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Leadership Academy announces new Fellows 



March 7, 2012

The Leadership Academy has announced its next cohort class for 2012-2013. A collaborative venture between the University of Tennessee and the Knox County Schools, the Leadership Academy prepares talented individuals to become outstanding new school principals through a full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program. 

The program is supported through both an anonymous gift and partially through Tennessee’s First to the Top funding. The class will begin work on May 31.
The Leadership Academy is a part of The Center for Educational Leadership, housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
 
“While we are fortunate to have strong principal leadership in our school district, our partnership with the University of Tennessee helps us to become more deliberate about identifying and developing the next generation of effective school leaders in the Knox County Schools,” said Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools.
 
“This is so exciting to see the Leadership Academy grow to over thirty fellows. We are starting to see results with fellows who have been placed in schools in terms of student achievement, school culture and faculty involvement. The bottom line is that this program works and great leaders equal great schools,” said Dr. Autumn Cyprès, Director of the Center for Educational Leadership.
   
Leadership Academy Fellows will spend four days a week working in a school with an experienced mentor principal. The fifth day will be spent in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners.

To complete the program, students will participate in a project that will integrate their learning across the many curricular areas of the Academy, and will include an electronic portfolio documenting the student's proficiency in school leadership, and a public presentation about the 15-month experience.

Fellows will graduate from the program with a master's or education specialist degree and a state principal license.
Point of Contact at Knox County Schools is Melissa Copelan, 594-1905 or melissa.copelan@knoxschools.org
 
Point of Contact at the University of Tennessee is Lola Alapo, 974-3993 or lola.alapo@tennessee.edu
 


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Byron Booker

Central High School. 

Mr. Booker has been in the education field since 2003 and at Central since 2004. He is an English as a Second Language Teacher, Lead Teacher, TEAM Evaluator; 2011-2012 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.

Windy Clayton

South-Doyle Middle School. 

Mrs. Clayton has been an educator since 1997 and has been with the Knox County Schools since 2005, first as a teacher at Farragut Middle School and now as an Assistant Principal at South Doyle Middle School.

Casey Cutter

Ball Camp Elementary School. 

Mr. Cutter has been in the field of education since 2007 and has been with the Knox County Schools since 2010 as a third grade teacher at Adrian Burnett Elementary and now as a fourth grade teacher at Ball Camp

Laicee Hatfield

Central High School. 

Mrs. Hatfield began as a student teacher at West High School in 2004 and has been with the Knox County Schools since that time.  She is currently a Science Teacher, Lead Teacher, and TEAM Evaluator at Central.

Tina Miller Holt

West Haven Elementary School. 

Mrs. Holt has been an educator since 1993 and has been with the Knox County Schools since 1995 as an elementary teacher at Beaumont Magnet, Ball Camp, and Fountain City Elementary Schools.  She is currently TAP Master Teacher at West Haven.

Desiree Odom Jones

Austin-East Magnet High School. 

Mrs. Jones has been an educator at the Knox County Schools since 1996, teaching such classes as English, Journalism, and Creative Writing at South-Doyle High School and Hardin Valley Academy.  She is currently a  TAP Master Teacher at Austin-East.
Nathan Langlois
Powell High School. 

Mr. Langlois has 15 years of experience in large urban/suburban school districts as both a teacher and an educational leader.  He joined the Knox County Schools in 2011 as Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Powell.

Kathryn Marie Lutton

Fulton High School. 

Mrs. Lutton has been in the field of education since 2004 as a Literacy and Writing Coordinator and now English Teacher at Fulton High School.

Jessica Schaefer Ruiz

Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy. 

Mrs. Ruiz has been in the Knox County Schools since 2004, teaching at the elementary grade level at Green Magnet and Beaumont Magnet.  She is now a TAP Master Teacher at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet.

Tiffany Watkins

Hardin Valley Elementary School. 

Mrs. Watkins has been with the Knox County Schools since 1995, teaching at the elementary grade level at Ball Camp, Christenberry, Mount Olive, West Haven, and Fountain City Elementary Schools.  She is currently First Grade Teacher and KCS Mentor  Teacher at Hardin Valley Elementary.
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