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thumb_susanahart.jpgSusan Ahart

Degrees conferred: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education-Western Kentucky University
  • Masters of Arts in Education-Western Kentucky University
  • Media Specialist Certification-Western Kentucky University
  • Elementary School Principal Certification-Western Kentucky University

Classroom experience:

  • Elementary teacher-Marshall Elementary/Ft. Campbell, KY

Administration experience:

  • Principal-Jackson Elementary/Ft. Campbell, KY
  • Assistant Principal-Jackson Elementary/Ft. Campbell, KY

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards:

  • 2008 DoDEA Principal of the Year for Elementary and Middle Schools

                         (Department of Defense Education Activity)

  • 2008-NAESP National Distinguished Principal
  • (National Association of Elementary School Principals)                        

Current activities/interests:

  •   Director of Education-Edgewood Baptist Church

  •  Adjunct teacher-Murray State University

thumb_judydarke.jpgJudy Darke

Degrees conferred:

BS in Ed, 1968; MA in Ed, 1980

Classroom experience:

26 years –7/8/9 math, pre algebra, and Algebra I

3 years high school Algebra I and Algebra II

Administration experience:

1 ½ math consulting teacher for Clarksville-Montgomery Co. Schools

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards:

Member of various mathematics organizations:  National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Middle Tennessee Mathematics Teachers; Tennessee Mathematics Teachers Association; Tennessee Teaching with Technology.

 I presented at several national and state conferences.

Member of NEA, TEA, and Clarksville-Montgomery Co. Retired Teachers Association.

Nominated for Presidential Award for Excellence and TEA Distinguished Classroom Teacher and was also listed in Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

Current activities/interests:

Member, Elder, Sunday school teacher and choir member of First Christian Church  in Clarksville.

Enjoy travelling, Zumba, water aerobics, visiting and playing with my 5 grandchildren.

Card making, Bunko, and canasta

thumb_lindagregory.jpgLinda Gregory

Degrees conferred:   (APSU)

  • MA in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction
  • BS in Elementary Education, Concentration in Science

Classroom experience:    

  • 20+  years teaching 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade in Clarksville-Montgomery County School System

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards:

  • Green Apple Award
  • nominee for Outstanding Classroom Teacher -  CMCSS
  • member Delta Kappa Gamma
  • Member of CMCRetired Teacher Association
  • Lifetime member NEA
  • Lifetime member PTA

Current activities/interests:

  • Reading
  • Knitting/Sewing
  • Grandchildren
  • Bunco/Canasta

thumb_Groves.jpgMelinda Groves

Degrees Conferred

  • Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education-Murray State University
  • Masters in Guidance-Provisional Certificate- Murray State University
  • 30 + Rank 1 in Guidance –Standard Certificate-Murray State University

Classroom Experience

            37 years in Education, Special Education and Guidance

  • 2 years in Orlando, Florida (Molly Ray Elementary and Magnolia)
  • 5 years in Brevard County Schools- Palm Bay High School, Palm Bay, Florida
  • 30 years in Department of Defense Educational Activity (DoDEA)

(Ft. Campbell Jr. High School, Mahaffey Middle,  Barkley Extension, Marshall Elementary, Andre Lucas Elementary, and Jackson Elementary

Educational Activities

  • Case Study Chairperson
  • Provided classroom guidance, individual counseling, and small group counseling
  • Attendance Committee
  • Gifted Committee
  • Advisory Committee
  • Family Care Team
  • Student Support Team
  • Assessment Coordinator/POC –Terra Nova -3 Achievement Test
  • NAEP Assessment Coordinator
  • Case Manager of Special Education Services
  • Parent Workshops and Deployment Groups

Professional Association Membership

  • Kentucky Counselors Association
  • Western Kentucky Counselors Association
  • Phi Delta Kappa Member
  • ASCA
  • Federal Educational Association
  • National Education Association

Current Activities/Interest(s)

  • Travel; Book Club; Antiquing; Enjoying family and friends;


thumb_jimhicks.jpg__.jpgJim Hicks

Degrees conferred:

Bachelor of Science (APSU), Master of Arts Rank 1 (APSU)

Classroom experience:

Ten years in middle and high school

Administration experience:

38 years Principal (Lincoln Elementary School, Ft. Campbell, KY)

Educational activities/honors/awards:

Held 50-year Anniversary at Lincoln Elementary

Principal at first school built in DDESS

Current activities/interests:

University Mentor at APSU for last 7 years

Interests: Physical fitness and raising dwarf rabbits as a hobby

thumb_holmes.jpgDon Holmes

Degrees conferred: BS, MA, Austin Peay State University

 +30 Hours from Murray State University.

Classroom experience:  7 years.  American Government, American History, Health & PE.

Administration experience: 31years as Elementary Principal in Christian County, KY.

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards: College: Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, Kappa Delta Pi, Campus Personality, MVP in all Sports Sr. year at APSU.  Public Education: President of Christian County Teachers Association, Director of Kentucky Association of School Administrators(KASA). Millbrooke School Gymnasium named after me on the school's 50th Anniversary. The Don Holmes Academic Award is given yearly to the top student at Millbrooke School.

Current activities/interests: I am currently in my 19th year as a University Mentor at APSU. I have 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. My wife and I like to travel, do yard work and are involved in our local church. I love Facebook and keeping up with former students!

thumb_IMAG0602-1.jpgJoan Howard

  Joan graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a degree in  Physical Education, and  M.S. in Educational Administration/Supervision.  Joan has worked for the past thirty years as a teacher, middle school  assistant principal and K-12 principal.

As  middle school assistant principal Joan represented her staff for the Distinguished  School award, created a student leadership, parent and community outreach program, implemented the ELL program, conducted new teacher training, mentored teachers for The Language Arts Standards proficiency, and conducted articulation workshops with elementary feeder schools.  Joan was recognized by local T.V. networks  and the National Council of Alcohol for her "Just Say No" program.

thumb_annhuff.jpgAnn Huff

Degrees conferred:

Bachelor of Science, APSU, 1987

Reading Specialist Endorsement 1987

Master of Arts in Education, APSU, 199

Classroom Experience:

15 years as a teacher in Cheatham County in grades 4-8

8 years as a teacher in Nashville Metro in grades 6-8

2 years in Nashville Metro as a literacy coach

Education activities/positions/honors/awards:

West Cheatham Elementary School Distinguished Teacher, 1990

Sycamore Middle School Teacher of the Year, 1996

Cheatham County Middle School Teacher of the Year, 1996

Joelton Middle School Teacher of the Year, 2010

Current activities/interests:

Spending time with grandchildren, church activities, reading, traveling

thumb_IMG_0079.jpgGeorge Kersey

Degrees conferred: 

1968, Bachelor of Science, George Peabody College for Teachers; 1970, Master of Arts, George Peabody College for Teachers; 1986, Doctor of Education, Vanderbilt University.

Classroom experience: 

1967-68, Demonstration and Research Center in Early Education, George Peabody College for Teachers; 1968-71, Fifth Grade Teacher, Glenview Elementary School, Metro Nashville Public Schools; 1984, Teaching Assistant, Vanderbilt University; 2003-2012, Associate Professor, Trevecca Nazarene University.

Administration experience:

  1971-1992, Principal, Metro Nashville Public Schools at Robertson Academy, Providence, Murrell, and Carter Lawrence; 1992-1998, Associate Executive Director, Phi Delta Kappa International, Bloomington, IN; 1998-2003, Executive Director, Phi Delta Kappa International, Bloomington, IN; 2003-2012, Coordinator, Educational Leadership Program, Trevecca Nazarene University.

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards: 

1974-75, President, Metro Nashville Education Association; 1977-78, President, Tennessee Education Association; 1991-92, International Vice President, Phi Delta Kappa; Service Award, Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation; Member, Board of Directors, MetroCenter Retired Teachers Apartments; Travel to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Egypt, England, Wales, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Czech Republic, Croatia, Malta, Montenegro.

Current activities/interests: 

Semi-retired.  Interests—Reading related to American education and American history

Professional Interests:  School Governance, Accountability, Collective Bargaining, Desegregation, Diversity

thumb_KayLange.jpg Kay Lange

Degrees conferred:

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point     B. S.  in Home Economics  1969

Austin Peay State University   M.A.  ED.  1986

Classroom experience:

Pre-K  Teacher   1st Baptist Day  Care Center   1975-1977  4 yr. old class

Pre-K  Teacher   Immaculate Conception Preschool  1977-1979   4 yr. old class

Barksdale Elementary School  (CMCSS)     1/1980-  5/1980            6th grade

Norman Smith Elementary School  (CMCSS)  8/1980- 5/2009

     Taught a variety of levels:

            Grade 4 (1980-1990)           

          Split  4/5  (1990-1991)

          Grade  5  (1991-2004)

          Looping Class  Grade 3 and 4  (2004-2006)

          Science Lab  Title 1 Instructor  (2006-2009)

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards:

TN Retired Teachers’ Association

Clarksville Montgomery Co. Retired Teachers’ Association

NEA/TEA member entire professional career

Delta Kappa Gamma- have served as Vice-President and Recording Secretary

National Science Teacher’s Association  National Convention Presenter (1992;1993;1995;1997)

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics  Regional   Convention Presenter (1992;1993)

Served Norman Smith Elementary in various leadership roles:  Team Leader; Science Fair Co-Ordinator; Support Team; In-service Presenter; Grant Receiver  from various sources (over a 10 yr. period)

1991  4_H  Oranizational Leader of the Year Award

1994   AAUW  Eleanor Roosevelt Foundation Honoree- local chapter

Distinguished Classroom Teacher  Smith Elem. 1987; 1988; 1995; 1999; 2005  (finalist)

Teacher of the Year Smith Elem.  1988; 1990; 1995; 1996; 2000

      CMCSS  Teacher of the Year  K-4  1988

      CMCSS  Teacher of the Year  5-8   1995; 1999

WSMV  Apple for the Teacher Award  1999

Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award   1998

TN Science Teacher Association  Teacher of the Year  Elem. Level  1996; 2008

TN Energy Leader of the Year  2006

Current activities/interests:

 Member of the Gateway Medical Center Volunteer Auxilliary

Regular Volunteer at the Clarksville Customs House and Cultural Center

Immaculate Conception Parish Council of  Catholic Women- various activities

Friend of the Public Library

Hobbies include:

    Reading; Travel; Cooking; Gardening

Grandmother of 5 ( 2 sets of twins and a single /   2 girls; 3 boys)

  Mother of a US Army active duty physician

thumb_ericmeredith.jpgEric Merideth

Eric Merideth graduated from Austin Peay State University in 1974 with a B.S. in history and in 1975 with an M.A. in Education. After he began teaching at his high school alma mater in 1977 he soon completed 30 more semester hours in education. He greatly enjoyed teaching at Waverly Central High School from 1977-2011. He started out teaching economics and progressed through most of the social sciences.

In 1982, Eric started Merideth Awards & Engraving and began selling awards of all kinds, first to schools, and then to the community. His wife Shelia Kay Merideth sold her shoe shop, Village Shoes, in 1992 and took over Merideth Awards full time. Shelia and Eric continue to work at Merideth Awards in Waverly.

During the years, Eric has taught history classes for UT Martin and shortly after Humphreys County built a community college, he taught American history classes for Columbia State Community College and continued when it changed to Nashville State Community College.

While fishing, hunting, and tennis were favorite hobbies of the past, he has settled into part-time golf.

If you ever run into someone who can instantly tell you the capital of Nicaragua, ask them if they went to Waverly Central High School and took my world geography class. There’s a good chance they did.

thumb_OldhamB.jpgBrenda Oldham

Degrees conferred: B.S. M.A. +30

Classroom experience: 28 years Elementary Physical Education;

 6th grade internship; substitute: 4th grade, 7& 8th grade math

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards: Delta Kappa Gamma 71-present; Past President of CMCEA 72-73; TEA Board of Directors 74-77; TEA Chairperson Human Relations 75-76; Chairperson TEA Testing Committee 76; Superintendent’s Study Council Task Force on Testing 76-77; State Advisory Council for Teacher Education and Certification 75-79; Delegate to eight NEA Representative Assemblies; Team member of three NCATE visiting teams; NEA International Relations Committee 77-79; NEA Delegate to three Human and Civil rights Conferences;  ACS Chairperson and teacher of ESL in Heidelberg Germany 88-91; Past President CMCRTA 10-12; CMCRTA Legislative Chr. 12-14; TRTA Membership Committee 12-13; DKG Distinctive Service Award 07; DKG Xi State Order of the Rose 10; TEA Distinguished Classroom Teacher 2002; CMCSS Teacher of the Year 02; Darden Dolphin Award 02; ACS Five-Hundred hour pin with two year guard for volunteer work 91;  Outstanding Young Women 73-74;  Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities 64;   Kappa Delta Pi 64; Outstanding Young Women 73-74; National Red Cross Award of Merit 63.

Current activities/interests: caring for my 95 yr. old mother, travel, reading, painting, church work and community activities.

thumb_heathersensing.jpgHeather Sensing

Degrees conferred:

University of Kentucky undergraduate in Special Education (k-12) Learning and Behavior Disorders and Elementary Education (K-8).

Murray State University – Rank II.

Classroom experience:

33 years in Special Education (primary level) and 1 year in the at risk 4 year old program

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards:

Professional Community Leadership Committee Member, Reading Vertical Team Member, Co-Chairman of Parent’s Reading Night, Leadership Position (Team Leader) for Infinite Campus and Special Education Teachers, Doughnuts for Dads, Pizza, Pages, and Pajamas, Read Like a Rock Star, Backpack Project, Muffins for Moms, Western Reading Roundup, Godfather’s Night, Easy Economics, Talent Show, and Santa’s Christmas Store.

Honors and Awards:

Teacher of the Year for Indian Hills Elementary School (2011-2012); University of Kentucky’s Dean List in the College of Education, Lance’s Junior Honorary Fraternity, and Alpha Gamma Delta Academic Bowl.

Current activities/interests:

Enjoying family life and semi-retirement. I am getting ready to be a first time grandmother this Halloween (2012)! I love to work in the yard, decorate my house, take long walks, travel, work out, and be with family and friends.

thumb_belindawinters.jpgBelinda Winters

Degrees conferred:

Bachelor of Science - Middle Tennessee State University
Masters of Education ( Curriculum and Instructions) - Middle Tennessee State University.
+45 hours from Tennessee State University

Classroom experience:

1976-1981- Metro-Nashville Public Schools; Nashville, TN.
Kindergarten teacher ( Ross and Inglewood Elementary Schools) 1981-1999- Cheatham County Schools
Kindergarten and second grade teacher ( Pleasant View Elementary School) 1999-2012- Cheatham County Schools
Fifth grade teacher in Reading and Language Arts ( Sycamore Middle School)

Educational activities/positions/honors/awards:

I  was awarded Teacher of  the Year in my school in 1986 and 2002. I was also awarded Teacher of the Year for Cheatham County in 1997.  I was privileged to  serve on the committee to do research for the Appalachian Educational
Research Institute.  From 2003-2012, I served as a mentoring trainer for Cheatham County Schools.

Current activities/interests: 

I currently serve as a Sunday School teacher at my church with four year olds.  I love spending time with my
family on vacations and holidays.  My hobbies include:  shopping, reading, traveling, and doing home renovations.  I also enjoy watching sports with my husband.

thumb_Young.jpgMarydith Weakley Young


  • Bachelor of Science with honors Elementary Education, Early Childhood 1979 APSU
  • Masters of Education with honors in Elementary Education, Math and Reading 1981 APSU
  • +30 Hours University of San Diego 2009

Teaching Experience

  • APSU Teacher Corps Intern in Montgomery County School System
  • Taught grades K-5  for 33 years at Jackson Elementary, Ft. Campbell, KY

Educational Activities/positions/honors

  • Along with a co-teacher, developed a Project/Technology Based classroom that emphasized Math and Reading for grades K-5
  • Piloted with co-teacher the first STEM Lab for Department of Defense Schools emphasizing the Engineering Design Process for grades K-5
  • Featured for innovative STEM program in the “Director’s Blog” for DoDEA
  • Chaired numerous Southern Association Committees
  • Member of School Improvement Team
  • Awarded Model and Master Educator status through Reading Renaissance

Current activities:

            My favorite thing to do is to spend time with my family.  I have four children and one grandchild. A great deal of my time is spent sitting in gyms throughout Middle Tennessee as my husband is Clarksville High School’s basketball coach.  I also paint and refinish furniture for my antiques booth at Ms. Lucille’s. It’s so wonderful to be back at Austin Peay! It’s like coming home again.