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Dr. Brown Mr. Brown
Dr. Diana Brown
Joey Brown
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 Bichon Frise named Joplin.


Joey Brown began his higher education at Itawamba Community College (Go Indians!). There he earned an Associate of Arts in Design and continued to Mississippi State University (Go DAWGS!). While there, he completed three years of academic work towards a degree in Architecture and Design and a one-year internship at an architectural firm in Nashville, TN. Afterwards he attended Tennessee State University (Go Tigers!) and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and Education. Finally, he attended Middle Tennessee State University (Go Raiders!) and earned his Master of Education in Supervision and Instruction.

Between the years of attending M.S.U. and T.S.U, Mr. Brown had difficulty choosing a career. Finally, a life-changing experience came and he was able to fill in for a teacher at a private school during her maternity leave. He taught middle and high school math. The next year Mr. Brown was hired on full time. Because of this experience, he decided to go back to college to be a certified teacher. It took him two years and his wife working a full-time job but he graduated and found a teaching job in the same week. He has been working in the Rutherford County school system since 2004.

When not formally teaching or leading, he loves to teach and play with his own four kids. He often builds obstacle courses for them but of course must try them out himself. He also likes to create art out of most anything but mainly wood, wire, paint, and leather. He and his lovely wife of 16 years enjoy movies, experiencing new food, and teaching their kids to be creative and open-minded. They also love on their puppy Suzy Q. as much as possible.