Behavioral Intervention Team

Jean Thompson

jeanthompson@dcstn.org

BOARD CERTIFIED BEHAVIOR ANALYST (BCBA)

This is my first year as an “official” Dickson County employee; I previously served in a consultant role as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst for three years. I worked in Hickman County Schools for 30 years before retiring. There, I was employed as a school-based speech therapist, as an elementary administrator and at the Central Office as Director of Special Programs. Upon retirement, I worked as a behavior analyst with children with Autism as well as with adults with intellectual disabilities.

"I'm still learning."

-Michelangelo

Beth Akers

bakers@dcstn.org

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONIST

I am currently on the Behavior Team and serve as an Interventionist. I have been serving students in Dickson County for 10 years. I have been working specifically with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder for 23 years. Before I worked for Dickson County Schools, I worked for a company out of Nashville called S.A.I.L (Strategies for Autism Through Individualized Learning) where at that time we were one of the only companies providing ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis). We served several school districts, including Dickson, and children in the home. My passion is working with the little ones in preschool where we can figure out how they learn best and really focus on building up their skills so they have the capabilities to be more successful once they are elementary school. My undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education and my masters is in Special Education, both from Belmont University.

“It does not count as teaching until a child has learning something.”

-James Partington

Kasi Brewton

kbrewton@dcstn.org

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONIST

I am currently one of four Behavior Interventionists for the district. I began serving DCBE in 2016. I served as a special education teacher with focus on behavior management for five years. I also served as a behavior interventionist for two years. I am also a current district level instructor for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention. I have a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. I am certified as a general education teacher for grades K-5, special education teacher for grades PreK-12, and am currently pursuing a Masters degree in applied behavior analysis.

"No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship."

-James Comer

Kaitlyn Quinn

kquinn@dcstn.org

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONIST

I am currently serving as one of four Behavior Interventionists for Dickson County Schools. I am a Registered Behavior Technician.

Layne Cooper

laynecooper@dcstn.org

BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONIST

I am currently one of four Behavior Interventionists for the district. I began teaching in 2012 and taught for eight years before transitioning into the role as a Behavior Interventionist. I am a graduate of Dickson County High School. I completed my Bachelors degree at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in Early Childhood Development. I also completed my Master's Degree at ETSU in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. I am currently pursuing my Doctorate Degree at ETSU. My personal mission in my pursuit as an educator is to create cultures of care, trust, and respect through building relationships with students, teachers, colleagues, and administrators and build the capacity of each individual to increase student performance, teacher morale, and success.

"When little people are overwhelmed by big emotions, it's our job to share our calm, not join their chaos."

-L.R. Knost

"Kids don't learn from people they don't like."

-Rita Pierson