Sullivan schools name six assistant principals

Rick Wagner • Jul 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Sullivan County has wrapped up all but one of its school-level administrative changes for 2013-14 with the appointment of six assistant principals in five schools.

Director of Schools Jubal Yennie recently announced the appointments of the five and confirmed the sixth appointment Monday.

Still pending is the appointment of a Bluff City Elementary assistant principal, which human resources supervisor Lib Sells said likely would be filled early next week.

The six appointed so far are:

• Cathy Anderson, the new assistant principal of Ketron Elementary School.

Anderson was a teacher at Cedar Grove Elementary for 11 years and taught third grade at Ketron in 2012-13. She said she has “every confidence that the administrative team and the staff of Ketron Elementary will continue to foster a caring, creative and challenging learning environment for the students of Ketron Elementary.” Ketron’s principal is Wendell Smith. He and Sandra Ramsey, a 42-year veteran of the school system, were co-principals at Ketron last year, but Ramsey chose to retire, Yennie said Monday. Sells said Ramsey’s retirement was July 16.

School board member Todd Broughton and Bloomingdale parents had expressed concern about Ramsey being forced out of Ketron.

• Jamie Whitinger, the new assistant principal at Sullivan Gardens K-8. Her background includes working as vocational assistant, the school system’s assistant web master and as an instructional technology coach. She also taught third grade and kindergarten at Indian Springs and Miller Perry elementary schools. Mostly recently, she served as assistant principal at both Miller Perry and Rock Springs elementary schools as well as working concurrently as the virtual learning and communications coordinator for the 2012-13 school year.

Whitinger is to complete her doctorate in educational leadership in August and said she eagerly anticipated joining Principal Darrell Moore and the school staff to serve the students, parents and community of Sullivan Gardens K-8.

Moore was assistant principal at the school during the tenure of Principal Zada Church, who retired.

• Jennifer Wilburn, the new assistant principal at Sullivan North High School. She has taught English and leadership classes at Sullivan Central High for the past six years and said she is looking forward to “serving the faculty and students at Sullivan North High School as we face the challenges and celebrate the successes of the upcoming school year.” Former North High Assistant Principal Wayne King is the new principal at North Middle.

The new principal at North High, former South High Assistant Principal Brent Palmer, is replacing veteran North High Principal Richard Carroll, who retired. At North Middle, Principal Tom Bowers retired and the non-tenured assistant principal was not retained.

• Josh Tate, new assistant principal at South High.

Tate has taught social studies at South for the past 15 years and has served as head girls basketball coach for the past nine years. He said he is “excited to have the opportunity to work with the students and staff of Sullivan South in my new position as assistant principal.”

• Aaron Flanary, also a new assistant principal at South.

Flanary has worked for the school system for eight years, serving as computer-aided design and drafting teacher and coach at Sullivan Central High. Flanary said he was “very excited to join the administrative team at Sullivan South” and that he “looks forward to serving the school and its community.”

The two open slots were left when Palmer moved to head North High and South Assistant Principal Mark Wooten retired.

• And Earl Millard, new assistant principal at North Middle. He most recently served as assistant principal at Blountville Middle School, but that position will not be refilled, Yennie said.

Millard spent 28 years teaching at Blountville Middle, followed by five years as assistant principal there, Sells said.

In a prepared statement, Millard said he is “looking forward to working with Mr. King and the students, staff and parents of the North Middle School community.”

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