When you serve as Director of Schools in a community 30 miles northeast of The University of Tennessee, the phrase “It’s football time in Tennessee,” certainly holds a sort of frenzied excitement and in my case, dual meanings as football teams prepare to battle in multiple arenas. High school football is already underway and UT football just kicked off. This season a new arena took football fans by storm as The University played on a new field - Bristol Motor Speedway - transformed into a football stadium.
As I watched the preparations for this new arena, witnessed the time lapse video of the transformation from race track to field, and followed the countless media coverage, I was reminded of the intense enthusiasm and anticipation I also witness during the first few weeks of each school year. For students, the beginning of the school year is certainly similar to playing in a new arena. Students routinely spend summer months counting down to “game time” just as football teams eagerly await the first game day. For teachers, each class they welcome is like a new team full of new potential and promise. Each school year brings new eagerness and passion to a very familiar arena.
Grainger County employees and students were welcomed back to school the first week of August and they certainly took the field by storm. I am very fortunate to work with individuals who exemplify daily the level of teamwork and commitment required to effectively operate a public school system, and we are proud to report that we are officially back to school and off to a great start.
As the new school year is underway, I would like to encourage you to remain as actively involved in your student’s educational experience as possible. Please check your school’s website and your child’s backpack on a regular basis. Teachers will be sending home valuable information throughout the year including important dates to remember and suggestions for things you can do to assure the success of your student.
I hope you will join me and my staff as we commit ourselves to be supportive of one another as we work to accomplish the goals we’ve set. Together, we will allow educators to TEACH with rigor and relevance so that students will LEARN the skills and knowledge needed to SUCCEED in becoming community, college, and career ready.
Director of Schools