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New Administrative Appointments for 2020-2021

New Administrative Appointments for 2020-2021
Dr. Jack A. Parton, Director of Schools
Dr. Debra A. Cline, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
May 19, 2020

The Sevier County School System is pleased to announce the appointments of five new principals for the 2020-2021 school year.  Congratulations to each of the newly appointed principals!  They certainly follow terrific leaders who leave a wonderful legacy as they retire.  Our best wishes go out to Dr. Rene Walker (Northview Intermediate), Dr. Connie Cottongim (Pigeon Forge Primary), Dr. Terri Dodge (Sevierville Intermediate), and Dr. Tammy Valentine (Sevierville Primary) as they each open a new chapter in life.

On July 1, 2020, Mrs. Karen Strange will become the principal of Northview Intermediate School replacing Dr. Rene Walker who will retire on June 30, 2020.  Throughout an 18-year career, Mrs. Strange has served as an assistant principal at Catlettsburg Elementary as well as Northview Academy and Northview Middle School.  She also worked as a computer teacher at Northview Middle for a ten-year period earlier in her career.  Karen Strange has an Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, a Master of Science Degree in Business and Marketing Technology Education from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Ecology from the University of Tennessee.

On July 1, 2020, Mrs. Sharon Coker will become the principal of Pigeon Forge Primary School replacing Dr. Connie Cottongim who will retire on June 30, 2020.  Mrs. Coker began her work at Pigeon Forge Primary as a substitute teacher in 1990 and became a full-time teacher there in 1991.  Over the years, she taught second and third grades as well as kindergarten before becoming assistant principal in 2017.  Sharon Coker holds an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from the University of Tennessee.

On July 1, 2020, Mrs. Carrie Gumlick will become the principal of Pittman Center Elementary School where she has been serving as interim principal since the appointment in late winter of Mrs. Wendy Patterson as the principal of the new Pigeon Forge Intermediate School.  Mrs. Gumlick has an educational career that spans close to two decades.  Prior to her appointment as interim principal of Pittman Center Elementary, Carrie Gumlick served as one of the school system’s lead teachers in technology from 2014-2020. She also worked at Pittman Center Elementary from 2002 through 2014 as a language arts teacher in the middle grades and as a fifth grade teacher in the Hamilton County School System.  Mrs. Gumlick holds an Education Specialist Degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, a Master of Science Degree in Administration and Supervision from UT-Martin, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from UT-Chattanooga.

On July 1, 2020, Mrs. Noelle Sutton will become the principal of Sevierville Intermediate School replacing Dr. Terri Dodge who will retire on June 30, 2020.  With close to twenty years of experience as an educator, Mrs. Sutton has served as assistant principal of Sevierville Intermediate since 2012 where she was a fourth grade teacher prior to the administrative appointment. Noelle Sutton holds an Ed.S. Degree in Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, a Master of Science Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Tennessee.

On July 1, 2020, Dr. Jayson Nave will become the principal of Sevierville Primary School replacing Dr. Tammy Valentine who will retire on June 30, 2020.  In an educational career that extends over two decades, Dr. Nave has served as assistant principal at Sevierville Primary School, Pigeon Forge High School, Sevierville Intermediate School, and Sevier County High School.  He was the principal of Sevierville Middle School from 2006 to 2011 and was a history and government teacher at Pigeon Forge High School prior to beginning his work as an administrator.  Jayson Nave holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from East Tennessee State University, and both an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision and a Master of Science Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Lincoln Memorial University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science from King College.