He replaces Shane Bailey, who resigned at the end of this past school year to accept a position as assistant principal at the independent K-12 Rogersville City School.
Coincidentally, Trent is an elected member of the Rogersville City School Board of Education.
Trent began his education career in 1996 teaching seventh-grade math at Rogersville Middle School.
He went to another school system in 1998 and returned to Hawkins County in 2004, teaching seventh-grade math again at RMS until 2011, when he transferred to SMS.
He earned his Ed.D. Educational Leadership — Administration and Supervision in 2007 at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.
His other degrees include Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University in 1999; Master of Arts in Education from Tusculum College in 1998; and a B.S. in Elementary Education (Grades 1-8) in 1996 from Tennessee Technological University.
“I am truly honored to be appointed to the position of principal at Surgoinsville Middle School and am looking forward to working with the dedicated staff to provide the best possible educational program for our students,” Trent said. “My greatest initiative is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment to provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of each student to the best of our ability. The educational program must be academically challenging, engage each student by linking the curriculum to previous knowledge and experience, and also be exciting to promote further exploration of new ideas.”
Trent added, “Parents, teachers, support staff, and administration all have an important role to encourage our children to become active learners. It is my sincere desire to provide expanded opportunities for our students to acquire the skills to become productive citizens in a vastly changing society.”
Director of Schools Charlotte Britton said Trent is very familiar with the community and the student body.
“He is extremely knowledgeable of the strong academic program at the school,” Britton said. “His past classroom teaching experience has been an advantage for him in preparing him to be a strong academic leader for the school. I am looking forward to the 2013-2014 school year and am anticipating a positive welcome from the staff and community with the new school leadership.”
Trent selected Rodney Roberson to replace him as SMS Assistant Principal
Roberson taught at Bulls Gap School 1999-2011 and had spent the past two school years as assistant principal at Mosheim School.
“I believe that my administration experience as well as my experience of teaching middle school students will allow me to make the best decisions for all stakeholders at Surgoinsville Middle School,” Roberson said. “Dr. Trent and I have a shared vision for success for our school. With good communication between our school and community, we will be able to work together to make all students successful.”