This week in the Saturday Six, we take a moment to honor our Board of Education members during School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. Our BOE members give so much of their time, energy, and efforts toward ensuring all KCS students and employees have the tools they need to succeed. We thank them for their service, and honor them during this special time of recognition!
- Carrie Upshaw, BOE President – Mrs. Upshaw was first elected to the BOE in 2009 and is currently serving in her second four-year term on the Board. She was elected to her first term as Board president in 2013. She was recently appointed to the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) All Tennessee School Board. Mrs. Upshaw has lived in the Tri-Cities area most of her life, graduating from Sullivan East High School and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She worked as a contract engineer until 1990. Following the birth of her children, she became active as a community volunteer and held many PTSA offices, including President at Washington Elementary School and John Sevier Middle School. Mrs. Upshaw is the Senior Adult Director at First Baptist Church in Kingsport, where she is also the pianist. Mrs. Upshaw and her husband Mike have two children, a daughter in graduate school at UT Knoxville and a son at MTSU. Both children attended Kingsport City Schools from kindergarten through graduation, and Mrs. Upshaw is still an active volunteer in several programs. During her time on the BOE, she has provided exceptional leadership and commitment to educational success, and for that, we are so very grateful!
- Susan Lodal, BOE Vice President – Mrs. Lodal was first elected to the BOE in 2003 and is currently serving in her fourth four-year term on the Board. She was elected Board Vice President in 2013. Mrs. Lodal is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Purdue University. While serving on the Board, she has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Tennessee School Boards Association Scholars Circle Award, 2013 Ambassadors for Education Certified, Master, Diamond, and Platinum Level Awards, and is the immediate past President of the TSBA (Treasurer 2012, Vice President 2013, President-Elect 2014). She received the National School Boards Association Distinguished Service Award (2007, 2010, 2012), the 2010 C. Hal Henard Distinguished Service Award, and was named to the All Tennessee School Board by the TSBA in 2010. She has served as the chairperson of the Tennessee Legislative Network and member-at-large of the TSBA Board of Directors (2007-2008), as well as being a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Lodal is a Master (Level V) School Board Member, the highest honor designation bestowed by the TSBA. Mrs. Lodal volunteers as a tutor in two elementary schools and is an active member of the Waverly Road Presbyterian Church food pantry. Prior to running for the Board, she was the Director of Children’s Ministries at Waverly Road for 13 years and active in PTSAs for over 16 years. She is the current past chairperson of the Hunger Task Force of the United Way of Greater Kingsport. Mrs. Lodal and her husband Peter have lived in Kingsport since 1977 and have three grown children, all graduating from KCS. There is no better example of commitment and dedication to quality public schools than Mrs. Lodal!
- Todd Golden, BOE Member – Mr. Golden was appointed to the BOE in 2014 to complete a one-year term of service due to a Board member resignation. He was elected to the Board in 2015 for his first four-year term. Mr. Golden has called Kingsport home for 17 years. A native of Albany, Georgia, he attended Brigham Young University – Idaho, studying business development, and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Technical Sales from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. After completing college, Mr. Golden worked for Hewlett-Packard in the Bay Area of California as a territory sales manager and was promoted to be the corporate trainer for the southeastern U.S.and Puerto Rico. It was during this time that he elected to move to Kingsport. He has been an integral part in establishing and executing the annual Day of Service in the Tri-Cities, taught classes at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on business development and Spanish, served as a volunteer, full-time Christian missionary in Columbia for two years, and speaks fluent Spanish. Mr. Golden has been an outstanding BOE member and public servant, and his dedication to success for all of KCS is greatly valued!
- Eric Hyche, BOE Member – Mr. Hyche was appointed to the BOE in 2014 to complete a one-year term of service due to a Board member resignation. He was elected to the Board in 2015 for his first two-year term. Mr. Hyche is a native of Kingsport, graduating as valedictorian of Sullivan Central High School in 1983. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Tech University, where
he was the 1987 Derryberry Award winner. After completing college, Mr. Hyche married Angie Duncan, a Kingsport native, and relocated to Atlanta, GA, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech University and worked for NC Rand Iterated Systems. In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Hyche moved back to Kingsport and he began working remotely for Seattle-based Real Networks. In April 2013, he joined the technical staff at Groupon, where he currently develops software for their iPhone and iPad apps. Mr. Hyche is a past president of the Preston Forest Community Association and a deacon at Northeast Church of Christ. He also enjoys writing software for personal projects, reading, bicycling, and acting in community theater productions. Mr. Hyche and his wife have two daughters, who both attend college. Mr. Hyche’s enthusiasm and commitment to cutting-edge education is a tremendous asset to the Kingsport community!
- Dr. Karen Reed-Wright, BOE Member – Dr. Karen Reed-Wright was elected to the BOE in 2015 and is serving in her first four-year term on the Board. Dr. Reed-Wright is a lifelong resident of Kingsport and a product of Kingsport City Schools. She attended ETSU, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary
Education majoring in history. She returned to college to add an elementary certification and to earn a Master’s degree as a Reading Specialist. Later, she returned to ETSU again to earn her Doctorate degree in Leadership and Policy Analysis. These degrees built the foundation for her career with Kingsport City Schools and later as an associate professor at Virginia Intermont College. During her years with KCS, she was an elementary and middle school teacher, a peer evaluator, a staff development coordinator, a reading coach, and served as an interim principal. For eight years, she worked as the Literacy Coordinator and was a communications coordinator when the new Washington Elementary was first opened. During this time, she also traveled within and outside the state as a consultant, providing workshops in both reading and mathematics. She also served as a member of the Tennessee Reading Panel, selecting guidelines for reading and language arts for school systems across the state. While a classroom teacher, she achieved Career Ladder III distinction and in 2000 at the White House, President Clinton presented her with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and Science. Karen is a National Board Certified Teacher (1999) and was selected as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Field of Education (2007). Dr. Reed-Wright and her husband Jim have a daughter, Peyton. They are members of First Presbyterian Church, the Bays Mountain Park Association, Friends of Allandale, and Netherland Inn/Exchange Place. She worked as a volunteer for FunFest for several years and was the Chairman of FunFest in 1990. Dr. Reed-Wright enjoys reading, walking, attending sporting events, and traveling to Massachusetts
to visit her daughter and son-in-law. Dr. Reed-Wright’s experience and dedication to teaching and learning have helped make her an exceptional BOE member!
- Vivian Altizer, BOE Executive Assistant – We would also be remiss if we did not recognize the outstanding BOE executive assistant, Mrs. Vivian Altizer. A tireless worker who does so much to support our Board and KCS, Mrs. Altizer is a long-time KCS employee who coordinates and supports the activities of the Board. Mrs. Altizer serves as president-elect to the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Tennessee Association of Board Secretaries (TABS). Altizer became president-elect on July 1, 2015, and will become president on July 1, 2016. Altizer has been a member of TABS since 2009, serving as vice-president from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.
Thank you to our outstanding Board of Education!