Mosley heads Knox CTE; Bitner to Ridgedale

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Matthew Mosley has been appointed director of CTE for Knox County Schools effective July 2022. He joined KCS in 2012 as a teacher at Fulton High School. He began his career as a web developer. At Fulton High, he taught web design and later served as a magnet facilitator. In 2017, he joined Karns High School’s Byington Solway CTE Center as a College and Career Coach and an administrator assistant. He became dean of students at Career Magnet Academy in 2018 and was later named assistant principal at South-Doyle High School. He is currently the principal of Career Magnet Academy. Mosley received a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University, as well as a master’s degree and an educational specialist degree in educational leadership, both from Carson-Newman University.

Rebecca Bitner has been appointed principal of Ridgedale School. She replaced Kristi Phillips, who is now special education supervisor for Knox County Schools. Bitner joined KCS in 2002 through a yearlong internship with the University of Tennessee at South Doyle Middle School. She taught K-12 special education in Blount County Schools before returning to Knox County in 2012 as a TAP mentor teacher at South-Doyle Middle School. In 2013, she began serving middle and high schools as a special education facilitator. She is currently an assistant principal at South Doyle Middle School, where she has been serving since 2020. Bitner received a bachelor’s degree in language arts and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Tennessee, as well as an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial University. She completed coursework through Florida Institute of Technology to become a board-certified behavior analyst.

Previously announced changes include:

  • Tim Berry from principal at South-Doyle HS to federal programs supervisor for KCS.
  • Megan Blevins, from assistant principal to principal of Inskip Elementary School.
  • Ashley Booher, from assistant principal to principal of Cedar Bluff ES.
  • Trina Bruns from Pond Gap principal to Amherst Elementary principal.
  • Jamie Cantrill from Blue Grass ES principal to elementary staffing supervisor
  • Dr. Brad Carr, from Tazwell County Public Schools in Virginia to principal at South-Doyle HS.
  • Brad Corum, from principal at Karns High School to principal at Carter High School.
  • Casey Cutter from Sam Houston in Maryville to principal at Blue Grass Elementary
  • Jennifer Garrett, from principal of elementary virtual schools for KCS to principal of K-12 virtual schools.
  • Melissa Glover, from assistant principal at Hardin Valley MS to principal of Gresham Middle School
  • Kimberly Harris from assistant principal at Northshore to principal at Bonny Kate
  • Laicee Hatfield, from principal of KCS secondary virtual schools to principal at Karns High School
  • Jennifer Hemmelgarn, an attorney, is now the interim assistant superintendent of business and talent.
  • Dr. Susan Hutton, from principal of Dare Elementary in Yorktown, North Carolina, to principal at Brickey-McCloud Elementary.
  • Kristen Jackson from assistant principal to principal at West Hills Elementary
  • Lynn Jacomen from principal at Inskip ES to principal at Hardin Valley ES
  • Alicia Jones, from special education coordinator in Georgia to director of student success.
  • Dr. Karen Loy, from principal at Northwest Middle School to director of special education.
  • Tracy Marsh, from assistant principal at Beaumont to principal at A.L. Lotts.
  • Angie Messer, from principal at Carter HS to music/performing arts specialist KCS.
  • Suzanne Parham from assistant principal at Karns Elementary to Farragut Intermediate
  • Donna Parker, from principal at Gresham to secondary staffing supervisor.
  • Dr. Erin Phillips, from director of C&I in Bedford County to executive director of learning and literacy for KCS.
  • Kristi Phillips, from principal at Ridgedale to special education supervisor for KCS.
  • Sunny Poe Scheafnocker, from principal at Hardin Valley ES to principal at new northwest elementary.
  • James Slay, from assistant principal at Green Magnet to principal of Gap Creek Elementary School.
  • Taiesha Young, from assistant principal to principal of Pond Gap Elementary School.
  • Josh Van Pelt from interim to full principal at Mooreland Heights Elementary.
  • Tiffany Watkins from principal at Gap Creek to principal at Spring Hill ES.

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