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Kim Mullins


Head of School

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Kim Mullins


Head of School

About me

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Education: UT Martin, Elementary Education
  • Years at CCA: 21
  • Previous Experience: Retail during school years
  • Favorite Book: Anything by Karen Kingsbury
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Food: Steak
  • Hobbies: Reading and swimming
Stand up for what is right, even if you’re standing alone.
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Sarah Medlin


Administrator

Sarah Medlin


Administrator

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
— Aristotle

About Me

  • Education: Lee University, BA in English and SEMO, MA in TESOL

  • Years at CCA: First year

  • Previous Experience: High school and middle school English teacher and volleyball coach

  • Favorite Book: The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst

  • Favorite Color: Orange (Go Big Orange!) and Turquoise

  • Favorite Food: Chocolate and sweet tea

  • Hobbies: Reading, traveling, and watching Tennessee football

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
— Isaiah 43:19
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Denise Fisher


Finance Manager

Denise Fisher


Finance Manager

  • Years at CCA: 5
  • Previous Experience: 
    • Stay at Home Mom
    • Strength Class Instructor at YMCA
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Food: Pizza
  • Hobbies: Running, spending time at the lakehouse, and gardening
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
— Exodus 14:14
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Melinda Isbell


Office Assistant

Melinda Isbell


Office Assistant

About me:

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  • Education: University of Memphis (B.A. Sociology)
  • Years at CCA: 3
  • Previous Experience: 
    • Preschool Teacher
    • Substitute Teacher
    • Mommy
  • Favorite Book: A Painted House by John Grisham 
  • Favorite Restaurant: Shogun
  • Hobbies: Reading, Singing, Painting
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
— Romans 12:18
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Paula Myrick


Pre-K 3

Paula Myrick


Pre-K 3

About me

  • Education: Dyersburg State, Assoc. Office Management Support
  • Years at CCA: 7
  • Previous Experience: Secretary at Abundant LIfe School (5 years),USMC (5 years), home school mom (6 years)
  • Favorite Color: Purple
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
  • Hobbies: Gardening
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
— John 14:27
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Pam Younger


Pre-K 4

Pam Younger


Pre-K 4

About me:

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
— Philippians 4:13
  • Years at CCA: 3
  • Previous Experience: Supervisor- Colonial DPP (30 years)
  • Favorite Book: Anything Karen Kingsbury
  • Favorite Color: Orange
  • Favorite Restaurant: Cracker Barrel
  • Hobbies: Reading; playing with my grandson, Luke Mullins
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Renee Butler


PreK Aide

Renee Butler


PreK Aide

about me:

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
— Psalm 73:26
  • Years at CCA: 3
  • Degree: CNA/TECTA Certified
  • Previous Experience: 
    • Director at Little Angels Learning Center (10+ years)
    • Jackson-Madison County General Hospital (2 years)
    • Art teacher at CCA (2 years)
  • Favorite Book: Anything by John and Lisa Bevere
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Restaurant: Los Portales
  • Hobbies: Crocheting and Making Cookies

 

 

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Amber Hall


Kindergarten

Amber Hall


Kindergarten

About me:

  • Years at CCA: 2
  • Education: B.S. Education K-6, Pre-K Endorsement-UT Martin
  • Previous Experience: preschool teacher at Lara Kendall Elementary (2 years)
  • Favorite Book: The Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • Favorite Colors: blues and greens
  • Favorite Restaurant: Chili's
  • Hobbies: riding horses, spending time with family and friends, working on projects
Let all that you do be done in love.
— 1 Corinthians 16:14
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Pam Bishop


1st Grade

Pam Bishop


1st Grade

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About Me

  • Education: University of Phoenix, BA in Elementary Education and Bethel, MA in Education
  • Years at CCA: 5
  • Previous Experience: 1st Grade at Lara Kendall
  • Favorite Book: Where the Red Fern Grows
  • Favorite Color: Any shade of blue
  • Favorite Food: Brussel sprouts
  • Hobbies: Writing, blogging, and daily scripture reading
And Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave thee, or return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.
— Ruth 1:16-17, KJV
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Kristin Hopper


2nd Grade

Kristin Hopper


2nd Grade

About me

  • Education: UT Martin, B.S. in Education (PK-3)
  • Years at CCA: 3
  • Favorite Book: The Thorn Birds
  • Favorite Color: Pink or teal
  • Favorite Restaurant: Red Lobster
  • Hobbies: Cheering on my babies in baseball/ football
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
— Exodus 14:14
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Sarah Deere


3rd & 4th Grade

Sarah Deere


3rd & 4th Grade

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about me:

  • Education: Bachelor of Education (Mississippi State University)
  • Previous Experience: 7 Years of Teaching
  • Years at CCA: 2
  • Favorite Books: The Harry Potter Series
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Food: My mom's homemade ice cream
  • Hobbies: Drawing, painting, and listening to books 
  • Children: Grace, Lilly, and Connor
No one is perfect; that’s why pencils have erasers.
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Kelly Grills-Brown


Teaching Assistant, Reading Recovery, & Aftercare

Kelly Grills-Brown


Teaching Assistant, Reading Recovery, & Aftercare

About me

  • Education: UT Martin, English major with an emphasis in Literature
  • Years at CCA: 4
  • Previous Experience: Dyersburg State English Adjunct and Tutor- 6 years
  • Favorite Book: Historical fiction
  • Favorite Color(s): Blue and Purple
  • Favorite Restaurant(s): El Patio and Sake
  • Hobbies: Singing and being with family
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
— Ephesians 2:8-9
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Judith Norman


5th-8th ELA & Math

Judith Norman


5th-8th ELA & Math

About me:

  • Education: B.S. Education (Union University), M.A.Ed (Bethel Univeristy)
  • Years at CCA: 2
  • Previous Experience:
    • Elementary School Teacher (10 years)
    • Middle School Teacher (10 years)
  • Favorite Food: Mexican
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
— Romans 8:28

 

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Ginger Smith


5th-8th Grade History & Omnibus

Ginger Smith


5th-8th Grade History & Omnibus

About me:

  • Education: UT-Martin (B.S. Education), Union University (M.Ed.)
  • Years at CCA: 6
  • Previous Experience: 11 years of teaching before coming to CCA
  • Favorite Bible Passage: Proverbs 31:10-31
  • Favorite Book: Ruth
  • Favorite Colors: Blues and Greens
  • Favorite Restaurant: Longhorn
  • Hobbies: Reading, drawing, painting, boating, and watching movies when I am not chasing and playing with my son
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Geneva Bryant


5th-8th Grade Science

Geneva Bryant


5th-8th Grade Science

Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise.

about me:

  • Education: M.S. Education, Arkansas State Univeristy and William Woods University
  • Years at CCA: 2
  • Previous Experience: Middle School Math and Science (25+ years)
  • Favorite Book: Gone with the Wind
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Food and Restaurant: Seafood at Red Lobster
  • Hobbies: Yoga, playing computer games, and spending time with my grandson and his companion dog, Star

 

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
— Psalm 119:105

 

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Bob Dennison


5th-8th Grade latin & Bible

Bob Dennison


5th-8th Grade latin & Bible

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.
— Charles Swindoll

About me:

  • Education: Cricton College; Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Degrees: B.S. Church Ministry, M. Div.
  • Years at CCA: 8
  • Previous/Current Experience:
    • Pastor (current)
    • Student Ministry (9 years)
    • After-School/Day Camp Director (8 years)
  • Favorite Book: Anything C.S. Lewis
  • Favorite Color: Is there another color besides UT Vol orange?
  • Favorite Restaurant: Red Lobster
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family and God's people; doing anything connected to UT Vol football or St. Louis baseball; torturing children with Latin
  • My Greatest Joys: My lovely wife of 25 years, Stephanie; seeing someone embrace Christ as Lord and Savior; watching my son become a man; seeing the light come on when a student understands something
But God demonstrated His love toward us in that while we were still sinners Christ loved us.
— Romans 5:8
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Sarah Jean


General Music, Recorder, & Choir

Sarah Jean


General Music, Recorder, & Choir

About me:

  • Education: Bethel University
  • Degree: B.S. Music and Business
  • Years at CCA: 7
  • Current Experience: 
    • Piano Teacher
    • Music Director at Church
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Restaurant: China Star
  • Hobbies: Creative Art
  • Favorite Book: I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, by Dr. Seuss
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
— Philippians 4:8
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Mike McCullough


Physical Education

Mike McCullough


Physical Education

about me:

  • Education: B.S. Physical Education 
  • Years at CCA: 2
  • Previous Experience: Dyersburg Intermediate School (30 years)
  • Favorite Book: Not a Fan
  • Favorite Color: Maroon
  • Favorite Food: Seafood
  • Hobbies: Sports/Exercise
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
— John 10:10

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Lea Rhodes


Library, Computer, & Art

Lea Rhodes


Library, Computer, & Art

About me:

  • Education: UT-Martin (B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences, Education with a Minor in Business)
  • Years at CCA: 3
  • Favorite Book: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
  • Favorite Food: Shrimp
  • Hobbies: traveling and spending quality time with my family
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Bob Schlabach


Band Director

Bob Schlabach


Band Director

About me

  • Education: Illinois State University (Master of Music Ed.), Western Illinois University (6th year in Administration)
  • Years at CCA: 21
  • Previous Experience:
    • Band Director at Augusta High School, IL
    • Band Director at Brown Co. High School, IL
    • Band Director and Music Supervisor at Macomb High School, IL
    • Music Supervisor at Sterling Rock Falls High School, IL
  • Favorite Book: The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Favorite Food: Catfish
  • Favorite Restaurants: China Star and Lupos
  • Hobbies: Golf, basketball, and baseball
Jesus love me this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak but He is strong.
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Katie King


Excelsior Program

Katie King


Excelsior Program

About Me

  • Education: Union University (BA Christian Studies)
  • Years at CCA: 1
  • Previous Experience: Forrest City School District, Arkansas
  • Favorite Book: "Same kind of Different as Me" & "What Difference Do I Make?" by Ron Hall & Denver Moore
  • Favorite Color: Cerulean Blue
  • Favorite Restaurant: Longhorn Steakhouse
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my family, Reading to my children, exercising, and volunteering
Wisdom is supreme - so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.
— Proverbs 4:7
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David Brooks


Einstein Club

David Brooks


Einstein Club

About ME:

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
— Philippians 4:13
  • Education: Dyersburg State, UT Martin (Bachelor of Science and Ed.)
  • Previous Experience: 
    • U.S. Army, 3 years
    • Obion County School System, 1 year
    • Dyersburg School System, 2 years
    • Dyer County School System, 27 years
  • Family:
    • Wife- Kay Brooks
    • Children- Autumn and Ashley
    • 5 Grandchildren
  • Hobbies: yard work and gardening, hiking, camping
  • Favorite Book: Evolution: When Fact Became Fiction, by Ricki D. Pavlu
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
— Romans 8:28
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Minnie Fleming


Bus Driver

Minnie Fleming


Bus Driver

About me:

  • Years at CCA: 1`1
  • Previous Experience: Lauderdale County School Bus Driver (20 years) 
  • Favorite Book: the Bible
  • Favorite Colors: Pink and Beige 
  • Favorite Food and Restaurant: Salad Bar at Olympic Steakhouse
  • Hobbies: Cooking and Planting Flowers & Vegetables 
Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
— Joshua 1:9
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Christine Jones


Custodian

Christine Jones


Custodian

About Me:

  • Years at CCA: 11
  • Previous Experience: Child Care (14 years)
  • Favorite Book: the Bible
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Favorite Restaurant: Grecian Steakhouse 
  • Hobbies: Spending time with my grandchildren
Jesus said unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
— John 14:6