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2021-2022 Administrative Appointments

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Josh Van Pelt Appointed Principal of Mooreland Heights Elementary School

 
Dr. Josh Van Pelt has been appointed principal of Mooreland Heights Elementary School effective November 2021. Dr. Van Pelt joined Knox County Schools in 2009 as a teacher at Norwood Elementary School.
 
Dr. Van Pelt previously worked at the Health Department in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and as a teacher's assistant at an alternative learning center in Ohio. At Norwood Elementary, he served as a health and P.E. teacher, as well as a Lead teacher. In 2020, he was named assistant principal at Mooreland Heights, where he currently serves.
 
Dr. Van Pelt holds a bachelor's degree in Sports Management and a master's degree in Education, both from Mount Vernon Nazarene University; an Educational Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University; and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Carson Newman University.
 
 

 
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Florence Ndiaye Appointed Ombudsman for Knox County Schools

 
Florence Ndiaye has been appointed Ombudsman for Knox County Schools, effective August 2021. Ms. Ndiaye joined Knox County Schools in 2013 as a family resource center coordinator at Whittle Springs Middle School.
 
Ms. Ndiaye previously worked at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, serving as a teacher and supervisor. In 2019, she began working as a Knox County Schools hearing specialist, a position she currently serves.
 
Ms. Ndiaye holds a bachelor's degree in Communication Disorders from Winthrop University in South Carolina and a master's degree in Deaf Education at the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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Shay Siler Appointed Principal of Sequoyah Elementary School

 
Shay Siler has beem appointed principal of Sequoyah Elementary School effective July 2021. Ms. Siler joined Knox County Schools in 2009 as an assistant principal at Carter Elementary School.
 
Ms. Siler previously worked as a teacher in South Carolina and a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal in North Carolina. She was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2011 and placed at Beaumont Magnet Academy as an assistant principal. In 2012, she was named principal of Carter Elementary, and in 2017 named principal of Karns Elementary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Siler holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the College of Charleston, as well as a master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision, both from the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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Shaunna Foster Appointed Principal of Maynard Elementary School

 
Shaunna Foster has been appointed principal of Maynard Elementary School effective July 202 l. Ms. Foster joined Knox County Schools in 2004 as a teacher serving at Belle Morris Elementary School.
 
Ms. Foster has worked as an instructional coach at Green Magnet Academy and Chilhowee Intermediate. She was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2017 and placed at Gibbs Elementary as an assistant principal. In 2018, she was named assistant principal at Karns Elementary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Foster holds a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Austin Peay State University, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial and Education Specialist degree in Administration and Leadership from the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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Jamey Romig Appointed Principal of Karns Elementary School

 
Jamey Black Romig has been appointed principal of Karns Elementary School effective July 2021. Ms. Romig joined Knox County Schools in 1998 as a teacher at Belle Morris Elementary School.
 
Ms. Romig also taught at Brickey-McCloud Elementary School, worked with Project GRAD Knoxville, and served as an instructional coach at Dogwood and Halls elementary schools. Ms. Romig began her career in administration in 2015 as assistant principal at Halls Elementary and was named principal of Halls Elementary in 2019, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Romig holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Elementary Education, both from the University of Tennessee, as well as an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
 
 

 
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Nathan Lynn Appointed Principal of Halls Elementary School

 
Nathan Lynn has been appointed principal of Halls Elementary School effective July 2021. Mr. Lynn joined Knox County Schools in 2008 as a physical education teacher serving Corryton, Rocky Hill and Brickey-McCloud elementary schools.
 
Mr. Lynn has also worked as a lead teacher at Corryton, a districtwide professional development specialist and an administrative assistant at Bearden High School. He was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2016 and placed at Brickey-McCloud as an assistant principal. He also served as assistant principal at Bearden Elementary and Halls Elementary, where since 2019 he currently serves.
 
Mr. Lynn holds a bachelor's degree in Education and a master's degree in Educational Leadership, both from Carson-Newman University, as well as an Education Specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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J.D. Overton Appointed Principal Of Carter Middle School

 
J.D. Overton has been appointed principal of Carter Middle School effective July 2021. Mr. Overton joined Knox County Schools in 2005 as a teacher upon graduating from Emory & Henry College.
 
Mr. Overton taught at Carter Middle School until 2013 when he became a graduation coach at Halls High School, where he also served as the head football coach. In 2018 he was appointed as an administrative assistant at Halls Middle School and in 2019 he was named the athletic director and an assistant principal at Karns High School, where he currently serves.
 
Mr. Overton holds a bachelor's degree from Emory & Henry College; and a master's degree in education and an educational specialist degree, both from Lincoln Memorial University.
 
 

 
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Candace Greer Appointed Principal Of Gibbs Middle School

 
Candace Greer has been appointed principal of Gibbs Middle School effective July 2021. Ms. Greer joined Knox County Schools in 2005 as an intern at Fulton High School.
 
Ms. Greer has taught at West High School and served as a TPACK Coach at Vine Middle Magnet School. In 2015 she was appointed as a curriculum principal at Gresham Middle School, and in 2016 she was named a curriculum principal at Farragut High School. In 2019, she was appointed a grade level principal at Bearden High School, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Greer holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature, a master's degree in Teacher Education and an educational specialist degree, all from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
 
 

 
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Gina Byrd Appointed Principal Of A.L. Lotts Elementary

 
Gina Byrd has been appointed principal of A.L. Lotts Elementary School effective July 2021. Ms. Byrd joined Knox County Schools in 2002 as a teacher at A.L. Lotts.
 
Ms. Byrd previously taught at Houston Academy, in Dothan, Ala., and Northside Elementary, in Panama City, Fla. In 2009 she was appointed as an assistant principal at Farragut Primary School, and in 2012 she was named the principal at Farragut Primary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Byrd holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of West Florida and a master's degree in Education Administration from the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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Lynn White Appointed Principal Of Farragut Primary School

 
Lynn White has been appointed principal of Farragut Primary School effective July 2021. Ms. White joined Knox County Schools in 1993 as a teacher at Chilhowee Intermediate School.
 
Ms. White also taught at Karns Intermediate School and Hardin Valley Elementary. In 2013 she was appointed as an assistant principal at Gibbs Elementary; in 2015 she was named an assistant principal at Blue Grass Elementary; and in 2016 she was appointed the principal at Sterchi Elementary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. White holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University and a master's degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
 
 

 
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Jessica Stafford Appointed Principal Of Sterchi Elementary School

 
Jessica Stafford has been appointed principal of Sterchi Elementary School effective July 2021. Ms. Stafford joined Knox County Schools in 2006 as a teacher at Holston Middle School.
 
Ms. Stafford was appointed as an assistant principal at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy in 2012 and in 2018 she was named an assistant principal at Shannondale Elementary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Stafford holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Tennessee Technological University; and a master's degree in Administration and Supervision and an educational specialist degree, both from Lincoln Memorial University.
 
 

 
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Jennifer Morrell Appointed Principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School

 
Jennifer Morrell has been appointed principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School effective July 2021. Ms. Morrell joined Knox County Schools in 2003 as a teacher at Powell Middle School.
 
Ms. Morrell previously taught at Grace Christian Academy. She has also taught at Holston Middle, Cedar Bluff Middle and Karns Middle, and worked as an instructional coach at Halls Middle and Cedar Bluff Middle. She was part of the Leadership Academy in 2016 and placed at Bearden Middle as an assistant principal. In 2017, she was named the assistant principal at East Knox County Elementary and in 2020 she was appointed the assistant principal at Spring Hill Elementary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Morrell holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from King University, a master's degree in Mathematics and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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Melinda Russell Appointed Principal of Cedar Bluff Elementary School

 
Melinda Russell has been appointed principal of Cedar Bluff Elementary School effective July 2021. 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. She served as the interim principal of A.L. Lotts in 2017 and was later named the permanent principal, a position 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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Mitchell Cox Appointed Supervisor of Employee Relations

 
Mitchell Cox has been appointed Supervisor of Employee Relations effective July 2021. Mr. Cox joined Knox County Schools in 2017 as principal of Halls Elementary School.
 
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 and served as principal of Indian Springs Elementary School. In 2019, he was named principal of Cedar Bluff Elementary, where he currently serves.
 
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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Amelia Baker Appointed Principal of Carter Elementary School

 
Amelia Baker has been appointed principal of Carter Elementary School effective July 2021. Ms. Baker joined Knox County Schools in 2010 as a counselor at Central High School and later South-Doyle Middle School.
 
Ms. Baker previously worked as a teacher at Maryville City Schools and Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools. She began her career in administration in 2012 as an assistant principal South-Doyle Middle School and later assistant principal at Northwest Middle. She served as assistant principal at Pleasant Ridge before being named interim principal in December 2018 and subsequently, the permanent principal, a position she currently serves.
 
Ms. Baker holds a bachelor's degree in English from Maryville College, a master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Tennessee and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.
 
 

 
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Douglas Shover Appointed Director of Facilities Management

 
Douglas Shover has been appointed Director of Facilities Management effective June 2021.
 
After working as an architect in Ohio for nearly seven years, Mr. Shover returned to Knoxville and joined The Lewis Group Architects. He has worked for the Lewis Group for more than 20 years, currently serving as the Vice President of Primary and Secondary Education as well as a Project Manager.
 
Mr. Shover holds a bachelor's degree in Architecture from Ohio State University.
 
 

 
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Jason Periard Appointed Chief of School Security

 
Jason Periard has been appointed Chief of School Security effective August 2021.
 
Mr. Periard served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 20 years, culminating in rank as Master Sergeant. He has worked as a Special Agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and as an Investigations Officer for the USMC Criminal Investigation Division. He is currently Vice President of Community Security Initiative at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
 
Mr. Periard holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, a master of business administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a master's degree in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University.
 
 

 
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Tammi Campbell Appointed Principal of Austin-East Magnet High School

 
Tammi Campbell has been appointed Principal of Austin-East High School, effective May 2021. 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 also served an assistant principal at Austin-East for five years before being named in 2017 Ombudsman for Knox County Schools, a position she currently serves.
 
Ms. Campbell holds a bachelor’s 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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Nathan Langlois Appointed Director of Advancement and Diversity

 
Nathan Langlois has been appointed Director of Advancement and Diversity for Knox County Schools. Mr. Langlois joined the district in 2011 as assistant principal at Powell High School.
 
Mr. Langlois previously taught in Cobb County, Georgia and served as an administrative assistant and assistant principal in Georgia. He was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2013 and placed at Hardin Valley Academy as an assistant principal. He has served as principal of Powell High School and in 2015 was named principal of Austin-East High School, where he currently serves.
 
Mr. Langlois holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University, master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Jacksonville State University, and an Educational Specialist degree from the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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Karen Frost Appointed Principal of Powell Elementary School

 
Karen Frost has been appointed principal of Powell Elementary effective July 2021 . Ms. Frost joined Knox County Schools in 1997 as a teacher at Norwood Elementary.
 
Ms. Frost also taught at Carter and Powell Elementary schools. She began her career in administration in 2005 when she was named assistant principal at Copper Ridge. She is currently an assistant principal at Powell Elementary.
 
Ms. Frost holds a bachelor's degree in Education from East Tennessee State University and a master's degree in Administration from Lincoln Memorial University.
 
 

 
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Briana Hinton Appointed Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer

 
Briana Hinton has been appointed Title IX Coordinator/Compliance Officer effective May 2021. Ms. Hinton joins Knox County Schools from Raleigh, N .C.
 
Ms. Hinton has experience in risk mitigation and employment discrimination working and interning for various organizations including the Women's Legal Centre in South Africa, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., Sallie Mae Bank in Delaware, and the Superior Court of New Jersey/Atlantic County Civil Court in New Jersey. She most recently served as RFP Coordinator for TransLoc, Inc. in Raleigh.
 
Ms. Hinton holds a bachelor's degree in History from North Carolina Central University, a paralegal certification from Duke University Continuing Studies, and a Doctor of Law degree from Howard University School of Law.