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Newland takes reins at Lincoln Elementary; Clevinger becoming IA teacher

Rick Wagner • Jul 8, 2013 at 3:17 PM

KINGSPORT — Lincoln Elementary School has a new principal, and a local STEM school a new English teacher.

Shelia Newland has been named to Lincoln principal, according to a release from Andy

Newland most recently served as the associate principal of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. Her experience also includes seven years of teaching math at John Sevier Middle School, serving as an elementary instructor in Virginia, and 11 True, Kingsport City Schools’ spokesman.

years as a teacher in international schools in Kuwait, Lesotho and Eritrea, Africa.

Immediate past Principal Vicki Clevinger requested a transfer to teacher English and language arts at Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, True said. IA is a joint Kingpsort-Sullivan County science, technology, engineering and math or STEM school in the county's former Brookside Elementary School building in Bloomingdale. It is expanding this fall from grades 6-7 to grades, 6, 7 and 8.

Newland holds a bachelor's of science in elementary education from East Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in English as a second language from the College of New Jersey, and an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

“I am thrilled to be named the principal of Abraham Lincoln Elementary,” said Newland. “I look forward to serving the students, families, and staff of the Lincoln community. I’m honored to be a part of the dynamic KCS administrative team and look forward to supporting our vision of providing each Lincoln student a world class educational experience.”

“We are excited at the quality and wide range of experience Mrs. Newland brings to her new position as principal of Lincoln Elementary School,” said KCS Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie. “I am confident that she is the right person to continue the long legacy of success at Lincoln. Her experience as a teacher and leader, both locally and internationally, fit perfectly with our system’s world-class vision.”

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