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Kingsport school system taps Shadden as career technical head

Rick Wagner • May 16, 2018 at 9:30 PM

KINGSPORT — One local school system’s loss is an adjoining system’s gain.

Kingsport City Schools has named Richard “Bo” Shadden the new director of career technical and postsecondary education. Shadden, who is leaving Sullivan County Schools, will be responsible for the leadership of all KCS CTE programming and postsecondary opportunity development. Dee Olterman, CTE director at Dobyns-Bennett High School, is retiring.

“I am extremely excited to add to our leadership team a person with the depth of experience as Bo Shadden,” KCS Superintendent Jeff Moorhouse said. “Bo is an innovative leader in the field of education, particularly Career Technical Education. He has a well-established track record in our region and across our state. I am excited for the Kingsport community to experience his leadership.”

Shadden’s 20-year educational career includes a wide variety of experiences, including service as a classroom teacher of vocational agriculture in Unicoi County Schools, a public school board member in Unicoi County and a doctoral fellow at East Tennessee State University. He has most recently served as the Sullivan County Department of Education CTE director, supervisor of attendance and truancy and supervisor of secondary education.

“I am looking forward to working with the students and teachers in Kingsport City Schools,” Shadden said. “Supporting CTE teachers and students and discovering postsecondary opportunities for students is a worthy and substantial goal. I look forward to the challenge of leading this district in finding, creating and maintaining those life-changing opportunities.”

Shadden holds a bachelor of science degree in ornamental horticulture and landscape design from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of education degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University and a doctoral degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.

He has been a recipient of the Pinnacle Award honoring Sullivan County educators, a Pioneer Award by the First Tennessee CTE directors and was named the National Outstanding Agriculture Education Teacher by the National Association of Agriculture Educators. As a classroom educator, he has also been named Tennessee vocational agriculture teacher, Region V outstanding agriculture education teacher and was named to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.

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