Beth Spence Deere is currently in her 30th year in education. She received her Bachelor 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 additional 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 began her career in Decatur County in 1992, where she spent the next twelve years teaching music and Language Arts in every grade from PK 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 LMS, and served two years in that position. In 2011, she took the position as principal of Lexington Middle School, where she served 8 years before joining the LCSS Board Office administration. Currently, Mrs. Deere serves as the Director of Special Education for the system.
In addition to her activities in the classroom, Mrs. Deere is an accomplished musician and a published writer. She has been a member of the Tennessee Education Association for 29 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, the Association for Middle Level Education, Phi Delta Kappa International, the Tennessee Principals' Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the West Tennessee Principals' Study Council. During her tenure as principal, LMS was named a Tennessee Reward School three times; a Level Five School four times; hosted former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and various other state officials, and was 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 are active volunteers for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through the Decatur County World's Largest Raccoon Hunt. They attend the First United Methodist Church of Parsons and are very active in the lives of their nephew and three nieces. Mrs. Deere considers LCSS to be among the best school systems in the state, and she looks forward to serving the children of Lexington in her current role in Special Populations.