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Weakley County Schools New Teachers 2014-2015


Dresden Elementary School welcomes 3rd grade teacher Michelle Peltz. Michelle is from Marshfield, Missouri. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Michelle enjoys fishing, crafts, reading and being a Bible class teacher. She and her husband of 17 years, who is a preacher, have 3 children.


Alison Page will assume the role of Librarian for Dresden High School. Alison grew up In Union City and earned her Master’s degree from UT-Knoxville. Her favorite pastime activities include reading, gardening and watching movies.


Teaching English at Dresden High School is Lawrenceburg, Tennessee native, Jessica Watson. Ms. Watson received her Bachelor’s degree in History in 2009. She enjoys running, reading and playing outside with her children. She considers herself an avid movie watcher, pop culture geek and history buff.


While not new to the Weakley County School System, Amy Tuck, of Martin, has joined the staff of Martin Elementary School staff as School Counselor. For the past seven years Amy has served the school system as Director of the Coordinated School Health Program. Ms. Tuck, a certified school social worker, will graduate in December from UTM with her Master’s in School Counseling. She spends her free time attending her son Will’s sporting events and helping her husband, Jamie, on the family farm.


Dukedom native Elisabeth Tompkins has joined the Martin Primary School staff as a 1st Grade teacher. She obtained her B.S. degree earlier this year from UTM. Ms. Tompkins’s free time is spent enjoying time with family and friends as well as reading. She stated: “I’m so excited to be working in the county that I attended as a child!”


Westview High School had added music teacher Chris Butner to the staff roster. Mr. Butner is from Halls. He received his B.M.M.E. degree from UTM and enjoys family, gaming, movies and music.


Corry Essary will have a dual role at Greenfield School. He will teach computer skills to elementary students and World History to high school students. Essary obtained his Master’s degree from Union University in 2009 and is a former head baseball and assistant football coach at Gibson County High School. A Greenfield native, Essary now lives in Martin with his wife, Eva, and their sons Poston and Davis; they are members of First Baptist Church in Martin. His hobbies include spending time with family and coaching his sons’ youth sports teams.


Justin Cruse will teach U.S. History at Dresden High School. Mr. Cruse’s hometown is Martin, and he obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Bethel in 2012. In his free time Mr. Cruse enjoys watching football.


Phillip Tyler actually joined the Westview High School staff last year, but is being officially introduced this year. Tyler, a Jackson native, serves as both credit recovery and online learning instructor. He holds a bachelor of science degree in Secondary History and enjoys golf, baseball and college football.


Greenfield native Aaron Knott has joined the Martin Middle School staff as 8th grade English Language Arts teacher. He obtained his B.A. in Communications from UTM in 2000 and is currently working on his Master’s in Education. Mr. Knott enjoys playing, watching and coaching sports. He also enjoys watching movies, fishing and hunting.


Tammy Gordon will teach 4th grade at Greenfield School. Greenfield has always been home to Ms. Gordon. She earned her Master’s degree from Union University and counts swimming, traveling and watching her girls play basketball among her favorite leisure time activities.


A veteran teacher with 9 years experience, Ms. Rebecca Bates Drewry will teach 4th grade at Martin Elementary School. Ms. Drewry, whose hometown is Dresden, completed her Master’s at Trevecca and has also completed 30 hours above her Master’s. Photography is Ms. Drewry’s favorite hobby.


Brook Allen, an Adamsville native, will teach Kindergarten at Martin PrimarySchool. Ms. Allen, who states she and her family love attending Westview High School activities, graduated from UTM in 2001 and counts traveling, shopping and spending time with family as her favorite hobbies.


Bryan Berry has joined Gleason School staff as the 9-12 Agriculture instructor. Berry, originally from Lynnville, Tennessee, says farming is his hobby.


Richard Coday, a Greenfield native, has joined the Gleason School staff as 9-12 grade special education teacher. He obtained his Master’s from UTM and enjoys watching football.


Brittany Griffin Bargery will teach 5th grade Language Arts at Gleason School. Bargery, who has six years experience, is a Gleason native. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and her Master’s degree from Arkansas University. She includes spending time with friends, family and church as her favorite leisure time activities.


Dresden Middle School has added Jennifer Arnold to their staff as 5th grade Science and Math teacher. Ms. Arnold, who calls Huntingdon her hometown, completed her Master’s degree at Bethel University. Ms. Arnold is married and has three children ages 15, 13 and 10. Reading is her favorite hobby.


Lori Wilson, who hails from Gleason, will teach 8th grade Reading and Language Arts at Gleason School. Ms. Wilson earned a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education English from UTM.


Martin Middle School has a new Librarian. Cathy Kendall, a South Fulton, TN native, has joined the MMS staff in this capacity. Ms. Kendall holds a Master’s degree from U. T. Martin and lists reading and swimming as her hobbies.


Robert L. McCall, who has always called Greenfield home, will provide Physical Science and Chemistry Instruction for 9th-12th grade students at Greenfield School. McCall holds a Master’s degree in education from UTM and says his hobbies include playing music and identifying tree and wildflower species. He is also an active member and minister at Lighthouse Apostolic church.


Speech Therapy at Greenfield, Gleason and Martin Middle Schools will be provided by Karen Mosley, who has 21 years of experience. Sharon is Ms. Mosley’s hometown and she obtained a Master’s of Science degree from UT Martin. Mosley’s favorite free-time activities include reading, singing and church.


Martin Primary School has added Cherie Freire to their staff as a special education teacher. Ms. Freire, who calls Hackettstown, New Jersey her hometown, completed her Bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University. Ms. Freire is married and has two children; a daughter, age 9 and a son, age 12. Both will attend Martin schools for the first time this fall. The family has just located in Martin and Freire says they are enjoying their new adventure.


Taylor Ann Johnson, who hails from Jackson, will teach 6th & 7th grade Reading and Language Arts at Martin Middle School. Ms. Johnson earned a Bachelor’s degree from UTM, works in the nursery at 1st Methodist Church in Martin and includes reading, family time and playing/watching/coaching sports among the things she likes to do in her spare time.


Kelsey Reed, whose hometown is Union City, will teach P.E./Health for grades 6-8 at Martin Middle School. Ms. Reed, a bachelor’s level graduate in Health and Human Performance, says her hobbies are anything that involves the outdoors and cheerleading.


Greenfield native Jonathan Cole Shepherd, will teach Spanish to high school students attending Greenfield School. Shepherd holds an undergraduate degree and is currently working on a Master’s degree at UTM. When asked about his hobbies, Shepherd commented that he’s “not a half bad water skier” and that he enjoys, along with being a devoted father, Spanish, songwriting and playing guitar.


Mathew Humphrey will teach 9th-12th grade Ag. at Greenfield School. Mathew is originally from Bogota, TN, and received his Ag. Science degree from UT Martin.


Dresden Middle School has added Eric Wilson to their staff as a 6th grade Math teacher. Wilson, who calls Martin his hometown, completed his Master’s of Science in Education in 2011 at UTM. Baseball, fishing and water sports are among Eric’s favorite pastimes.


Derek W. Rang, who hails from Maryville, will teach secondary Math at Dresden High School. Rang graduated from Maryville College in 2007 and brings six years of experience to Weakley County. His hobby: football.


Nicki Moore, a native of Martin, will teach Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies at Martin Elementary School. A bachelor’s level graduate from UT Martin, Moore says she enjoys DIY projects and creating home movies of her daughter, Maclin.


Wes Morgan, will teach high school Math at Gleason School. Morgan holds a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from UTM. He enjoys going to the farmer’s market.

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Chelsea Jones will teach 9th grade English at Dresden High School. Ms. Jones is from Tullahoma and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education at UT Martin. Jones will also serve as Co-head softball coach for DHS. She enjoys running and reading.


Trista Snider returns to the Weakley County Schools system, not as a classroom teacher but, as the Director of Coordinated School Health. Ms. Snider obtained her Master’s in Family and Consumer Sciences from UTM. She and her family live in Gleason. Her hobbies include spending time with family, crafting, cooking, hiking, and mission work. Of her new responsibilities Snider commented: “I’m excited to serve our students and staff in an endeavor to help them develop healthier lifestyles and reach their personal goals.”