Subjects Taught
Third Grade


Graduated from Carson-Newman College with a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education


Graduated from Carson-Newman College with a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction


Graduated from East Tennessee State University with an Educational Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision


I have been teaching for 29 years and the last 24 years have been at Alpha.  I have taught every grade from kindergarten to sixth grade but I love first, second and third grade.  While teaching at Alpha Primary, I have served as team leader for ten years and have been appointed to various committees.  I have served as the Student Council sponsor, assisted with the implementation of the portfolio system, helped develop the system-wide mathematics test we used in first grade and served as the first grade representative for our school district for science. I have taught second grade and am now currently teaching third grade.  I was voted Teacher of the Year in 2013 by my peers at Alpha and was very honored and humbled to have been chosen.  I feel that the students are my number one priority in the day and I want each one to be as successful as possible.  Teaching is not the easiest job but it is certainly the most rewarding to me.  I am proud to be an educator!




Hello!  My name is Karen Dishner and I would like to tell you about myself.  I have lived in Morristown all my life and I am a product of our fine school system.  I knew when I was in first grade that I wanted to be a teacher.  I would go home every day and play school.  My parents bought a desk and chalkboard for me to have in my bedroom so that I could play.  In fact, the globe that I use in my classroom was a present for me when I was a young girl.  Teaching is a calling and I knew for many years that this would be my profession.  I also love to sing.  I have been doing that since I was three years old.  I enjoy spending time with my family and working at my church when I am not traveling.  I married my best friend, Trey, on March 9, 2013 and we live here in Morristown.  He has made my life complete.  We have a shichon puppy named Shelby that we spoil rotten.  When I am stressed, I bake!  I am a Paula Deen fan.  I also love to read when I have the time and of course I enjoy music.  I look forward to meeting my new students each year and watching them grow.  We have an excellent educational program at Alpha and I am honored to be a part of it.