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Jessica Holman Appointed Principal of Green Magnet Academy
 
Jessica Holman has been appointed Principal at Green Magnet Academy effective July 2017. She joined Knox County Schools in 2003 as a teacher at Dogwood Elementary School, served for two years as President of the Knox County Education Association, is a graduate of the Principals Leadership Academy and has previously served as an assistant Principal at Christenberry Elementary School. She is currently serving as the Principal at Inskip Elementary School.
 
Ms. Holman holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology, a Master of Science degree in Child and Family Studies and an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration all conferred by the University of Tennessee.
 

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Tina Holt Appointed Principal of Rocky Hill Elementary School
 
Tina Holt has been appointed Principal of Rocky Hill Elementary School effective July 2017. Ms. Holt joined Knox County Schools in 1995 as a teacher upon moving to Knoxville from Texas.
 
Ms. Holt worked for 17 years as an elementary education teacher, instructional coach and master teacher at several Knox County elementary schools. She was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2012 and was placed at Ritta Elementary School as an assistant principal. She is currently principal at Fountain City Elementary School.
 
Ms. Holt holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Cumberland College, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee Tech University and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration from the University of Tennessee.

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Melinda Russell Appointed Interim Principal of A.L. Lotts Elementary School
 
Melinda Russell has been appointed interim principal of A.L. Lotts Elementary School effective July 2017. Ms. Russell joined Knox County Schools in 2010 as a teacher upon graduating from Tusculum College.
 
Ms. Russell taught at Shannondale Elementary School until 2015 when she was appointed assistant principal at A.L. Lotts Elementary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Russell holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Tusculum College and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Carson-Newman University.

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Michael Toth Appointed Principal of Bearden Middle School
 
Michael Toth has been appointed principal of Bearden Middle School effective July 2017. Mr. Toth joined Knox County Schools in 2003 as a teacher upon completing graduate school from the University of Tennessee.
 
Mr. Toth taught at Green Magnet Academy until 2010 when he was appointed assistant principal at Karns High School. He is currently assistant principal at Halls High School/North Knox Vocational Technology Center.
 
Mr. Toth holds a bachelor's degree in Voice Performance from Michigan State University, a master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

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Bill Baldwin Appointed Principal of Northwest Middle School
 
Bill Baldwin has been appointed principal of Northwest Middle School effective July 2017. Mr. Baldwin joined Knox County Schools in 2008 as an experienced teacher. He previously worked for Anderson County Schools and at several schools in Arkansas and Texas.
 
Mr. Baldwin taught at Fulton High School until 2012 when he was appointed assistant principal at South_Doyle High School, where he continues to serve.
 
Mr. Baldwin holds a bachelor's degree in Physical Education from Arkansas State University, a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Tennessee and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

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Desiree Jones Appointed Principal of Vine Middle School
 
Desiree Jones has been appointed principal of Vine Middle School effective July 1, 2017. Ms. Jones joined Knox County Schools in 1996 upon graduation from the University of Tennessee and worked l 5 years as a high school teacher.
 
Ms. Jones was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2012 and placed at Carter High School as an assistant principal. She also served as interim principal of Vine Middle School and is currently an assistant principal at Fulton High School.
 
Ms. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction and an educational specialist degree in Educational Administration, all from the University of Tennessee.

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Mitchell Cox Appointed Principal of Halls Elementary School
 
Mitchell Cox has been appointed principal of Halls Elementary School effective July 1, 2017. Mr. Cox will join Knox County Schools as an experienced administrator and teacher from Sullivan County in Northeast Tennessee.
 
Mr. Cox taught seven years at Sullivan North High School before becoming a teacher and administrative assistant at Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee in 2012. He began his career in administration the following year as an assistant principal at Sullivan Central High School. He is currently principal of Indian Springs Elementary School.
 
Mr. Cox holds a bachelor's degree in History from East Tennessee State University, a master's degree in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment from Walden University, and an Educational Leadership license from Union College.

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Denise Blefko Appointed Principal of Powell Elementary School
 
Denise Blefko has been appointed principal of Powell Elementary School effective July 2017. Ms. Blefko joined Knox County Schools in 1978 upon graduating from the University of Tennessee. She was a teacher in Knox County for nine years before working 21 years as an educator and administrator in Georgia and Virginia.
 
Ms. Blefko returned to Knox County in 2015 as an assistant principal at Copper Ridge Elementary School, where she continues to serve.
 
Ms. Blefko holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, a master's degree in Psychological Services from Marymount University, a master's degree in Educational Leadership from George Mason University and a certificate of Special Education Leadership, also from George Mason University.

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Chris Henderson Appointed Principal of Farragut Intermediate School
 
Chris Henderson has been appointed as principal of Farragut Intermediate School effective July 2017. Dr. Henderson joined Knox County Schools in 1999 as a teacher upon graduating from the University of Tennessee.
 
Dr. Henderson taught at Spring Hill Elementary School until 2005 when he worked as administrative assistant at Halls Elementary School. He was appointed assistant principal of Halls Elementary in 2007 and assistant principal of Karns Elementary the following year. He is currently principal at Halls Elementary.
 
Dr. Henderson holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Elementary Education and doctorate of education in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, all from the University of Tennessee.

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Brett Foster Appointed Executive Director of Food Services
 
Brett Foster has been appointed as executive director of food services for Knox County Schools. Ms. Foster joined Knox County Schools in 2012 as a school area supervisor and process management specialist in the food and nutrition services department.
 
Ms. Foster previously served as administrative assistant to the food/health services and transportation departments for Loudon County Schools.
 
Ms. Foster holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and is credentialed as a school nutrition specialist by the School Nutrition Association.

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Cory Smith Appointed Principal of Hardin Valley Middle School
 
Cory Smith has been appointed as principal of the new Hardin Valley Middle School effective July 2017. Mr. Smith joined Knox County Schools in 2006 as an experienced principal at Rocky Hill Elementary School, where he continues to serve.
 
Prior to his tenure in Knox County, Mr. Smith worked as K-12 principal, assistant principal, special education director and teacher in Maine.
 
Mr. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in Special Education and a master's degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Maine.

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Cindy White Appointed Principal of Gibbs Middle School
 
Cindy White has been appointed as principal of the new Gibbs Middle School effective July 2017. Ms. White joined Knox County Schools in 1980 and has taught at Inskip and Belle Morris elementary schools. She also spent 20 years in the classroom at Whittle Springs Middle School.
 
Ms. White began her career in administration in 2007 as assistant principal at Karns High School and was later appointed principal at Karns Middle School. She is currently serving as principal at Vine Middle School.
 
Ms. White holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

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Tammi Campbell Appointed Ombudsman for Knox County Schools
 
Tammi Campbell has been appointed as Ombudsman for Knox County Schools, effective March 2017. Ms. Campbell joined Knox County Schools in 2002 working with Project Grad for seven years before becoming a school counselor at Austin-East High School. She previously served as a training specialist for Knoxville's Community Development Corp., and as a trainer and customer service representative for businesses in Nashville and Knoxville.
 
Ms. Campbell was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2011 and placed at Hardin Valley Academy as an assistant principal. She is currently an assistant principal at Austin-East High School.
 
Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and marketing from Clark Atlanta University; a master's degree in Education from Tusculum College; a master's degree in school counseling and an Educational Specialist degree in Administration Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

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Jon Rysewyk Appointed permanent Chief Academic Officer
 
Dr. Jon Rysewyk has been appointed to serve as the permanent Chief Academic Officer for Knox County Schools, effective immediately. Dr. Rysewyk has served in the role as interim since Jan. 6, 2017. Dr. Rysewyk began his career with Knox County Schools in 2002 as a teacher and department head at Karns High School.
 
He went on to become an exemplary principal at Fulton High School before serving as supervisor of secondary education for Knox County Schools, and later, executive director of innovation and school improvement. He also served more than two years as the founding principal and school director of Knox County's first charter school, Emerald Academy.
 
Dr. Rysewyk holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Education from the University of Tennessee, an Education Specialist degree in instructional leadership from Tennessee Technological University and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from East Tennessee State University.




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