Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, recently announced the 2014-15 members of the Teacher Advisory Committee (TAC). In 2013, then-Chair Lynne Fugate (District 4) and Dr. McIntyre convened a group of educators from across the Knox County Schools to serve as an important voice in the educational decision-making process and to share insights, suggestions and perspectives on critical education issues. The inaugural group put forth 11 actions steps that were immediately adopted to address concerns voiced by teachers in the Knox County Schools.
The Knox County Schools received applications or nominations from more than 100 educators, and six members of last year’s committee chose the membership of the 2014-15 TAC.
“Six members of last year’s committee put forth tremendous effort and dedicated many hours in selecting the membership for this year,” said Dr. McIntyre. “I look forward to continuing this important structure and benefitting from the valuable perspectives of these remarkable educators.”
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TEACHER ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS 2014-2015
Eric Aguilar – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Eric Aguilar has been with the Knox County Schools since 2007 and currently teaches 3rd grade at Chilhowee Intermediate School. He is one of the educators who served on last year’s committee.
Lindsay Bell – email@example.com
Ms. Lindsay Bell has also been with KCS since 2007 and currently teaches Chemistry at West High School. Ms. Bell is new to the committee this year.
Annette Benson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Annette Benson is currently a Kindergarten teacher at Corryton Elementary and previously taught at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School. She joined Knox County Schools in 2012 and this will be her first year serving on this committee.
Jannice Clark – email@example.com
Ms. Jannice Clark has been with Knox County Schools since 1984 and taught mathematics at Austin-East Magnet High School until 2010. She then she joined the staff at the Kelley Volunteer Academy where she continues to teach mathematics. This is her first year of service on the Teacher Advisory Committee.
Kelly Clemmer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kelly Clemmer served on last year’s committee. She came to KCS in 2002 and has taught both 5th and 3rd grade at Gap Creek Elementary. Ms. Clemmer is also a lead teacher.
Denise Cross – email@example.com
Ms. Denise Cross joined the Knox County Schools in 2004 as a 3rd grade teacher at Beaumont Magnet Elementary School. She has served in several capacities since that time including 7th grade language arts teacher at Vine Middle School, TAP master teacher at East Knox County Elementary, and Professional Development Specialist. Ms. Cross is currently a TAP master teacher at West View Elementary and this will be her first year on the committee.
Jessica Fine – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jessica Fine came to Knox County Schools in 2012. She teaches Instrumental Music at Cedar Bluff Middle School and Hardin Valley Academy. The 2014-2015 school year will be her first year of serving on the committee.
Karla Fultz – email@example.com
Ms. Karla Fultz has been teaching 5th grade at A.L. Lotts Elementary School since 2005. She has also been a lead teacher since 2012 and this will be her first year of service on our Teacher Advisory Committee.
Heidi Knapczyk-Walsh – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Heidi Knapczyk-Walsh joined the Knox County Schools in 2011 as a 5th grade teacher at Christenberry Elementary School, where she has also served as a 3rd grade teacher during her time there. She served on the committee last year, so this will be her second year of service.
Wanda Lacy – email@example.com
Ms. Wanda Lacy has been with the Knox County Schools since 1983. This will be her second year serving on the committee. Ms. Lacy teaches AP Calculus at Farragut High School and she is also a lead teacher and department chair. In addition to being a Knox County Teacher of the Year, she was also named as Tennessee Teacher of the Year last spring.
Jessica McDonald – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jessica McDonald began her career with the Knox County Schools in 2006 as a 7th grade math teacher at Whittle Springs Middle School and also taught 7th grade math at Karns Middle from 2009 to 2013. She currently teaches 8th grade mathematics at Vine Middle Magnet School where she also serves as department chair. This will be Ms. McDonald’s second year of service on the committee.
Ryan Milani – email@example.com
Mr. Ryan Milani came to Knox County Schools in 2005 as a math teacher at South-Doyle High School. Since that time, he also served at South-Doyle as a data coach and TAP master teacher. This school year he joined the staff at the Career Magnet Academy at Pellissippi State where he serves as an instructional coach. This will be his first year on the Teacher Advisory Committee.
Valeta Norris – firstname.lastname@example.org
￼￼Ms. Valeta Norris joined Knox County Schools in 1989 and is currently an English/Language Arts teacher at Central High School. She continues to serve there as a lead teacher. Ms. Norris has also served KCS as a Professional Development Specialist. This school year will be her second on the committee.
Kristi Pell – email@example.com
Ms. Kristi Pell began her career with the Knox County Schools as a Special Education CDC teacher at Fulton High School in 2008. She has also taught Special Education CDC at Central High School and is currently on staff at Powell High School as a lead teacher. This will be her first year of service on the committee.
Dr. Kitty Pruett – firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Kitty Pruett has been a school counselor with the Knox County Schools since 1978. She worked at Karns High School, Holston Middle School, and Gibbs High School before joining the staff of Northwest Middle School in 2013. This will be Ms. Pruett’s first year on the Teacher Advisory Committee.
Suzanne Sherman – email@example.com
Ms. Suzanne Sherman has been with Knox County Schools since 2007 as the Librarian of Hardin Valley Academy. The 2014-2015 school year will be her second year of service on the committee.
Vanita Williamson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Vanita Williamson has served the Knox County Schools since 2006 as Language Arts teacher at Karns Middle School. Just this year, she has joined the Language Arts staff of Farragut Middle School and this will be her second year of service on the TAC.
Ms. Tanya Coats – email@example.com
Ms. Tanya Coats serves as the President of the Knox County Education Association.
Mark Duff – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Mark Duff has been with Knox County Schools since 1979 and he is currently Principal of Halls High School.
Jessica Holman – email@example.com
Ms. Jessica Holman joined KCS in 2003 and has taught 3rd grade, served as KCEA President, attended the Leadership Academy and been an assistant principal. She is currently the Principal of Inskip Elementary School.