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Principal For a Day 2012 is a Success in Knox County Schools

On November 15, approximately 75 community leaders had the opportunity to spend a half-day as a “Principal For a Day” (PFAD) at one of 88 schools across Knox County. Guests were able to meet school administrators, visit classrooms, interact with support staff, and experience the life of a school from inside the school walls.

This initiative, as outlined in the Knox County School’s Strategic Plan – Excellence for All Children, brings together a broad range of government, community and business leaders to participate in a unique experience with a sc ool principal.

The visiting PFAD's concluded their duties over lunch at Central High School where they discussed their experience and provided feedback to Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools.

Here are some the experiences they shared:

“What I’ve seen today at L&N STEM Academy transcends what I’ve seen in Knox County Schools over the last 30 years in this community,” -  Doug White with Lexus & Toyota of Knoxville.

Description: http://pfad.knoxschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/443879/503611/Image/burchett-mcintyre-pratt.jpg “Students were heavily engaged in the process. There’s a tremendous sense of collaboration, which will help grow them as professionals in our community’s business world,” said Mark Littleton, with Aisin Automotive Casting TN, who visited Farragut High School..

“I watched second graders at Gibbs Elementary School do math problems and Field with Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

“I saw German being taught to them from Hardin Valley Academy through a distance learning class. It was so interactive. To hear of this is one thing, but to see it was truly mind boggling,” said Russell Byrd with Comcast who visited Carter High School.

 “You could feel the professionalism and the business of educating children going on. If this is the future in our schools, we’re in good hands,” said Sheryl Rollins, NAACP President, who visited Sarah Moore Greene Technology Magnet Academy.  



Principal For a Day participants included:


A. L. Lotts, Christy Moreno, WBIR
Adrian Burnette, Jake Mabe, Shopper News
Ball Camp ES, Tim Burchett, Knox County Mayor
Bearden ES, Tracy Morrow, Junior League of Knoxville
Bearden HS, Alan Hill, AT&T
Bearden HS, Heath Lowe, Walgreens
Bearden MS, Jennifer Evans, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
Beaumont Fine Arts & Honors Magnet Academy, Tim Adams, Wesley House
Beaumont Fine Arts & Honors Magnet Academy, Lisa Hurst, Boys & Girls Club
Blue Grass ES, Sandy Monasmith, Walgreens
Bonny Kate ES, Mike Brown, Knox County Commissioner
Brickey-McCloud ES, Becky Dodson, Tennova North Medical Center
Byington-Solway, Les Fout, Pellissippi State Foundation
Carter ES, Allison Swank, Knoxville Zoo
Carter HS, Russell Byrd, Comcast
Carter HS, Chuck Yates, Walgreens
Cedar Bluff ES, Tim Hemans, School Specialty
Cedar Bluff MS, Bryan Pate, Walgreens
Central HS, Lisa Boyer, Walgreens
Central HS, Jim Branham, Virginia College
Christenberry ES, Grant Standefer, Compassion Coalition
Copper Ridge ES, Kim Sepesi, BOE Member
Dogwood ES, Ken Knight, Crowne Plaza
Farragut HS, Mark Littleton, Aisin Automotive Casting TN
Farragut HS, Ryan Haynes, TN House of Representatives
Farragut IS, Merrit Garner, Walgreens
Farragut MS, Ralph McGill, Town of Farragut Mayor
Farragut Primary, Diane Jablonski , Knox County PTA
Fountain City ES, John Fugate , Commercial Bank
Ft. Sanders Development Center, Darren Amador, Walgreens
Fulton HS, Anthony Ingram, Great Smoky Mountain Boy Scouts Fulton HS, Jeff Lee, WBIR
Fulton HS, Hubert Smith, WUTK Radio
Gibbs ES, Mark Field, Knoxville Chamber
Halls MS , Bill Dunn, TN House of Representatives
Halls MS, Selena Jackson, Walgreens
Hardin Valley ES, Brad Anders , County Commissioner
Hardin Valley Academy, Wilson Ipaye, Walgreens
Hardin Valley Academy, Anthony Wise , Pellissippi State Holston MS, Jed Dance, Bacon & Company
Karns ES, Rhoni Standefer, Joni & Friends
Karns ES, Rob Webb, Rural Metro
Karns HS, Sherry Morgan, KCEA
Karns HS, Jeff Smitts, Walgreens
L&N STEM Academy, Joe Walsh, City Parks and Rec
L&N STEM Academy, Doug White, Lexus & Toyota of Knoxville
Lonsdale ES, Autumn Cypres, UT Center for Educational Leadership
Mt. Olive ES, Cory White , Walgreens
Northwest MS, Mike Parker, Walgreens
Norwood ES, Mike Goin, Walgreens
Norwood ES, Bob Kronick, University of Tennessee
Pond Gap ES, Tony Monasmith , Walgreens
Powell ES, Kevin Slimp, Kidsville
Powell HS, Tom Householder, Home Depot
Powell HS, R. Larry Smith, County Commissioner
Powell HS, Rich Ray, 21st Mortgage
Powell MS, Chad Campbell, Rusty Wallace Honda
Powell MS , Jessica Weber, Walgreens
Ritta ES, Lydia McCoy, Knoxville News Sentinel
Rocky Hill ES, Eddie Mannis, City of Knoxville
Sarah Moore Greene Technology Magnet Academy, Buzz Thomas, Great Schools Partnership
Sarah Moore Greene Technology Magnet Academy, Sheryl Rollins, NAACP President
Sarah Moore Greene Technology Magnet Academy, Markus Jackson, Boys & Girls Club
Sequoyah ES, Joan Markel, McClung Museum
South-Doyle MS, Steve Hunley, Knoxville Focus
South-Doyle MS, Herc Ligdis, Capital Bank
South-Doyle HS, Curtis Lundy , Walgreens
Sterchi ES , Kristina Howard, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union
West Hills ES , Jennifer Smith, Walgreens
West HS, Joey DeLoach, Trane
West HS, Mike Hammond, Knox County Commissioner
West Valley MS, Doug Hamburger, Walgreens
West Valley MS, Robert Hewgley, West Bearden Basketball
Whittle Springs MS, Chris Cook, Walgreens


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