Our Staff


Bridgette Akins- CIS Executive Director


 Bridgette Akins – Executive Director- Communities In Schools (CIS) of Wilson County.

I am originally from Morristown, Tennessee. After graduating from Carson Newman College I began working for Upward Bound at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU). LMU is where I met my husband, Matt Akins, a native upstate New Yorker. Shortly before getting married Matt accepted the job as Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Barton College and we moved to Wilson.

  Once in Wilson I earned my teacher licensure and a Master of Curriculum and Instruction degree. I taught seven years in public, private and charter schools. Now as the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Wilson County I am continuing my work with students, teachers and schools. CIS serves four elementary and two middle schools in Wilson County. These schools are low income and/or high priority schools. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

  As a family we have grown since moving to Wilson. Matt and I have two children, Jack (8) and Eva (5). We attend church at St. Therese and are involved in the community. We are active in Barton and Wilson youth soccer, educational support, Young Life and traveling. We hope our family can leave a positive impact in the community.


Student Intervention Specialists – Elementary

Angela Barnes – Barnes Elementary School

Karen Stephenson- Hearne Elementary School

Vielka Givens- Vick Elementary School

Jairod Barnes Winstead Elementary School

Student Intervention Specialists – Middle

Eric Lyons – Darden Middle

Crystal Jones – Toisnot Middle

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