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-Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry- Spring Arbor University (MI) -Masters of Science, Administration and Supervision- Lincoln Memorial University

Mrs. Debbie Sayers

Mrs. Sayers is a veteran science teacher with 16 years of classroom experience: four years at Jackson High School (Michigan), seven years at West High School, and five years at Hardin Valley Academy.  During that time, she taught basic and CP biology, CP and honors chemistry, PWC, Honors Chemistry 2, and AP Chemistry.  She coached volleyball, boys’ and girls’ cross country, and girls track.  

While at HVA, she served as STEM Academy Dean, lead teacher, and facilitated the chemistry and AP/Honors professional learning communities.  She mentored over 200 Senior Portfolio students, established partnerships with engineers and scientists in the Knoxville/UTK/Oak Ridge corridor, and helped organize the Science Matters lecture series in collaboration with science teachers at Farragut High School.  She directed the HVA STEM Camp, the Two Blues STEM Camp (HVA/FHS), and the Fountain City STEAM Camp for elementary and middle school students.

She served as an AP Reader for four years, a test item writer and reviewer for the ACT/PLAN/Explore tests, a test item reviewer for the state chemistry exam (TN), and was one of several authors for the AP Chemistry Lab Manual during the re-design of the course in 2013. She was named Knox County Schools High School Teacher of the Year and the East TN Section of the American Chemical Society Chemistry Teacher of the Year in 2013. She served as curriculum principal at Farragut High School for two years and as an assistant principal at Central High School for four years.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Spring Arbor University in Michigan and a Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.  She is honored to serve the students and staff of Bearden High School.

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- Bachelor of Science, Accounting and Business Law- University of Tennessee - Masters of Science, Administration and Supervision- Lincoln Memorial University - Education Specialist, Educational Leadership- University of Tennessee

Mr. Russ Wise

Mr. Russ Wise serves as the curriculum principal for Bearden High School.

Mr. Wise began his career at Lenoir City High School where he taught Business Education. He then taught at Halls High School and Central High School before he became an assistant principal at Central.

Mr. Wise has lived in Knoxville his entire life. He graduated from Central High School and earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Law from the University of Tennessee. He then earned his Master of Science in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. Most recently he earned his Educational Specialist degree from the University of Tennessee.

 

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-Bachelor of Arts, Learning Disabilities/Special Education - Michigan State University (MI) -Masters of Arts, Emotional Impairment - Michigan State University (MI)

Mr. Greg Adams

Mr. Greg Adams will be joining us as our new 12th-grade principal.  Greg is a veteran educator with 18 years of experience who has a heart for youth and families. Greg started his career rehabilitating at-risk youth for 15 years as a Youth Specialist at the Jackson County Youth Center. He followed that by serving as an Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at DaVinci High School in Jackson, Michigan, and six years as a special education instructor for the Jackson Intermediate School District. He has worked as Program Director for Western Career Prep High School and as an Assistant Principal at Jackson High School.

Greg has a bachelor’s degree in Learning Disabilities/Special Education and a master’s degree in Emotional Impairment, both from Michigan State University.  He earned his certificate in Educational Leadership and Administration from the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. Greg is an East Tennessee native, a dedicated and highly motivated educator and mentor, and a well-rounded individual with a focus on excellence, innovation, and self-improvement. He is warm, positive, and 100% student-centered.

 

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- Bachelor of Arts, History- University of Tennessee - Masters of Science, Secondary Education- University of Tennessee - Education Specialist, Educational Leadership- Lincoln Memorial University

Mr. Donald Balcom

Donald Balcom is a Roane County native and holds a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Master's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee. He also holds an Education Specialist Degree in Administration from Lincoln Memorial University. He has been in the classroom for the past 15 years and has taught in Blount County, Lenoir City, and Monroe County Schools before joining Knox County Schools at Bearden High School in 2015. He has been a Head Boys' Basketball Coach and Head Boys' Baseball Coach in his 15 years of being in coaching in public education. He and his wife have been married for 22 years and have a son who is pursuing an Architecture Degree from the University of Tennessee. 
 
While at Bearden, Mr. Balcom has been the Social Studies Department Chair, helped run the Bertelkamp Center for Academic Excellence for student-athletes, PLC Team Leader for U.S. History, writer of the State Curriculum for the Americans at War course for Knox County Schools, and still serves as a Lead Mentor teacher on the New Teacher Mentor Team for all student teachers/interns and new teachers to Bearden High School. 
Mr. Balcom loves to spend quality time with his family, traveling, being outdoors boating, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and having a good book in his hands. Mr. Balcom will serve as the assistant principal for the class of 2024.

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelor of Arts, English- University of Tennessee - Masters of Science, Secondary Education- University of Tennessee - Education Specialist, Instructional Leadership- Lincoln Memorial University

Mrs. Meshon Crateau

Meshon Crateau comes to BHS after 25 years in the classroom. Meshon has her B.A. in English from the University of Tennessee; her M.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee; and her Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University. 
 
Meshon is married to Kevin Crateau, and has three children: Madison (17), Kennedy (14), and Logan (6).

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