Thank You Teachers and Coaches Who Contributed to Social Studies KCS@Home!

Rachael Brantley    Tara Chandler    Laurie Smith    Amie Wheeler     Pamela Cox    Ronna Gregory    Charcee Day    Mary Bates    Jessica Seaton    Alyssa Hill    Rachel Bassett    Kristy Johnson    Kathy Smith    Heather Zajac    Angie Maxey    Tracy Lenz    Natalie Pratt    Robin Smith    Audra Warner    Lynnsey Metcalf    Matt Horton    Kayla Gentry    Lauren Cheatham    Rebecca Ratledge    Bethany Sharp    Barbara Enloe    Madeline Morgan    Carla McLeod    Bahar Hill    Patrice Deathridge    Chris Cavalaris    Jeremy Troyer    Matt Neuhart    Mark Chenot    Haley Jones    Riley Scheyder    Julie Killian    Noel Landrum    Emily Broussard    Brooke Merritt    Joy Thomas    Zelda Dotson    Karah Loveland    Lisa Sexton    Kristi Letsinger    Lori Cox    Karen Peterman    Tyler Lane    Laura Webb    Paula Franklin    Nate Martin    Paegan Turner    Ben Collins    Derek Griffin    Brandon O’Neill    Mitch Mitchell    Mary Roberts    Michelle Steffey    Alexis Hall    Lindsey Parks    Hali Boland    Cassandra Dean    Kristi Radocesky    Josh Wells    Kristi Jeffers   
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    Our Mission

    The mission of the Knox County Schools Social Studies Department is to utilize research-based instructional strategies and cross-curricular connections to empower students with the skills and knowledge necessary to become competent, active, career and/or college ready citizens within a global society and to support excellence for every child.

    Our Beliefs
    • Engaging in Social Studies coursework nurtures growth in both personal and social skills.
    • Social Studies enhances students’ global awareness.
    • Social Studies promotes active participation in our political and economic systems.
    • Social Studies equips students with skills and knowledge to be successful in their community and world.
    • Social Studies empowers students to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers.
    • Social Studies fosters good citizenship.
    • Social Studies encourages an understanding of the past, how it applies to the present, and of how it impacts the future.
    • Social Studies promotes respect for diversity.
    • Social Studies teachers engage all students by using purposeful, meaningful, and research-based instructional strategies.
    • Cross-curricular instruction supports excellence for all children.
    • Collaboration and data-driven instruction supports excellence for every child.


    Our Goals

    • Students will develop a respect for their rights and the rights of others.
    • Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will foster responsible, global citizenship.
    • Students will develop the skills necessary to adapt to an ever-changing society.
    • Students will understand how society establishes governing institutions and distributes power and authority.
    • Students will study, analyze, and interpret data in order to develop a historical perspective to assist in making informed choices and decisions for the present.
    • Students will develop global and multicultural perspectives.
    The Social Studies standards-based curriculum/content provides critical support for KCS, including the School Board's and each school's Mission, and the Superintendent’s Strategic Plan by:
    • Supporting the common good.
    • Adopting common and multiple perspectives.
    • Applying knowledge, skills, and values to civic action.
    • Acquiring information and manipulating data.
    • Developing and presenting policies, arguments, and stories.
    • Constructing new knowledge.
    • Implementing a collaborative, teacher-developed standards-based curriculum.
    • Using data to improve instruction.
    • Addressing Career, College, and ACT Readiness Standards for Reading & Writing throughout the K-12 Curriculum.
    • Encouraging cross-curricular instruction to support high-stakes areas such as Math and Reading.
    • Supporting the building of literacy in Social Studies/History.
    • Differentiating instruction to support the needs of every child.

Social Studies

Social Studies Staff

  • Dean Burress

    Dean Burress

    K-12 Social Studies Facilitator
    Andrew Johnson Building
    10th Floor 
    (865) 594-1730 Office
    Kristen Risdahl

    Kristin Risdahl

    K-12 Social Studies Facilitator
    Andrew Johnson Building
    10th Floor 
    (865) 594-1730 Office
    Vickie Beckers

    Vickie Beckers

    Administrative Assistant for Social Studies/ ELA/ Reading/ World Languages
    Andrew Johnson Building 
    10th Floor
    (865) 594-1730 Office

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