Daniel-McKee Alternative School

Skip to main content
Main Menu Toggle


Dr. Brown Stirbens
Dr. Diana Brown
Nicole Stirbens
Assistant Principal

Dr. Diana Brown has been in public education for over 25 years, all of which have been in Rutherford County Schools. She is a lifelong resident of Rutherford County, an alumnus of Riverdale High School and received her Bachelor of Science, Masters of Education and Specialist of Education degrees from Middle Tennessee State University. In 2001, Dr. Brown received her Doctorate in Education from Tennessee State University.

Entering Rutherford County Schools as a school counselor at Daniel-McKee Alternative Schools, Dr. Brown spent 13 years at Daniel-McKee before transferring to Oakland High School as a Graduation Coach. After 6 years, she decided to return to school counseling and transferred to Stewarts Creek High School when it opened in 2013. In 2016, Dr. Brown became an Assistant Principal at Smyrna West Alternative School before returning to Daniel-McKee Alternative School as the Principal in 2018.

In her leisure time, Dr. Brown enjoys golfing, hiking, biking, kayaking and hanging out with family and friends. She loves to travel to new places and is always up for an adventure. She also likes reading, listening to podcasts, live music, and watching Netflix. She enjoys competition and, regardless of the game, she wants to win. She loves college football and her schedule is usually planned around football games in the fall. She has one dog, a big goofy guy named Lincoln. He is a German Shorthaired, Lab, Husky mix. 






Nicole Stirbens, originally from Ohio, has lived in Tennessee for the last twenty years.  She received her Bachelor of Education degree in Elementary and Special Education from Youngstown State University, her Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University, and her Specialist in Education Degree in Curriculum and Supervision from Union University.  Her educational career includes over twenty years of experience. 


Mrs. Stirbens' experience in the classroom includes elementary general and special education as well as middle school gifted, Inclusion, science, and STEM education.  She also has eight years of middle and high school administrative experience.   Her educational background also includes the following roles: PLC Lead, Rutherford Works Ambassador, Testing Team, School Leadership, Yearbook Adviser, Teacher Mentor, Dean of Students, Department Chair, Crisis Team, and RTIB2 Team. 


Mrs. Stirbens is married with three children who are all a part of the Rutherford County School System.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, traveling, and being with her family and friends.  Mrs. Stirbens is honored to be a part of Daniel-McKee!