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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: Independent Studies
3rd period: English IV
4th period: ACT Prep
5th period: Library
​6th period: Library 
What We Learn Here
  1. THINK: Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.
  2. CREATE: Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
  3. SHARE: Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society
  4. GROW: Pursue personal and aesthetic growth. 
Shared Foundations
  1. INQUIRE: Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems.
  2. INCLUDE: Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community.
  3. COLLABORATE: Work effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work toward common goals.
  4. CURATE: Make meaning for oneself and others by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance.
  5. EXPLORE: Discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection.
  6. ENGAGE: Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and an interconnected world.

Recent Posts

Writers' Workshops at SE-YA Bookfest

When: Saturday, March 10, 9:00AM-10:30 AM
Cost: $0
Registration: Links to register are found in the description of each workshop.
Cancellation Policy: Please cancel at least 24 hours in advance so we may open your spot to someone on the waiting list.  

de la Pena and Long
Salon@615 Matt de la Pena and Loren Long
January 31, 2018 6:15 PM
Tickets: Free
Location: Nashville Public Library, 615 Church St.
Matt de la Peña wrote Last Stop on Market Street, which won the Newbery Medal and was chosen for a Caldecott Honor. He also wrote the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis.
Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis series. He’s the illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestseller Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama. They will discuss their new book, Love.
SE-YA Book Fest
SE-YA Book Fest is a FREE one-of-a kind of event that will take place in March of 2018 on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. It is designed to place teens and authors of young adult literature in a setting to interact about what they love most -- YA lit! The primary goal of the Southeastern Young Adult Book Festival is to encourage and develop literacy in young adults by connecting them with authors, thereby advancing education in the community. What better way to do that than to have a little fun?
Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The DMK school winner will compete against other Tennessee students for a chance to win $1000 and a trip to Washington, DC to represent Tennessee at the national finals. The national winner will receive $20,000!
Important Dates:
Thursday, January 25 - DMK School Contest
Saturday, March 10 - TN State Finals in Nashville
Courtney Stevens
Event date: Friday, August 25, 2017 at 6:30pm
Event address
Parnassus Books
3900 Hillsboro Pike Suite 14
Nashville, TN 37215

Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome back Courtney C. Stevens for her new book, Dress Codes for Small Towns.

Billie McCaffrey is always starting things. Like couches constructed of newspapers and two-by-fours. Like costumes made of aluminum cans and Starburst papers. Like trouble. This year, however, trouble comes looking for her.

Her best friends, a group she calls the Hexagon, have always been schemers. They scheme for kicks and giggles. What happens when you microwave a sock? They scheme to change their small town of Otters Holt, Kentucky for the better. Why not campaign to save the annual Harvest Festival we love so much? They scheme because they need to scheme. How can we get the most unlikely candidate elected for the town’s highest honor? But when they start scheming about love, things go sideways.

In Otters Holt, love has always been defined one way—girl and boy fall in love, get married, buy a Buick, and there’s sex in there somewhere. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple. Can the Hexagon, her parents, and the town she calls home handle the real Billie McCaffrey?

Author Courtney Stevens delivers an honest, funny, and endearing account of a girl coming to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and sexuality, while facing the opposition that follows.

Courtney Stevens grew up in Kentucky and occasionally lives in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a former adjunct professor, youth minister, & Olympic torchbearer. Her novels include:  Faking Normal,  The Blue-Haired Boy (Novella),  and The Lies About Truth. As an educator and author, she visits schools, designs retreats, and teaches workshops on marketing, revision, character development, and Channeling Your Brave. When she isn’t teaching and scribbling ideas in a notebook, she’s probably menacing small children during laser tag, walking 500 miles, or carving something with a saw.

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.