Jefferson Elementary School principal elected to national board

Rick Wagner • May 27, 2013 at 7:49 PM

KINGSPORT — Jefferson Elementary School Principal Brian Partin will join the board of directors of the National Association of Elementary School Principals in July.

Gail Connelly, NAESP executive director, recently announced the election results from the Association’s headquarters in Alexandria, Va.

Partin is to begin his three-year term as director of Zone 4 on July 1. He will represent principals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

“Through my professional experiences on the state executive board and at the national level during NAESP’s National Leaders Conference, national conferences, and service projects, I have learned the value of collaboration and the importance of having a collective voice,” Partin said. “As Zone 4 Director, I will serve no differently than how I view my current role in the state, which is to be a voice for principals regardless of location, system, or state.”

Partin has been a member of NAESP since 2003, serving on the Bylaws Review Committee from 2012 to 2013.

He has also been a member of the Tennessee Principals Association, serving as a district director, vice president and as president.

He was a member of the board of directors for the Metro Nashville Principals Association, and has been a member of ASCD since 2006.

Partin began his education career with Metro Nashville schools as a teacher at Ross Elementary School in 1998 and continued at Eakin Elementary School in 1999. In 2003, he became assistant principal at Andrew Jackson Elementary School. He went on to become principal of Crieve Hall Elementary. In July of 2005, he assumed his current role as principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School in Kingsport City Schools. Jefferson is a K-5 school of 460 students. The entire city system served about 6,500 student.

Partin earned a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education from Anderson University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from Tennessee State University and an Ed.S. in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

After graduating from Anderson University, he worked three years as an admissions counselor at his alma mater, where he was responsible for undergraduate recruitment in the eastern United States. In the summer of 1998, he accepted a position with the Metro Nashville Public School system in Nashville,

Partin and his wife, Lauren Partin, attend the First Baptist Church in Kingsport and enjoy spending time with their two daughters, family, and friends.

Established in 1921, the NAESP serves elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP leads in the advocacy and support for elementary and middle-level principals and other education leaders in their commitment to all children.

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