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New principal named at Mount Carmel Elementary

July 12th, 2014 7:00 pm by Jeff Bobo

New principal named at Mount Carmel Elementary

MOUNT CARMEL — Kelli Campbell, who most recently served as an academic intervention consultant for the Tennessee Department of Education, and spent extensive time in Hawkins County, has been named the new principal at Mount Carmel Elementary School.

Campbell replaces Bobby Wines who was appointed last month to replace the retiring Jim Dykes as principal at Volunteer High School.

"She's been an academic interventionist this past year for the Northeast Tennessee Core Office, and she taught in Mountain City Schools prior to that," Starnes told the Hawkins County Board of Education Thursday. "Prior to that she taught in the Elizabethton and Carter County school systems."

Starnes noted that as an interventionist Campbell worked closely with Hawkins County Schools to develop a Response to Intervention (RTI) plan.

"Mrs. Campbell is familiar with many Hawkins County teachers and administrators," Starnes added. "Her extensive training and knowledge of the RTI progress and formative assessments will complement Mount Carmel's record of excellence and high achievement."

Also on Thursday, Starnes introduced the Board of Education to several other recent Central Office appointments, including Shannon Glass, who is the new maintenance director; Wes Smith, who is the new middle and high school supervisor; and Dickie Hutson, who is the new elementary school supervisor; as well as Wines and Dr. Michelle Harless who is the new assistant supervisor of federal programs.

Harless is a 10-year veteran of the Hawkins County School System. She's taught at Church Hill Middle School, and most recently served as Family Engagement Coordinator for the district through the Title 1 department.

Federal program director Dr. Reba Bailey said, "Having served three years as Family Engagement Coordinator, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. Her background in mass communications and marketing will be advantageous in federal programs. She has worked closely with our schools and community members to build and extend educational support for students and families in Hawkins County."

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