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Knox County Schools Celebrates Teacher Tenure

The Knox County Schools celebrated 100 newly-tenured employees on Tuesday, November 17 with a reception at the Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center (801 Tipton Avenue).


The event included dinner and feature educator, author, and motivational speaker Dr. Dale Henry. Formerly the Associate Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies for Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, and a native of East Tennessee and the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Henry drew heavily on his storytelling background to promote higher levels of individual and team excellence during his presentation.


Academic tenure is a professional status granted to employees after serving five school years and receiving performance evaluations “above expectations” or “significantly above expectations” with regard to effectiveness of teaching based on the evaluation guidelines set forth by the Tennessee Board of Education. At last year’s celebration, 80 employees were recognized.


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