The one-year fellowship program was created to cultivate and develop future school leaders across Tennessee and improve school effectiveness and student performance.
“I am honored to be selected for the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership and represent Johnson City Schools,” Jones said. “This is a wonderful opportunity and I am excited about the chance to gain valuable insight from top-notch professors at Vanderbilt, while also networking with other administrators new to their roles.
“I am also looking forward to working closely with my mentor, Dr. Melissa Stukes, and supervisor, Carol McGill, to mold my leadership skills with their generous help.”
Mountain View principal Dr. Melissa Stukes will serve as Jones’ mentor for the program, but Jones will also gain valuable knowledge from her supervisor, Fairmont principal Carol McGill.
This marks the fourth year of the academy, a unique partnership between Tennessee, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and local school districts, providing an opportunity for exceptional assistant principals to increase their leadership skills.
“We are very happy that Kaytee Jones was selected for this prestigious training program for aspiring principals,” Johnson City Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett said. “It is exciting that she will be able to have two-veteran principals in Carol McGill and Dr. Melissa Stukes that she can rely on during the process. They will provide her with unique perspectives as she continues to grow as an administrator.”
Current Towne Acres Elementary principal Dr. Josh Simmons was in the inaugural cohort of GASL in 2016 and is one of 29 participants from the first three cohorts that has been promoted to principal.
Each assistant principal selected for the 2019 GASL class will be paired with an experienced principal mentor, will attend monthly group training sessions and a week-long summer institute at Vanderbilt, and will intern three days a month at his or her mentor’s school. Upon completion of the academy, participants will be expected to pursue placement as a school principal in their districts or regions.
Participants were nominated by their district’s director of schools and selected through an application and interview process conducted by representatives from Gov. Haslam’s office, the Tennessee Department of Education and Vanderbilt University.