Brentwood Library 
Hosting Gardening Series

“Ready-Set-Garden” is a series of seven educational presentations exploring a variety of gardening topics to help Williamson County residents learn more about successful gardening in Middle Tennessee.

The series is presented by members of the Williamson County Master Gardeners Association in conjunction with the Williamson County UT Extension of the Institute of Agriculture and the Tennessee State University Cooperative Extension. 

Programs will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, and topics will include March 1: Planting for Pollinators, April 26: Herb Gardens, May 3: Some (Plants) Like it Hot, August 30: Weeds, Weeds, Weeds, and September 13: Trees for Tennessee.

Academic All-Star – Faith Gorey, Crockett Elementary

She’s only 8 years old, but Crockett Elementary third-grader Faith Gorey is already an inspiration to her fellow students and teachers. After being diagnosed with dyslexia last year, Faith has more than risen to the challenge which is why her teachers were thrilled to name her as the school’s Academic All-Star for the 2017-18 school year.

“Hard work pays off,” Faith’s teachers said. “Faith is proof of that. She never gives up no matter how hard it gets. She just keeps on working, and that inspires us as teachers.”

Faith’s mother says the teachers and staff at Crockett have been incredible throughout the whole process.

“The support at Crockett has been amazing,” Susan Gorey said. “One of five people is dyslexic, and the more dyslexia can be talked about and supported through schools like Crockett the better off we all will be.”

Since her diagnosis, Faith has worked extra hard with her teachers to improve her reading skills. She is now able to enjoy chapter books, read her own tests and participate in book club.

“Book club is where you discuss the books you’re reading, and you make predictions about what you think will happen,” Faith said. “I didn’t always like to read, but I do now.”

In addition to reading, Faith spends her free time tumbling, playing the piano and participating in the school’s Best Buddies program, which aims to end the social and physical isolation of students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“For any child who struggles with reading in kindergarten or first grade, identification of dyslexia is huge,” Susan said. “Faith is a great example of how dyslexia does not equate to failure. Dyslexia equates to success.”

Academic All-Star – Emma 
Bradford, Bethesda Elementary

Eleven-year-old Emma Bradford is a hard-working student who’s known for being polite, kind and always willing to lend a helping hand. That’s why teachers and staff at Bethesda Elementary chose her as the school’s Academic All-Star for the 2017-18 school year. Having attended Bethesda since kindergarten, Emma says the teachers at BES are not only caring, but they also have a great sense of humor.

“They like to tell jokes sometimes,” Emma said. “They’re funny, and they are always nice.”

That’s one reason why Emma says math is her favorite subject.

“Ms. Lewis makes it fun,” Emma said. “I like division and multiplying. I don’t always get it right, but I do like math.”

Outside of school, Emma spends much of her time playing soccer.

“I’ve been playing since I was in third grade,” she said. “It’s a good way to stay active, and I like being part of a team that compliments one another.”

Although she’s not sure what she wants to be when she grows up, Emma knows that getting a good education is the key to success.

“An education can lead you to the job you want in the future,” she said. “That motivates me to do well in school. I also like to make the honor roll, so that encourages me to try hard too.”

High-End Tutoring Service Launched in Brentwood

Thrive Tutoring is a new, boutique-style academic service in the Brentwood area offering private, in-home academic tutoring and college coaching, as well as summer camps and workshops. Thrive was founded by a former statewide education leader, Katy Schmitt, who assembled an expert team of the best and the brightest in the industry. Their services are highly personalized—tutors develop lessons specifically for each child’s learning needs and learning style; they do not use a predetermined curriculum. Thrive works with students in kindergarten through 12th grade across all subject areas. Consultations are free, and a portion of their profits go toward providing their services for free to students in need. Learn more by visiting their website, or by contacting them at or 615.398.1171.