Please use the links below to contact The KCEA

The KCEA Office
2411 E. Magnolia Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone (865) 522-9793



Tanya T. Coats

Vice President
Heather Wallace

Judy Barnes

Karen Peterman

Past President
Sherry Morgan


Executive Board

High School
Sandy Hughes
Chad Negendank

Middle School
Mary Brockett
Marche Lee

Elementary School
Ashley Anthony
Megan Blevins
Amy Duncan
Judith Hiscock

Special Schools
Connie Mitchell

Brad Corum

Education Support Personel
Peggy Thomas

Anthony Hancock


*Ex-Officio Representatives

TEA Board

TEA East TN Minority at Large
Paula Hancock

District 4 TEA Board of Directors
Anthony Hancock


NEA Resolutions Committee
Anthony Hancock


Website Administrator
Jennifer Owen


Advocate Editor
Trish Russell



KCEA Administrative Assistant
Abbie Hoover

*Representatives on the TEA and NEA Boards also serve as non-voting members of the KCEA Executive Board


Knox County Schools Board of Education, District 2 Candidate Forum:

Monday, October 13, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m

Christenberry Community Center
931 Oglewood Avenue
The League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County (LWVKKC) and the Knox County Education Association (KCEA) will hold a moderated forum to inform voters about District 2 Board of Education candidates running in the general election November 4, 2014.

Charlotte Dorsey, Jamie Rowe and Tracey Sanger will participate in the forum on Monday, October 13, 6:00 – 7:15 p.m., at the Christenberry Community Center, 931 Oglewood Avenue, Knoxville 37919. Matt Shafer Powell, Director of News Content and Executive Producer at WUOT, will moderate.


School Board Candidate Forum

Thursday, July 24, 2014 – 6:00 pm
Lawson McGhee Library (in the Arts Room)
501 W. Church Avenue

All four Board of Education candidates from Districts 1 and 6 will appear in a forum co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Knox County Education Association on Thursday, July 24 from 6:00 pm to 7:15 pm in the Arts Room on the basement level of Lawson McGhee Library at 501 W Church Avenue.
Free parking is available at the Locust Street garage.


K-12 State Requirements for Testing and Assessments

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What: Forum on State Testing Policies

Date:  Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014  -  6:00 pm

Place:  Central High School Auditorium

Who Should Attend:  YOU!

The Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Education, Kathleen Airhart, will be speaking at Central High School in Knoxville on July 22nd at 6:00 pm.  She will speak and answer questions on the subject of K-12 state requirements for testing and assessments.

Also attending and available to answer questions:
Representative, Harry Brooks (R-19) House Education Committee Chair
Representative, Gloria Johnson (D-13), a KCS teacher, will be present to answer questions.
(Other Knoxville legislators are also invited and may be present.)

Mike McMillan said that this isn’t a political meeting, and all elected officials, as well as the public, are welcome.

This will be a great opportunity to find out which Knox County tests and assessments are required by the State of Tennessee and which are only required by Knox County.



Please Attend the Knox County Board of Education meeting July 2nd!

There are several items of interest on this week’s Knox County Board of Education agenda.
Please attend the regular session on July 2, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building and please stay for the entire meeting.

Please wear red in support of a fellow educator who is seeking reinstatement, after mediation findings have shown reinstatement to be appropriate.  TEA attorney, Ginny McCoy will be speaking on his behalf.

Other items of special interest are listed below, with links to the full documents, as well as to the full agenda:

Discussion and possible action on Knox County Board of Education Policy BCBI “Appeals to and Appearances Before the Board” –

Discussion and possible action on Resolution Supporting Common Core State Standards, a Realistic Implementation Timeline and the Appropriate Use of Assessment Data for Teacher Evaluations as proposed by Ms. Kincannon  -

Approve first reading of the Knox County Schools five-year Strategic Plan:

Full Plan:

Full Agenda:


We Won't Give Up - NEA President, Dennis Van Roekel

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel is angry at people who would treat our children as commodities in order to yield profits, attack educators and create conflict rather than actually work to improve public education for all our students. Watch and hear what he has to say.

Full Text of Remarks

Yesterday, when political ideologues were running full page ads attacking teachers and calling kids garbage — I was in the small town of Emporia, Kansas helping to dedicate a memorial to educators who made the ultimate sacrifice for their students. The headlines in the last few days have been dominated by political attacks against public school educators, while scant attention was paid to a cherished child who lost his life to yet another gun attack in a school.

It’s easy to get discouraged when the rhetoric of our opponents dominates the headlines and the airwaves.

But I, like you, don’t look at the world through the pages of USA Today or the headlines in Politico. I see the world through the eyes of the students I have taught and the eyes of educators who you and I work with every day to fight for great public schools for every student.

We look through their eyes and see those attacks, those headlines and get angry.

Angry at a system that would vilify dedicated educators who get up every day with one focus — helping their students succeed.

Angry at a system that’s narrowly focused on small silver bullet solutions while blind to the larger problems of poverty, inequity and the growing gulf that separates students from the opportunity to succeed.

And Yes — I get angry at corporate interests that would rather see public schools as a billion dollar enterprise and our children as commodities to be profited from rather than a public good and the driving force for excellence AND equity.

I have a message for those people who would seek to reduce children to a test score and teaching to a technological transaction.

You are mistaken if you think we will see your attacks and get discouraged, that we will read the headlines and give up.

You may put students in the name of your campaigns but that doesn’t mean you really care about the millions of children in our public schools.

If you did truly care, you would look at the more than half of public school children who live in poverty and wage your crusades against the inequity in our economy.

If you truly cared, you would look at the deteriorating conditions in schools across this country and aim your fire at politicians who have starved our schools of the resources to succeed and then punished them for their failures.

If you truly cared, then you would see the scourge of violence that has once again taken away a young life and run your full page ads demanding action to end the plague of gun violence in our schools and communities.

Yesterday those opponents of public education were celebrating their political wins and driving their version of the story on education hoping that in declaring victory we – educators, our association – would concede defeat.

But what they don’t realize is that I am a teacher. I, like the millions of educators across this country won’t give up on our kids.

I will continue to fight for them, and for the educators across this country who dedicate themselves to fulfilling the promise of another generation of students.

This association won’t give up until we have brought together everyone who believes in the promise of great public schools for all and we’ve declared victory for our kids.

I, like you, won’t give up because we are educators.

We are NEA.



The Pacemaker – May, 2014

Knox County Political Action Committe (KC-PACE) Candidate Endorsements

Knox County Political Action Committe (KC-PACE) Candidate Endorsements


League of Women Voters Interviews with Candidates for Knox County Board of Education

The Q & A below is from the League of Women Voters interviews with candidates for Knox County Board of Education, which took place at 7PM on March 27th at the YMCA

Why do you want to run?

Brad Buchanan: 
The teacher surveys that were returned, showing that 70% of the teachers are unhappy and the high teacher turnover concerned him. He wants to see a stable educational environment for all students and wants to work to make that happen.

Gloria Deathridge:
Wants to see opportunities for students, without regard to race or socio-economic factors.

Sandra Rowcliff:
This is where my heart has always bee. I have volunteered in all of our schools, whether it is painting faces at a carnival, or empowering parents to become more involved.

Marshall Walker:
Has a sincere interest in schools in Knox County. He graduated from Knox County Schools, has coached in Knox County, and has witnessed the concerns that the teachers are expressing. All students do not learn the same way.

Tamera Shepherd:
She picked up an intent form to run for BOE 10 years ago, but the time was not right and the concerns that exist today did not exist then. The concerns that are happening in Knox Co. have not been fully researched by the current board.

Robert Boyd:
Has an MS in Education Administration, an MS in English, and grew up in Knox County Schools. The BOE needs educators on the board.

Terry Hill:
Is running for school board because it is what she knows. She says that she has worked side by side with teachers, has been in the homes of our students, and has worked with administrators.

As a school board member, would you consider yourself responsible more to the constituents in your district, or all students in Knox County?

Gloria: Constituents

Sandra: All students

Marshall: All students

Tamera: District constituents and county residents as a whole.

Robert: The County as a whole, but through collaboration with the other 9 members, I would hope to be responsible to both.

Terry: The TN School Boards code of ethics says that a board member is responsible for serving ALL students in the county.

Brad: The entire county, while serving to bring information about his county to the board for consideration.

Under what conditions would you authorize a charter school proposal?

Sandra: If a charter school plan was presented to the board, I would be fully open to that plan. If it was a good plan, and would increase achievement and proficiency, I would be all for it.

Marshall: I would be open to any program that may be beneficial to our students. It boils down to all students.

Tamera: Fears that the question may be moot. Since the legislature has passed the Charter Authorizer bill, the State can now over-ride any decision we would like to make.

Robert: When it comes to charter schools, we are really farming out our obligation. Why give our money to outside businesses?

Terry: We wouldn’t have any need for charter schools if we had good community schools. As a board member, I would certainly be open to any proposals that would be brought to the board, as long as their expectations and standards were equal to or higher to those of our other schools.

Brad: Under no conditions could I support a charter school proposal. Taking our tax dollars and giving them to a school that will not have the requirements of our public schools, and will not fall under the same scrutiny.

Gloria: The Knox County School Board is not against anything that might help our students. We have approved one charter school, but it did not continue with the process.

As a Board member, what role would you play in ensuring that the Board reach a memorandum of agreement with the duly elected teachers representative in the Collaborative Conferencing process (KCEA)?

Marshall: Would certainly review the policies and make sure that requirements are being met. Wants to see the board working with teachers.

Tamera: Is not aware of the process and would have to find out more about the requirements.

Robert: First, I would listen to them. They are on the front line and they know what is happening in that classroom every day. They know what is going on.

Terry: Has visited with KCEA representatives and is very disturbed to learn that the Collaborative Conferencing process has been stalled for months and months. She wonders why the current school board has not asked questions and has not tried to find out why the process is not moving forward.

Brad: Someone needs to be held accountable for getting this MOU in place. If the superintendent is the person responsible, and it is not getting done, 

Gloria: Collaborative Conferencing is a process that was mandated by the state. She claims that the process is working and that Dr. McIntyre reports back that he expects that they will be coming to an agreement on the MOU soon.

Sandra: Does not know about Collaborative Conferencing. She wants to see more two-way communication and wants to see the board listening to the teacher working group that has been formed.

(*Note: The teacher working group is not part of the Collaborative Conferencing process.)

Do you agree with the Governor’s plan to remove the cap on class size? What is an acceptable class size for Elementary, Middle, and High School?

Terry: Absolutely not. Teachers should be advising the school board on this issue, not the other way around.

Brad: There is a very large study in TN, that shows that smaller clas size makes a difference. it doesn’t make any sense to increase the number of students in a classroom and expect the same learning to take place.

Gloria: Administrators and teachers in each building know what their building needs and we should be able to decide that within our district.

Sandra: Knox County generally has lower class sizes than other districts. The smaller those class sizes are, the easier it is for teachers to reach those students. The teachers have to be able to decide that.

Marshall: Subject matter should play a roll in the number of students in a classroom. I would want teachers to give me input into those decisions.

Tamera: The peer review research does not exist to show that larger class sizes are helpful.

Robert: “You know I want to keep them managable.” I don’t want to increase any class size, but it depends on the content and the situation.

How important are teacher salary increases to you and what are your feelings toward the current performance pay model?

Gloria: They work very hard. We are always looking at ways to do that. We need to look at the model and talk to the teachers working group…

Sandra: We have to pay our teachers more. As a community, we have to respect our teachers… we have to have a shift and think that our teachers are as important as our sports stars. The strategic compensation model, in the feedback that I get from teachers and principals, is clearly, not working.

Marshall: Would consider an across-the-board raise for all teachers. To continue to use the model that is in place today, would ensure that some teachers never recieve a raise.

Tamera: We had every reason to be leary of this, three years ago. There are problems with it all over the state. If the legislature does not change this in the legislature, the best thing the Knox County School Board can do, is file its own law suit.

Robert: Teachers are the lowest paid, next to social workers. To have their pay scale based on evaluations is rediculous. Raises should be based more on the cost of living.

Terry: Teachers do need to make more money. She got a small check, under the performance pay model, and after taxes, it was certainly not worth the ill will that came with it.

Brad: Told a story of a veteran teacher, who had evaluation scores of 5, but did not get performance pay, because she had breast cancer, and was too tired to stay and do the “leadership” portion at the end of the day.

Teacher moral is at an all-time low. What do you think the school board can do to boost morale?

Sandra: I feel like the morale problem is based on the fact that teachers feel like thay have not been heard. I hope that the first step is the teacher advisory group that is meeting.

Marshall: I would deviate from the normal priorities of waiting for the superintendent to schedule visits for me, with teachers and schools.

Tamera: Says that we have a cultural problem in the Central Office, and a lack of respect for our “human capital.” The Parthenon Group’s proposal is Dr. McIntyre’s idea of management. Those dollar decisions do not value people. The administration needs to make a decision about whether they want this to be the culture in KCS.

Robert: Everything is top-down. This doesn’t work. I would go and meet with the teachers and listen to them and support them and be an advocate. They don’t know that they have anybody in positions of power, to listen to them. The most demoralizing thing, is that they can’t just be free to teach.

Terry: There has been plenty of listening going on. The problem is that no change has been happening. The teacher advisory group needs to have a more formal set-up, with a formal report to the Board, not just one school board member, if they decide to meet, giving a report. So much of this won’t cost a dime. The morale problem that we have right now, didn’t have to happen. Three years ago, when teachers started coming, and started talking about concerns, something should have been done then.

Brad: A number score can’t just be assigned to represent a teacher. I would visit with teachers. Be sure people come to the board and talk about what is going on in their schools. I would like to explore the idea of a teacher sitting on the board, selected by the teachers, to serve as a liason, to get information from teachers, not second hand.

Gloria: The teachers have been inundated with a lot of things – an lot of demands. It can be overwhelming. We are listening to them. Change is not quick. We are listening to them. We are all in this together. It is all about the children. We are listening. Hopefully, we will be able to do what we need to do, to move this system forward.

How do you view Dr. McIntyre’s leadership, to this point?

Marshall: Comparing him to a building, I would not hire the school board as a contractor, because they would start with a roof. If I wanted to hire a great CEO, I would hire him. School systems are not businesses.

Tamera: I think his leadership is indicitive of his indoctrination. The Broad Foundation and ____ gives a lot of information about his training and helps us to better understand where he is coming from. That doesn’t necessarily mean that he is a good match for us. We don’t care to adopt the model in which Dr. McIntyre is so deeply steeped.

Robert: I don’t think he knows education. You need someone who really knows education. There is too much unhappiness there. Sure, he can control six people on the board, and he can get what he wants. Does that mean it is right?

Terry: I believe that Dr. McIntyre believes that he is doing what he needs to do. I do not agree with it. When you have 70% of your employees unhappy, it is not working.

Brad: Leaders have followers. If he were a good leader, he would have teachers lining up behind him, to follow him. If he were a successfull educational leader, I don’t think you would have this many candidates running for school board.

Gloria: Dr. McIntyre cares about kids. I believe Dr. McIntyre is doing what he needs to do as a board to get results…

Sandra: In looking at our achievement results, Knox County is making huge strides. Looking at his contract renewal and the fact that the entire board voted for it, it is clear that he is doing what we want him to do.


K-16 Unity Meeting

K-16 Unity Meeting:

Creating a United Front for Educational Success in Tennessee

The Tennessee Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), the Tennessee Education Association (TEA), and the United Campus Workers–Communication Workers of America (UCW-CWA) cordially invite you to attend a discussion about issues facing educators at all levels in Tennessee, with a particular focus on privatization and other recent “reforms” and what we can do about them.

Saturday, March 29, 2014
Avon Williams Campus of Tennessee State University (Downtown),
Nashville; Room 354


9:00 a.m.: Refreshments

9:30 a.m.: Keynote Address by Ellen Boesenberg, School of Education, SUNY Binghamton: “Brave New World: From Academic Freedom to Academic Survival”

10:45 a.m.: Panel discussion with

  • Gera Summerfield, President, TEA

  • Warren Tormey, contingent faculty member, MTSU

  • Tom Smith, UCW-CWA

  • Josie McQuail, English Department, Tennessee Technological University

Everyone is welcome. No registration or fees required.
The Avon Williams Campus is at 10th Ave South and Charlotte Avenue, exit I-40 at Charlotte Ave and proceed north towarda the state capitol. Parking is free in the campus lot.
For more information, please contact Tennessee Conference President (AAUP) Coley McGinnis


Ellen Boesenberg is a doctoral student in the School of Education at Binghamton University in Binghamton, N.Y. She has taught courses in education and in human development and was active in the Graduate Student Organization and the Graduate Student Employees Union. She also served as an instructor in an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) summer program. Her scholarly work focuses on Foundations of Education, bringing an interdisciplinary approach to understanding educational issues. Her dissertation looks at the discourses that drive standardized testing, examining both the origins of testing and the current application of testing in the United States.


Brought to you as a service of the members of the Tennessee Conference, American Association of University Professors




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UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Renovating, Revitalizingand Re-tooling Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr. Civil Rights Activist and Freedom Rider Sessions Include: Schools to Prison Pipeline Building Family-School-Community Partnerships Technology Use In [...Read More...MINORITY AFFAIRS CONFERENCE]


TN House Votes to Delay Common Core & PARCC

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