Meet the Administrative Team of Whittle Springs Middle School

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    Meet the Administrative Team 

     


Mr. Daniel Champion

Phone: 865-594-4474

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Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Daniel Champion

Principal

Mr. Champion serves as Principal at Whittle Springs Middle School. Prior to leading Whittle Springs, Mr. Champion was principal of Knoxville Adaptive Education Center.  He has a diverse background in the middle school setting as he previously was assistant principal at Gresham Middle and Vine Middle.  He also taught at both Vine Middle and Karns Middle in Knox County.

Mr. Champion earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennesse, Knoxville, and his Master's degreee in Educational Leadership and Supervision from the University of Tennesse, Martin.

 

Knox County Schools Experience:

  • Principal, Whittle Springs Middle School, 2020 - Present
  • Principal, Knoxville Adaptive Education Center, 2018 - 2020
  • Assistant Principal, Ridgedale School, 2018
  • Assistant Principal, Gresham Middle School, 2017 - 2018
  • Assistant Princpal, Vine Middle Magnet School, 2015 - 2017
  • Master Teacher, Vine Middle Magnet  School, 2013 - 2015
  • Special Education Teacher, Karns Middle School, 2006 - 2013
  • Special Education Teacher, Knoxville Adaptive Education Center 2003 - 2004

Mrs. Leontyne Stone

Phone: 865-594-4474

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

• Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Tusculum College 2000 • Master of Arts in Teaching from Carson Newman College 2003 • Educational Specialist in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University 2008

Mrs. Leontyne Stone

Curriculum Assistant Principal

Leontyne Stone is the Curriculum Assistant Principal at Whittle Springs Middle School.  This is Ms. Stone's 10th year as an Assistant Principal at WSMS.  She joined Knox County Schools in 2003 as a Social Studies Teacher.  During her tenure (2003 - 2009) at Vine Middle School, she taught Social Studies, Math Intervention, AVID, and 6th - 8th Grade Math. She was also the Project GRAD Math Coach at Vine from 2003 - 2009.  

 

Knox County Schools Experience:

  • Curriculum Assistant Principal, Whittle Springs Middle School, 2009 - Present
  • Project GrAD Math Coach, Vine Middle School, 2003 - 2009
  • AVID Coordinator & Elective Teacher, 2003 - 2009
  • Teacher (Social Studies, Math Intervention, and Math), Vine Middle School, 2003 - 2009

 


Dr. Claire Adams

Phone: 865-594-4474

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Dr. Claire Adams

Assistant Principal - 6th Grade

 

Dr. Adams is thrilled to be serving at Whittle Springs this year.  She began here in October 2019 as the 6th grade administrator. Dr. Adams began here career at Carter High School teaching 12th grade English. She then became English department chairperson and TEAM Lead teacher at Carter for the next several years.  In 2019, she became the 12th grade administrator, as well as, continuing to be a teacher at Carter High.  
 
Dr. Adams earned her English degree from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She continued her education at Carson Newman and LMU. While teaching at Carter, Dr. Adams completed her doctorate in Educational Curriculum and Instruction. This is her 14th year in education.
 
Dr. Adams very excited to be a Whittle Springs Warrior! She loves spending time with the students and getting to know them. When she is not cheering on her Tennessee Vols, she loves reading, playing the violin, and spending time with her family. 

 

Knox County Schools Experience:

  • 2019 to present, 6th grade administrator, Whittle Springs Middle School
  • 2018 Administrative Assistant for 12th grade, Carter High School
  • 2006 to 2019 English teacher, Lead teacher, and Department Chair, Carter High School

Mr. Doug Wheeling

Phone: 865-594-4474

Email:

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Mr. Doug Wheeling

Assistant Principal - 7th Grade

Mr. Wheeling is excited to begin his second year at Whittle Springs Middle School serving as Assistant Principal. He began his teaching career at Gibbs High School as Director of Bands.  He taught two years in Sevier County Schools and then returned to Knox County serving as Director of Bands at Karns High School.  After thirteen years at Karns, he entered administration serving as Administrative Assistant at South Doyle Middle School.  Last year he was named Assistant Principal at Whittle Springs Middle School. 

Mr. Wheeling's hobbies include camping, riding his motorcycle and traveling.  He attended The University of Tennessee studying Music Education and was a teaching assistant with the Pride of the Southland Band.  While a student at UT, he was fortunate to be named to two Collegiate All-American Marching Bands. He received a Master of Education in Administration & Supervision degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

He has said that we have wonderful students and tremendous teachers at Whittle Springs, and it is his honor to be a part of the Whittle Springs family. #WarriorPride

 

Knox County Schools Experience:

 


Mrs. Rebecca Reeves

Phone: 865-594-4474

Email:

Degrees and Certifications:

* Bachelor of Music - University of Tennessee, Knoxville * Master of Education in Educational Leadership - Carson-Newman University

Mrs. Rebecca Reeves

Assistant Principal - 8th Grade

Mrs. Reeves is beginning her second year as an administrator at Whittle Springs and will be serving as the 8th grade Assistant Principal. She is beginning her 23rd year in education.

Mrs. Reeves attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. After completing her degree, she started her teaching career in 1998 at Whittle Springs Middle School as the band director. After leaving Whittle Springs, she taught for several years at Holston Middle School, Gresham Middle School, and Gibbs High School. While at these schools, her schedule included Marching Band, Concert Band, General Music, History of Rock, and Student Leadership, as well as planning and leading professional development for the staff of Gibbs High School.

In 2012, Mrs. Reeves was hired into both a Lead Teacher position where she evaluated teachers under the TEAM model, and as a Professional Development Specialist where she helped to train teachers throughout Knox County on the TEAM teaching rubric. In 2016, Mrs. Reeves graduated from Carson-Newman University with her Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree.

Mrs. Reeves continues to play flute professionally in addition to going to the beach and enjoying the sun and sand whenever she can.

Knox County Schools Experience:

  • · 2019 – Present 8th Grade Assistant Principal, Whittle Springs Middle School

    · 2001 – 2019 Band Director, Lead Teacher, Professional Development Coordinator, and Graduation Coordinator, Gibbs High School

    · 2010 – 2015 Band Director, Gresham Middle School

    · 2001 – 2010 Band Director, Holston Middle School

    · 1998 – 2001 Band Director, Whittle Springs Middle School