New principals appointed at Mount Carmel Elementary, Joseph Rogers Primary

Jeff Bobo • Jul 20, 2018 at 9:19 AM

ROGERSVILLE — There’s always a few administration changes at the beginning of any school year, and this year Hawkins County students will find a new principal at Mount Carmel Elementary and Joseph Rogers Primary, as well as a new assistant manager at Surgoinsville Middle.

One of the top positions in the central office is changing as well,  with interim director Dr. Reba Bailey naming former JRP principal Lori Allen as the new elementary supervisor. 

Bailey also announced this week the appointment of a new transportation director.

“Each of these educators has demonstrated a passion for continuous improvement and they will be tremendous assets they guide our schools and our transportation department,” Bailey said. “I look forward to working with and supporting them as we begin the 2018-2019 school year.” 

Elementary Supervisor

Allen assumes the Elementary Supervisor position vacated by Richard Hutson who has left Hawkins County Schools to become principal of Cherokee Elementary School in Johnson City.

She was principal at JRP for the past four years, and previously served as a math coach, and teacher at Hawkins Elementary and JRP. 

Allen also previously worked with the Tennessee Department of Education’s CORE Office to present material to administrators, participated in the Niswonger Blended Learning Initiative, as well as presenting professional development to Hawkins County teachers.

She earned her Bachelors and Masters’ degrees from East Tennessee State University and her EDs in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

 “I am excited to be selected as the Elementary Supervisor for Hawkins County Schools. It is an honor and privilege to be able to serve such an amazing community of dedicated teachers and administrators,” Allen said. “I am looking forward to continuing the level of excellence already established by this district.”

Joseph Rogers Primary principal

Dr. Nikki Manning replaces Allen as principal of Joseph Rogers Primary School.

Manning was a teacher at Mooresburg Elementary School for the past 20 year, and has served as a Teacher Leader at that school.

She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Radford University, her Master’s Degree from ETSU, her Educational Specialist’s Degree from LMU and her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from ETSU.

She is currently an adjunct professor with Tusculum University’s undergraduate and graduate program for pre-service teachers.

“I am looking forward to starting a new journey with the faculty and staff at Joseph Rogers Primary,” Manning said. “By building a community and learning from one another, we are going to continue to grow our students academically, socially and emotionally. I am excited to begin and make JRP my home.”

Mount Carmel Elementary principal

Amy Glass, former assistant principal at Surgoinsville Middle School, will assume the principal’s position at Mt. Carmel Elementary, replacing Kelli Campbell.

Glass has been with Hawkins County for 16 years serving as a math teacher at Surgoinsville Middle School, and District Level Math Coach prior to becoming Assistant Principal at SMS.

She was selected to participate and completed a two-year initiative with the Tennessee Department of Education and the Institute for Learning to become a state leader in Mathematics coaching and has collaborated with Eastman and ETSU to provide district mathematics and science teachers with world-class professional development opportunities.

Amy received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Carson Newman University and her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Mars Hill University.

“I am thrilled to be selected to serve the Mount Carmel community through the role as principal of Mt. Carmel Elementary School,” Glass said. “Living in the community, I have a vested interested in the school and look forward to continuing the success of the school in this leadership role.”

Surgoinsville Middle assistant principal

Dr. Kristen Davenport will fill the SMS Assistant Principal position vacated by Glass.

Davenport earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Carson Newman University, her Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Tusculum, her Educational Specialists Degree and Doctorate Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from LMU. 

She taught music in Hawkins County Schools for 10 years at Mooresburg Elementary School, Clinch School and Church Hill Intermediate School, and has served as a peer reviewer for the Tennessee Fine Arts Department.

“I love working with students in order to reach their goals and dreams,” Davenport said. “I am thrilled to be at Surgoinsville Middle School this year and look forward to meeting the students in order to help all of them succeed.”

Transportation director

Rolando Benavides has been named transportation director, replacing Clifford Bunch, who took the Transportation Director position in Oak Ridge.

Benavides was born in Alice, TX, but was raised in East Tennessee.

Previously, he worked with Brock Services for the past 15 years as a Supervisor in Kingsport, as a Service Manager in Longview TX, and as a Site Manager in Martinsville, VA.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to accept the position of Transportation Supervisor,” Benavides said. “I will do my best to make sure we move forward in the direction needed.”

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