Brian K. Partin
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
Kingsport, TN

Through my professional experiences on the state executive board and at the national level during NAESP’s National Leaders Conference, national conferences, and service projects, I have learned the value of collaboration and the importance of having a collective voice. Having the opportunity to serve as an administrator in two very contrasting communities—one urban system with over 75,000 students and the other with a student population of 6,500—I have seen firsthand the disparity among neighboring systems. As Zone 4 Director, I would serve no differently than how I view my current role in the state, which is to be a voice for principals regardless of location, system, or state. Additionally, as a parent of two beautiful girls, I am compelled to continue to help make their educational experiences exemplary ones. My youngest daughter exemplifies how early intervention, parental support, and appropriately funded special education can provide an equitable educational experience for an intellectually disabled child. This, along with other personal and professional experiences, motivates me to want these experiences for both educators and students. I believe we can get there if we engage in the process. For these reasons, I seek your consideration as a candidate for Zone 4 Director.

Professional Experience: Principal, Thomas Jefferson Elementary, ’06-present — Crieve Hall Elementary, ’05-’06 — Assistant Principal, Andrew Jackson Elementary, ’03-’05 — Teacher, Eakin Elementary, ’99-’03 — Teacher, Ross Elementary, ’98-’99

Professional Affiliations: NAESP, ’03-present (Bylaws Review Committee, ’12-’13) — Tennessee Principals Association, ’03-present (Past President, ’11-’13; President, ’09-’11; Vice President, ’08-’09; District 9 Director, ’07-’08) — Metro Nashville Principals’ Association Board of Directors, ’05-’06 — ASCD, ’06-present

Professional Honors: Reward School for Achievement and Growth, ’10-’11 — Tennessee Principals Association Past-President Award, ’11 — Principal’s Leadership Academy of Nashville, ’05

Civic/Community Honors: Kingsport First Baptist Church Preschool (Teacher, ’06-present; Sunday School Teacher, ’10-’12) — Kingsport Weed and Seed Steering Committee Member, ’09-’10

Education: Ed.S., Administration and Supervision, Lincoln Memorial University, ’08 — M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, Tennessee State University, ’02 — B.A., Elementary Education, Anderson University, ’95