Nichole Dawson – Art


My name is Nichole Dawson and I am the art teacher at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. I’m originally from East Tennessee from the small town of Harriman, TN which is a few minutes from Knoxville, TN. I attended college at Middle Tennessee State University and graduated with a degree in art education in 2014. After college, I discovered the great city of Mt. Pleasant, TN and I have been teaching art at Mt. Pleasant Elementary since 2014-2015 school year. I absolutely love teaching art to my very talented students. As an art teacher, I get to do what I love which is art and teaching and combining it together to give my students the best art education that they can get. In my class, students get to paint, draw, build, create recycled papier-mâché sculptures and much more. In addition, my students get to really be creative and use their imaginations so that they are ready to go out into the real-world and become the next innovators of the future.

Kelly Lusk – Guidance

I have been at Mt. Pleasant Elementary for 23 years. I began in 1993 as the guidance counselor. In 1999 I moved to the classroom to teach 4th grade. I stayed there for 16 years. In 2015 I began teaching third grade. I grew up in Benton, Kentucky, and graduated from Marshall County High School in 1985. I then went to David Lipscomb University and graduated in 1989. I began teaching 6th grade at Columbia Academy and stayed there for four years while I worked on my master’s degree. I graduated from MTSU in 1993 with a master’s in Guidance and Counseling.

Mike Lowe – PE

Hello! I am Mike Lowe and I am currently the Physical Education Teacher at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School. I started work in 1988 after receiving my degree from Illinois State University. Each year I strive to encourage and educate every child about their health and the importance of physical education in their lives.

Rachel Lawson – Library

I have taught for 13 years. I have taught 5th grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, and am entering my 10th year of teaching Kindergarten. Kindergarten is my FAVORITE!!!

I was born and raised in Hampshire. I graduated from Hampshire Unit School . I went to HUS from Kindergarten through 12th grade. I had perfect attendance all 13 years. After graduation I entered the 2 + 2 program with Columbia State and MTSU. I graduated from MTSU in 2002.

I am married to Michael and we have two daughters, Sophie and Autumn. My girls are so much fun. They keep me on my toes! I love them so much! We enjoy spending time together playing outdoors and doing crafts. We have a cat  named Buttons. We also have 2 coon hounds, Timber and Sadie. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading and watching old television shows like Little House on the Prairie.

Kelly Stoops – Technology


Hello! My name is Kelly Stoops, and I am the Technology teacher at MPES. I was born and raised in Columbia, TN, and am a proud product of the Maury County School district. I have two sons who attend Maury County Schools also. I earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin. Following my college days, I worked in the Securities and Investments industry for about 10 years. I chose to go back to college and earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. I began my teaching career at Riverside Elementary School in Maury County. I taught 5th grade for two years, and then moved to Kindergarten for three years. I came to MPES in the fall of 2013, and taught 1st grade for the 2013-2014 school year. In the fall of 2014, I began teaching Technology and have loved it since! I love inspiring children to explore all the ways technology can benefit them. I also try to plant a seed of desire to not only be consumers of technology, but to also be creators of technology. When I am not teaching, you can find me on the football field or basketball court cheering on my boys! They keep me going, but I enjoy every minute of the craziness of raising two active sons. I look forward to many more great years at MPES!

Robert Applegate - Music

I am excited to teach music at MPES.  I received my Bachelor of Music from Middle Tennessee State University in 2001. I have taught General Music and Band in grades PreK-12 throughout my years of teaching.