• Meet the 2019-2020 Administrative Team of

    Bearden High School

    Admin Team

Mrs. Debbie Sayers

Phone: 539.7800

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Mrs. Debbie Sayers

Mrs. Cara Vaughn

Phone: 539.7800

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Degrees and Certifications:

- Bachelors from Tennessee Technological University in Secondary Education (Science) - Master's from Lincoln Memorial University in Educational Leadership - Ed.S. (Educational Specialist) from Lincoln Memorial University in Curriculum and Instruction

Mrs. Cara Vaughn

Mrs. Cara Vaughn serves as the assistant principal for the freshman class. Mrs. Vaughn's career began as a middle school science teacher. She and her family moved to Knoxville in 2013 where she joined the BHS team as a teacher in the science department. Mrs. Vaughn has most recently worked as an instructional coach at Bearden High School where she supported students and teachers in a variety of capacities. 

Mrs. Vaughn is a middle Tennessee native, who graduated from Riverdale High School in Murfreesboro, TN. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Tennessee Technological University in secondary education. Mrs. Vaughn earned a Master of Science (Educational Leadership)and Educational Specialist degree (Curriculum & Instruction) from Lincoln Memorial University. 

 

 

Ms. 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

Ms. Cassandra Dowd

Ms. Cassandra Dowd serves as the curriculum principal overseeing scheduling, testing, and instruction. She believes that positive relationships, student engagement, and rigorous content are the keys to educational growth.

Ms. 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, Ms. Dowd worked as an Academic Specialist for Public Consulting Group who was contracted with the Tennessee Department of Education to serve priority schools. 

Ms. 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 has two children, Callie, a Bearden graduate, and Will, a current senior.

Mrs. Candace Greer

Phone: 539.7800

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Mrs. Candace Greer

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 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.