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Leadership Academy Announces 2016-2017 Cohort

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The Leadership Academy, a collaborative venture between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Knox County Schools that prepares talented individuals to become outstanding school principals, has announced its 7th Cohort of Fellows. The full-time, intensive 15-month fellowship program is a part of the Center for Educational Leadership and housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.

Leadership Academy Fellows spend four days a week working in a school with an experienced mentor principal. The fifth day will be spent in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners. To complete the program, Fellows also complete a project that integrates their learning across the many curricular areas of the Academy, includes an electronic portfolio documenting proficiency in school leadership, and a Capstone presentation about the 15-month experience. Upon successful completion of the program, Fellows will be awarded either a master’s degree or education specialist degree. The members of the 2016-2017 cohort of the Leadership Academy is as follows:
 

2016 Leadership Academy Fellows

Team Member
Zachery Brewer
 
Mr. Brewer currently serves as the Technology Pedagogy and Content Knowledge (TPaCK) Coach at Corryton Elementary School. Mr. Brewer has also served as a teacher and technology coach at a K-12 international school in Chengdu, China where he also worked as a mentor teacher and effectively integrated technology and the arts through creating movies. He has led a variety of professional development activities covering best teaching practices and technology for all K-5 staff in the Knox County Schools. Mr. Brewer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University.

Team Member
Jennifer Garrett
 
Ms. Garrett works as a TPaCK Coach at Sterchi Elementary School. She has also served as a third grade teacher and fifth grade teacher in the Knox County Schools. Additionally, she has held many leadership positions during her tenure in the district. These include being a Professional Development Leader for technology, Common Core, TEAM, and her grade level. Ms. Garrett holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo and is currently working on a Masters in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University.

Team Member
Jason Harris
 
Mr. Harris currently serves as an assistant principal at A. L. Lotts Elementary. He has also served as an administrative assistant at A. L. Lotts and Austin East High School. Mr. Harris holds an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and a Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Teaching and Multicultural Studies both from the University of Tennessee.

Team Member
Sara Harris
 
Ms. Harris works as an Instructional Coach at Bonny Kate Elementary School. She has held numerous leadership positions such as serving as a member of her building-level leadership team, grade- level department chairperson, a member of the system wide Portfolio Development Team and a Core Coach State Trainer. Ms. Harris holds a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Presbyterian College.

Team Member
Nathan Lynn
 
Mr. Lynn works as athletic director and administrative assistant at Bearden High School. He has also worked as system-wide Professional Development Specialist in Physical Education and as an elementary physical education teacher. Mr. Lynn has held many other leadership positions such as lead teacher and a member of his building-level leadership team. He holds a Masters of Education degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education both from Carson-Newman University.

Team Member
Binta McClendon
 
Ms. McClendon is currently serving as Early Literacy Instructional Coach at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy. She has held numerous leadership roles such as a lead teacher, a member of her building-level leadership team, and a member of her school’s data team. Ms. McClendon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Tennessee State University and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Carson-Newman University.

Team Member
Meagan Miller
 
Ms. Miller currently works as a Numeracy Coach at Green Magnet Academy. She has served on the Professional Development Council for the Tennessee Department of Education and the Standards Review Committee for grades 9-12 mathematics for the Tennessee State Board of Education. Ms. Miller has also led many professional development activities such as TEAM/TAP training. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University and a Bachelors in Mathematics from Gardner-Webb University.

Team Member
Jennifer Morrell
 
Ms. Morrell works as a seventh grade mathematics teacher at Karns Middle School. She has also served as an instructional coach and numeracy coach in the Knox County Schools. Ms. Morrell has been a TEAM Professional Development Specialist for the district where she provided instruction to her fellow teachers on the successful implementation of the elements of the TEAM rubric in the classroom. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from King College and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee.

Team Member
James Slay
 
Mr. Slay is currently a fifth grade teacher at Inskip Elementary School. Mr. Slay has been a member of his building-level leadership team and has held the position of chair of the team twice in the last five years. He holds an Associate degree in Ministry from Ministry International Institute of Powell and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from South College.

Team Member
Denise Watts
 
Ms. Watts is currently a TPaCK Coach at Austin-East Magnet High School. Ms. Watts has held numerous leadership positions such as a member of the TAP Transition Committee, lead teacher, and system-wide PLC Leader in Accountable Talk. She holds a Masters degree in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History also from the University of Tennessee.