Elementary, secondary academic coordinators named

The Cheatham County School District is excited to announce that Bethany Jenkins has been named the new elementary academic coordinator and Kristian Dennison has been selected as the new secondary academic coordinator.

Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the district is reorganizing its two academic coordinator positions. Currently, one coordinator focuses on Math and the other focuses on English/Language Arts.

The two individuals currently serving as academic coordinators – Dr. Joseph Jones and Mary Miller – are leaving at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Dr. Jones is retiring after 15 years with the district, and Miller is furthering her education.

The elementary academic coordinator (grades K-4) and secondary academic coordinator (grades 5-12) will provide curriculum leadership and support classroom teaching to ensure an aligned and articulated instructional program in the subject area assigned.

Jenkins has served as the academic specialist at Kingston Springs Elementary School since 2020.

Jenkins received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She is currently working toward attaining her Doctor of Education degree from Lipscomb University, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021. She is a member of the district’s 2020-2021 Aspiring Administrators Academy.

Before joining the district, Jenkins served as an elementary instructional coach for Metro Nashville Public Schools. Prior to this role, she taught both first and fourth grades for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to serve and collaborate with the teachers, staff, students, and families of the Cheatham County School District in this capacity,” Jenkins said.

Dennison has served as the academic specialist at Harpeth Middle School since 2019.

Prior joining the Harpeth tribe, she spent three years as the academic specialist at Cheatham County Central High School and worked as a middle school special education and math teacher in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Dennison earned her bachelor’s degree in special education from Vanderbilt University in 2008. Then, in 2012, she received her master’s degree in teaching and learning in urban settings and middle school math. 

“I have built many great relationships over the past five years as an academic specialist, and I'm excited to continue to learn and grow as the secondary academic coordinator in Cheatham County. I'm looking forward to working with schools across the district as we move forward into the 2021-2022 school year,” she said.