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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.

 


2017-2018 Fellows

KNOX COUNTY SCHOOLS

Megan BlevinsMegan Blevins

Before her placement at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Blevins was a school administrator with the title of Administrative Assistant at Mooreland Heights Elementary School. Ms. Blevins has broad experience as a classroom teacher, having taught first and second grade at Ritta and Carter elementary schools and as an ESL teacher at several schools. She also served in the important system-wide role of District Lead Teacher. Ms. Blevins holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, both from the University of Arkansas.


Riley Brewer

Riley Brewer

Before her placement at Halls High School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Brewer worked as a Master Teacher at Carter High School, where she provided instructional coaching support to teachers, as well as developmental evaluative feedback. She previously served as a 10th – 12th grade English teacher and Mentor Teacher at Carter High School, and began her teaching career at Rhea County High School.  Ms. Brewer holds a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education English from Tennessee Technological University.

 


Michelle ClaytonMichelle Clayton

Before her placement at Central High School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Clayton served on the administrative team at West High School, with a title of Administrative Assistant. She has significant school leadership experience, having served as the Correctional Principal at the Mountain View Youth Development Center and as Teaching Principal at the New Pathways Academy at the Florence Crittenton Agency. Ms. Clayton also taught at Richard Yoakley Alternative School.  Ms. Clayton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education and History from the University of South Alabama, and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Tennessee.


Rukiya FosterRukiya Foster

Before her placement at Powell High School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Foster served as a Spanish Language Teacher and World Languages Department Head at Austin-East Magnet High School.  Ms. Foster also taught Spanish for several years at Farragut High School.  In addition, she has been deeply involved with the Project GRAD summer institute, and serves as the Administrative Coordinator for Austin-East Roadrunner football. Ms. Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish, and a Master of Science Degree in Secondary Education, both from the University of Tennessee.


Shaunna FosterShaunna Foster

Before her placement at Gibbs Elementary School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Foster was an Instructional Coach who has served Green Magnet Academy and Chilhowee Intermediate School. Ms. Foster was also a classroom teacher at Belle Morris Elementary School for several years, after having begun her career in the private sector, primarily in banking. Ms. Foster holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Austin Peay State University, as well as a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision, both from Lincoln Memorial University.


Anita JohnsonAnita Johnson

Before her placement at Hardin Valley Academy as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Johnson served on the administrative team at Austin-East High School, with a title of Administrative Assistant. Ms. Johnson also served for many years as an accomplished secondary English teacher and teacher mentor at Bearden High School and earlier at Oak Ridge High School. Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Florida State University.

 


Spencer LongSpencer Long

Before his placement at Karns High School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Mr. Long worked as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director, also at Karns High School. Spencer previously taught AP Biology and Anatomy & Physiology at Halls High School, where he also served as a Lead Teacher. He began his teaching career at Jefferson County High School. Mr. Long holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology for Health Sciences from Carson-Newman College.

 


April PartinApril Partin

Before her placement at Karns Elementary School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Partin was an Assistant Principal at Green Magnet Academy. Ms. Partin also served as an Assistant Principal at A.L. Lotts Elementary School.  She also taught third and fifth grade students as a classroom teacher at A.L. Lotts Elementary School for several years, and served as a Lead Teacher as well.  Ms. Partin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, as well as an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.


Will SmithWilliam Smith

Before his placement at Hardin Valley Elementary School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Mr. Smith taught second grade and served as a Lead Teacher at Lonsdale Elementary School. Prior to this, William was a classroom teacher at Inskip Elementary School. In 2016, Mr. Smith earned the distinction of being named the Knox County Schools Elementary Teacher of the Year. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology and a Master of Science Degree in Child and Family Studies, both from the University of Tennessee.


Lindsey StinnettLindsey Stinnett

Before her placement at Carter Middle School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Stinnett was a Master Teacher, 8th grade English teacher, and the English/Language Arts Department Chair at Vine Middle Magnet School. Ms. Stinnett previously served as an English teacher and Instructional Coach at West High School, where her students consistently demonstrated remarkable academic growth. Ms. Stinnett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Furman University, as well as Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, both from the University of Tennessee.


ADDITIONAL PARTNER DISTRICTS

Jamie Bowman

 

Jamie Bowman – Union County Schools

Ms. Bowman currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Horace Maynard Middle School in Union County. She previously served as an Instructional Facilitator and 6th grade English / Language Arts teacher at Maynard Middle.  Ms. Bowman holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, as well as a Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

 


Rachel HodgesRachel Hodges – Union County Schools

Before her placement at Union County High School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Ms. Hodges was a Secondary English Teacher and Classroom Support Coach at Union County High School, where she has taught since 2013. She has served as a Professional Learning Committee Leader for the past few years, and currently sits on the School Leadership Committee.  Ms. Hodges holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, and earned her teacher licensure through a post-baccalaureate program at Lincoln Memorial University.


Brett HerronBrett Herron – Kingsport City Schools

Before his placement at John Adams Elementary School as Assistant Principal during the Leadership Academy, Mr. Herron was a 4th Grade Math and Science Teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, where he started as a Kindergarten teacher in 2008. He received the 2014-2015 Elementary Teacher of the Year at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, and has served on the Roosevelt Elementary School Leadership Team for 3 years. Mr. Herron holds a Bachelor of Science in Communications from East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from Milligan College.


Oscar OsorioOscar Osorio – Blount County Schools

Mr. Osorio was recently appointed as Assistant Principal at Union Grove Middle School in Blount County. Prior to this appointment, he had taught 7th and 8th grade science for many years and served on the leadership team at Heritage Middle School. Before joining the Blount County Schools in 2000, Mr. Osorio began his teaching career in Miami, Florida. Mr. Osorio holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida International University, as well as Master’s Degrees in Science Education and Educational Administration, Supervision & Leadership from Nova Southeastern University.


Molly RiceMolly Rice – Maryville City Schools

Ms. Rice was recently appointed as Assistant Principal at Sam Houston Elementary School in Maryville.  Prior to this appointment, Ms. Rice had been a classroom teacher at Sam Houston Elementary, serving 3rd and 4th grades. Molly began her teaching career in Westmoreland, Kansas.  Ms. Rice holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Tennessee.

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