Author: We Are KCS

Andy True serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for Kingsport City Schools and writes "We Are KCS" to spotlight the people and programs of KCS.

The Saturday Six “Here’s What’s Happening” Edition – March 18, 2017

With the arrival of Spring just around the corner, there is so much going on throughout Kingsport City Schools!  To help keep you fully informed, this week the Saturday Six is taking a look at six things that have happened, or are about to happen, around KCS.  What a busy time!

 

  1. This week, students at Lincoln Elementary School took part in a unique math and team-building activity, constructing a house through the “If I Had a Hammer” program.  This cooperative hands-on activity, sponsored by community partners such as Eastman and RCAM, provided 5th graders the chance to work together and support each other to achieve a completed build.  What a great opportunity!

  2. This past Tuesday, over 100 retired KCS teachers gathered in the Administrative Support Center Tennessee Room for the annual Retired Teachers Association Brunch.  This celebration of our former teachers honors the legacy of Kingsport education.  In addition to recognizing our former educators, special thanks also goes to the D-B Culinary Arts program for providing and serving the meal, as well as the D-B Air Force Junior ROTC unit for preseting the colors and helping welcome our guests.

  3. 3-18 4aOn Thursday, March 16, students from across Kingsport came together for the annual City-Wide Choral Festival.  This event highlights the musical talents of many KCS students, and is a wonderful example of the commitment to the arts exhibited by our entire community.  Want to hear more?  Click here to hear a reply of the concert, courtesy of WCSK Radio, 90.3 FM. the Voice of Kingsport City Schools!
  4. 3-18 6Speaking of musical commitment, the next generation of KCS band members is ready to launch!  Instrument placement days for 5th graders attending Robinson and Sevier Middle Schools are upon us.  Students attending Robinson will have their instrument placement day today, Saturday, March 18 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at RNR.  Student attending Sevier will select their instruments on Monday, March 20 from 4 – 7 p.m. at JSMS.
  5. 3-18 3This coming Thursday, March 23, 2017, KCS will hold a special kindergarten registration event and pre-k screenings (not registrations).  Kindergarten registration will take place from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at all KCS elementary schools for Kingsport residents with children five years of age on or before August 15, 2017.  Pre-kindergarten screenings for the 2017-18 school year will take place at the Kingsport Civic Auditorium (1550 Ft. Henry Drive) from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Only Kingsport residents with children four years of age on or before August 15, 2017 are eligible for pre-k screenings.  Click here for additional information related to kindergarten registration and pre-k screenings.
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    Photo courtesy Allen Greene Photography

    And finally, spring sports are underway all across KCS!  Student athletes at D-B, Robinson, and Sevier are all hard at work.  Come out and support the Tribe this week!.

    1. Click here to view the complete D-B athletic schedule.
    2. Click here to view the Robinson Middle School athletic schedule.
    3. Click here to view the Sevier Middle School athletic schedule.

 

The Saturday Six “Insight KCS” Edition – March 11, 2017

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The Insight KCS Class of 2017 – April Banks, Lisa Norman, Joy Spruell, Nathan Flora, Melissa Dixon, Lora Barnett, Lindsay Powers, Amanda Bowman (Not pictured: Dawn Blake)

On Friday, March 10, the 2017 Class of Insight KCS wrapped up their year-long exploration of all things-KCS, completing a six-session program that explored all aspects of education and operations of Kingsport City Schools.  The community outreach and engagement program is available each year to interested stakeholders of KCS, starting in the fall and taking place once each month through the month of March.  This year’s class marks the third year that KCS has offered this award winning program, with year four scheduled to begin in September of 2017.

What does KCS have to offer?  This week, the Saturday Six looks at the wide variety of information and experiences explored during the Insight KCS program.  With multiple school and facility visits taking place during the program year, it a wonderful opportunity to learn about the inner workings of all KCS educational and functional operations, while empowering  advocates for KCS throughout the Kingsport community.  It’s not too early to start considering how you might be involved during the 2017-18 school year!

  1. Session 1 – KCS Overview, Leadership, and Organization:  A review of the KCS organizational structure, history, people, strategic plan, and Guiding Tenets.
  2. Session 2 – Teaching and Learning:  An exploration of all KCS curriculum and instructional services, including school tours, classroom observations, sessions with instructional leadership, and professional learning structures.
  3. Session 3 – KCS Vision:  A look at major KCS instructional initiatives and visioning process, including current projects such as D-B EXCEL, the Regional Science and Technology Center, and the KCS STREAM and Technology visions.
  4. Session 4 – School Facilities and Organization:  A deep review of how KCS maintains and services school facilities and operational management, as well as exploring school nutrition services, transportation, and communications efforts.
  5. Session 5 – Human Resources and Finance:  Seeing how an organization of over 1,200 employees recruits, hires, retains, and compensates its workforce, as well as reviewing the KCS budgeting process.
  6. Session 6 – Student Services and Community Engagement:  Exploring the many ways KCS supports students and engages with the Kingsport community, through programs such as KCS Student Services, the Homeless Education Program, and the KCS Family Liaison initiative.

Sound interesting?  To learn more about how you can participate next year, view the Insight KCS webpage by clicking here!

The Saturday Six “Tribe Games” Edition – March 4, 2017

3-4-1This Friday, the Kingsport Aquatic Center hosted one of the most unique and absolutely fantastic events on the Kingsport City Schools event calendar, the D-B Tribe Games.  Held throughout the year and also featuring athletic events such as bowling and track & field, the swimming portion of the competition gave KCS students of all abilities the opportunity to hit the water and display awesome athletic talents in a fun and supportive atmosphere.  The program was developed by D-B Special Education Teacher Jimmy Burleson and is supported by a great team of D-B and KCS staff members.  The day was filled with laughter, excitement, and spirited competition!

The Tribe Games would also not be possible without an incredible group of sponsors that share their time, talents, and resources to make the event such a success.  Thanks so much to:

  • Texas Roadhouse, for providing lunch free of charge for all of the athletes, coaches, BUDS, and volunteers at each Tribe Games events this year.  Thank you Texas Roadhouse of Kingsport!
  • Daniel Kilgore, D-B grad and member of the San Francisco 49ers.  Daniel has been a consistent sponsor and supporter of the Tribe Games and finds time in his busy schedule to be a part of event days.  Thank you Daniel, for giving back so generously to your community!
  • The Palmer Foundation and Kingsport Aquatic Center, for providing the swimming pool and facility for Friday’s event.  We are fortunate to have such a world-class facility in our community and are so grateful for the hospitality!
  • Food City, for providing bottled water for our athletes.  Food City is a wonderful example of a local business that gives back to its community, and we appreciate your sponsorship and support!
  • Allen Greene, for donating his photography talents to help record and share images from the event.  Allen does such fantastic work… Thank you for providing your professional photographs of the Tribe Games to our teachers and school!
  • Varsity Trophies, for helping support the production of t-shirts and medals for participants.  These items were very proudly worn by our students today, and serve as a lasting reminder of a wonderful day in the pool.  Thank you Varsity Trophies!
  • The Kingsport Chamber, for their generous sponsorship of the event.  Time and time again, the Chamber steps forward to support worthwhile programs throughout our community, and we greatly appreciate their partnership in so many ways!

This week, the Saturday Six features some of the fantastic images captured during the event by Allen Greene.  Many thanks to Allen for his talents for allowing us to share these photos here in the Saturday Six!

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The Saturday Six “Regional Science and Technology Center” Edition – February 25, 2017

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How often do we truly have the opportunity to change the face of our community?  Nearly a half-century ago, residents of Kingsport did just that with the construction of the Dobyns-Bennett High School facility.  In the coming months, we will enter the next phase of world-class education in Kingsport with the construction of the Regional Science and Technology Center at D-B.  This game-changing addition will not only provide a wide range of enhanced educational opportunities for KCS students, but will also serve to drive science and technology development throughout the entire region.

Where does the project stand at this point?  This week, the Saturday Six takes a look at six things you should know about the Regional Science and Technology Center that will truly differentiate Kingsport City Schools in our region!

  1. There are four overall goals for the Regional Science and Technology Center facility:
    • Adding an enhanced science and technology program at D-B with new facilities and programming, while also increasing D-B’s student capacity.
    • Defining the D-B main entrance.
    • Improving circulation and accessibility at D-B for students and staff.
    • Capitalizing on an opportunity for a new identity for the D-B facility, while maintaining the current design and legacy elements.
  2. Visioning work on the Regional Science and Technology Center actually began back in May 2016 with a session involving D-B staff members and a focus on design and programming.  Since that time, conceptual design and programming work (July 2016), schematic design (August/September 2016), and design development (November 2016) have been ongoing.
  3. As designed, the new three-story facility will include 18 science and technology labs, two teacher work spaces, six student work spaces, one TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) lab, one large research lab, and four small research labs.
  4. What will be happening in these incredible new learning spaces?  Expanded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming will provide a wide range of new educational experiences for KCS students, focusing on five key areas:
    1. Supporting scientific inquiry and discovery;
    2. Fostering creativity and problem solving;
    3. Offering meaningful career opportunities;
    4. Providing application-based experiences through an integrated curriculum, and;
    5. Utilizing the power and flexibility of technology.
  5. The Regional Science and Technology Center will also serve a vital purpose in adding capacity to the D-B facility.  With the new construction and added seat-space, the capacity of D-B will increase to support 2,500 students at 85% utilization.
  6. When will construction on the RSTC begin?  As currently scheduled, you’ll start seeing work taking place in the Fall of 2017, with a projected move-in date of Winter 2018/19.

What an exciting and bold move forward for our entire community!  Click here to view an expanded presentation about the Regional Science and Technology Center.  Also, keep an eye on the KCS Facilities Update webpage for additional information on the RSTC and other facility news in the coming months.

 

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The Saturday Six “Regional Science and Technology Center” Preview Edition – February 24, 2017

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How often do we truly have the opportunity to change the face of our community?  Nearly a half-century ago, residents of Kingsport did just that with the construction of the Dobyns-Bennett High School facility.  In the coming months, we will enter the next phase of world-class education in Kingsport with the construction of the Regional Science and Technology Center at D-B.  This game-changing addition will not only provide a wide range of enhanced educational opportunities for KCS students, but will also serve to drive science and technology development throughout the entire region.

Where does the project stand at this point?  This week, the Saturday Six takes a look at six things you should know about the Regional Science and Technology Center that will truly differentiate Kingsport City Schools in our region!

  1. There are four overall goals for the Regional Science and Technology Center facility:
    • Adding an enhanced science and technology program at D-B with new facilities and programming, while also increasing D-B’s student capacity.
    • Defining the D-B main entrance.
    • Improving circulation and accessibility at D-B for students and staff.
    • Capitalizing on an opportunity for a new identity for the D-B facility, while maintaining the current design and legacy elements.
  2. Visioning work on the Regional Science and Technology Center actually began back in May 2016 with a session involving D-B staff members and a focus on design and programming.  Since that time, conceptual design and programming work (July 2016), schematic design (August/September 2016), and design development (November 2016) have been ongoing.
  3. As designed, the new three-story facility will include 18 science and technology labs, two teacher work spaces, six student work spaces, one TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) lab, one large research lab, and four small research labs.
  4. What will be happening in these incredible new learning spaces?  Expanded STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming will provide a wide range of new educational experiences for KCS students, focusing on five key areas:
    1. Supporting scientific inquiry and discovery;
    2. Fostering creativity and problem solving;
    3. Offering meaningful career opportunities;
    4. Providing application-based experiences through an integrated curriculum, and;
    5. Utilizing the power and flexibility of technology.
  5. The Regional Science and Technology Center will also serve a vital purpose in adding capacity to the D-B facility.  With the new construction and added seat-space, the capacity of D-B will increase to support 2,500 students at 85% utilization.
  6. When will construction on the RSTC begin?  As currently scheduled, you’ll start seeing work taking place in the Fall of 2017, with a projected move-in date of Winter 2018/19.

What an exciting and bold move forward for our entire community!  Click here to view an expanded presentation about the Regional Science and Technology Center.  Also, keep an eye on the KCS Facilities Update webpage for additional information on the RSTC and other facility news in the coming months.

 

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The Saturday Six “D-B EXCEL”Edition – February 18, 2017

2-18This coming Wednesday, Kingsport City Schools will officially cut the ribbon on our new facility for D-B EXCEL, a Dobyns-Bennett program of choice specializing in blended-learning classes and featuring flexible scheduling for students.  The new facility is located at 400 Clinchfield Street, adjacent to the KCS Administrative Support Center.  We invite you to take part in this special celebration at 10 a.m., with tours taking place immediately following the ribbon cutting.  Click here for more information related to the open house!

To refresh your memory and get you ready for next week’s celebration, here are six facts about D-B EXCEL.

  1. D-B EXCEL is not an alternative school!  DBE provides students of all types a unique way to earn a D-B diploma.  There is no “typical” DBE student… They are students that seek a smaller learning environment and students that, for whatever reason, desire a flexible high school schedule.  The DBE student is one that seeks a different path than the traditional high school environment.
  2. D-B EXCEL offers a variety of scheduling options.  Students at DBE can take courses in the environment that best suits their individual needs.  Full-time blended-learning students take their classes online at the DBE facility, but with the ongoing support and “shoulder-to-shoulder” guidance of a teacher in the classroom.  This truly is an individualized approach to learning!
  3. It’s not just the physical learning environment that is individualized.  By providing a learning platform that is specifically unique to each child, students even have the flexibility to speed up or slow down the learning process.  The pace of learning depends on the needs of the individual student… meaning the student can work quickly through content that is already known and spend longer on items where more support is needed.
  4. Many students at D-B EXCEL participate in courses at the main D-B campus.  Attending D-B EXCEL doesn’t mean you can’t participate in experiences at D-B.  Many DBE students participate in D-B Band and extra curricular activities such as sports.  Transportation options exist to help students take advantage of such opportunities.
  5. The new D-B EXCEL facility helps support the whole learner!  Students in the new DBE facility are able to utilize a variety of lab and technology environments, including a makerspace that includes 3-D printing and an opportunity to take part in video production.  A cafe also provides food service and a welcoming environment for additional academics and community-building!
  6. D-B EXCEL is growing!  Currently, over 200 students attend D-B Excel, receiving personalized academic attention from a wide variety of teachers and staff members.  The staff is able to provide a deep level of instruction and support to DBE students, both in-person and online.

Want to learn more about D-B EXCEL?  Is it right for your family?  Find out more by contacting Principal Mrs. Shanna Hensley at shensley@k12k.com.

The Saturday Six “School Nutrition” Edition – February 11, 2017

The serve thousands of meals each day and are a key component in the effort to support a healthy learning environment for all KCS students.  Today, the Saturday Six shines a spotlight on the KCS School Nutrition Services (SNS)!

KCS School Nutrition works hard serve a wide range healthy foods so that students are primed and ready to learn.  While meeting USDA regulations (including offering lower sodium and saturated fat food items), the menus offer daily fresh fruits and vegetables and 100% whole grain breads and starches.  In addition, all snacks and beverages offered are USDA smart snack compliant.  All the while, food offerings are sought and selected to best appeal to student taste and satisfaction.  Items such as the middle and high school daily garden fresh salad bar provide healthy food alternatives,  and the alternative breakfast program gives students the opportunity to eat the most important meal of the day after the bell rings.

Let’s look at six things you may not know about the KCS School Nutrition program!

  1. Kingsport SNS staff serves more than 5,000 meals each day.  Over the course of a school year, that totals approximately 1 million meals served.  Wow!
  2. At only $1.5o for breakfast and $2.25 (elementary) or $2.50 (middle & high) for lunch for students, a KCS school meal is one of the best deals in town!
  3. As great as those prices are, starting in 2016, KCS is participating in a new Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.  This program allows high-poverty schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students.  CEP is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) and supports students at Jackson Elementary School, Johnson Elementary School, Kennedy Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School and Sevier Middle School.
  4. Did you know that through an innovative online portal, parents can place funds in their child’s meal account electronically?  Using the MyPaymentsPlus program, families can avoid having to send cash or check with their child to school for meal purchases.  Click here to find out more about this online option.
  5. Speaking of online, the KCS website keeps an up-to-date listing of breakfast and lunch menu calendars.  You’ll never again wonder what’s for lunch at school!  Click here to view the complete meal menus.
  6. The SNS program is completely self-supporting.  Through the purchase of food items and federal meal reimbursements, SNS expenses are funded without the use of KCS general purpose funding.

And here is a bonus fact… KCS cafeterias are inspected twice each year by the Tennessee Department of Health.  Did you know that during the past year, all KCS cafeterias received a perfect score of 100 on a health inspection?  That’s pretty impressive!

The next time you have the opportunity, have a meal in a KCS school cafeteria.  You’ll be glad you did!

The Saturday Six “School Counseling” Edition – February 4, 2017

2-4-17This weekend kicks off National School Counseling Week in the U.S. and Kingsport City Schools is blessed to have an outstanding team of school counselors supporting the development of our students.  This year’s theme is “School Counseling:  Helping Students Realize Their Potential.”  But did you ever stop to consider exactly what our school counselors do and how they help our students maximize their potential?

In this week’s Saturday Six, let’s explore six ways that KCS school counselors help Kingsport students pursue world class!

  1. School counselors work with ALL students.  They meet students where they are emotionally, academically and socially and help guide them to the next stage in their personal development path.
  2. School counselors work with students on three domains of development: Academic, career, and social/personal.  By focusing on these domains, they help students become successful and well-rounded adults and problem-solvers.
  3. The role of the school counselor changes as students mature and move through different developmental stages.  The elementary school counselor’s job is much different than that of the high school counselor, but still focuses on supporting student growth and development among the three domains.
  4. School counselors collaborate with teachers, administrators, parents and community agencies to ensure that they are meeting the needs of our students.  In many occasions, school counselors are a vital link between schools and outside agencies.  This ensures continuity of care and resources for both the student and family.
  5. School counselors support student academic growth by helping to uncover possible blocks that might be hindering progress.  These blocks might include grief issues, family concerns, study skills and organizational issues, and friendship issues, among other things.
  6. School counselors CARE for students!  They provide a safe and supportive place for students to solve problems and move forward in their development.

At its core, school counselors as helpers … they help students … they help teachers … they help families … they help our community.  Thank you, school counselors, for making our students and our world a better place!  You consistently show what happens when a healthy dose of idealism is paired with action in a caring environment… Positive change is the result!

Kingsport City Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Monday, January 30, 2017.

The Saturday Six “BOE Appreciation” Edition – January 28, 2017

1-28-17Across Tennessee this week, schools and communities are celebrating “Board of Education Appreciation Week,” thanking the women and men that provide leadership to their local school systems.  In Kingsport, we are fortunate to have a Board that is passionate about children, academic and social achievement, and ensuring that Kingsport City Schools continues to help make Kingsport a world-class location to live and work.

In this week’s Saturday Six, we highlight the Kingsport BOE so that you can be aware of the great trustees that give so much to support our children and community!

  1. Mr. Eric Hyche, Board President – 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 ending in 2017. Eric was elected President in July 2016.

    Mr. Hyche is a native of Kingsport, graduating as the 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 his undergraduate degree, Mr. Hyche married Angie Duncan, another Kingsport native, and relocated to Atlanta, GA, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech, and worked for NCR and Iterated Systems. In 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Hyche moved back to Kingsport and began working remotely for Seattle-based RealNetworks. In April 2013, he joined the technical staff at Groupon, where he currently develops software for their iPhone and iPad apps. Mr. Hyche is also a past president of the Preston Forest Community Association. He enjoys writing software for personal projects, reading, bicycling, and history.

    Mr. Hyche and his wife have two daughters, both of whom attended Kingsport City Schools and who are now in college.

     

  2. Mrs. Susan Lodal, Board 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.

    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, Mrs. Lodal has received numerous awards and honors, including the 2014 Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Scholars Circle Award, 2013 Ambassadors for Education Certified, Master, Diamond and Platinum Level Awards, and is a past President of the TSBA (Treasurer 2012, Vice-President 2013, President-Elect 2014, President 2015).  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 designation bestowed by the TSBA.

    Mrs. Lodal continues to volunteer as a tutor in two elementary schools after being involved in PTA for 16 years while her children were attending school. Prior to running for the Bard, she was the Director of Children’s Ministry at Waverly Road Presbyterian Church for 13 years, where she now serves as an Elder and in a leadership position of their food pantry. Mrs. Lodal is a new member of the Health, Safety & Stability Vision Council of the United Way of Greater Kingsport and the French horn section of the First Broad Street United Methodist Church Orchestra.

    Mrs. Lodal and her husband, Peter, have lived in Kingsport since 1977. They have three grown children, all graduates of Kingsport City Schools. Susan and Peter are also the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren.

     

  3. Mr. Todd Golden, Board 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 ending in 2019.

     

    Mr. Golden has called Kingsport home for 20 years.  A native of Albany, Georgia, he attended Brigham Young University – Idaho, studying business 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, TN.  He has been an integral part in establishing and executing the annual Day of Service in Kingsport, taught classes at the Kingsport Renaissance Center on business development and Spanish, served as a volunteer in various community roles, is a member of Healthy Kingsport, a member of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, served as a full-time Christian missionary in Colombia for two years, and speaks fluent Spanish.

    Mr. Golden and his wife Melissa have five children, two pre-schoolers and three of that attend Kingsport City Schools.

  4. Dr. Karen Reed-Wright, Board Member – Dr. Reed-Wright was elected to the BOE in 2015 and is serving in her first four-year term on the Board.  She is a lifelong resident of Kingsport and a product of Kingsport City Schools. Karen 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 Kingsport City Schools, Karen 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, Karen 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, Karen 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).

    Karen and her husband, Jim Wright, have a daughter, Peyton. They are members of First Presbyterian Church, Bays Mountain Park Association, Friends of Allandale, and Netherland Inn/Exchange Place. Karen worked as a volunteer for Fun Fest for several years and was the Chairman of Fun Fest 1990 and is a current board member of the Sullivan County Children’s Advocacy Center.

    Dr. Reed-Wright enjoys reading, walking, attending sporting events, and traveling to Massachusetts to visit her daughter and son-in-law.

     

  5. Mrs. Carrie Updshaw, Immediate Board Past 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. She is a Level IV board member and actively participates in conferences and advocacy at both the state and national level.

     

    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 grown children, both of whom attended Kingsport City Schools from kindergarten through graduation. Mrs. Upshaw remains an active volunteer in several programs.

     

  6. Mrs. Vivian Altizer, Board Executive Assistant – We certainly can’t leave out 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 has served as president to the Tennessee School Boards Association’s Tennessee Association of Board Secretaries (TABS).  She has been a member of TABS since 2009, also serving as vice-president from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.