• Meet the Administrative Team of Bearden High School

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Mr. Jason Myers

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelor of Science, History, University of Tennessee - Master of Arts, Special Education and Principal License, University of Tennessee

Mr. Jason Myers

 

Mr. Myers is honored to be the new principal at Bearden High School and looks forward to serving the students and community. Mr. Myers is committed to keeping the needs of students at the center of all decisions and will strive to treat students as he would want his own treated.

Mr. Myers graduated from Lenoir City High School in 2000. He earned a B.A. in history from the University of Tennessee. He also earned his M.S. in special education and earned his school leadership certification while completing coursework for a PhD also at the University of Tennessee.

Most of Mr. Myers’ career has been spent working with high school students. During his time in education he has worked in many capacities and strived strived to be the best he could in all of them. His career began at Lenoir City High School in 2004 where he worked with the in-school suspension program and coached football as-well-as track and field. In 2008 he moved to Fulton High School where he served as a special education teacher and continued coaching. In 2011, he was appointed to a lead teacher position at Fulton. In 2012, he joined West High School as an assistant principal, where he focused on freshman transition supports before serving as curriculum principal in 2015. He was appointed principal of Knoxville Adaptive Education Center in 2016 where he served for two years. Each position has taught him countless lessons related to serving students and school communities.

He believes family is a blessing and should always be a priority. He has been married to his wife, Christie, for 15 years and they have three daughters Kenslie, Jaycie, and Baylie.

Mrs. Amanda Edsell

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, English and Youth Ministry, King University, Bristol Master of Education, Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, King University, Bristol Educational Specialist, Educational Leadership, Liberty University

Mrs. Amanda Edsell

Amanda Edsell serves as the assistant principal for the freshman class. Mrs. Edsell’s educational philosophy is challenging students with high expectations in order to prepare them for their life’s purpose.

Mrs. Edsell started her career in education at Karns Middle school teaching 7th grade English. From there, she moved to Bearden as an English teacher and then served as an Instructional Coach and Response to Intervention Coordinator. In addition, she coached basketball at both Bearden High and Karns Middle.

Mrs. Edsell enjoys spending time with her husband Michael and her daughter Caden Grace.

Mrs. Cassandra Dowd

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelor of Arts, English Education, Trevecca University - Master of Arts, Instructional Leadership, Tennessee Technological University

Mrs. Cassandra Dowd

Mrs. Cassandra Dowd serves as the assistant principal for the sophomore class and oversees curriculum and instruction. She believes that positive relationships, student engagement, and rigorous content are the keys to educational growth.

Mrs. Dowd holds a B.A. in English Education from Trevecca University and a M.A. in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Technological University. She started her career as an English Teacher in Blount County in 1996 and became an assistant principal there in 2007. As a new administrator, she played a key role in opening the Ninth-Grade Academy at William Blount High School where she served until 2012. For the 2012-13 school year, Mrs. Dowd worked as an Academic Specialist for Public Consulting Group who was contracted with the Tennessee Department of Education to serve priority schools.

Mrs. Dowd joined Knox County Schools as an assistant principal at Bearden High in 2013. She spent five years as the freshman principal with an emphasis on the transition to high school. She was named Tennessee’s NASSP Assistant Principal of the Year in 2016. She is married to David Dowd, and they have two children, Callie, a Bearden graduate, and Will, who currently attends.

Mr. Spencer Long

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts - Biology for Health Sciences, Carson-Newman College Master of Education - Educational Leadership, Carson-Newman University Education Specialist - Educational Administration, University of Tennessee Leadership Academy

Mr. Spencer Long

Mr. Spencer Long serves Bearden High School as the 11th grade principal.
 
Mr. Long is a Knoxville native who began his career as a science teacher and assistant baseball coach in 2010 at Jefferson County High School. After teaching and coaching for 6 years at his alma mater, Halls High School, Mr. Long entered administration as an assistant principal and athletic director at Karns High School. In 2017, he was selected to participate in the University of Tennessee Leadership Academy, earning his Specialist in Education degree. 
 
Mr. Long enjoys spending his free time active and outdoors with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Adelyn.
Mr. Rod Crockett

Phone: 539.7800 x 1107

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelor of Science, Mathematics and Secondary Education University of Tennessee, Knoxville - Master of Science, Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mr. Rod Crockett

Mr. Rod Crockett serves as the assistant principal of the senior class.

Mr. Crockett's career began at Bearden High in 1990 as a math intern and teacher. Since then, he has been fortunate to have served in Kingsport City, Williamson County, and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as a teacher and school administrator.  

Mr. Crockett is a Nashville native. He graduated from Hillsboro Senior High in Green Hills, and earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Mr. Donald Balcom

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

- 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 21 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.