Elise Shelton

Elise Shelton

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools’ Director of Schools Millard House recognized Elise Shelton, the chief communications officer for the district at the May 12 board of education meeting. 

Shelton, who has served the district for 25 years, will retire this year and attended her final meeting online with the school board and administrators. 

“Elise, you were the first person I met when I came into the district,” House said. “You are going to be dearly missed in a special way.” 

House said the district has a plan in the works to celebrate Shelton’s years with CMCSS in a ‘COVID-19 way,’ House said. “She’s leaving with an incredible legacy…we will miss you. We love you.”

Shelton said her career began in print journalism, which launched her into education overseas. 

“I started at a weekly in Elkton, Kentucky, then went on to work at the Bowling Green Daily News,” Shelton said. “Right after graduation from Western Kentucky University, I went to Colombia, South America, where I taught at a bilingual school.”

When she returned to the U.S., Shelton said she worked with several other papers and had a brief stint with the Clarksville chamber, followed by a magazine printing company before taking a job in communications at Saint Thomas Hospital in Nashville. 

In 1995, Shelton began her work with CMCSS as the communications director, which led to her current position as the chief communications officer. 

“There have been many changes, but some things have never changed throughout my tenure,” Shelton said. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to serve the students, their families and the employees of CMCSS.”

Shelton will retire at the end of this month. 

Anthony Johnson was selected as her replacement.  

Johnson has been with CMCSS for a decade, the last four years serving as director of community relations and continuous improvement. 

Other retirees include Debora McDonald, an educational assistant at New Providence Middle School after four years; Deborah Cummings, an executive assistant at Gracey central services after five years; Mary Quarles, a child nutrition assistant at Burt Elementary School after five years; Joan Hooker, a special needs bus driver after six years; Alrita Wilson, a child nutrition assistant at Richview Middle School after seven years; Judy Hicks, librarian at East Montgomery Elementary School after nine years; Brett Bauer, a physical education teacher at Rossview High School after 11 years; David Skwarlo, a custodian at Kenwood Elementary School after 11 years; Dorerline Moll-Person, a media specialist at Burt Elementary School after 11 years; Janet Willis, a custodian at Richview Middle School after 11 years; Robert Nylin, a teacher at Ringgold Elementary School after 11 years; Norman Mitchell, a custodian at Rossview Middle School after 12 years; Rafael Gonzalez, a bus aide after 12 years; Tonya Smith a JROTC teacher at Rossview High School after 12 years; Carolyn Tue, a media assistant at Carmel Elementary School after 13 years; Cathy Petty, a science teacher at Montgomery Central High School after 13 years; Deborah Modzelewski, a teacher at Liberty Elementary School after 13 years; Debra Lowe, a cafeteria manager II at Burt Elementary School after 13 years; Donna D. Gallagher, a teacher at Liberty Elementary School after 13 years; Patsy Cheatham, a technology teacher at Kenwood Middle School after 13 years; Debbie Lawton, a special needs bus aide after 14 years; Melinda Weiss, an ELL teacher at Oakland Elementary School after 14 years; Rebecca Adames, a speech pathologist at Montgomery Central Elementary School after 14 years; Rebecca Williams, an ESL teacher at West Creek High School after 14 years; Rodney Leetham in building maintenance after 14 years; Anna Jewel Cole, an accounting technician at Minglewood Elementary School after 15 years; Mary Anne Sylak, a teacher at Kenwood Elementary School after 15 years; Donna Alexander, an educational assistant at West Creek Middle School after 16 years; Regina McGregor, an administrative assistant at Rossview High School after 16 years; Beverly Holloway, a special needs bus driver after 17 years; Suzanne Dubinin, a physical education teacher at West Creek Elementary School after 18 years; Mary Covington Bryant, an art teacher at Northwest High School after 19 years; Debra Underwood, a SPED teacher at Carmel Elementary School after 20 years; Josephine Hite, an attendance supervisor after 20 years; Kathy Patterson, a teen living teacher at Richview Middle School after 20 years; Marsha Ann Duncan, an administrative assistant at Kenwood Middle School after 20 years; Michael Phillips, a special needs bus driver after 20 years; Patrician Corbett, an accounting technician at Northwest High School after 20 years; Barbara Waite, a gifted teacher at Kenwood Elementary School after 21 years; Cathy Dahl, a teacher at Glenellen Elementary School after 21 years; Donna Deberry, an ELL teacher at Bakers Mill Elementary School after 21 years; Brenda Street, a teacher at Kenwood Middle School after 22 years; Gregory Dahl, a counselor at Pisgah Elementary School after 22 years; Leanne Sanders, an ELL teacher at East Montgomery Elementary School after 22 years; and Tammy Young, an administrative assistant at Norman Smith Elementary School after 22 years. 

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