Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Academy, a collaborative venture between UT and Knox County Schools, prepares talented individuals to become outstanding new school principals through a full-time, intensive fifteen-month fellowship program.
The academy, part of the Center for Educational Leadership, is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. The fellows spend four days a week working in schools with experienced mentor principals. The fifth day is spent in coursework and seminars with professors and expert practitioner partners.
To complete the program, students participate in a project that integrates their learning across the many curricular areas of the academy. Projects include an electronic portfolio documenting the student’s proficiency in school leadership and a public presentation about the fifteen-month experience.
Upon successful completion of the program, fellows will be awarded a master’s or education specialist degree.
The 2014–2015 class includes:
- James Allen, West High School
- Jekia Allen, A. L. Lotts Elementary School
- Becky Williams Barnes, West Haven Elementary School
- Zachary Best, Powell Middle School
- Christopher Deal, Hardin Valley Elementary School
- Lori Johnson, West Haven Elementary School
- Tenisha Marchbanks, Bearden Middle School
- Angela Messer, Carter High School
- Stephanie Prince, Brickey- McCloud Elementary School
- Michelle Wolfenbarger, Ritta Elementary School