Homeless Department

  • Knox County Schools ensures homeless students have equal access to the same free appropriate public education as provided to other students.  The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Improvement Act gives children and youth in homeless situations the right to attend school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.  Homeless students also have access to transportation to and from their schools or origin or zoned schools.
    Knox County Schools provides a full time Homeless Liaison to work with and assist homeless children and their families.  The Liaison provides ongoing sustainability in the program by ensuring that homeless children are immediately enrolled in school and receive the appropriate services and resources for which they are eligible.  They are provided with school supplies and transportation to their schools of origin to help maintain stability in their educational services. 
    Knox County Schools offers various services throughout the year for the homeless population. Tutoring services are provided at two shelters enabling students to complete their homework assignments and improve their knowledge and comprehension.  A four week summer enrichment program is provided for rising 1st grade through rising 5th grade students.  The students have the opportunity to participate in art, music, and dance activities, as well as, a scheduled field trip.  Mornings are focused on math and reading in order to improve their academic performance and success. 

Department Contacts

  • Heather Willis, Supervisor

    Heather Willis

    School Culture Supervisor

    UT Tower, 3rd Floor

    (865) 594-1965





    Tamera Saunders

    Homeless Liaison

    (865) 755-6248 Cell





    Monica Hurst

    Homeless Coordinator