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Kingsport school system makes number of administrative appointments

July 9th, 2014 4:00 pm by Rick Wagner

Kingsport school system makes number of administrative appointments

KINGSPORT — The city school system has appointed a new principal at one elementary school and made an interim principal at another elementary permanent.

In addition, the system has appointed new people over school nutrition and maintenance.

Among the administrative appointments for 2014-15, Heather Wolf has been named principal of George Washington Elementary School.

A 20-year employee of Kingsport City Schools, Wolf has held teaching positions at Lincoln and Washington elementary schools and has served as the Washington Early Childhood Learning Center Director and the system's 504 Coordinator.

Since 2012, she has been associate principal at Adams Elementary School.

Wolf holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Indiana University, a master's degree in early childhood education from East Tennessee State University and an Ed.S. (or education specialist degree) in educational administration and leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.

Wolf replaces James Jacobs, who after two years at Washington has taken an appointment as principal of Indian Trail Elementary in Johnson City.

The other principal appointment is Christy Free, who has been named principal of Kennedy Elementary School.

She has served as interim principal there since January 2014, when she replaced Shanna Hensley, who was named principal at Cora Cox Academy mid-year. Hensley replaced CCA principal Stephanie Tweed, who went on medical leave and later resigned.

Free previously was a math teacher and Tennessee Common Core coach at Robinson Middle.

Her experience also includes secondary math instruction at Volunteer High School in Hawkins County.

Free holds a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and mathematics from the University of Tennessee, a master's degree in secondary education from Milligan College and an Ed.S. in administration from LMU.

The system also has hired Bill Shedden as the new supervisor of maintenance and custodial services, taking the place of the retiring David Carper. Shedden is the immediate past maintenance director for Hawkins County's schools.

Please see SCHOOL, PA G E 2A In addition, the Kingsport system tapped dietician Jennifer Walker to become the new supervisor of school nutrition services. Walker replaces Jennifer Burleson, who left to oversee school nutrition for the Bristol, Tenn., school system.

Back to other administrative appointments at the schools level:

* Kyle Loudermilk has been named associate principal at Lincoln Elementary School. Loudermilk most recently served as a data analyst for the Tennessee Department of Education, assisting school districts across Northeast Tennessee on the use and interpretation of student data to increase student achievement.

Previously, he taught elementary school in Sullivan County, served as a district-wide elementary Common Core implementation specialist and was selected as a Reward School ambassador.

Loudermilk holds a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from ETSU, a master's degree in administration from Union College, an Ed.S. in curriculum and instruction from LMU and an Ed.D. in school leadership from ETSU.

* Kelli Seymour has been named associate principal at Robinson Middle. Seymour most recently served as a Reward School ambassador for the Tennessee Department of Education, assisting schools throughout Northeast Tennessee in the development of programs and processes that support administrator, teacher, and student achievement.

Previously, she has taught in Johnson City and Hamblen County Schools.

Seymour holds bachelor's and master's teaching degrees from Carson-Newman College, an Ed.S. in administration and supervision from LMU and an Ed.D. in assessment, learning, and school improvement from Middle Tennessee State University.

* Philip Wright has been named associate principal at Adams Elementary. Wright has been employed with KCS since 2003, serving as the music teacher at Lincoln Elementary for 11 years.

Wright holds a bachelor's degree in music from King College, a master's degree in early childhood education from Milligan College, and is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from ETSU, with an expected graduation date in 2015.

Other changes to existing school leadership for the 2014-15 school year include:

* Randy Watts has been named assistant principal at Dobyns-Bennett High School. Watts previously served as assistant principal at John Sevier Middle.

* Nick Roebke has been named assistant principal at Sevier Middle School. Roebke previously served as assistant principal at D-B.

KCS has also made changes to existing associate principal placements for 2014-15. The associate principal position is part of the KCS Leadership Development Program, providing opportunities for aspiring administrators to serve in school leadership roles in the district.

* Kelli Welborn has been named associate principal at Andrew Jackson Elementary School. Welborn previously served as associate principal at Lincoln Elementary.

* Nikki Skeen has been named associate principal at Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School. Skeen previously served as associate principal at Jackson Elem e n t a r y.

* Vickie Treadway has been named associate principal at Johnson Elementary School. Treadway previously served as associate principal at Roosevelt Elementary School.

* Krissy Turner has been named associate principal at Kennedy Elementary. Turner previously served as associate principal at Robinson Middle.

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