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Daniel Cook Enters the World Race

Daniel Cook Enters the World Race

Cierra Williams, Yohanna Michael, and Ariana Tillis, News Reporters

October 31, 2016


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Daniel Cook is a Blackman High School alumnus who graduated in the year 2012. We recently interviewed him about his participation in The World Race. Q: How did you find out about the World Race? A: About two and a half years ago I studied abroad in London per semester. I really enjoyed that and when I got back from t...

New Teachers in the Know: Madeline Burford

Cierra Williams, Reporter

September 2, 2016


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A native of Houston, Texas, Madeline Burford is an English teacher.  She received her undergraduate degree at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and her graduate degree at MTSU. Burford's mother inspired her to become a teacher. "My favorite thing about Blackman is the welcoming and suppo...

New Teachers in the Know: Jennifer Waite

Molly Lemoine, Reporter

September 2, 2016


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Jennifer Waite grew up in California, and has a positive, chirpy attitude to match it. Her classroom is artsy and creative, and may as well have 'Pintrest' written all over it. You can tell crafting is one of her hobbies, along with swimming and reading. Speaking of reading, Waite teaches English....

New Teachers in the Know: Jennifer Watkins

Cierra Williams, Reporter

September 1, 2016


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Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jennifer Watkins is a 23 year old math teacher at Blackman. She is in graduate school at Bethel University, where she received her undergraduate degree in mathematics and is currently earning her masters in K-12 education.   She said she decided to pursue a care...

New Teachers in the Know: Windy Willette

Kenzi Vetter, Reporter

August 29, 2016


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Windy Willette, teacher of 17 years, has recently joined the Backman Blaze family. Coming from East Tennessee, Willette has come to teach agriculture at Blackman High School. She made her decision to come to Blackman after hearing great things about the school, FFA, and the community. Willette said...

New Teachers in the Know: Brian Pendegraft

Neko Collins, News edititor

August 26, 2016


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Brian Pendegraft is an Algebra II teacher who started his first official year of teaching here at Blackman High School. Pendegraft was not planning to become a teacher.  He initially attended Western Governor's School University to pursue a computer engineering degree. After a few summer internships,...

New Teachers in the Know: Madeline Burford

Cierra Williams, Reporter

August 26, 2016


Filed under News, Spotlights

A native of Houston Texas, Madeline Burford is an English teacher here at BHS. She is an alumnus of both Trevecca Nazarene University and Middle Tennessee State Univeristy. Her mother, who is also a teacher, inspired her to  teach. Blackman High is not only special to its students but also to...

New Teachers in the Know: Jennifer Watkins

Cierra Williams, Reporter

August 26, 2016


Filed under News, Spotlights

Originally from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Jennifer Watkins is a twenty-three year old math teacher at Blackman. She is currently in graduate school at Bethel University, where she also received her undergraduate degree in mathematics. She said she decided to pursue a career as a teacher because...

New Teachers in the Know: Coach Alex Trakas

Molly Lemoine, Reporter

August 26, 2016


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Ohio State Alumni, football coach, and teacher here at Blackman, Alex Trakas has a lot to be proud of. Alex Trakas coached Ravenwoods football team for five years, eventually bringing his team to the State Championship. Then, he left Ravenwood and coached at Oakland for a year.  Finally, Trakas found...

New Teachers in the Know: Erika Shanklin

Nikera Simpson, Reporter

August 26, 2016


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Erika Shanklin, a teacher of 10 years, has come to Blackman to teach Integrated Math 1. Shanklin was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN. She went to Huntsville, AL for 2 years to go to Auburn. However, she came back to her home town where she graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. Shanklin...

New Teachers in the Know: Justin Cunningham

Cierra Williams, Reporter

August 26, 2016


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Justin Cunningham is not just a teacher, he wants to make an impact. "I always wanted to be around kids and change lives." He is a graduate of Austin Peay State University, where he earned a degree in special education. He is a lover of sports and is a Blackman football coach. His favorite sports...

New Teachers in the Know: Ben Caudill

Yohana Michael, Reporter

August 26, 2016


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Teaching geometry is just one of the many things that Blackman High school football coach, Ben Caudill, enjoys. Born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee, Caudill decided to pursue his career as a geometry teacher studying at the private, Christian liberal arts university Harding University in Arkansas....