New principal named for Sullivan County high school

Rick Wagner • Jun 25, 2014 at 3:31 PM

BLUFF CITY — A familiar face will be moving from an assistant principal to principal at one of Sullivan County's four high schools.Charles Corwin is the new principal of Sullivan East High School serving the eastern end of the county.Corwin, immediate past assistant principal at East, replaces Angela Buckles, who recently accepted an appointment to supervisor of special education services in the central office. Buckles replaces the retired Betty Odom.

A Wednesday afternoon news release from Director of Schools Jubal Yennie said Crowin's educational career includes 14 years as a teacher and assistant principal in neighboring Washington County, Tenn., and three years as assistant principal at East.

He is completing a doctorate in education at East Tennessee State University and said he feels "humbled and honored to be named the next principal" of East.

"This will be the beginning of a new journey for me at Sullivan East, one that will continue to honor the tradition of community pride and student success, all the while forging ahead to face new challenges," Corwin said.

Yennie said Corwin is well suited and prepared for the position.

"Mr. Corwin will continue to build on the tradition of pride in the school, and he will work tirelessly for teachers, students and the community," Yennie said. "Mr. Corwin brings a passion for academic excellence, and he will work collaboratively with teachers to create a positive learning environment for all students."

Buckles has served as principal of East for the past eight years. A former special education teacher, Yennie said she has a core value that all children can learn and believes that special education services can be effectively delivered to improve the educational attainment of students.

Yennie said Buckles has demonstrated "leadership and caring "during her tenure at East.

Buckles will replace Odom, who recently retired after six years as special education supervisor, part of a 40-year career with the county as a teacher and administrator.

"Mr. Odom's compassion for children and their families will be missed," Yennie said, "but we honor Ms. Odom's career and looking forward to the contribution and leadership of Ms. Buckles, who will usher in new state and federal changes for special education services."

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