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Fairlane Elementary, L-R: Brittany Vaden Shaw, Chandra Brooks Stewart, Lindsey Swindle.
Fairlane Elementary, L-R: Brittany Vaden Shaw, Chandra Brooks Stewart, Lindsey Swindle.
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My name is Brittany Vaden Shaw and I will be teaching Kindergarten at Fairlane this year. I am married to Adam Shaw, who teaches PE/Wellness at the high school and also coaches football. We recently got married this summer and I transferred here from Wilson County where I taught at Watertown Elementary for four years. While at Watertown, I taught Title I (small group Reading instruction) for grades K-3 for the first year, Kindergarten for the second year, and 3rd grade for the last two years. I am a 2006 graduate of Gordonsville High School and a 2010 graduate of Tennessee Tech University, where I majored in Elementary Education. I absolutely love teaching and seeing all those sweet faces in the morning. I couldn’t imagine being in any other career! I am very excited to be able to teach Kindergarten again! This is such a sweet age and it’s also where all the learning begins. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and hope to have a wonderful school year!

Hello, my name is Chandra Brooks Stewart. I was born and raised in Macon County. In October of 2013 I was able to marry my best friend, John Stewart. In my spare time you will find me on a softball field. My passion my entire life has been playing and coaching softball. I have coached youth softball in Macon County for many years. I graduated from Macon County High School in 2009. In 2013 I graduated from Tennessee State University with a teaching degree. I student taught at Westmoreland Elementary in Kindergarten for a full year. Last school year I had the pleasure of being employed at Central Elementary. While at Central I was the Special Education Assistant. I am very excited to start my first years as a Kindergarten teacher!

Hello, my name is Lindsey Swindle. I am the daughter of Kevin and Chris Wood. My husband, Kevin Swindle, and I are both residents of Lafayette. I graduated from Macon County High School in 2009, and from Tennessee Tech University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I am very excited to be starting my career at Fairlane Elementary.


My name is Kayla Wix. I am 26 years old. I am the oldest daughter of Richard and Amy O’Neal of Lafayette. I graduated from Macon County High School in 2006. I attended Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Education. I am currently working towards my Master’s degree in Elementary Education. I have been married for five years to Lee Wix. We have two sons together. Payton is 3 years old, and Gunner is 7 months old. My family and I reside in Lafayette, TN. I am a member of Grace Baptist Church of Lafayette. I enjoy sports, cooking, being outdoors, and spending time with my family.


Hi! My name is Ms. Shelby Wix, and I am one of the new second grade teachers at Central Elementary. I’m the daughter of Kirk and Sonia Wix. I have a very exciting year ahead of me, because I am also getting married in May 2015 to Caleb Pedigo. I am from Macon County. I graduated from Macon County High School in 2009. I am a 2013 graduate of Tennessee Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Prior to completing student teaching at Central, I began working there as a math tutor. I am very excited to begin my first year as a classroom teacher, and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to do so. I am looking forward to a wonderful year!

My name is Allison Shoulders Jett. I am a 2009 graduate of Smith County High School. I graduated from Tennessee Tech University in May 2013 with a degree in Elementary Education. This will be my second year teaching. Last year I taught 7th and 8th grade at Smith County Middle School. I have been married since June 21, 2014 to Coty Jett, who is a teacher at Macon County Jr. High. I am looking forward to a great year.

My name is Brianna Robertson and I will be teaching third grade at Central Elementary this year. I grew up in Lafayette and am the daughter of Darrel and Sonia (Gann) Robertson. I graduated from Macon County High School in 2010. After high school, I moved to Cookeville, TN, to attend Tennessee Technological University. After student teaching at Central, I received my bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies K-6 in December of 2013. I received my middle school endorsements as well. This will be my first year teaching and I am very excited to begin my career. I love to see children grow while being empowered by learning and I hope to be an asset to our school system.

My name is Devon Green. I will be teaching 2nd grade at Central Elementary this year. I am married to Jay Green and we have 3 daughters—Donavyn, Taylor and Sydney. I graduated from Cumberland University in 2005 with a B.S. in Elementary Education. I have been a stay-at-home mom for the past few years and I am excited to be returning to the classroom!


My name is Destiny Smith. I graduated from Tennessee State University this past May, and I am now the new third grade ELA teacher at Westside Elementary, a childhood dream come true. I completed my student teaching at Westside and was fortunate enough to become a teacher at my very own elementary school. I would like to thank the faculty and staff for being so warm and welcoming and my parents, Angel and Chris Smith, for their continual love and support throughout this journey. I look forward to working with my kids from last year as well as the new faces to come! I could not envision a more rewarding profession.

My name is Sherry Main. I have lived in Macon County all of my life. I will be the 5th grade Science and Social Studies teacher at Westside Elementary this year. I have been married to Patrick Main for 19 years. We have etwo children, Kaitlyn (who will be a high school senior this year) and Kolton (who will be 6th grade at Macon County Junior High). I am thrilled to get the opportunity to be a teacher at Westside Elementary.

I am a graduate of Tennessee State University with licensure to teach K through 6th grade. I did my student teaching at Westside Elementary with Mrs. Sandy Smith and loved the experience. I am looking forward to getting to know all of my students and their parents. I hope to make this an exciting school year with many learning opportunities for my students.


My name is Bethany Shirley. I will be teaching 1st grade at Red Boiling Springs Elementary. I have been an elementary substitute teacher in Macon County since 2008 and have been a Math Tutor at Lafayette Elementary and Central Elementary. I am from Red Boiling Springs and grew up here my whole childhood, attending school at RBS from Kindergarten through graduation. I then attended Tennessee Technological University, where I received a degree in Child and Family Studies along with a TN state license to teach grades Pre-K through 3rd. Never once have I even considered a profession other than elementary education. I want to do my part to give our children in this community a successful start in life so that they have a bright future. I currently live in Russell Hill Community outside of Red Boiling Springs with my husband Mark and our energetic 2-year-old son, Levi.

Rebecca Brown is the new Instructional Coach at Red Boiling Springs School. She is a native of New Jersey who, after serving in the U.S. Air Force, graduated cum laude from the University of Delaware Honors Program, from which she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She earned her Masters of Education from Frostburg State University in Maryland, where she specialized in Administration and Supervision. Rebecca began teaching high school English in NJ, then moved to her husband’s home state of Maryland, where she worked as a Student Achievement Specialist/Instructional Coach. Rebecca lives in Bethpage with her husband on their farm.

Hello, I am Ashley Naramore. I have lived in Lafayette all my life. I went to Macon County High School where I graduated from in 2007. After graduating High School I went to Volunteer State Community College and then to Tennessee Tech University. I graduated from TTU in the Fall of 2013 with my Bachelor of Science in Education. After graduation from TTU I went to Mt. Juliet High School where I taught Biology and Physical Science from past school semester.

I am happy to have the opportunity to teach in my hometown. I will be teaching at Red Boiling Springs High School. The subjects I will be teaching are Chemistry, Physics, and Physical Science. However, when I am not teaching I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and going to the movies. I am excited to get started teaching at RBS. I hope that I can share my passion for science with my students and inspire them.

My name is Jonathan Peoples and I am the 7th and 8th grade Social Studies teacher/coach at RBS. I recently completed my undergraduate at Tennessee Tech University in Secondary Education/History. I currently live in Gordonsville, TN with my wife, Kristina, and two children James and Nicole. The main reason I became an educator is because of my involvement as a Youth Pastor at my local church for the past 10 years. I am excited about the opportunity to serve in this great community and look forward to a great school year.


My name is Katie McDuffee. I am the daughter of Tim and Kristie McDuffee of Scottsville, KY. I graduated from Allen County-Scottsville High School and went on to college at Western Kentucky University. I graduated WKU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in middle grades mathematics education. I look forward to teaching seventh grade math this year at Macon County Jr. High School!

My name is Carolyn Halliburton; I am married to Bobby and we have two wonderful children, Daphne Halliburton Dyer and Jeff Halliburton. We also have three grand kids. I have lived in Macon County my entire life, raised in the Willette community and went to school at Red Boiling Springs. We have lived in Lafayette ever since we got married.

I received my Masters Degree in Business Education from Grand Canyon University. I have worked at Macon County Junior High for seven years. I have worked as a 7th grade English tutor, a 7th grade Math tutor, and an assistant in the computer lab. This year I will be Instructional Facilitator at the Junior High. I will be doing some of the things I’ve done before, but it will be more intense and there will be some additional duties. I love my job and I am looking forward to having a good year at Macon County Junior High.

My name is Courtney Cherry. I am the new PE teacher at MCJH. I live in clay County with my husband Nathan Cherry and my boys, Kye (4) and Kohl (8). I received my degree at Tennessee Tech University in May of 2013. I enjoy spending time with my family, riding horses, attending church events and playing co-ed softball. I am excited to be a part of the Macon County faculty.

Hi, my name is Kevin Swindle, and I was born and raised in Lafayette. My parents are Leslie and Judy Swindle, and I have two brothers. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Tennessee Technological University in 2014. I am now very happy to be an eighth grade English teacher at Macon County Jr. High School. I am married to Lindsey Swindle, who is also a teacher in Macon County. My hobbies include baseball, history, music, movies, and my family.

Bobby Waldrep will be teaching at Macon County Junior High this year. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology/Sociology. He received a teacher certification in learning disabilities through a graduate degree program, as well as a Master’s degree in Education Leadership from Liberty University.

My name is Sarah Pleace. I was raised in Murfreesboro, TN, along with my two younger brothers, Jacob and Benjamin. Throughout school, I gained a love for music through playing clarinet, bass clarinet, and bass guitar. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor’s of Music in May 2014. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of music with the students and the opportunity to make an impact in the Macon County community.


Deric McClard is returning to Macon County to teach 9th grade English during the 2014-15 school year. A 1994 graduate of MCHS, he received his B.A. with honors in English in 1999 and his M.S. in Secondary Education in 2000, both from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. In previous years, he taught English, Speech, and Drama at Scott County High School, White House High School, and Gordonsville High School. Deric currently lives in East Nashville, and when he is not teaching, he enjoys reading (especially Presidential biographies), listening to classical music—he is a devoted patron of the Nashville Symphony—and watching movies (especially classic and foreign language films). He is looking forward to the start of the new school year and is grateful for the opportunity to work with the students at MCHS. It is his goal to inspire the young men and women of this community in the same way that his teachers inspired him.

My name is Tyler York. I went to Upperman High School, where I played football, basketball, and track graduating in 2007. I furthered my football career at Tennessee Tech, where I majored in exercise science and physical education. I graduated in 2012 with a B.S. I’m now at MCHS as a Physical Education teacher and Jr. High Football Coach.

Hello, I’m Brandon Mahaney. I am the Spanish I teacher at MCHS. In addition to being the Spanish teacher, I am also the Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach at MCHS. I am from Lafayette, TN and I have lived here my entire life. I graduated from MKCHS in the spring of 2009 and I previously also graduated from Belmont University, located in Nashville, TN, where I double majored in Secondary Education and Spanish. My hobbies include going to church, attending sporting events, competitive running, any outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, and most of all fishing. It has been a dream of mine to come back to MCHS and be a teacher and a coach. I am thrilled at the opportunity to give back to the community.

My name is John Lay. I just moved back to Tennessee from Idaho. I grew up in Middle Tennessee and attended college at Tennessee Technological University, and the University of Tennessee. I have bachelor’s degrees in geography, English, and special education. I have a Master’s degree in special education as well. I have been a special education teacher for 20 years. It has been the most enjoyable and rewarding endeavor of my life. I am very happy to at last be back in Tennessee. I am looking forward to working with the students in Macon County High School.

Hello, I’m Ken Roark. I’m a graduate of MCHS and TTU. I have lived in Galen Community of Macon County my entire life. I previously taught Agriculture at both RBSHS ad MCHS. After taking a few years off from teaching, I will be returning to MCHS to teach Agriculture and help sponsor the FFA. I’m married to Casey (Brown) Roark and have two daughters, ages 2 and 7. In addition to teaching I also raise cattle and work cow horses.

I am Ashley Massey, and I am a new English teacher at Macon County High School. I grew up on a tobacco farm in Carthage, TN and graduated from Smith County High School. Six years after graduation, I decided that I wanted to pursue my dream of being a teacher, so I enrolled at Tennessee Technological University where I graduated three years later with a degree in education. I taught at both Mount Juliet and Lebanon high schools, and I am very excited to be at Macon County.

My husband Russell and I have been married for twelve years and have two sons: Caleb and Alex. My boys are ten and eight years old. Macon County has always been like a second home to me because a large part of my family live, work, and farm here. I know how wonderful this area is, and I look forward to being part of this community and being able to inspire the next generation.

Hello, I’m Jada Dixon. My husband Tony and I reside in Macon County. We have two beautiful children that attend MCHS, Justin and Macy. I’m a recent graduate from Western Governors University. I conducted demonstration teaching at MCHS during the 2014 spring semester. I had the awesome opportunity to facilitate 10th grade biology and 12th grade human anatomy. I must say, I had the time of my life and feel honored to teach math at MCHS.

Prior to becoming a teacher, I served 20 years in banking. When what I knew failed (mortgage securities), I adapted and overcame by merging my two passions: science and teaching. Charles Darwin stated “It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” As an educator, I want to prepare students for their future roles in an ever changing society. During time off, I enjoy fishing and boating with my family.

My name is Molly Austin. I’m a 2008 graduate from MCHS and a 2014 graduate form TTU with my B.S. in Family and Consumer Science education. My husband and I currently live in Smith County; however, it was a dream to come back to Macon County to work. In addition to teaching Lifespan Development and Family Studies, I will play an active role as an FCCLA advisor and assistant coach for the girls soccer team.


My name is Virginia Daugherty. I am the oldest of three children with two brothers, John and James. Our parents, Jerry and Aleta Daugherty, raised us in Murfreesboro, TN. There I gained a passion for music which I used in the church, schools, and community. This will be my first year of teaching after graduating with a Bachelors of Music from Middle Tennessee State University. I look forward to utilizing my skills in the elementary music classroom as well as the community.

Hi, my name is Emily Tasman and I’m the new county wide Speech-Language Pathologist. I’m from a small suburb just north of Detroit, Michigan and went to college at Michigan State University where I majored in communication disorders. Last year, I graduated from the University of Tennessee with my master’s degree and am excited about beginning my career in the Macon County School District! I live in Scottsville, Kentucky and in my free time I enjoy playing with my two dogs, gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Candace Brown: I am so happy to be the new School Psychologist for Macon County Schools! I graduated from Tennessee Tech University with my Ed. S. degree in School Psychology in May 2014. I also hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University. I have worked with both children and adults in multiple capacities for the past several years, including those with various disabilities. I am originally from Gainesboro, TN and am happy to be so close to home, as one of my most important priorities is spending time with my family. In my free time, I enjoy running, swimming, photography, and shopping!

My name is James Plumlee, and I will be working in the Alternative Learning Center Program at Macon County. I was born and raised in Clay County, TN, and graduated from Celina High School. I received my B.S. from Tennessee Technological University. I have 28 years of experience in the educational field, having worked as an educational diagnostician, assistant school psychologist, resource teacher, and in-school suspension teacher. I am very excited and extremely grateful to have the opportunity as an employee in the Macon County School System.

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