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Clinch and Carters Valley schools get new principals

Jeff Bobo • Aug 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Tennessee’s smallest K-12 school now has a new principal, but one with a familiar face.

Former Clinch School teacher Denise McKee, who had recently been principal at Carters Valley Elementary, was named principal of Clinch following the resignation of George Barton.

Barton had been Clinch’s principal since the 2010-11 school year.

Lots of administrative changes

McKee’s appointment is just one of several administrative changes announced this summer by interim Hawkins County Director of Schools Reba Bailey.

Last month, Bailey announced the appointment of new Elementary Supervisor Lori Allen; new Joseph Rogers Primary Principal Nikki Manning; new Mount Carmel Elementary Principal Amy Glass; new Surgoinsville Middle School Assistant Principal Kristen Davenport; and new Transportation Director Rolando Benavides.

Barton’s resignation set off another series of administrative changes.

Aside from McKee moving from CVES to Clinch, Stephanie Mann was appointed CVES’s new principal to fill that vacancy, and Linzy Hutson will fill the Church Hill Intermediate School assistant principal position vacated by Mann.

“Each of these three exemplary educators bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication to their individual schools,” Bailey said. “Hawkins County is blessed with wonderful principals and assistant principals, and I know that Denise, Stephanie and Linzy will each continue the tradition of excellence that their predecessors began at Clinch, Carters Valley and Church Hill Intermediate.”

Denise McKee

McKee holds a master’s degree in educational leadership and brings 20 years of experience as an educator to Clinch.

She began her career in Hawkins County as a high school teacher at Clinch and later served as assistant principal at Pathways Alternative School, assistant principal at Church Hill Intermediate and principal of CVES for the past three years.

“I am excited to be returning ‘home’ as the new principal of Clinch School,” McKee said. “Clinch is a very unique school due to its location and K-12 grade span. Clinch has had many accomplishments since I left 10 years ago, but I am looking forward to continuing and building upon these achievements in my new role.”

Stephanie Mann

Mann has been an educator in the Hawkins County School System since 1997 and has taught at McPheeters Bend, Mount Carmel Elementary and Church Hill Intermediate.

She served as the district’s literacy coach and for the past three years as assistant principal at Church Hill Intermediate.

“I look forward to serving the faculty, staff, students and community of Carters Valley as the interim principal for this school year,” Mann said. “I’m excited to continue the great things that are happening at Carters Valley Elementary.”

Linzy Hutson

Prior to coming to Hawkins County, Hutson was the director of the Kingsport Child Development Center for nine years. She has been with Hawkins County for eight years, most recently at Mount Carmel Elementary, where she was a second grade math teacher, served as a principal designee and filled various other leadership roles.

“I am thrilled to join the Church Hill Intermediate School family, and I look forward to being part of the partnership of faculty, staff, families and community stakeholders,” Hutson said. “Additionally, I look forward to engaging with students and watch them learn and grow during this portion of their educational journey.”

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