Dr. Tobi Kilgore

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    Dr. Tobi Kilgore

    Student Supports, 7th/xSEL Principal, Northwest Middle School

    Email: tobi.kilgore@knoxschools.org

    Twitter: @NMS_Kilgore


    Dr. Kilgore completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in geography from the University of Tennessee.  He completed graduate studies earning a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.  Dr. Kilgore completed his Doctor of Education degree in 2018 from the University of the Cumberlands.  His dissertation, “Impact of Extracurricular Activity on Student Behavior in an Urban Middle School”, examined the relationship between extracurricular activity participation and student behavior.  Dr. Kilgore is also a Certified Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.


    Dr. Kilgore began his teaching career in Knox County Schools in Knoxville, Tennessee.  He first taught at Ridgedale Alternative School during the 2009-10 school year.  While at Ridgedale Alternative School he was also an assistant football coach at Halls High School.  He spent one year at Ridgedale and then was hired at Central High School where he spent three years teaching government, geography, history, weight training, and sports leadership.  He was also a Lead Teacher at Central High School, assistant football coach, and assistant track coach.  Dr. Kilgore was then hired as the head football coach at Powell High School in 2013 where he also taught government. Dr. Kilgore was hired as the Freshman Academy Dean and head football coach in 2014 at Karns High School and moved into the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal position at the beginning of the 2016 school year.  In January 2017, Dr. Kilgore was hired at Northwest Middle School as an assistant principal and he is still in that position working primarily with the xSEL Academy, 7th Grade, and Student Supports.  Dr. Kilgore has also served as a principal in Knox County Schools Night Alternative Program and a Summer Bridge Program facilitator. 


    At both Central High School and Karns High School, Dr. Kilgore worked with the Great Schools Partnership in implementing student-athlete academic support centers and implemented character education programs through the creation of a sports leadership curriculum.  He also aided with RTI implementation at Karns High School and worked to increase student achievement through the implementation of a Freshman Academy, Saturday Opportunity School, and a specialized ACT tutoring program for sophomores.  At Northwest Dr. Kilgore worked with a committee of stakeholders to implement Social Emotional Learning schoolwide and led the creation of the xSEL Academy which focuses on personalized goal setting and Social Emotional Learning through a school-within-a-school model.  Northwest Middle School and the xSEL Academy saw a reduction in suspensions and increase in pass rate for core content courses during the 2018-19 school year.  In addition, over 90% of the xSEL Academy students reduced the number of areas they were progress monitored as at-risk during the 2018-19 school year. 


    Dr. Kilgore served on the Tennessee Football Coaches Association Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017.  He served on the Discipline Policy Committee for Knox County Schools during the 2016-17 school year, the Principals’ Institute Committee for Knox County Schools in 2018, and on the Night Alternative Program Re-Design Committee for Knox County Schools in 2018.  He has presented at the Knox County Schools Principals’ Institute in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  Dr. Kilgore presented at the Tennessee Department of Education Partners in Education Conference in January 2019 on the implementation of Social Emotional Learning in the middle grades and is scheduled to present at the International Institute for Restorative Practices World Conference, Association for Middle Level Education Annual Conference, and the Tennessee Department of Education Partners in Education Conference on the implementation of Restorative Practices and Social Emotional Learning in the middle grades during the 2019-20 school year.  Dr. Kilgore has also been selected into the Aspiring Principal Program through Knox County Schools.  


    Dr. Kilgore is married to Hollie Kilgore who is a Restorative Liaison at Fulton High School and they have a son, Nolan Kilgore.