Fay Gilreath, Jeremy Haas, Ginda Kilgore, Tammy Maynard, Cindy Miller, Linda Moser, Lisa Norton, David Parker, Laura Patterson, Tina Pedigo, Mary Sanders, and Ruby Thomason.

Smithville Elementary School:
Janis Barnes, Brenda Beth Cantrell, Cindi Dias, Tammy Edgar, Darlene Evans, Jennifer Gay, Betty Griffith, Margie Hale, Kayla Hale, Milinda League, Sara Lomas, Talitha Looney, Pat Milam, Eden Nokes, Holly Owens, James Owens, Cody Pack, Rebecca Parker, Rhonda Pelham, Amelia Phillips, Lori Poss, Amelia Randolph, Stephanie Reeder, Brenda Rigney, Jennifer Roller, Kathy Stanley, Beverly Starnes, Marie Storie, Mary-Margaret Tripp, Tammy Tyler, Victoria Vincent, and Celia Whaley.

Northside Elementary:
Pam Baines, Fay Baker, Rosalinda Cervantas, Debra Dunaway, Tena Edwards, Terrie Ford, Robbie Joan Frazier, Glenda Gassaway, Phyllis Hallum, Rochelle Johnson, LaTonya Kleparek, Melinda Lattimore, Lynn Pichey, Jo Dean Redmon, Teresa Steele, JoAnn Vanatta, Kim Violet, Melissa Wallace, Deneene Willingham, and Rita Young.

DeKalb West School:
Brooke Atnip, Holly Bain, Brenda Bandy, Margaret Curtis, Todd Davis, Donna Driver, Dorothy Duggin, Makenzie Dunaway, Pauline Frazier (part time), Donna Hale, Lisa Hale, Kathy Malone, Nancy Mulloy, Tina Paschal, Rhonda Patrick, Courtney Reynolds, Tonya Roberts, Stephanie Stewart, Kristi Sullivan, and Rena Willoughby.

County Wide Positions:
Chandra Adcock, Cindy Childers, Christie Colwell, Shea Colwell, Kenderly Cripps, Bettye June Dodd, Christie Driver, Wade Ferrell, Greg Frasier, LeAnne Frasier, Kim Frazier, Jordon Funk, Maria Garza, Rebecca Hawkins, Dillon Hicks, Terry Hicks, Cynthia Hill, Earl Jared, Freda Johnson, Rita Johnson, Barbara Johnson, Tammy Judkins, Jenean Lawson, Patricia Linder, Debbie London, Deborah Magness, Shirley Mathis, April Odom, Shirley Ours, Natasha Pedigo, Danny Pirtle, Jr., Melissa Pirtle, Kayla Randolph, Jo Dean Redmon, Roger Sharp, Merilynda Sibert, Kimberly Turner, Jamie Vickers, Judy Wiggins, Joannie Williams, and Aaron Young.

Michael Agee, Danny Bond, Josh Brown, Dwayne Cantrell, Shannon Cantrell, Justin Coats, Shara Cowan, Cathy Driver, Suzanne Dunn, Debbie Eaton, Marshall Ferrell, Julie Fitts, Lorie Gallagher, Terry Hall, Darnette Hibdon, Melissa Hicks, Kathy Jacobs, Danny Jenkins, Janie Johnson, Dwight Knowles, Frances Lawson, Daniel Lawson, Donnie Lewis, Roy Merriman, Ronald Merriman, Linda Gail Pack, Tony Poss, Jimmy Poss, Ashley Redmon, Myron Rhody, Jimmy Sprague, Robert Steinmetz, Carol Swope, Ken Taylor, Bobby Taylor, Juanita Thomas, B.J. Thomason, Danny Washer, and Angela Wilkerson.

Education Celebration Scheduled for July 27

June 14, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The Annual First Day of School Education Celebration for DeKalb County will be held on Friday, July 27 starting at 6:00 p.m. downtown around the courthouse square.

This year’s event is being held a few days prior to the actual first day of school. Registration for students will be Wednesday, August 1 and the first full day of classes is set for Thursday, August 2.

Anyone planning to set up a booth for the Education Celebration this year is asked to wait until after 1 p.m. that day, Friday July 27 because early voting for the August elections will be held from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Michelle Burklow, Supervisor of Instruction for Pre-Kindergarten to 6th Grade, said the event is free and all parents and students are urged to attend to help kick off the new school year. “Our goal is to provide an evening of activities, education, and enjoyment for the residents of DeKalb County. We will be having information booths, passing out school supplies, refreshments, and various activities for the students to participate in while promoting education.”

“This will also provide a time for our teachers and parents to come together to build a foundation for new and positive relationships, right from day one,” said Burklow

“Our First Day of School Celebration is an opportunity for our schools to take a leadership role in re-enforcing and improving relationships among parents, teachers, students, and the community. This is the one day each year when it is both easiest and most important to enlist families as partners in our children’s education. This is a great time for us to engage our families and make them feel welcome into our schools.”

“So come out and join us. Everything is free that evening. We’ll have free school supplies, free food, snacks and lots of community people coming together to make this event possible”, said Burklow.

“There are many volunteers, churches, and organizations that come together to make this event possible for our children so they are able to start school with new supplies and a great positive attitude.”

If you would like to help with this event please call Michelle Burklow at 615- 597-4084. Volunteers are needed.

This celebration is totally free of charge to those who attend so make plans now to join the fun downtown Smithville on Friday, July 27 starting at 6:00 p.m.

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