English as a Second Language


English as a Second Language follows the State of Tennessee ESL Curriculum Framework adopted by the State Board of Education on July 18, 1997. Instruction begins where student needs begin, perhaps with basic survival skills, teaching name, address, phone number, how to ask directions to the bathroom and drinking fountain. Instruction in standard English continues in the areas of speaking, reading, writing, and understanding spoken English. American cultural practices, customs, and mores are discussed. 


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a civil rights statute which provides that: 'No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps in the United States ... shall solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. (29 USC 794)

Binny Stumpf

Social Studies

The Social Studies Department classes cover all the major courses in social science. Honors and AP classes are offered in certain social sciences at the present time. A wide variety of teaching styles are used by the faculty. A computer lab is available and used by the department to encourage the use of technology in the classroom. Academic assistance is available for students who have difficulty in a class or need to make up tests.

 1.  Keith Brown - Department Head
 2.  Jamie Angle
 3.  Josh Bayless
 4.  Brent Chaffin 
 5.  Connie Dalton
 6.  Chuck Gentry
 7.  James Ledford
 8.  Vickie Matheney
 9.  Elizabeth Osuch (Global Learning Center)
10.  Justin Qualls
11.  Johnathan Stewart
12.  Jill Stone
13. Jeffrey Williams

Career and Technical Education

The mission of Career and Technical Education is to enhance the economic development process by providing persons of all age, social-economic status and learning potential opportunities to acquire career competencies for the workplace and foundation for career development through matriculation to higher education. For more opportunities in career and technical education.

Notice: Students attending private schools may enroll in Career Technical Education classes at CHS. For more information contact the CHS guidance department.

1.  Danielle Johnson - Department Head
2.  Amber Darley
3.  Lisa Flatt
4.  Goins, Nicki
5.  Randy Mansell
6.  Brittany Neely
7.  Jenny Patton
8.  Michael Pedigo
9.  Mandy Rawls
10.  Shannon Renegar
11.  Stephanie Ross
12.  Jackie Vester
13.  James Watson
14.  Jeffrey Wilson
15.  Tiffany Zellner

Health and Physical Ed

Introduction: The Health and Physical Education Department offers variety of experiences in the areas of Health, Physical Education, and Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC). The department offers required and elective courses to include activity courses that teach skills for team and individual and dual sports activities. Course content provides students the opportunities to develop self-discipline, personal fitness, skills related to healthful living, and the information necessary to make appropriate lifestyle choices. Additionally, the department offers JROTC to teach students the value of citizenship, leadership, accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. Note: two credits in JROTC will substitute for one credit of Lifetime Wellness.

Health and PE

1.  Nickey Phillpot , Department Head
2.  Kevin Bray 
3.  David Frazier
4.  Scott Hughes
5.  Jimmy Maynord
6.  Steve Medlin
7.  Nichole Pugh
8.  Douglas Romero
9.  Jordan Webb
10. Bill Wrasman

Fine Arts

Introduction: Through the various areas of fine arts, students learn to develop creativity through art, drama, music, and dance. Introductory courses provide general surveys of each area and lead to advanced studies in a student's preferred area.

One fine art is required for high school graduation for dual or university path students.

Fine Arts

1.  Mitchell White, Department Head
2.  Cephas Ablakwa
3.  Michael Choate

4.  Merry Flatt
5.  Robin Ford
6.  Molly Malon
7.  David Talbert
8.  Faye Watts

Special Education

The Special Education Department at Cookeville High School offers services to all students who have been certified as mandated by state and/or federal guidelines to be qualified and eligible for services. Services include a Consultation Program, which works cooperatively with regular education classes; a Resource Program with a full range of academic classes; and a Comprehensive Development Program based on three levels of ages and/or abilities. A school-to-work program is offered through the Transition Department and provides services including classroom instruction, in-school supervised work experiences, community based on-the-job training, and independent co-op. A full-time Behavior classroom is provided for students to develop appropriate skills so that they may return to regular classes. Trained personnel provide for group and independent counseling services on an as-needed basis. Ancillary services include programs for students with speech, hearing, vision, and physical disabilities.

Students are referred for Special Education Services through teacher, counselor, or parent recommendations and are determined eligible by a school psychologist or family physician. Students must be recertified every three years to maintain a current eligibility status. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is designed for each student through a meeting of the IEP Team, which takes place no less than once each year. The IEP Team may include the parent or legal guardian, the student, both special and regular education teachers, school administrators, a counselor or school psychologist, and other professionals as designated by the school system. The role of the IEP team is to develop an appropriate education program for all eligible students in the least restrictive environment.

The Special Education team consists of teachers trained in all aspects of disability services; transition and behavior specialists; school psychologists; speech, physical and occupational therapists; social workers; classroom aides; job coaches; and LPN staff.

1.  Michelle Bowman
2.  Amy Bray
3.  Janie Brock
4.  Abby Jo Grigsby
5.  Kim Hannah
6.  Josh Heard
7.  Koye Henderlight
8.  Jessica Johns
9.  Vanessa Johnson
10.  Jessica Johns
11.  Heather MacLeod
12.  Jilliane Myers
13.  Cynthia Parker
14.  Shawn Patterson
15.  Anita Ray
16.  Jodi Smith
17.  Marina Stump
18.  Kathleen Sullivan
19.  Kisah West
20.  Betty Winninham


The following opportunities will be provided to students during their course of study in science: safe lab environment, instruction in correct use of lab equipment, incorporation of computers in science, studies in dissection, the relationship of math to science, outside research projects, the development of organizational skills and problem solving techniques, possible college credit in AP courses, and academic assistance.

1.  Jennifer Williams, Department Head
2.  Michelle Arbogast
3.  Jackie Cox
4.  Kelsey Denny
5.  Sarah Harris
6.  Nikki Harrison
7.  Deborah Higgins
8.  Kimberly Pack
9.  Bethany Stevens
10.  Lynn Thurber
11.  Tony Stone
12.  Dr. Tiffanie Wright
13.  Steve Young


Introduction: The curriculum of the English Department at Cookeville High School follows the State guidelines as well as the English Curriculum Guide for Putnam County. The program is designed for students to earn one credit annually for each of the state required classes (English 9, English 10, English 11, and English 12). Honors English is offered at each grade level. Advanced Placement English 11 and English 12 are taught when a sufficient number of students register for the courses.The English Department also offers electives in the following areas: Journalism (Yearbook and Newspaper), Speech, and Creative Writing.

All English classes at Cookeville High School incorporate grammar, literature, oral and written expressions, and analysis and research techniques. The four-year program incorporates computer technology (including various software programs, word processing, internet and publication systems) as well as makes use of audio visual media.


 1.  Carolyn Hawkins, Department Head
 2.  Dawn Nicholson, Department Head
  3.  Joye Ashby
  4.  Julie Benjamin 
  5.  Vicki Brummit
  6.  Sharon Cochrane
  7.  Shane Cunningham
  8.  Jennifer Fields
  9.  Jessica Johns
10.  Tracy Jones
11.  Elizabeth Johnson
12. Sherri Leimer
13. Allison Mahan
14. Mary Martin
15. Kristy McClanahan
16. Rebecca Payne
17. Emily Phillips
18. Molly Risley
19. Rachel Robinson
20. Binny Stumpf

For current course descriptions click on Curriculum Guide on the home page.


Introduction: The mathematics department is committed to the offering of courses that will prepare our students to be successful upon graduation. Within each course, every effort is made to apply the math concepts to real world situations and to use existing technology to enhance learning.

The key to successful math development is to begin at the level that is appropriate based upon performance in previous math courses. We encourage parents to rely heavily on the recommendation of the current math teachers. Also, when taking Algebra I and Algebra II parents should encourage enrollment in the A & B course unless the student is an exceptional math student and has teacher recommendation to take the one term course.


1.  Landon Melton, Department Head
2.  Lisa Burgess
3.  Chelsey A. Forgey
4.  David Foster
5.  Rachell Goodwin
6.  Lura Hawkins
7.  Eric Howard
8.  Donna Johnson
9.  Chevon Mayette
10.  Norda McAfee
11.  Charlene Page
12.  Jeana Piggott
13.  David Powell
14.  Christine Rivers
15.  Joann Shriner
16.  Misty Waller

Foreign Language

Introduction: The Foreign Language Department offers students a choice of French, German, or Spanish. Students are provided with practice in the four key elements of language development: speaking, reading, writing, and listening in the student's language of choice. In addition to classroom work and practice, students use the Sony listening lab to hear a variety of dialects and accents and to practice speaking with partners, in small groups, and to record assigned materials. In the department's computer lab students practice with a variety of software programs and online components tied to their textbooks. Honors and/or IB classes are also offered in each language should students wish to pursue study at a higher level.

Field trips allow for students to see plays and special museum or theatrical performances in the target language. French, German, and Spanish clubs offer an opportunity for school and community service projects. Club projects often bring students into contact with speakers who have traveled to or who are natives of the various countries under study.

Foreign Language

1.  Brian Miesch, Department Head

2.  James Andrews
3.  Mike Barlow
4.  Jessika Bohon 
5.  Claudia Bottoms 
6.  Nadine Jones
7.  Ivania Perez