Kingsport Times-News: North's Palmer, South's Flanary moving to Sullivan systemwide positions

North's Palmer, South's Flanary moving to Sullivan systemwide positions

Rick Wagner • Jun 22, 2018 at 7:50 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan North High School Principal Brent Palmer has been chosen the new county high school system curriculum and instruction supervisor, while South High Assistant Principal Aaron Flanary has been named career technical education/early postsecondary facilitator.

Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski announced the placements Thursday afternoon to become effective July 1. The two soon-to-be-vacant high school positions will be filled later in the summer.

The facilitator position was created by the Board of Education at its June 5 meeting. Bo Shadden, who is leaving the county system to be director of career technical and early postsecondary education for Kingsport City Schools, was in charge of CTE and high school curriculum for the county system.


Palmer has a bachelor’s degree from Troy University in band education, a master’s from Troy in music education, an education specialist degreee from Lincoln Memorial University in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from East Tennessee State University.

He has worked for Sullivan County Schools since 2004, first as band director at Sullivan South and then as assistant principal at South before moving to become North principal in 2013. Before working for Sullivan County, he was a band director in Whitfield County, Ga., and Ozark City, Ala.

“Brent is highly respected among his peers and has shown proven leadership qualities to lead our administrative team as we continue to focus on our curriculum and instruction at all levels,” Rafalowski said. “He truly cares about our Sullivan County family.” 


Flanary  got his bachelor’s in technology engineering from ETSU, his master’s in educational supervision from LMU and his education specialist in curriculum and instruction from LMU.

He has worked for the county school system since 2005, first hired as a computer-aided design teacher and coach at Sullivan Central. He then moved to assistant principal at South in 2013. Prior to that, he was in the Marines and served during Operation Iraqi Freedom II. He has supervised the CTE department at South, been a CTE club advisor and has had state and national winners in architectural drawing.

“Aaron has a passion for CTE and will certainly been an asset at the helm of our deparmtent,” Rafalowski said. “I looke forward to his leadership and his ability to continue to build our state- and nationally recognized CTE programs.”

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