Beth Spence Deere is currently in her 6th year as principal of Lexington Middle School. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education with a double emphasis in English and History from Lambuth University in 1992. After returning to Lambuth in 1995 to complete an addition endorsement in K-12 Music Education, she completed her Masters of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision in 1998 at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mrs. Deere is currently in her 25th year in education. She began her career in Decatur County in 1992, where she spent the next twelve years teaching music and Language Arts in every grade from Kindergarten to 8th grade. In 2004, Mrs. Deere began her career with the Lexington City School System, teaching 8th grade American History and 7th grade Language Arts. In 2009, she left the classroom to become the Intervention and Student Services Coordinator at Lexington Middle. After serving two years in that position, she became the principal of LMS.
In addition to her activities in the classroom, Mrs. Deere is an accomplished pianist and vocalist and a published writer. She has been a member of the Tennessee Education Association for 25 years and served in various offices of the Decatur County Education Association, including association president. She has also been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma professional fraternity for educators, and is currently a member of the Association for Middle Level Education, Phi Delta Kappa International, the Tennessee Principal's Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the West Tennessee Principal's Study Council. During her tenure as principal, LMS has been named a Tennessee Reward School twice, has hosted Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and various other state officials, and has been the recipient of the GCA Services Clean Facility Award.
She is married to Lexington native Kelly Deere, and they are both members of the Decatur County Elk's Lodge and active volunteers for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the Decatur County World's Largest Raccoon Hunt. They are very involved with their families and in the lives of their nieces and nephew Jessica King, Hannah and Grace Taylor, and Brady Kelley. Mrs. Deere considers her staff and students at Lexington Middle School to be among the best in the state and is very grateful to work in the Lexington City System. She is proudly devoted to making Lexington Middle School the best and most progressive, successful school in Tennessee.