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2022-2023 Administrative Appointments

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Lynn Jacomen Appointed Principal of Hardin Valley Elementary School

 
Lynn Jacomen has been appointed principal of Hardin Valley Elementary School effective July 2022. Ms. Jacomen joined Knox County Schools in 2016 after more than 20 years of working in education in Virginia. She spent nine years as a classroom teacher before joining the Virginia Department of Education.
 
She has also worked as an RTI Coordinator and Instructional Specialist, and began her career in administration in 2013 serving as an assistant principal and principal. Ms. Jacomen was appointed assistant principal at Ritta Elementary School in 2016 and principal oflnskip Elementary in 2017, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Jacomen holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Tennessee, as well as an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Radford University.
 
 

 
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Jamie Cantrill Appointed Elementary Staffing Supervisor for Knox County Schools

 
Jamie Cantrill has been appointed Elementary Staffing Supervisor effective July 2022. Mr. Cantrill joined Knox County Schools in 2010 as an assistant principal and athletic director at Karns High School.
 
Previously, he worked for 12 years as an elementary and middle school teacher in Kentucky. In 2012, he was appointed assistant principal and athletic director of Powell High School. Mr. Cantrill was named the assistant principal of Blue Grass Elementary in 2013 and has served as principal of Blue Grass for the last seven years.
 
Mr. Cantrill holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Berea College and a master's degree in lr)structional Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University.
 
 

 
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Sunny Scheafnocker Appointed Principal of New Northwest County Elementary School

 
Dr. Sunny Scheafnocker has been appointed principal of the new elementary school in the northwest sector of Knox County effective July 2022.
 
Dr. Scheafnocker joined Knox County Schools in 2002 as a teacher at Fountain City Elementary. Dr. Scheafnocker was appointed assistant principal of Hardin Valley Elementary in 2008 and assistant principal of Amherst Elementary in 2013. She was named principal of Hardin Valley Elementary in 2015, where she currently serves.
 
Dr. Scheafnocker holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Education, both from the University of Tennessee, as well as an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a doctorate degree in Executive Leadership, both from Lincoln Memorial University.
 
 

 
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Kristen Jackson Appointed Principal of West Hills Elementary School

 
Kristen Jackson has been appointed principal of West Hills Elementary School effective July 2022.
 
Ms. Jackson began her career in Knox County Schools in 2008 as a substitute teacher. She worked as a classroom teacher at Christenberry Elementary School for five years before being named assistant principal of West Hills Elementary in 2017, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Jackson holds a bachelor's degree in Human Services/Counseling from Carson-Newman College, a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership, both from Lincoln Memorial University.
 
 

 
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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 July 2022. 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, and in November 2021 he was appointed interim principal, a position 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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Suzanne Parham Appointed Principal of Farragut Intermediate School

 
Suzanne Parham has been appointed principal of Farragut Intermediate School effective July 2022. Ms. Parham joined Knox County Schools in 2010 as a reading intervention teacher at Inskip Elementary. Previously, she was a teacher and RTI coordinator at Lenoir City Schools.
 
Ms. Parham has also served as an instructional literacy coach at Beaumont Magnet Academy and an instructional coach at West Hills Elementary. She was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2015 and placed at Northshore Elementary School as an assistant principal. She was appointed assistant principal of Lonsdale Elementary in 2016 and assistant principal of Karns Elementary in 2017, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Parham holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Florida State University, a master's degree in Elementary Education from the University of Tennessee, an Educational Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University, and an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Tennessee.
 
 

 
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Kimberly Harris Appointed Principal of Bonny Kate Elementary School

 
Kimberly Harris has been appointed principal of Bonny Kate Elementary School effective July 2022.
 
Ms. Harris joined Knox County Schools in 2012 and worked as a teacher at A.L. Lotts and Hardin Valley Elementary. Previously, she was a teacher with Broward County Schools in Florida. In 2019, she was named assistant principal ofNorthshore Elementary, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Harris holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University and a master's degree in Educational Leadership from Carson Newman University.
 
 

 
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Tracy Marsh Appointed Principal of A.L. Lotts Elementary School

 
Tracy Marsh has been appointed principal of A.L. Lotts Elementary School effective July 2022. Ms. Marsh joined Knox County Schools in 1998 and has worked as a teacher at Lonsdale Elementary, Beaumont Magnet Academy, and Blue Grass Elementary.
 
Previously, she worked at Arlington Community Schools in Shelby County, Tenn. She has also served as an instructional coach at Farragut Intermediate School and as a lead gifted coach for the district. In 2015, she was named assistant principal of Beaumont Magnet Academy, where she currently serves.
 
Ms. Marsh holds a bachelor's degree in Communications/Public Relations and a master's degree in Elementary Education, both from East Tennessee State University, as well as an Educational Specialist degree in Instructional Leadership from Tennessee Tech University.