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Current Fellows

2018-2019 Fellows

 

Beth Beeler  – Claiborne County Schools

Beth Beeler has served as a 5th grade teacher and speech language educator for Claiborne County Schools for several years. As a teacher and Literacy Leader at H.Y. Livesay Middle School, Ms. Beeler has had a broad impact on instruction and student learning. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education as well as a Master’s of Education degree in instructional leadership, both from Lincoln Memorial University.

 


 

Jacob Bellissimo – Jefferson County Schools

Jacob Bellissimo currently serves as Assistant Principal at Jefferson Middle School in the Jefferson County Schools. Mr. Bellissimo previously taught history and was the leader of the school data team at Jefferson Middle School. Jacob began his career in Hamblen County, and is completing his fellowship as part of the Governor’s Academy of School Leadership.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Carson-Newman University, and a Master of Science degree in education from the University of Tennessee.


 

Chad Deal – Anderson County Schools

Chad Deal currently serves as Assistant Principal at Clinton High School in the Anderson County Schools. Mr. Deal previously taught social studies at both the high school and middle school level, and served as the Social Studies Department Chair at Clinton High School. Chad holds Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from Tennessee Technological University, and a Master of Arts degree in instructional leadership, also from Tennessee Tech.

 


Melissa Graves – Union County Schools

Melissa Graves has served as a kindergarten teacher and district curriculum coach in the Union County Schools for several years. Prior to her work in public education, Ms. Graves was the owner and director of a successful day care provider in Union County for more than 20 years. Melissa holds an Associate of Science degree in English and history from Pellissippi State Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies from East Tennessee State University, and Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Lincoln Memorial University.

 


 

Emily Helphinstine – Kingsport City Schools

Emily Helphinstine currently serves as the District Literacy Coordinator for the Kingsport City Schools.  Ms. Helphinstine previously worked as a Literacy Coach for the school system, and a classroom teacher at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Kingsport.  Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Milligan College in elementary and early childhood education, and a Master of Education degree in early childhood education from East Tennessee State University.

 


Suzanne Lewis – Kingsport City Schools

Suzanne Lewis has served as a kindergarten and first grade teacher for several years at John Adams Elementary School in the Kingsport City Schools.  Ms. Lewis has been a Lead Teacher for Mathematics for the school system, and in 2018-19 will serve in the role of Associate Principal.  Prior to her career in public education, Suzanne worked in the private sector for several years in the health care and technology industries. Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education from East Tennessee State University.

 


 

Renee Loan – Lenoir City Schools

Renee Loan currently serves as a Personalized Learning Facilitator for the Lenoir City Schools, helping teachers integrate technology and differentiation strategies into their instruction.  Ms. Loan had previously served as a Library Media Specialist in the school district.  Renee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and women’s studies from East Tennessee State University, and Master of Education degree in educational media and technology, also from ETSU.

 


 

Destiny McRee – Bristol Tennessee City Schools

Destiny McRee currently serves as a Program Assistant at Anderson Elementary School in the Bristol Tennessee City Schools. Ms. McRee previously served in a variety of instructional and administrative roles in education, largely in the Kingsport City Schools.  Destiny holds a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood education and a Master of Education degree in educational leadership and policy analysis, both from East Tennessee State University.

 


Misty Northup – Morgan County Schools

Misty Northup has served as the Library Media Specialist at Sunbright School in Morgan County since 2011.  Previously, Ms. Northrup taught Kindergarten and first grade at Sunbright School for more than ten years.  Misty holds an Associate of Science degree in general studies from Roane State Community College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in early childhood education from Tennessee Technological University, as well as a Master of Arts degree in curriculum and instruction, also from Tennessee Tech.

 


Judy Pearson – Blount County Schools

Judy Pearson currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Heritage Middle School in the Blount County Schools. Ms. Pearson has been a 7th grade science teacher and spent more than twenty years teaching agricultural education in several East Tennessee high schools. Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural education from Tennessee Technological University, a Master of Science degree in agricultural education from Purdue University, and an Educational Specialist degree in instructional leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

 


Amy Pendleton –  Claiborne County Schools

Amy Pendleton currently serves as Assistant Principal at Forge Ridge School in the Claiborne County Schools.  Ms. Pendleton previously served as an English language arts teacher in several grades, and a half-time administrator at Forge Ridge.  Amy holds an Associate of Science degree in general studies from Walters State Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Lincoln Memorial University, and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership from Union College in Barbourville, Kentucky.

 


Deidre Pendley – Bristol Tennessee City Schools

Deidre Pendley currently serves as a Program Assistant at Tennessee High School in the Bristol Tennessee City Schools.  Ms. Pendley also coordinates the school’s LEAP grant program, and previously served as a teacher and curriculum coach in high school mathematics. Deidre holds a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts degree in education from Tusculum College, and an Educational Specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

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