Johnson City Schools names 2 new elementary principals

Johnson City Press • May 2, 2018 at 4:19 PM

The Johnson City Schools district administration has appointed two elementary school principals.

Carolyn “Renee” Wood will take over at Lake Ridge Elementary and Richard Hutson at Cherokee Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year. The longtime leaders at both schools, Lake Ridge’s John Phillips and Cherokee’s Mary Nell McIntyre, recently announced their retirements.

“We are very excited for Renee and Richard to take over as principals in our district,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett said. “We were very fortunate to have a very talented applicant pool and we look forward to the addition of Richard’s and Renee’s leadership for Johnson City Schools.”

Wood will take over as principal at Lake Ridge elementary, where she served as assistant principal for the 2017-2018 school year. Wood served as an elementary teacher for over a decade and has served as an assistant principal for Johnson City Schools for the past year. She holds a bachelor of general studies from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, master of education from Milligan College and educational specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

“It brings me great joy to be named the next principal at Lake Ridge,” Wood said. “I have spent the last year getting to know the students, family and faculty here and I look forward to working with them to continue to make Lake Ridge a great school.”

Hutson joins Johnson City Schools from Hawkins County, where he served most recently as elementary supervisor since 2014. There he was responsible for the oversight of 13 elementary schools with grades PreK-5. He also served as the District RTI2 administrator. Hutson served as principal for Church Hill Elementary School from 2007-2014.

Hutson earned his undergraduate in biology from East Tennessee State University in 1999. He earned his master of educational administration and supervision from Lincoln Memorial in 2005, before finishing his Ed.S. in educational administration and supervision in 2006.

"I am extremely honored to be selected as the new principal at Cherokee Elementary School,” Hutson said. “Johnson City Schools have a strong educational history and Cherokee Elementary has played a vital role in creating that history. I look forward to the opportunity to work with the Cherokee Elementary faculty, staff, and community to create rich educational experiences for our students.”

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