Jacqueline Jackson was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Tennessee. Mrs. Jackson has deep roots in the community and a great love for the Cottage Grove School.
Mrs. Jackson began her teaching career in the very same building to which she returns after 32 years of service to the Henry County School System. Mrs. Jackson graduated from Henry County High School in 1971. She received her Associate’s Degree from Freed-Hardeman College in 1973. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education at Murray State University in 1974. She returned home to teach at Cottage Grove School where she had attended school from 1st through 10th grade. In 1983 Mrs. Jackson began graduate studies and in 1985 completed her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Tennessee at Martin. In 1993 she completed thirty hours above the Master’s acquiring her endorsement for Administration/Supervision. She has also taken graduate classes through South Carolina University. Mrs. Jackson is recognized as a Career Level III teacher and highly qualified by NCLB standards in elementary education, mathematics, language arts and science.
Jackson is married to her husband of 36 years, David, a teacher and coach at E. W. Grove School and minister of the Cottage Grove Church of Christ. They have four married children and two granddaughters.
Mrs. Nina Barker is a native of Dresden, Tennessee where she resides with her husband Billy, a farmer. She is a graduate of Dresden High School and studied office occupations at McKenzie State Area Vocational Technical School where she received a clerk/typist certificate. Mrs. Barker is a member of the Mack's Grove Baptist Church. She enjoys reading, movies, cross-stitch and fishing. Mrs. Barker's charity of choice is The American Cancer Society.
Annette Smetak teaches science at CGS. She has a B.A. in Chemistry from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. Post graduation, course work was completed in systems management, computer programming, and technical writing. She traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe for Lachat Instruments in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; primarily developing chemical methods and physical hardware for testing brackish waters, teaching scientific theory and laboratory techniques to the customers' chemists, and completing technical writing projects. This was followed by 8 years at Rock River Laboratory in Watertown, Wisconsin where she supervised the soils testing lab and developed chemical methods for testing soil nutrients. During the past 15 years, she has also worked in pharmaceuticals, been a volunteer science tutor, and a homeschool teacher. She is married to Jerry Smetak. They have 3 children and have now lived in Cottage Grove, Tennessee for 4 years. They attend the Cottage Grove Baptist Church.
Christie Atkins teaches French at CGS. She is originally from Farmington, Missouri, and has a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri in Columbia, having minored in Spanish. She has also studied Latin and German. She is a homemaker and attends the Cottage Grove church of Christ with her husband Mark and their of five daughters.
Waddey is from Franklin Tennessee, has a B.A in Religion from Union
University in Jackson Tennessee and a Master of Arts from the
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest North
Carolina. He has been in the ministry for 20 years and for the last 5
years has been the minister at The Cottage Grove Baptist Church. He
and his wife Robin homeschool their 5 children.
Billy Hutchens was born in Henry County just outside of Whitlock Tennessee and as a youth attended Cottage Grove School. As a young man Mr. Hutchens served in the U.S. Army attending the ordinance school at Aberdeen Prooving Grounds in Maryland and airbourne training at Ft. Campbell Kentucky where he earned his parachute wings. He spent most of his life in construction as a private contractor.
The study of history became a passion early in life but his first love has always been God's word and His Church. Mr Hutchens and his wife Jacqueline have three children and eight grandchildren.
Board of Directors
Mark Atkins, Chairman
Mark Atkins owns and operates a small hardwood millworks and is a native of Cottage Grove. He and his wife Christie have five daughters, Hannah, Carolina, Georgia, Fairlight and Evangeline.
Dr. Thomas Fleming is the president of The Rockford Institute and the editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture. He has worked at the Institute since 1984. He is the author of The Politics of Human Nature, Montenegro: The Divided Land, and The Morality of Everyday Life, named Editors’ Choice in philosophy by Booklist in 2005. He is the coauthor of The Conservative Movement and the editor of Immigration and the American Identity. He holds a Ph.D. in classics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Before joining the Rockford Institute, he taught classics at the University of Miami of Ohio, served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, and was headmaster at the Archibald Rutledge Academy. He has been published in, among others, The Spectator (London), Independent on Sunday (London), Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Chicago Sun-Times, National Review, Classical Journal, Telos, and Modern Age. He and his wife, Gail, have four children and one grandchild. Dr. Fleming attends St. Mary's Oratory in the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, Illinois.
Michael R. Bradley
Dr. Michael R. Bradley is a native of the Tennessee-Alabama state line region near Fayetteville, Tennessee.He attended Samford University for his B. A., took a Masters of Divinity at New Orleans Seminary, and a M. A. and the Ph. D. from Vanderbilt University, graduating there in 1970.
For thirty six years Dr. Bradley taught United States History at Motlow College, a Tennessee Board of Regents junior college near Tullahoma.He retired in May 2006.
He has been pastor of two Presbyterian churches in Middle Tennessee, LaVergne Presbyterian from 1968 to 1976 and Clifton Presbyterian from 1977 t0 2006.He served as Interim Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Manchester from January 2007 until June 2008.
Dr. Bradley is the author of several books on the War Between the States period including Tullahoma: The 1863 Campaign; With Blood and Fire: Behind Union Lines in Middle Tennessee; Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Escort & Staff in War and Peace;It Happened in the Civil War; and Home Fires in the Line of Fire, a part of an anthology about the war in Tennessee.Two recent articles have been published in North & South magazine; “Death Lists in Middle Tennessee,” and “In the Crosshairs: Confederate Civilians Targeted for Death by the United States Army.”He also writes on other topics including the Revolutionary War, the Great Smoky Mountains, and historical stories.Dr. Bradley has written for various reference works, including The Civil Rights Encyclopedia and The Tennessee Encyclopedia.
In 2006 Dr. Bradley was elected Commander of the Tennessee Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.He is a Life Member of that organization.
Dr. Bradley is married to Martha Rae Dobbins Bradley.They are the parents of two adult children, Nancy Todd Bradley Warren and Michael Lee Bradley.Dr. and Mrs. Bradley have two grandsons, William Andrew Warren and Michael Alexander Warren. He attends First Presbyterian Church, Tullahoma, Tennessee
Dr. Clyde Wilson
Dr. Clyde N. Wilson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at the University of South Carolina where he served from 1971 to 2006. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He recently completed editing of a 28-volume edition of The Papers of John C. Calhoun, is author or editor of a dozen other books and over 500 articles, essays, and reviews in a variety of books and journals, and has lectured all over the U.S. Books include Why the South Will Survive, Carolina Cavalier, The Essential Calhoun, and most recently From Union to Empire: Essays in the Jeffersonian Tradition and Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. Dr. Wilson is recipient of the Bostick Prize for Contributions to South Carolina Letters and the first annual John Randolph Lifetime Achievement Award and is M.E. Bradford Distinguished Professor of the Abbeville Institute. He is a contributing editor of Chronicles magazine and founder of the Stephen D. Lee Institute, educational arm of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He has two daughters and one grandson and lives in busy retirement in the Dutch Fork of South Carolina.
David Alan Jackson
David Alan Jackson is a native of Henry County and graduate of Henry County High School. He attended Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tennessee, majoring in Bible, and completed his undergraduate work at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, with a degree in Speech and English. Jackson received his Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Secondary Science from the University of Tennessee in Martin. He has taught for over thirty years at Buchanan Elementary, Henry County High School, Big Sandy High School, and is currently teaching at E. W. Grove School in Paris.
Brother Jackson began preaching in 1972 and has preached regularly since that time. He has preached at the New Bethel, Hico, and Mt. Zion churches of Christ in Henry County. He has served as youth minister at the University church of Christ in Murray, Kentucky, and East Wood church of Christ in Paris Tennessee, and as prison minister at the Clifton prison in Clifton, Tennessee. He has been serving as the preacher for the Cottage Grove church of Christ since 2004.
He and his wife Jacqueline have four children (Alice, Travis, Megan, and Tara) and three grand children.
Catharine Savage Brosman, Ph.D.
Catharine Savage Brosman, Ph.D., who now lives in Houston, is Professor Emerita of French at Tulane University, where she taught for nearly three decades.During her years there she was appointed Mellon Professor of Humanities for a semester in 1990 and later held the Gore Chair in French.She also holds the title of honorary Research Professor at the University of Sheffield, U.K., where she was visiting professor for a term. Her scholarly publications comprise eighteen volumes, single-authored or edited, concerning French literary history and criticism, including five edited volumes in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series.As a creative author, she has published two volumes of non-fiction prose and seven collections of verse, including, most recently, Range of Light(LSU Press, 2007) and Breakwater (Mercer University Press, 2009).Her new collection, Under the Pergola, will appear at LSU Press in September 2011, and another volume, On the North Slope, in late spring 2012.She is Poetry Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture, and also serves on the editorial board of the Bulletin des Amis d’André Gide.
Honorary Board Members
Dr. Brad Green is Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is also one of the co-founders of Augustine School, a classical and Christian school in Jackson, where he also teaches Latin. Dr. Green earned his Ph.D. in Theology from Baylor University (Waco, Texas). Married to Dianne and the father of three children, Dr. Green is currently working on a book on the relationship between the gospel and the intellectual life. He attends Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson.