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KCS names new Cora Cox, Kennedy principals

January 31st, 2014 4:53 pm by Rick Wagner

KCS names new Cora Cox, Kennedy principals

KINGSPORT  — Kingsport City Schools has announced new principals at two schools.

Shanna Hensley has been named principal at Cora Cox Academy, the system's alternative school for grades 6-12, for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year effective Feb. 5, the school system announced Friday afternoon.

Hensley has served as principal at Kennedy Elementary School since July 2012.  She assumes the position previously held by Stephanie Tweed, who is currently on a leave of absence from Cora Cox Academy for the Spring 2014 semester.

Hensley previously served as an assistant to the principal at Johnson Elementary and Lincoln Elementary, as well as a classroom teacher at Johnson Elementary.  She has a bachelor’s of science in early childhood education and a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy analysis, both from East Tennessee State University. Hensley has worked for Kingsport City Schools for 10 years.

With Hensley’s transfer to Cora Cox, Kennedy Associate Principal Christy Free will assume the role of principal at Kennedy Elementary for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year. Previously, Free served as a math teacher and Tennessee Common Core Coach at Ross N. Robinson Middle School. Her experience also includes secondary math instruction at Volunteer High School in Hawkins County. Free holds a B.S. in computer engineering and mathematics from the University of Tennessee, a master’s degree in secondary education from Milligan College, and an education specialist degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial University.

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