Welcome to the online home of the Teaching as a Profession Program at Dickson County High School! We are glad you are here! Please take a moment to look through the information on this page for more information about courses and opportunities offered.

2021-2022 Course Information

Please read through the following course description as sign up accordingly.

Fundamentals of Education (FOE) is a foundational course in the Teaching as a Profession program of study for students interested in learning more about becoming a teacher, school counselor, trainer, librarian, or speech-language pathologist. FOE is open to any student interested in a career in education. Students will gain knowledge in the history of education in the United States, careers in education, and the influence of human development and learning. Artifacts will be created for inclusion in a portfolio which will continue throughout the full sequence of courses. This is the only course freshmen are eligible to take.

Teaching as a Profession 1 (TAP1) is an introductory level course for freshmen and sophomores. In TAP1, student cover the components of instruction, teaching strategies, types of assessment, student learning, working with special populations, and educational technology. Students will conduct observations of educators and create artifacts for a course portfolio.

Teaching as a Profession 2 (TAP2) is an applied-knowledge course for sophomores, juniors, or seniors. This course covers classroom management, higher order thinking, differentiating instruction, and strategies of effective classroom planning. Students in this course will demonstrate their skills in laboratory settings while building their course portfolio.

Juniors and Seniors has the opportunity to sign up for Teaching as a Profession Dual Enrollment I and II (Education 2100: Foundations of Education and Early Childhood Education 2200) through Austin Peay State University. Most students can take these courses free of charge through the dual enrollment grant. Students must meet the following admission requirements to participate in the dual enrollment program:

  • 3.0 High School GPA or ACT Composite Score of 21

Successful completion of these dual enrollment courses will earn the student 5 hours of college credit.

Work Based Learning (WBL) is a capstone course intended to provide students with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous CTE and general education courses within a professional work environment. WBL interns are chosen through an application process and represent all of the Career and Technical Education programs at DCHS. Juniors and Seniors may apply, but seniors will be given priority for the program. Applicants must have reliable transportation to and from a worksite each day.

About ME

Live Your Dream.

I am a graduate of DCHS ('00) and the University of Tennessee at Martin ('04) where I majored in Family and Consumer Science Education. I worked as a 4-H Youth Development Agent in Cheatham County for three years before deciding to give classroom teaching a try in the fall of 2007. After spending one year at Hickman County High School I came home to DCHS in the fall of 2008. I received my Master of Education Degree in Career and Technical Education Leadership from Concordia University in the summer of 2016.

I have taught many classes, including Family and Consumer Science, Textiles and Clothing, Housing and Interior Design, Family Studies, Child Development, and more! I have found my passion working with students who are interested in exploring careers in the Education and Training field. Future educators inspire me with their passion, creativity, and desire to make a difference in the world. I am also the Work-Based Learning Coordinator for all of our Career and Technical Education programs at DCHS. It is so rewarding to help students find internships that allow them to make real-world, practical application of the concepts they have learned at our school while also networking with local businesses and professionals who can help them get a head start on their post-secondary goals.

My goal as a teacher is to prepare my students to be responsible, respectful, productive, and contributing members of our society. I want to help my students determine what their dreams and aspirations are and create a plan of action that will allow them to reach those goals.

I live in McEwen with my husband, Jimmy, who is a science teacher at DCHS. We have a eleven-year-old daughter, Ella who is in fifth grade. We welcomed our second daughter, Evelyn, in October 2019 and have and a cat named Violet.


E-mail: nakins@dcbe.org

School Phone: (615)446-9003 ext 40225

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