Mrs. Dara: Director,

Our Grace UMC site director at Big Fish Academy is Dara McCormick. Dara graduated from Mt Juliet High School and has an Associates degree from Vol State Community College with an emphasis in business. This is her 8th year at Grace UMC Preschool and taught the 3 year old class for 6 of those years. Dara's husband works for a moving/relocation company in Nashville and they have a teenage son that is in the Wilson County school system. 


Ms. Deana- Assistant Director

Deana is a graduate of Mt. Juliet High and has been happily married for almost 30 years. She and her husband have 3 children and 2 grandchildren, one of which attends Big Fish Academy. Deana worked at Grace for 11 years teaching in the 2 year old and toddler classrooms. This year she is excited to join the leadership team as an assistant director. She enjoys working with young children and watching them progress throughout the year. In her spare time you can find Deana working out, traveling, reading & spending time with her family.


Ms. Kymberlee- Support Staff 

Hey! My name is Kymberlee! Currently I am a student at Cumberland University majoring in art and minoring in psychology in hopes to one day become an art therapist. Tennessee has been my home for my whole life and working with kids has always been something that brings me joy. I graduated from Wilson Central High School in June 2020 as a TN Scholar and ADMIN to the school’s NJROTC program. During my senior year I was presented with the opportunity to work in the daycare center there and loved every minute of it! In my free time I enjoy being with my family and friends as well as going hiking, archery, crafting, and anything that requires being creative. This is my first year here at Big Fish and I am excited to be a part of the children’s growth! 


Ms. Heather-Support Staff 

I received my BS degree in Elementary Education from Taylor University in Upland, IN. I taught 5th grade for 2 years before my husband, Rob, and I started our family.  We have two children.  Our son, Sam, is a junior at UTC majoring in Business Management
and our daughter, Claire, is a senior at MJHS.  I have been teaching 3’s at HUM Preschool for 11 years and am so happy to also join Big Fish staff as an aftercare teacher.


Ms. Helen- Support Staff

Hi! My name is Helen! I have lived in Mt. Juliet since I was 6! I just graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelors degree in Nursing. Throughout college I worked within childcare with toddlers and preschoolers. I have a passion for taking care of others, and I especially love to take care of little ones! I have also been with Big Fish the past two summers as a part of their summer camp in Knoxville! In my spare time, I love to be cheering on the Vols and being outside! I am very excited to be joining Big Fish Academy!


Ms.Markie-Support Staff 

Hello, I am Markie Scott and I grew up in Nashville, TN and recently moved to Lebanon 2 years ago. I graduated in 2019 from Mount Juliet Christian Academy with Honors and Tennessee Scholar Achievement. During my high school years, I was on the Varsity Cheer-squad and was the President of SLG, and a member of the fine arts program. I am currently a student at Tennessee Technology University and I am majoring in Special Education with a additional licensure of Elementary Education. I have always had a passion for working with children since a young age and feel it is my true calling. I am excited to continue my journey with Big Fish.


Ms. Julie- Support Staff 

My name is Julie Meehan. I moved to Mount Juliet TN from New Jersey when I was 13.  I graduated from Mount Juliet High School in 2019 and now I am a sophomore at Tennessee Tech University. I am currently studying communications and after I graduate I plan on going into public relations. I am so excited to be working at Big Fish Academy and help the teachers and see the children grow and learn.

Ms. Ashley- Support Staff 


Hi, my name is Ashley! I moved to Tennessee in 2017 from Indiana. I am currently a senior at Mt Juliet High School and am looking to further my education with a doctorate of physical therapy. I’ve always enjoyed working with children and spend my free time teaching dance classes, babysitting, and tutoring. I am so excited to be able to join everyone and work with the kids at Big Fish!


Ms. Bella- Support Staff 

Hello! My name is Bella and I grew up in Gordonsville, TN and moved to Lebanon, Tn in 2016. I graduated from Lebanon High School in 2018. I am currently enrolled at Cumberland University and I am majoring in Psychology and plan on become a Psychiatrist . I am also on the dance team at Cumberland. I am very excited to be a part of the Big Fish Academy and to be able to help the teachers and kids. 


Ms. Morgan- Support Staff

Hi, my name is Morgan! I was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and moved to the Mount Juliet area when I was younger. I am currently a senior at Mount Juliet High School and am hoping to continue my education in biology or law in college. I love working with kids especially in a church environment! I am so stoked to join the Big Fish Team and work with all the kids!

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Ms. Jaime- Support Staff

My name is Jamie, I'm a nursing student at Cumberland University.  I grew up in Nashville and have lived here my whole life.  I graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in 2020.  I love working with kids, I even volunteer in the children's ministry at my church.  I look forward to meeting and caring for all of your children!

Ms. Madelyn- Support Staff 


Madelyn is a preschool staff member at big fish and is excited to start her first year here! She was born in Texas, moved to Colorado and then to Mt. Juliet, TN. She’s majoring in elementary education and has a cat named Josie, and two dogs named Tallulah and Crockett. She enjoys music, theatre, and spending time with loved ones.


Ms. Rachel-Support Staff

Hi. My name is Rachel. I have lived in Hermitage, TN most of my life. I graduated from Goodpasture Christian School in 2019 and now attend Vol State Community College and my major in Special Education. I am a Christian and attend 109 Church of Christ. I have a passion for taking care of children and am excited to be working at BFA. 

Ms. Sara- Support Staff 

Hi. My name is Sara. I am currently going to Motlow for my general education and will soon be going to EMT school in the spring. I spend my free time spending time with my family and loved ones I attend The Experience church in Murfreesboro, TN. I have one dog named Jasper.

Ms. Leanne-Support Staff

Hi! My name is Leanne. I have lived in TN for 5 years. I recently graduated from Wilson Central High School and start Vols state this fall. 

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Ms. Brittany-Support Staff 

My Name Is Brittany. i was born and raised in Nashville Tn. I graduated for John Overton High School in 2006. I went on to college and graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2010. I have a mother, twin sister, and older half-sister. I started working at the new hope child development center in 2010. I moved on to work The Gardner School of Nashville a couple of years later. I love working with children. Most of all I love seeing children grow and learn. I also like singing and dancing with children. In my spear time I love to read, write, study Japanese and shopping.


Ms. Regan- Support Staff

Hi, my name is Regan! I have lived in Mount Juliet my whole life. I am a senior at Green Hill High School, and I attend Hermitage Church of the Nazarene. I love working with children, especially babysitting and helping with my church's preschool ministry. I'm planning to continue my education in nursing in college. I am looking forward to working at Big Fish and getting to meet everyone!


Ms. Allison-Support Staff 

Hi my name is Allison and I am so excited to be a part of BFA! I graduated from Mt. Juliet High School in 2021 and now I attend Cumberland University. I faithfully attend the Donelson Fellowship and volunteer in the nursery. I have a dog named Huckleberry and a cat named Ruby. I love working with children and babysit on the weekends. 


Ms. Sasha-Support Staff 

Hi, my name is Sasha! I am a momma to a sweet three year old boy and having another boy in a few months! I graduated from metro Christian academy in 2016 then nannied while in college until having my son. I graduated from the university of Memphis in august 2021. I have two dogs who are like my babies as well! I love going on new adventures with my little family and trying new things. I can’t wait to watch all of the little ones grow and learn at Big Fish Academy! It’s so rewarding to be apart of that experience with them! 


Ms. Sarah-Support Staff

Hi, my name is Sarah. I’m 21 and went to school at Austin Peay for 3 years. I decided to change directions and work with kids instead! I’ve always loved helping my mom with the children’s ministry at our church and seeing them get excited about God. Also, as an older sister, I found it really rewarding seeing my little sister Hannah grow up. In my free time, I like to read, be outdoors, and be creative. 


Ms. Kiersten-Support Staff

Hello, my name is Kiersten. I am from Memphis, TN I moved to Nashville, TN in 2015 I graduated from Mcgavock high school in 2020. I am currently a freshman at volunteer state community college and I am majoring in nursing. I love kids and I enjoy working with kids and I am excited to work at big fish.

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Ms. Avery-Support Staff

Hello, my name is Avery! I have a love For children and animals of all kinds, which I plan to use as motivation to one day get my bachelors in elementary education. I currently go to Cumberland and I enjoy learning new things. I was born and raised in Tennessee but I love to travel. I live with my mom and my two siblings who are all so important to me. I have been breeding Yorkshire terriers since I was 10 and I currently have 6 dogs. I love teaching and representing self love and kindness.