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VOL. 45 | NO. 29 | Friday, July 16, 2021

Wanamaker to lead Howard H. Baker Center

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Marianne Wanamaker, associate professor of economics at the University of Tennessee, has been named executive director of the university’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. She replaces former executive director Matt Murray, who announced his retirement in March.

Wanamaker, a native of Martin, joined UT’s Haslam College of Business in 2009.

Wanamaker recently served for a year on the White House Council of Economic Advisers, first as senior labor economist and then as chief domestic economist. She was responsible for the administration’s economic analysis of labor, education, workforce, immigration, health care, environmental and tax policy.

Wanamaker’s research interests include labor economics, education, American economic history and demography. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Russell Sage Foundation and other agencies.

She serves as a U.S. member of the Global Partnership for Artificial Intelligence, an international effort to promote research and cooperation on responsible AI adoption; a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and a research fellow at the Institute for Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany, and at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She is a former member of the federal American Workforce Policy Advisory Board.

In addition to her research record, Wanamaker has been the recipient of several college- and university-level teaching awards, including UT’s Alexander Prize in 2019. In 2017, she was named to Poets and Quants’ Top 40 Undergraduate Professors.

She is a 2001 graduate of Vanderbilt University with degrees in mathematics and economics, and earned her master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University in 2004 and 2009, respectively.

KCS names new administrators, teachers

Knox County Schools have made several appointments for the upcoming school year, including naming a supervisor of employee relations, a director of advancement and diversity, a director of facilities management, a chief of school security and a Title IX coordinator/compliance officer.

Several new principals were also announced.

Mitchell Cox is the new supervisor of employee relations. He joined Knox County Schools in 2017 as principal of Halls Elementary School.

He taught seven years at Sullivan North High School before becoming a teacher and administrative assistant at Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee in 2012. He began his career in administration the following year as an assistant principal at Sullivan Central High School and served as principal of Indian Springs Elementary School. In 2019, he was named principal of Cedar Bluff Elementary.

Cox holds a degree in history from East Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in curriculum, instruction and assessment from Walden University, and an educational leadership license from Union College.

Nathan Langlois has been appointed director of advancement and diversity for Knox County Schools. Langlois joined the district in 2011 as assistant principal at Powell High School.

He previously taught in Cobb County, Georgia, and served as an administrative assistant and assistant principal in Georgia. He was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2013 and placed at Hardin Valley Academy as an assistant principal. He has served as principal of Powell High School and in 2015 was named principal of Austin-East High School.

Langlois holds a degree in political science from Western Michigan University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from Jacksonville State University and an educational specialist degree from UT.

Douglas Shover has been appointed director of facilities management for Knox County Schools.

After working as an architect in Ohio for nearly seven years, Shover returned to Knoxville and joined The Lewis Group Architects. He has worked for the Lewis Group for more than 20 years, currently serving as the vice president of primary and secondary education as well as a project manager.

He holds a degree in architecture from Ohio State University.

Jason Periard has been appointed chief of school security. He will join Knox County Schools in August.

Periard served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 20 years, culminating in rank as master sergeant. He has worked as a special agent for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and as an Investigations Officer for the USMC Criminal Investigation Division. He is currently vice president of Community Security Initiative at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.

Periard holds a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Argosy University.

Briana Hinton is the new Title IX coordinator/compliance officer, joining Knox County Schools from Raleigh.

Hinton has experience in risk mitigation and employment discrimination working and interning for various organizations including the Women’s Legal Centre in South Africa, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., Sallie Mae Bank in Delaware, and the Superior Court of New Jersey/Atlantic County Civil Court in New Jersey. She most recently served as RFP Coordinator for TransLoc, Inc. in Raleigh.

Hinton holds a degree in history from North Carolina Central University, a paralegal certification from Duke University Continuing Studies and a Doctor of Law degree from Howard University School of Law.

J.D. Overton is the new principal of Carter Middle School. Overton joined Knox County Schools in 2005 as a teacher upon graduating from Emory & Henry College.

He taught at Carter Middle School until 2013 when he became a graduation coach at Halls High School, where he also served as the head football coach. In 2018 he was appointed as an administrative assistant at Halls Middle School and in 2019 he was named the athletic director and an assistant principal at Karns High School.

Overton holds a degree from Emory & Henry College and a master’s in education and an educational specialist degree, both from Lincoln Memorial University.

Candace Greer is the new principal of Gibbs Middle School. She joined Knox County Schools in 2005 as an intern at Fulton High School.

Greer has taught at West High School and served as a TPACK Coach at Vine Middle Magnet School. In 2015 she was appointed as a curriculum principal at Gresham Middle School, and in 2016 she was named a curriculum principal at Farragut High School. In 2019, she was appointed a grade level principal at Bearden High School.

Greer holds a degree in English literature, a master’s degree in teacher education and an educational specialist degree, all from the University of Tennessee.

Gina Byrd is the new principal of A.L. Lotts Elementary School. She joined Knox County Schools in 2002 as a teacher at A.L. Lotts.

Byrd previously taught at Houston Academy, in Dothan, Alabama, and Northside Elementary, in Panama City, Florida. In 2009 she was appointed as an assistant principal at Farragut Primary School, and in 2012 she was named the principal at Farragut Primary.

Byrd holds a degree in elementary education from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in education administration from UT.

Lynn White is the new principal of Farragut Primary School. She joined Knox County Schools in 1993 as a teacher at Chilhowee Intermediate School.

White also taught at Karns Intermediate School and Hardin Valley Elementary. In 2013 she was an assistant principal at Gibbs Elementary; in 2015 she was named an assistant principal at Blue Grass Elementary; and in 2016 she was appointed the principal at Sterchi Elementary.

She holds a degree in elementary education from Tennessee Technological University and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from UT.

Jessica Stafford is the new principal of Sterchi Elementary School. Stafford joined Knox County Schools in 2006 as a teacher at Holston Middle School.

Stafford was appointed as an assistant principal at Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy in 2012 and in 2018 she was named an assistant principal at Shannondale Elementary.

She holds a degree in elementary education from Tennessee Tech and a master’s degree in administration and supervision and an educational specialist degree, both from Lincoln Memorial University.

Jennifer Morrell is the new principal of Pleasant Ridge Elementary School. Morrell joined Knox County Schools in 2003 as a teacher at Powell Middle School.

Morrell previously taught at Grace Christian Academy. She has also taught at Holston Middle, Cedar Bluff Middle and Karns Middle, and worked as an instructional coach at Halls Middle and Cedar Bluff Middle. She was part of the Leadership Academy in 2016 and placed at Bearden Middle as an assistant principal. In 2017, she was named the assistant principal at East Knox County Elementary and in 2020 she was appointed the assistant principal at Spring Hill Elementary.

She holds a degree in elementary education from King University, a master’s degree in mathematics and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership, both from UT.

Melinda Russell is the new principal of Cedar Bluff Elementary School. Russell joined Knox County Schools in 2010 as a teacher upon graduating from Tusculum College.

She taught at Shannondale Elementary School until 2015 when she was appointed assistant principal at A.L. Lotts Elementary. She served as the interim principal of A.L. Lotts in 2017 and was later named the permanent principal.

Russell holds a degree in elementary education from Tusculum College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Carson-Newman University.

Amelia Baker is the new principal of Carter Elementary School. Baker joined Knox County Schools in 2010 as a counselor at Central High School and later South-Doyle Middle School.

She previously worked as a teacher at Maryville City Schools and Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools. She began her career in administration in 2012 as an assistant principal South-Doyle Middle School and later assistant principal at Northwest Middle. She served as assistant principal at Pleasant Ridge before being named interim principal in December 2018 and subsequently, the permanent principal.

Baker holds a degree in English from Maryville College, a master’s degree in school counseling from UT and an education specialist degree in educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Tammi Campbell is the new principal of Austin-East High School. She joined Knox County Schools in 2002 working with Project GRAD for seven years before becoming a school counselor at Austin-East High School. She previously served as a training specialist for Knoxville’s Community Development Corp., and as a trainer and customer service representative for businesses in Nashville and Knoxville.

Campbell was selected to be part of the Leadership Academy in 2011 and placed at Hardin Valley Academy as an assistant principal. She also served an assistant principal at Austin-East for five years before being named in 2017 Ombudsman for Knox County Schools.

She holds a degree in business administration and marketing from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s degree in education from Tusculum College and a master’s degree in school counseling and an educational specialist degree in administration supervision from Lincoln Memorial University.

Karen Frost is the new principal of Powell Elementary where she serving as assistant principal. She joined Knox County Schools in 1997 as a teacher at Norwood Elementary.

Frost also taught at Carter and Powell Elementary schools. She began her career in administration in 2005 when she was named assistant principal at Copper Ridge.

Frost holds a degree in education from East Tennessee State University and a master’s degree in administration from Lincoln Memorial

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