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About Mrs. Abed
I am the library media specialist and reading intervention teacher at Daniel McKee Alternative School. I have a master's degree in Library and Information Science from Trevecca Nazarene University and a B.A. in English from Middle Tennessee State University. You may contact me at abede@rcschools.net or (615) 890-2282.
Class Schedule
1st period: Library
2nd period: Strategic Reading (high school elective 1/2 credit)
3rd period: RTI Reading (8th grade)
4th period: Library
5th period: Library
​6th period: RTI Reading (6th & 7th grades)
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Recent Posts

Caius Book
Linebaugh Public Library will host local author Edwin McKnight on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. McKnight will sell and sign copies of his book Caius and the Great Troll Adventure, published last July by WordCrafts Press.

The book tells the story of the noble Caius on his quest to discover trolls. There was a time in the distant past when evil beings roamed the land, cast a dark shadow over all who dwelt there. But those dark days are long past. The great trolls grew fewer in number and now only live in legends and tales told around the fireplace at night. A young man named Caius heard the stories and wondered if perhaps any such creatures still roamed the earth. His quest will let us know if any still exist.
New Books 3-20-17
A faculty member has donated 6 new books to the DMK library from SE-YA Book Fest along with some of author Brooks Benjamin's book recommendations:
  • Ghost by Jason Reynolds - Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.
  • Strong Inside: The True Story of how Perry Wallace Broke College Basketball's Color Line by Andrew Maraniss - the true story of the first African American to play major college basketball in the Deep South - a powerful and often overlooked moment in black history
  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (soon to be a movie) - Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.
  • The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner - Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing...in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom.
  • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban - Near the start of World War II, young Manami, her parents, and Grandfather are evacuated from their home and sent to Manzanar, an ugly, dreary internment camp in the desert for Japanese-American citizens.
  • Wanted: Dead or in Love by Kyn Brunner - Teens Monroe and Jack are possessed by the spirits of the outlaw lovers, Bonnie and Clyde.
Author Visit 2
On Friday, March 17, Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights, gave a presentation and signed books at DMK. For a few weeks leading up to his visit, the middle school students have been reading his book during RTI in literature circles, so they were excited to meet him. Brooks was very entertaining, made everyone laugh, and gave several book recommendations and writing advice. It was a successful author visit!
SE-YA 17
Selected students went on a field trip with Mrs. Abed and Mrs. Phillips to the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival at MTSU on Friday, March 10 where they had the opportunity to listen to panels of authors discuss their books, ask questions, and personally meet the authors to get their books signed. It was a fun day! Four new books have been added to the DMK library from SE-YA Book Fest.
Author Visit 1
Amy Christine Parker, author of Gated, Astray, and Smash & Grab, visited DMK on Thursday, March 9 to give a presentation and to sign books for students. It was a great success! Several students are now reading Gated.
Poetry Out Loud 17
Hannah represented Daniel McKee Alternative School at Poetry Out Loud this year on Saturday, March 4. She recited two poems on stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame and did a fantastic job! We are so proud of her performances! Two DMK students came to support her as well. Great job, Hannah!
Brooks Benjamin, author of My Seventh Grade Life in Tights, will be speaking at DMK to the middle school students on Friday, March 17 during 5th period.

About My Seventh Grade Life in Tights: Dance studios are for sell-outs. Or at least that’s what Dillon’s dance crew keeps saying. But when a chance to compete at the biggest dance academy in the state falls in his lap, he has to decide what’s more important: sticking to his crew’s rules or freestyling his way into solo greatness.

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