At the end of the application period on Friday, 24 people applied to be the next Knox County Schools Superintendent. Below is
a list of the 24 applicants.
Superintendent of the Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Henry
Hudson School District in Highlands, New Jersey. Compton previously
served as the superintendent for the Russell Independent School System
in Russell, Kentucky. In 2013, Compton was selected as one of the
finalists for the Oak Ride school superintendent position.
Assistant superintendent for administrative services with Knox
County Schools. Thomas attended The University of Tennessee and has
worked as an educator in Knoxville since 1973. Thomas has served as the
Knox County Schools assistant superintendent since 1990. Thomas was
selected as a finalist for the superintendent position back in 2008.
Tryvan Leech, Sr.
Executive Director of State and Federal Programs for Youngstown
City Schools in Youngstown, Ohio. Leech has worked in the education
system since 1996, starting as a science controller and working up to
principal of Youngstown City Schools in Ohio in 2014.
Superintendent of Agape Public Charter Schools out of Fresno,
California. Has served in various administrative positions over the
years, including as principal of Fuller Elementary School in Chicago for
three years. Earned her master's in education in 2009 at Walden
University in Minneapolis.
Interim Assistant Superintendent and Chief Academic
Officer for Knox County Schools. In 2014, Rysewyk was unanimously named
as the founding principal of Emerald Academy after serving as executive
principal of Fulton High School from 2008 to 2012. He earned his
master's degree in education from the University of Tennessee, and has
served as an educator since 1999.
Chief Academic Officer for Leon County Schools in Tallahassee,
Florida. Greenberg is a longtime Florida administrator and has been
looking to move up to a superintendent position. In 2015, he applied for
a superintendent position to lead Metro Nashville's school system.
Serving as Unified Services Director for Tennessee Education
Association since 2014. Williams oversees District 4, which includes
Knox County Schools, Pellisippi State Community College, the Tennessee
School for the Deaf, and the University of Tennessee. He earned his
doctorate in education administration and policy studies from the
University of Tennessee. He's served in a variety of administrative
positions, including being the longtime principal of Cosby High School
in Cocke County.
Ronald Blair, Jr.
ESE Inclusion Teacher for Jesse Keen Elementary School in Lakeland,
Florida. Blair studied public relations and earned his master's in
special education at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. He has
worked primarily in Florida, serving as a special education teacher
since July 2005.
Adjunct Professor in public administration for Tennessee State
University. Spears has a long-standing background in government policy
advising and non-profit leadership. He created and runs Spears Strategy
and Strong Schools, two advocacy agencies.
Executive director, curriculum and schools for Robbinsdale Area
Schools in Minnesota. Gadson previously served as the associate
superintendent for Atlanta Public Schools in Georgia. Gadson has served
as an educator since 1993, starting out as a teacher at Woodlands Middle
School in West Palm Beach, Florida. He earned his doctorate in higher
education administration at Washington State University.
School leadership officer for Harrison District 2 Schools in
Colorado Springs. Has served in educational leadership positions,
including principal of Community Education Partnership in Houston, an
alternative school for at-risk students.
Superintendent of Des Moines Municipal Schools in Des Moines, New Mexico.
Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Chief Academic Officer for Framingham Public Schools in Framingham, Massachusetts.
Principal for Oak Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Superintendent of Schools for Hamblen County Schools System in Morristown.
Superintendent of Schools for Carter County School District in Kentucky.
Assistant superintendent of the 3,500-student Summit County School District in Colorado.
A former ‘superintendent of the year” by the National
Association of Superintendents, Gray stepped down as leader of the
Jackson Public Schools, a 28-000-student system in Mississippi. He
previously worked as the director of schools in Fayette County in West
Tennessee but left in 2012 after questions about financial discrepancies
in school spending arose.
Secondary coordinator for the 47,000 student, 59 schools Collier
County Public Schools in Naples, Fla. He also serves as an adjunct
professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. He previously worked as a
teacher and principal for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.
An educational consultant since 2010, he also served as the assistant
superintendent of Washington County Schools in Abingdon, Va. From 2006
Superintendent of the St. Louis charter school
Preclarus Mastery Academy. The school, which for years had a high
student absentee rate, has seen some improvements. Harris previously
worked as an assistant principal in for District of Columbia Public
Andrè L. Wright
Learning Community Director for Aurora Public Schools in Colorado.
Prior to assuming an executive role, served as principal of Woodland
Middle School in Fulton County, Georgia. Wright earned his master's in
educatioal leadership from Lincoln Memorial University.
Principal for Parrotsville Elementary School in Cocke County.
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