Blount County Schools has nearly completed its hiring frenzy. Angela “Angie” Davis has been named Prospect Elementary School’s interim principal. She succeeds Jake Jones, who has been named Heritage High School’s principal. Courtney Lowe Whitehead has been named Carpenters Middle’s assistant principal. She fills a position that was held previously by Jon Young. Young has been named Carpenters Middle School’s interim principal. He replaces Mike Crabtree, who has been named the district’s assistant director of curriculum and instruction.
Kim Sullivan was named earlier this summer as Eagleton Middle School’s assistant principal. She fills a position held previously by Charles “Tony” Shultz, who was promoted in May to principal. Job Iles was named earlier this summer as Eagleton Elementary School’s assistant principal. He assumes a post created by repurposing Heritage Middle’s second assistant principal position.
Blount County Schools had earlier placed one assistant principal at Carpenters Elementary and Eagleton Elementary. Steve Lafon, who previously split his time between both schools, will now serve as a full-time assistant principal at Carpenters Elementary. The district is still in the process of selecting a coordinator of technology and online learning for the upcoming year. It expects to fill the position next week.
“Angie is an extremely talented educator,” said Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt. “She’s proven to be a highly effective teacher at Middlesettlements. She’s interviewed for other administrative positions throughout the district, and we’ve seen a lot of good qualities that will make her a highly effective administrator who will enhance Prospect’s good qualities.” “It’s an honor to serve as Prospect Elementary’s principal,” Davis said.” I grew up in the Wildwood/Porter area, and my mom still lives there. I had the opportunity two years ago to come ‘home’ to Blount County when I accepted the position at Middlesettlements, and I jumped at it. As a Blount County native, I know that Prospect is a community with a rich history and tradition of excellence. I’m looking forward to partnering with the community as we continue to build that tradition.” Davis, 46, is starting her 25th year in public education. She has served the past two years years as Middlesettlements Elementary’s Title I teacher.
Davis served 22 years in Monroe County Schools, 16 years as an elementary teacher and five years as an assistant principal. She holds a bachelor’s from Carson-Newman University, master’s from Lincoln Memorial University and educational specialist from Tennessee Technological University.
“Job is a delightful young man, who is full of energy and enthusiasm,” Britt said. “He is a highly effective teacher who has a lot of good qualities. We’re excited about his potential to grow into an effective leader.” “Eagleton Elementary has a great community and great faculty,” Iles said. “I’m looking forward to serving our community’s families.” Iles, 30, has worked six years in public education. He served five years as a math teacher in Coffee and Rutherford counties, then taught last year at William Blount High. Iles holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Middle Tennessee State University, in addition to an educational specialist from Tennessee Technological University.
“I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Kim grow as a teacher-leader,” Britt said. “I’ve been impressed with her abilities, especially her ability to build relationships. She also has a keen awareness and skill set related to curriculum and instruction. We expect great things from her.” “It’s an amazing blessing to be part of the Eagleton community,” Sullivan said. “My family lived in Eagleton Village on Pennsylvania Avenue until I was 5 or 6 years old, and my sister attended Eagleton until the fifth or sixth grade. As a Heritage High grad, I also feel blessed to work at one of its feeder schools, especially a school where I’m surrounded by such wonderful people. The faculty and staff has embraced me, and I’m thrilled to be a part of this community again.” Sullivan, 52, has worked 16 years in Blount County Schools. The language arts teacher served 1999-2000 at Montvale Elementary, then transferred to Heritage Middle where she taught until being transferred in 2002 to Carpenters Middle where she remained until this promotion. Sullivan holds a bachelor’s from Maryville College and master’s from Lincoln Memorial University. She is working toward an educational specialist from Lincoln Memorial University.
Courtney Lowe Whitehead
“Courtney is a really good hire for Blount County Schools,” Britt said. “She is an outstanding educator who grew up and was educated in Blount County. She’s going to do a great job, because she possesses all the skills and tools to be a highly effective administrator.” “I’m deeply humbled by this special opportunity,” Whitehead said. “I’m a ‘CMS Original,’ who has been here since the first year. I’m also a proud South Blount Countian, who grew up here and went to Lanier and William Blount. After college, I chose to live here and go to church here. I’m honored to be given this opportunity to serve my community in a new capacity.” Whitehead, 36, has worked 14 years in Blount County Schools. The language arts teacher has always served at Carpenters Middle. Whitehead holds a bachelor’s from Maryville College, master’s from Tennessee Technological University and educational specialist from Tennessee Technological University. She is expected to earn a doctorate in May from Carson-Newman University.
“Jon brings a lot of diverse, quality experiences to the table, especially at the middle school level,” Britt said. “He’s got a great vision about its school culture, and he’s going to do a great job.” “I’m honored to serve the Carpenters Middle School community and thankful to be a part of it,” Young said. “I grew up on this end of the county and went to Fairview and William Blount. It was such an incredible experience to come home last year. “I’m deeply humbled to follow Mr. Crabtree, who is one of our school’s ‘founding fathers,’” he said. “I’ve learned so much from him, and I’m excited to get to work with our community and stakeholders as we continue to strive toward excellence.” Young, 32, has worked 13 years in Blount County Schools. He served 2002-04 as activities leader for Lanier Elementary’s Friends program, then served 2004-10 as a social studies teacher at Heritage Middle. Young worked 2010-14 at Eagleton Middle. He served one year as a social studies teacher, then served three years as assistant principal until being transferred to Carpenters Middle. Young holds a bachelor’s from Maryville College, master’s from Lincoln Memorial University and educational specialist from Lincoln Memorial University.
By Matthew Stewart-The Daily Times