Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

-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.

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelor of Science, Business Administration and Finance - Cal State University - Masters of Arts, Diversified Biblical and Theological Studies - BIOLA University - Doctorate of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership - University of Southern California

Dr. Dave Rynkiewicz

Dr. Dave Rynkiewicz is known for his positive, collaborative, supportive, and approachable leadership qualities. Dave started his career as a substitute teacher in 2007 before finding an interim position as a mathematics and physical education teacher at Frank Wright School in El Monte City School District in El Monte, California. He taught math at David Starr Jordan Middle School in Burbank and then served as math teacher and department chair at San Dimas High School in San Dimas, where he was recognized as San Dimas High School Teacher of the Year in 2015. In 2017, he moved into administration as an assistant principal at West Covina High School. In 2021, he was named executive principal at Gabrielino High School in San Gabriel, California.

Dave has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance from Cal State University, a single subject teaching credential in mathematics from Point Loma Nazarene University, a master of arts in Diversified Biblical and Theological Studies from BIOLA University, and an Ed.D in K-12 Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California. Dave has been married to his wife Flavia for 11 years and has two children. He is fluent in Spanish.

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

-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.

 

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 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.

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelor of Arts, Special Education - East Tennessee State University - Masters of Education, Instructional Leadership - Lincoln Memorial University - Education Specialist, Curriculum and Instruction - Lincoln Memorial University - Doctoral Candidate - Organizational Leadership - Trevecca Nazarene University.

Mr. Steve Harris

Steve Harris is a veteran educator with 13 years of experience who cares about kids and has an infectious warmth that fills a room. During his career, he has worked as a substitute teacher, a teaching assistant, a teacher, and a coach. He started his career in behavioral management classrooms at Ross Robinson Middle School and Tennessee High School before working as a staff member and mentor at Crossing Point, a boys' group home. From there, he taught Algebra 1 and special education at Farragut High School and special education, ELA, math, and positive behavior classes at Alcoa High School. He was a member of Alcoa's RTI2B implementation team and served on the At-Risk Student Committee. After three years at Alcoa High, he returned to Farragut High School, where he served as a special education teacher for four years. In addition to his time in the classroom, Steve has worked as an EdTPA scorer, reviewing and scoring teacher candidate portfolios.

Mr. Harris is originally from Bristol, TN, and graduated from Tennessee High School. He attended East Tennessee State University, earning his Bachelor's degree in Special Education. Mr. Harris has also earned his Master's degree in Instructional Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University and his Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction. He is currently completing his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Trevecca Nazarene University.

Mr. Harris and his wife Jessica have a one-year-old son, Jaxon. He and his family are excited about joining the Bearden family.

Phone: 594-7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelor of Arts, History- University of Tennessee - Masters of Science, Theory and Practice in Teacher Education- University of Tennessee - Education Specialist, Educational Leadership- University of Tennessee

Mrs. Denise Watts

Mrs. Denise Watts serves as the 9th grade principal for Bearden High School.
 
She started her career in education in 2004 at Central High School where she taught Social Studies.  She then taught at Powell High School. After teaching for ten years, Mrs. Watts became an instructional coach at Austin-East Magnet High School.  
 
Mrs. Watts earned her Educationalist Specialist degree from the University of Tennessee after which she became an assistant principal at Austin-East Magnet High School for six years.
 
She was born in East Tennessee but grew up in the small town of Lake City, South Carolina.  She moved back to East Tennessee as a freshman in high school and graduated from Jefferson County High School.  
 
Mrs. Watts has been married to her husband Eric for 17 years.  They have one daughter named Adeline (11).  The Watts family enjoys traveling and listening to Taylor Swift music.